Iconic

A list of some of the most iconic movies ever made. These are movies that are often referenced, parodied, or just talked about, and are what make up most of our culture.

Note: Because of my western upbringing and the fact I’ve mainly been exposed to films made by white, Western filmmakers, this list mainly contains films by white, Western filmmakers, so I apologise for the lack of cultural breadth in the list. I’ve also not seen all of these films, and am mainly basing this off discourse from online and how often I hear a film talked about. Basically, this list is subjective. However, feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments.

  • Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • The Thing
  • The Shining
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Blade Runner
  • RoboCop
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Se7en
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Schindler's List
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Fight Club
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Matrix
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Total Recall
  • Inception
  • The Lion King
  • Psycho
  • Casablanca
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Iron Man
  • Batman
  • Spider-Man
  • The Dark Knight
  • WALL·E
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Good Will Hunting
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Vertigo
  • Citizen Kane
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Taxi Driver
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Ben-Hur
  • Toy Story
  • Parasite
  • Metropolis
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Heat
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Life of Brian
  • Die Hard
  • Bad Boys
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • The Great Escape
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • The Iron Giant
  • Chinatown
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Eraserhead
  • Jurassic Park
  • Finding Nemo
  • Inside Out
  • The Truman Show
  • The Third Man
  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Get Out
  • Logan
  • Rocky
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Candyman
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Halloween
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Friday the 13th
  • Scream
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Wayne's World
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Blazing Saddles