Backlist movies I want to watch in 2020

My family doesn’t naturally watch movies, so for the past two years, I’ve kind of tried to educate myself in the world of movies. In 2018, I caught up with all the Marvel movies. In 2019, I watched a bunch of movies that were either famous or ones people on the internet/in real life seemed to keep mentioning. This year I’m doing the same thing. Next year I’m thinking about watching the Star Wars movies? But that is to be decided.

Here is my list for 2020.

Note: For the Rotten Tomatoes’ numbers, the first one is the critics’ score and the second is the audience score.

Fight Club

Rating: R
Length: 2h 31m
Rotten Tomatoes: 79/96
Release Year: 1999

Two weird guys become friends and create an even weirder club for guys who want to secretly fight.

UPDATE (1/17/20): This movie was so so weird. The people behind this movie purposely tell you to expect something totally different than what this movie actually is. Have you ever heard that internet myth that if you tell somebody with their eyes closed that they’re about to drink orange juice but then give them milk, they’ll gag? It kind of felt like that.

Groundhog Day

Rating: PG
Length: 1h 42m
Rotten Tomatoes: 96/88
Release Year: 1993

A weatherman keeps living Groundhog day over and over and learns stuff.

The Dark Knight Rises

Rating: PG-13
Length: 2h 45m
Rotten Tomatoes: 87/90
Release Year: 2012

Batman is forced to come out of retirement because duh, there’s more bad guys.

All the President’s Men

Rating: PG
Length: 2h 18m
Rotten Tomatoes: 93/92
Release Year: 1976

The movie adaptation of Watergate.

Emperor’s New Groove

Rating: G
Length: 1h 18m
Rotten Tomatoes: 85/83
Release Year: 2000

A jerk of an emperor gets turned into a llama and learns things.

Goodfellas

Rating: R
Length: 2h 28m
Rotten Tomatoes: 96/97
Release Year: 1990

A guy in a mob finally climbs to the top but then problems happen.

10 Things I Hate About You

Rating: PG-13
Length: 1h 39m
Rotten Tomatoes: 68/69
Release Year: 1999

Modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. A girl who seems very unlikely to date might date?

Dead Poets Society

Rating: PG
Length: 2h 20m
Rotten Tomatoes: 84/92
Release Year: 1989

An English teacher tries to get his students to think for and be themselves.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Rating: PG
Length: 1h 32m
Rotten Tomatoes: 97/95
Release Year: 1975

A weird modern-day version of King Arthur and his Knights figuring out a muder investigation.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Rating: R
Length: 3h 6m
Rotten Tomatoes: 97/97
Release Year: 1966

Two guys in the west during the Civil War are friends and then not friends and then friends again.

Sweet Home Alabama

Rating: PG-13
Length: 1h 49m
Rotten Tomatoes: 38/78
Release Year: 2002

A woman living in New York gets engaged but first goes back home to Alabama to figure some things out.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Rating: PG
Length: 2h 1m
Rotten Tomatoes: 98/72
Release Year: 1982

A nice alien is stuck on Earth and makes a friend. But then he gets sick and the government wants to get involved and problems.

Wolf of Wall Street

Rating: R
Length: 3h
Rotten Tomatoes: 79/82
Release Year: 2013

Guys on Wall Street cheat and lie and basically do whatever they want, but then the government starts to investigate him.

Catch Me If You Can

Rating: PG-13
Length: 2h 21m
Rotten Tomatoes: 96/89
Release Year: 2002

A FBI agent is on a mission to catch a guy who’s illegally pretended to be so many false jobs/people, but the guy’s pretty good at not being caught.

Roman Holiday

Rating: R
Length: 1h 59m
Rotten Tomatoes: 98/94
Release Year: 1953

A European princess and an American reporter meet each other accidentally and then fall in love accidentally too.

Fargo

Rating: R
Length: 1h 38m
Rotten Tomatoes: 93/93
Release Year: 1996

A guy struggling for money sets up a pretend kidnapping of his own wife to get ransom money from his father-in-law but then things get too real.

Citizen Cane

Rating: PG
Length: 1h 59m
Rotten Tomatoes: 100/90
Release Year: 1941

A reporter investigates a famous, mysterious man who died with his last word being “Rosebud.”

Have you watched any of these movies?
What’s something you’ve seen recently?
I watched Frozen 2 on Sunday. I do have to admit it wasn’t as good as the first one, but the first one is one of my favorite movies of all time so that’s not saying too much. I did think it was kind of weird though. (If you’ve watched it, I’m talking about Kristoff’s song and the plot in general. Anna and Olaf also felt different.)
Favorite movies of all time? I’m looking at what I put for my favorites last year, and it’s still the same. Frozen, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and McFarland, USA are my favorite Disney movies, and Three Idiots is my favorite movie of all time. I watched it again over break with my friends for either the third or fourth time, and all it did was remind me of how amazing it is.
It’s a Bollywood movie with subtitles and it’s so strange and beautiful and brilliant and Rancho and aghhhhh. If you have Netflix, it’s ON THERE. My friends who are guys think it’s funny to joke about how the first test for a potential girlfriend is seeing how well they can wash dishes. I think my test will be watching this movie.

16 thoughts on “Backlist movies I want to watch in 2020”

  1. i have only watched a couple movies of this list, but i’m not exactly into cinema, so i’m not surprised. 10 things i hate about you is a classic rom-com that set up a lot of tropes, so i ofc love it a lot. since i’ve watched this movie, every time i see joseph gordon levitt in something else, i still call him cameron – his character in 10 things, lol.
    emperor’s new groove is one of the best disney movies of all times. i was obsessed with the show on disney channel too.
    i watched frozen 2 as well, and i felt the same way. it didn’t captivate me as much as the first one did, not even in the soundtrack. i also thought it was quite confusing and olaf’s humor was a little bit off for me. i really liked seeing more of elsa, though. she’s such a great character and i think it was really important for her to learn more about her backstory and her powers. she totally went to the top of my list of favorite characters after this one!

