Backlist movies I want to watch in 2019

The description “backlist” for these movies isn’t completely accurate, but it is somewhat. About half of them came out before 2000, and the rest except for two came out before 2010. It’s a lot of famous movies along with a few titles that were recommended to me. The plan is to either do mini-reviews of all of them at the end of the year or to do some periodically through the year.

Good Will Hunting

Rating: R
Length:
2h 6m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
97%
Release Year: 1997

Description: Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).

Inception

Rating: PG-13
Length:
2h 28m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
86%
Release Year: 2010

Description: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.

Baby Driver


Rating: R
Length:
1h 53m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
93%
Release Year: 2017

Description: Baby, a music-loving orphan also happens to be the prodigiously talented go-to getaway driver for heist mastermind Doc. With the perfect soundtrack picked out for each and every job, Baby ensures Doc’s violent, bank-robbing cronies – including Buddy, Bats and Darling – get in and out of Dodge before it’s too late. He’s not in it for the long haul though, hoping to nail one last job before riding off into the sunset with beautiful diner waitress Debora. Easier said than done.

Woodlawn

Rating: PG
Length:
2h 4m
Rotten Tomatoes:
 71%
Release Year: 2015

Description: Following government-mandated desegregation in 1973, Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala. As violence and anger erupt in the city, Woodlawn football coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) allows an outsider (Sean Astin) to speak to his players. His message of hope and love leads to a spiritual awakening that inspires star athlete Nathan, his teammates and other members of the community to overcome the hate that surrounds them.

Slumdog Millionaire

Rating: R
Length:
2h
Rotten Tomatoes:
 91%
Release Year: 2008

Description: As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on the game show.

Hoop Dreams

Rating: PG-13
Length:
2h 55m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
98%
Release Year: 1994

Description: Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

Lord of the Rings

Rating: PG-13
Length:
3h 48m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
91%
Release Year: 2001

Description: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer – to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Spirited Away

Rating: PG
Length:
2h 5m
Rotten Tomatoes:
 97%
Release Year: 2001

Description: In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Casablanca

Rating: PG
Length:
1h 42m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
97%
Release Year: 1942

Description: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

Napoleon Dynamite

Rating: PG
Length:
1h 36m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
71%
Release Year: 2004

Description: In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in an accident, his life is made even worse when his strangely nostalgic uncle, Rico (Jon Gries), shows up to keep an eye on him. With no safe haven at home or at school, Napoleon befriends the new kid, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a morose Hispanic boy who speaks little English. Together the two launch a campaign to run for class president.

The Shawshank Redemption

Rating: R
Length:
2h 22m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
91%
Release Year: 1994

Description: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.

The Matrix

Rating: R
Length:
2h 30m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
88%
Release Year: 1999

Description: Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question — What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

The Karate Kid

Rating: PG
Length:
2h 7m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
88%
Release Year: 1984

Description: Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.

The Princess Bride

Rating: PG
Length:
1h 38m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
97%
Release Year: 1987

Description: A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel “The Princess Bride” which earned its own loyal audience.

She’s the Man

Rating: PG-13
Length:
1h 45m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
44%
Release Year: 2006

Description: Viola Johnson (Amanda Bynes) is in a real jam. Complications threaten her scheme to pose as her twin brother, Sebastian, and take his place at a new boarding school. She falls in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, who loves beautiful Olivia, who has fallen for Sebastian! As if that were not enough, Viola’s twin returns from London ahead of schedule but has no idea that his sister has already replaced him on campus.

Lilo & Stitch

Rating: PG
Length:
1h 25m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
86%
Release Year: 2002

Description: A tale of a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly “dog,” whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren’t in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch’s heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.

The Godfather

Rating: R
Length:
2h 58m
Rotten Tomatoes: 
98%
Release Year: 1972

Description: Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.

Movies on your to watch list? (My list has grown long. Some other ones on it are Pride and Prejudice, The Help, and Howl’s Moving Castle.)
What movies have you watched recently? (The Incredible Hulk, which means that now I have officially watched all the Marvel movies so far!)
Favorite movies in general? (Disney movies- Big Hero 6; Frozen; Tangled; McFarland, USA). The Three Idiots.)

9 thoughts on “Backlist movies I want to watch in 2019”

  1. AH! So many good movies on this list!
    Inception is one of my all time favorite movies. And Lord of the Rings. And Princess Bride. 🙂
    I also really like Baby Driver, though I wasn’t too keen on the plot towards the end. But the main character is such an amazing character. 🙂
    I’m blanking out on movies I want to see. I want to see Spiderverse, but not until it comes out on DVD. And… I can’t think of what else?
    I recently watched A Beautiful Mind which was really good.
    Oh, and congrats on watching all the Marvel movies! That is no small feat 🙂

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  2. I watched Baby Driver last year and it turned out to be one of my favorite movies of the year! It’s sooooo good. I’m not really into action movies, to be honest, but this movie was more than that. It had an amazing soundtrack, great characters and beautiful relationships.
    Karate Kid is another one of my ultimate favorites. The fact there are no white people in that movie gives me life, truly. That movie may be full of clichés, but I love it to pieces nonetheless.
    I also have a few backlist movies I still have to get to, like Hidden Figures (I don’t know how I haven’t watched this yet!) and Interstellar. This last one is my best friend’s favorite movie and he pushes me to watch it everytime, but I’m so intimidated by its length! Have you watched it already? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

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  3. There are some good movies on here! Some I haven’t seen. I love Inception, LOTR, and The Princess Bride, but you probably know that. I have been wanting to see The Shawshank Redemption too!
    Ah, The Help is such a good one. And I really like McFarland, USA!
    Hm, what IS on my watch list? One of my friend’s recommended Molly’s Game to me, though I don’t know much about it. I also want to see Schindler’s List, The Mission, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, though I’ve heard that last one isn’t all that great. I’m still curious.
    The most recent thing I watched wasn’t actually a movie, but I’m currently obsessed with season 3 of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, so that’s pretty much what’s on my mind right now.

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    1. Okay, good! That adds to my excitement. Haha, I knew you love LOTR and The Princess Bride, but I didn’t know about Inception. On a scale of 1-10, if 1 is why reading is amazing and 10 is the physics behind the atomic bomb (it’s on the mind because I just read a book about the atomic bomb), how confusing did you think it was?
      Oh, The Help! Have you read the book? I LOVE McFarland, USA. That is one of the movies I’ve cried the most tears during. Whoa, Molly’s Game looks intense and interesting. I watched part of Schindler’s List in history class! One of the scenes almost made me cry- if I wasn’t in class, I probably would’ve. What are you curious about The Nutcracker? I haven’t watched it, but I did read an article about Misty Copeland and her thoughts on it and also watched a fun interview with her on Youtube. Okay, I just added A Series of Unfortunate Events to my Netflix list. I didn’t really like the books, but I know both you and Olivia watch the show, so I want to try it out!

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      1. Um, maybe a 5? Or a 6? The first time I watched it I found it really quite confusing but I’ve seen it probably ten times since and it makes a lot more sense now.
        Yes, I read the book just this past December, and I really liked it! I saw the movie before though. Both are excellent.
        Yeah, a lot of the movies on my list are kind of intense looking! In different ways.
        I think the two main reasons I am curious to see The Nutcracker are 1, I really like Mackenzie Foy (who plays the protagonist) and 2, I am usually interested in anything that takes a fairy tale and tries to expound on it. I am not expecting much, but I would still like to see it at some point.
        Haha, yeah, though if you didn’t like the books I kind of doubt you’ll like the show- the two are very similar. But you never know until you try!

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