Top Modern Classic Movies (The Last 20 Years)

Posted on 28 Nov 00:00




For a movie to be classic and a blockbuster, it need not to be an old movie, it can be a modern one. There have been some great movies released in the past 20 years that have broken numerous records at the box office and have been critically acclaimed by both audiences and critics. The following are just a few of them.

1. The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix, a science fiction action movie written and directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. This movie is a remarkable addition to the cinema that shifted the dimensions of modern movie making. It is a star-studded movie with Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. The performances and the visual effects were praised tremendously and it won four Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Saturn Awards. The success of the first movie allowed the release two more successful sequels. The plot of the movie is about a computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. The action sequences were inspired by the Japnese animation and martial arts, they are spectacular! 

 2)  The Truman Show (1998)

The genre of comedy is hard to pull off, and combined with science fiction, it is really hard. but The Truman Show managed to do it, and became a success among critics. It is directed by Peter Weir, it is inspired by an episode of The Twilight Zone called Special Service. It was successful financially and was nominated for numerous awards at 71st Academy Awards, 56th Golden Globe Awards, 52nd British Academy Film Awards, and The Saturn Awards. The main character of Truman Burbank is played by Jim Carey. The story is about Truman, who, to his horror, learns that his whole life is a reality TV show.

3)  Lord Of The Rings (2001)

Fantasy and fiction go hand in hand. This is proven beautifully through the film 'Lord of the Rings'. It is a series of three interconnected movies. It is based on a novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and the movie is directed by Peter Jackson. It received worldwide acclaim, and won 17 Academy Awards, moreover, it is also considered among the highest-grossing film series of all time. It has an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, and Sean Bean. The plot of the series is set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship eventually splits up and Frodo continues the quest with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum.

Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, along with LegolasGimliBoromirMerryPippin and the wizard Gandalf, unite to rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring in order to aid Frodo by distracting Sauron's attention.

4)  Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is not just an animated movie, but a more subject-oriented movie that raises the issues of waste management, human environmental impact, obesity, and global catastrophic risk. The movie is produced by Pixar animation studios, and is written and directed by Andrew Stanton. It won the Golden Globe Award for the Best Animated Feature Film, the Saturn Award, and the Academy Award. The Time’s list made it the Best Movie of the Decade and also voted 29th as the best of the 21st century.  The plot is about Wall-E, a robot responsible for cleaning waste from deserted Earth where he meets another female robot, Eve. They both then search a habitable place for mankind to prosper and flourish. It is not heavily dialogued but uses the voices of Ben Brutt, Elisa Knight, and Jeff Garlin.

5)  Fight Club (1999)

It is an experimental movie directed by David Fincher based on a novel of the same name. Its initial response at the box office was not as expected but few critics did praise it highly and credited it for changing the perspective about American life. It achieved commercial success when it was released on DVD. The lead character is Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden, Edward Norton as a narrator, and Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer. The plot is about an insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker who form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

6)  The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense is a psychological thriller, nominated for six Academy Awards. It was also the second-highest-grossing movie of 1999. It is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The main characters of the movie are  Bruce Willis as Malcolm Crowe, Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear, and Toni Collette as Lynn Sear. Cole Sear can see and talk to the dead, and child psychologist, Malcolm, tries to help Cole to get back to life and reality. The movie is filled with creepy images, and may twists and turns.

7)  The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight movie is written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It the second part of a three-part series. It is where the iconic Joker portrayed by Heath Ledger was first introduced. Apart from performances, the action sequences, visual effects and screenplay were received by the audiences and critics very positively, which made it the highest-grossing movie of 2008 and 46th highest-grossing movie of all time. It received eight nominations for the Academy Awards but won only two for the Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Ledger. The cast of the included; Batman played by Christian Bale and Heath Ledger as The Joker. The fights take place in pieces and establish a firm grip on the story. 


The mentioned movies are considered to be some of the top modern classics that must be watched once in your lifetime. Over time, their popularity will increase and they will be considered some of greatest movies of all time.

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