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  2. AAA I didn’t realize I wasn’t following your blog!! Well that’s resolved now 😅

    My family doesn’t really watch movies either, but I HAVE seen The Emperor’s New Groove! It’s pretty hilarious and I enjoyed it. I don’t really know what I want to watch this year; I don’t actually like watching movies all that much. TV Shows I’ve been watching, though, are A Series of Unfortunate Events and Miss Marple, both of which I’m enjoying very much.

    Happy 2020!
    Hanne

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  3. The movies that I have seen off this list: The Dark Knight Rises (pretty decent movie, especially since Alfred exists), The Emperor’s New Groove (FANTASTIC and HILARIOUS and UNDERRATED), Dead Poets Society (Very well done and an excellent story), Sweet Home Alabama (I remember NOTHING about this one, but I did watch it), E.T.-at least most of it (um…just weird and boring. I know it’s a classic, but I didn’t get it AT ALL), Catch Me if You Can (I LOVE this movie! It’s a perfect mix of lighthearted heist type movie and deeply emotional drama).
    Recently I have been watching the Stranger Things TV show on Netflix and loving it.
    Favorite movies of all time is HARD. I like so many for different reasons. A few that come to mind are The Help, Inception, Monsters Inc, That Thing You Do, and Glory. There are so many though.

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    1. Ahhh, thank you for your mini-reviews. They are much appreciated. Okay, I haven’t got several classic movies I’ve watched. Most notably, Napoleon Dynamite. That movie is SO WEIRD. Princess Bride is also weird, but I loved the book. Fight Club is also insanely strange, but in a different way than the other two. Yes, I knew you loved Emperor’s New Groove and Catch Me if You Can! Your opinions over the blog posts have definitely impacted my choices :))
      Inception left me with my mouth dropped open for a good two minutes afterward. Do you have an opinion on the ending? We watched part of Glory in class. Whoa.

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      1. I didn’t get Napoleon Dynamite either! It just wasn’t my style, I guess. But I DO live Princes Bride, both the book and the movie version.
        The first time I watched Inception I was SO CONFUSED. But I loved it, and I’ve watched it many times since. There is so much to process. My opinion about the ending is that he finally figured out how to sort dreams from reality (this is shown in the scene where he confronts dream-Mal about how she isn’t real) and so he was able to go back to his family and live a normal life- in the literal sense that he was able to physically make it back into the country and also in the figurative sense that his mind was able to let go of the dreams. The whole movie shows him grappling with dream vs. reality, so to me that makes sense. The fact that he doesn’t even obsess over whether or not the top fell over at the end shows that he is more grounded. He didn’t need it, because he knew what was real. Some of my friends think he was dreaming in the end, but I refuse to believe that. Besides, the top started to wobble. What did you think?

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  4. Oh, Emperor’s New Groove is a CLASSIC. I grew up watching it and my sisters and I are always quoting it to each other. There are so many excellent funny lines. Catch Me if You Can is one of my favorite movies! It has that perfect combination of being really funny but also making you want to cry. I also really love Dead Poets Society and the Dark Knight Rises. I hope you get a chance to watch all these!
    (Also, I saw Frozen 2 with my sister and I agree that some of it was kind of strange. I honestly don’t even know what to think about Kristoff’s song.)

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    1. Hahaha, yes! I think the plot of Emperor’s New Groove is pretty unique from Disney movies. Ahh, really funny and also making you want to cry is a great combination. I will be watching these this year, you can 99% count on it. And you can maybe 1% count on me doing reviews? I tell myself I can just do them at the end of the year but then it’s really hard.
      I KNOW RIGHT.

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  5. I’m really uneducated on movies, especially Disney and Marvel/DC (though the latter is more me not wanting to associate with superhero movies haha) so this is a really interesting concept that I might try out at some point.

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  6. Yessss. Christopher Nolon’s batman trilogy is absolutely a m a z i n g.
    Groundhog Day is fun, and so is Emperor’s New Groove! My family quotes that one all the time in our family.
    Catch Me If You Can I have only seen once but it was really good. Something I want to watch again. I just read All The President’s Men but haven’t gotten around to the movie yet, though it’s something I have also wanted to watch.
    Great list!

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    1. I am very excited for the batman movies. Have you watched Marvel movies?
      Hahaha, I love that you mentioned that! The Temperamental Writer said she quotes Emperor’s New Groove regularly as well.
      Yes, I saw you read All The President’s Men in your post! The book is on my to be read list as well.
      Thank you!

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  7. ahhhhh definitely want to watch some of these soon! My family isn’t a big-movie-watching family but some of these movies I might be able to convince them to watch! Roman Holiday looks like a movie I would really like, I LOVE old movies like that! They’re clean and funny and just good in general! My friend’s friend told her that Olaf dies in Frozen 2?!?!? I’ve heard he doesn’t actually die 9from other friends) but I was kinda annoyed my friend spoiled! I want to go see it soon though, its a pretty monumental movie xD
    enjoyed this post xx!

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    1. I’ve only watched a small handful of old movies-To Kill a Mockingbird, Casablanca, 12 Angry Men-but I’ve liked all of them. Hahaha, I will avoid saying one thing or the other about Olaf :)) Ohh, I hope you like it if you do!

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