15 Box Office Hits That Deserve a Rewatch

Box office successes bring in millions to the cinematic world. Though they aren’t always the best installments in media, most box office successes add to the continuous lore of movie-going, especially last year’s film Barbie. We’ve compiled a list of box-office hits to revert to gear up for this year’s award season.

1. Barbie (2023)

Barbie
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“She’s everything. He’s just Ken.” Re-watch the 2023 box office hit calling out misogyny and anti-feminism with a slew of today’s best-working actors. Watch for the brilliant color schemes and the irresistible laughs between Barbie and the Kens, or indulge in America Ferrera’s heart-wrenching monologue about womanhood. She snagged an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for her role.

2. The Lion King (1994)

Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella in The Lion King (1994)
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Leap back into a nostalgic favorite about the circle of life through the lens of nature. The Lion King introduced the world to one of the saddest animal death scenes in animated media (looking at you, Scar Vs. Mufasa). Honestly, we’re still not over it. After watching his father succumb to a wildebeest stampede, Simba returns to his kingdom, determined to avenge his father’s death and become the best king to his pride. He encounters a few comic relief characters blessed with musical talent (Timon and Pumbaa) and learns the true meaning of love and family during his journey.

3. Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)
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Motion Pictures.

If you have encountered any child in the past 12 years, you know the movie holds a special place in their hearts, and they won’t just “let it go.” Frozen follows the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, living in a castle following their parents’ death. Elsa harbors a dangerous secret from her sister to protect her — she has magical ice powers — and during the coronation, Elsa gets angry and unleashes her ice powers, turning the kingdom into a frigid world. Elsa leaves the scene, leaving Anna to fix the wintry mess of the city.

4. Joker (2019)

Joker(2019)
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To celebrate the upcoming film starring Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix, Joker: Folie à Deux, go back to the original 2019 film Joker, featuring an astounding performance from Phoenix. Joker delves into a terrifying backstory of Batman’s mortal enemy. Joker falls into evil and madness as society disregards him and ridicules him for his existence. Joker also poses an interesting question: does society cause mental illness, or is it inherent?

5. Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo (2003)
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Why shouldn’t you watch a film that led to every kid near a fish tank pointing out Nemo, Dory, and Gill? Finding Nemo circles around a clownfish family consisting of father Marlin and his son Nemo. The family experienced a tragedy wherein a barracuda ate Marlin’s wife and 399 of his future kids, leaving Nemo and Marlin as the sole survivors. Because of this, Marlin becomes a helicopter parent, watching over Nemo and leading the little fish to rebel. When a diver traps Nemo in a net and brings him to the surface, Marlin embarks on a journey to save his only living son with the help of a forgetful blue tang.

6. e.t. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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Steven Spielberg’s work ranges from terrifying portraits of military life to touching stories about intergalactic friendships. In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a suburban family notices a peculiar being in their backyard and panics when they discover its true identity. The human family bonds with the alien and is determined to hide his presence from the government’s watchful eye.

7. Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out (2015)
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Inside Out includes one of Pixar’s most imaginative premises: What do the daily lives of anthropomorphic emotions look like? The main character, Riley, moves from a nice suburb in Minnesota to the scary metropolis of San Francisco. Her emotions, Anger, Joy, Fear, Sadness, and Disgust, attempt to cheer Riley up during her move as she falls further into sadness.

8. Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009)
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James Cameron’s extraordinary universe contemplates human greed. Earth still exists, but humans yearn to travel to another planet — Pandora — populated by the Na’vi people. They are intelligent, giant, blue creatures with enlarged human features. Those remaining on Earth want to obtain a resource from Pandora to make the rich richer. To do so, humans must communicate with the Na’vi through a host body situated on Earth.

9. Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls (2004)
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Celebrate the newest Mean Girls installment with a re-watch of Tina Fey’s iconic look at the high school food chain. Mean Girls centers around Rachel McAdam’s most notable character (sorry, The Notebook fans), acting as the meanest, rudest high school Queen Bee ever.

10. Up (2009)

Up (2009)
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Grab a box of tissues before you watch Ellie and Carl’s love story. The lovers share a touching romantic tale, following Ellie until her sad death. After her death, Carl ties thousands of balloons to his house and drifts away toward South America, celebrating his wife’s dream. He runs into two unexpected friends who teach him the true meaning of friendship.

11. It (2017)

It (2017)
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The kids know that every 27 years, a clown resurfaces in the sewers of their boring town of Derry, Maine, preying and feasting on innocent souls. The Lovers, a gaggle of seven outcast friends, decide to battle the clown after Pennywise kills one of their brothers.

12. The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games (2012)
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A few weeks ago, a friend told me she reads The Hunger Games yearly, and the premise matches the political climate. In Suzanne Collin’s books-turned-movies, a group of young adults engage in an annual battle, with one young adult the victor. When Katniss Everdeen volunteers herself in place of her sister, tensions rise as she strives to rebel against the annual games.

13. The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix
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Red pill or blue pill? The Matrix premiered right before the millennium and stirred up fear and curiosity within viewers. This science-fiction film states that humans live in a simulation cast over them. Keanu Reeves’ character, Neo, encounters an intelligent being, Morpheus, who presents Neo with two choices: a red pill that explains what The Matrix is or a blue pill to make Neo forget about the simulation’s existence.

14. Inception (2010)

Inception 2010
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Dissolve everything you thought you knew about dreaming and reality with a re-watch of Inception. The film’s protagonist, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), travels through human dreams, stealing crucial information. A new client, Saito, enlists Cobb to plant an idea inside his enemy’s son’s head. If successful, Cobb would leave the son to destroy his father’s business and allow Saito to thrive. Can he do it, or do other reality-shifting consequences arise?

15. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Mamma Mia! (2008)
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An all-star cast shines in this beloved film adaptation of the musical. Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth join together to sing their favorite ABBA tunes and relive the story of a 20-year-old on the eve of her wedding with no knowledge of her biological dad. To solve her problem, she flips through her mom’s diaries, finds the contact information for three men her mother dated around the time she was conceived, and invites them all to the wedding. What could go wrong?

15 Shockers in Films That No One Is Talking About

The Day After Tomorrow
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Watching movies is a wonderful escape from the real world, especially those films with a happy ending. However, when taking a deeper look at specific films, there are shocking themes that viewers seem to overlook. Some of these elements are so surprising that you’ll never look at those films the same way again.

15 Shockers in Films That No One Is Talking About

Timeless Wisdom: 20 Seinfeld Quotes That Perfectly Capture Life’s Quirks

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Enter the quirky, fast-paced world of “Seinfeld,” a sitcom that entertained and offered a treasure trove of timeless quotes. From “No soup for you!” to “Yada, yada, yada,” these lines have transcended eras, encapsulating life’s quirks with wit and precision. In this collection, discover 21 ageless Seinfeld quotes that effortlessly encapsulate the essence of everyday situations, proving that the show’s humor and insight continue to resonate, remaining as relevant now as they were during their first hilariously unforgettable airing. Thanks, Jerry, for your insight… Timeless Wisdom: 20 Seinfeld Quotes That Perfectly Capture Life’s Quirks