'Twilight' – 10 years
10 years ago, the world fell in love with Edward and Bella, catapulting relatively unknown actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart into superstardom.
'Saving Private Ryan' – 20 years
Released: July 24, 1998
Steven Spielberg amassed an ensemble cast that includes Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Ted Danson and more for his war epic that went one to win five Oscars, including Best Director. “Saving Private Ryan” was the top-grossing film of 1998, earning $216.5 million at the box office.
'The Truman Show' – 20 years
Released: June 5, 1998
Before reality TV became a television staple, the 1998 Jim Carrey film “The Truman Show” gave a glimpse at what an entire life lived in the spotlight might look like.
'Armageddon' - 20 years
Released: July 1, 1998
1998 saw two movies about asteroids hitting the earth and wiping out humanity. “Armageddon” won the battle at the box office over “Deep Impact” and gave Aerosmith their very first number one on the Billboard charts with “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”.
'Jurassic Park' – 25 years
Released: June 11, 1993
The Park opened for business in 1993, pulling in $357 million in ticket sales. Two sequels and a reboot later, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opens in 2018, nearly 25 years to the day “Jurassic Park” premiered.
'Schindler’s List' – 25 years
Released: Dec. 25, 1993
Steven Spielberg’s epic true story of German businessman-turned-saviour, Oskar Schindler won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The black-and-white “Schindler’s List” also earned Spielberg his first Oscar for Best Director.
'Beetlejuice' – 30 years
Released: Mar. 30, 1988
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Tim Burton’s quirky and surreal ghost story has become a cult favourite in the years following its release on March 30, 1988.
'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' – 30 years
Released: June 22, 1988
The line between reality and fantasy are blurred as beloved cartoon characters ranging from Bugs Bunny to Mickey Mouse come alive in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” A technical marvel, the hybrid live-action and animated comedy pleased audiences both young and old to become the year’s second-highest grossing movie, just behind “Rain Man”.
'Die Hard' - 30 years
Released: July 20, 1988
Yippee ki-yay “Die Hard”. As John McClane, Bruce Willis’ epic Christmas face-off against Alan Rickman’s German terrorist Hans Gruber is one of Hollywood’s classic action movies, spawning an additional four sequels across 25 years.
'Return Of the Jedi' – 35 years
Released: May 25, 1983
1983’s “Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi” introduced us to the galaxy’s most lovable creatures, the ewoks, and concluded the saga of Luke, Leia and Han Solo – or so we thought. 32 years later we’d be reunited with original trilogy faves in “The Force Awakens”.
'Grease' – 40 years
Released: June 16, 1978
“Grease” was the word 40 years ago as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John shimmied their way around Rydell High. The popular musical continues to get fans talking, spawning theories about how Sandy was drowned on the beach and the entire events of the movie were just a dream.
'Halloween' – 40 years
Released: Oct. 27, 1978
40 years after the masked Michael Myers terrified babysitter Jamie Lee Curtis in the iconic slasher flick, Curtis will return to the role that made her a Scream Queen with a “Halloween” reboot in 2018.
'The Exorcist' – 45 years
Released: Dec. 26, 1973
For 45 years, “The Exorcist” was the top-grossing horror movie of all-time, until it was dethroned by “It” in 2017. Director William Friedkin’s possession scare-fest earns its long-lasting legacy as one of cinema’s most terrifying films as it continues to turn people off pea soup forever.
'Night of the Living Dead' – 50 years
Released: Oct. 4, 1968
The zombie genre owes everything to late director (and Toronto resident) George A. Romero and his “Night Of The Living Dead”. Revolutionizing the horror genre, the black-and-white indie film earned over 150 times its budget and quickly became a cult classic. The movie led to five subsequent sequels and two remakes across four decades.
'2001: A Space Odyssey' – 50 years
Released: April 11, 1968
Stanley Kubrick’s influential sci-fi space opera “2001: A Space Odyssey” pushed the limits of not only narrative storytelling, but special effects. Nominated for four Oscars, Kubrick took home the award for Best Visual Special Effects.
'Planet Of The Apes' – 50 years
Released: Apr. 3, 1968
The classic sci-fi adventure film about a planet where apes rule over humankind offered a thought-provoking look at humanity and culture. While the original appears heavily dated 50 years later, the concepts and story behind the film seem as new as ever, thanks to a rebooted series of films including 2017’s “War For The Planet Of The Apes”.
'The Birds' – 55 years
Released: March 29, 1963
Alfred Hitchcock’s pulse-pounding suspense thriller has had us carefully eyeing our fine feathered friends for 55 years. A masterclass on how to build suspense, “The Birds” is a true cinema classic that stands the test of time.
'Vertigo' – 60 years
Released: May 8, 1958
Another Hitchcock classic celebrates a milestone anniversary in 2018. The surreal mystery masterpiece with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak was one of the first movies to utilize computer animation for the film’s striking opening credits sequence.
'Peter Pan' – 65 years
Released: Feb. 5, 1953
Walt Disney’s animated trip to Neverland was originally intended to be the studio’s second animated feature, following “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”. After the outbreak of WWII, the film’s development was put on hold and was eventually released in 1953.
'King Kong' – 85 years
Released: April 7, 1933
In 1933, the original movie monster “King Kong” wowed audiences and critics alike. With a legacy that spans over 85 years, the beloved jungle beast got his most recent big screen makeover in 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island”.