Movie Anniversaries That Make You Feel Old

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Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls (2004)
Paramount via Everett Collection
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Mean Girls hit theaters. In that time, Rachel McAdams has starred in a handful of romcoms, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have taken over TV, and Lindsay Lohan has been to rehab seven times. Who would have thought Amanda Seyfried would be the most successful of the Plastics? And whatever happened to Gretchen Wieners?
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Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumber
New Line Cinema via Everett Collection
Surprisingly enough, we've been quoting Dumb and Dumber for over two decades. Twenty years ago, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels sped across the country in the most quotable comedy of the 1990s. Few screwball/gross-out laffers to come since have earned the cult classic status of the Farrelly Brothers' 1994 film.
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The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot (1993)
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
Another film we loved as kids and have spent the past 20 years quoting: The Sandlot, which came out in 1993 and introduced a generation of tots to a simpler, quieter, more earnest time... a time riddled with monster dogs and nauseating chewing tobacco.
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The Rescuers (1977)
The Rescuers (1977)
Walt Disney Co. via Everett Collection
Here's one that'll shock you: The Rescuers, that adorable Disney animated film that you watched over and over as a kid, came out in 1977. The same year as Star Wars, Close Encounters, and Annie Hall. (Man, that was a great year for movies!)
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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
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It’s been 37 years since the first Star Wars film premiered. And it’s been 15 years since George Lucas sullied everyone’s favorite space franchise. Remember the pod-racing? Racist stereotype Jar Jar Binks? An entire movie centered around Jake Lloyd? A seventh film is due out in 2015 but does it have the power to Jedi mind-wipe this film’s mistakes from our memory?
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Titanic (1997)
Titanic (1997)
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
Gird your loins, we’re about to talk about Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s been 17 years since Dicaprio flew to the top of the A-List and perched there. This film made James Cameron billions, Celine Dion millions, and Billy Zane a couple grand. This love story changed the shape of film and has so many iconic roles. It’s shares a birthday with DiCaprio’s 2019 girlfriend.
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Showgirls (1995)
Showgirls (1995)
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This film blew people away by putting Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley in such a graphically sexual role. It blew critics away with how bad it was. In the 19 years since it hit theaters it has secured a cult classic status. Whether you snuck into theaters to see it or watched it in your college dorm room, this film is forever etched in history.
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Speed (1994)
Speed (1994)
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
It’s hard to imagine a world without Sandra Bullock. 20 years ago, she was only known for tiny roles as a country singer, biologist, and a cop from the future. Keanu Reeves was just a pretty face and best known from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. This was before people realized the genius of Point Break. This film proved Reeves and Bullock could carry a film. It’s been a bumpy road for them both but we will always remember their first huge blockbuster and their roles in The Matrix and Gravity.
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The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
Walt Disney Co. via Everett Collection
It’s been 20 years, since Simba was held up on that mountain. It’s hard to believe that a movie we loved as children is now a constant reminder we’re old enough to drink or buy cigarettes without getting carded. Remember when Jonathan Taylor-Thomas was a star?! It’s hard to believe that it’s been about that long since a Disney movie has had the same success as Frozen in getting children and adults singing along. But more importantly, can you feel the love tonight?
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Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone (1990)
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
It’s been 24 years since Macaulay Culkin burst into theaters and became one of the biggest A-list child actors in movie history. This childhood classic does look a little different on the other side of those 24 years. Why was 8-year-old Kevin McCallister so unapologetically violent and afraid to contact the police? Why did his family not receive a visit by Child Protective Services? What ever happened to Daniel Stern? It will be really scary when Culkin turns 40! AHHHHHH!
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Walt Disney Co. via Everett Collection
It’s been 25 years since we were “Under the Sea!” It’s hard to believe this classic Disney film is older than Justin Bieber! Its infectious soundtrack has ensured that an entire generation knows the entire song catalog by heart. Finish the line, “Up where they walk, up where they run...” Disney could make millions selling a commemorative Ariel anti-wrinkle eye cream. Paging Ursula the Sea Witch!
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Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)
Warner Bros. Entertainment Everett Collection
25 years is a lot in regular time but even more in comic book film franchise years. Since Michael Keaton there have been four new Batmen, two jokers, a franchise murdered beyond belief, and a resurgence. We’re due for a Superman/Batman crossover movie. But nothing holds a candle to one of the first comic book franchises and the father of the current comic book movie craze.
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Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Warner Bros. Entertainment via Everett Collection
One year before he made Batman, Tim Burton revolutionized the ghost story with his own bizarrely twisted world. It’s hard to believe that Alec Baldwin was the sexy lead and the now invisible Geena Davis played his wife. Winona Ryder captured everyone’s hearts. It’s a pity a 22-year-old Helena Bonham Carter was torturing Muggles in England and couldn’t star in this film.
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Mannequin (1987)
Mannequin (1987)
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
This 27-year-old comedy is one of the few movies safe from a reboot. Gone are the days of movies with outlandish magical plots. A mannequin (Kim Cattrall) is possessed by an Ancient Egyptian spirit and she falls in love with a window dresser (Andrew McCarthy). It’s nice to see Cattrall was always a sex symbol and nice to reflect on the now disappearance of McCarthy. It’s nice to occasionally watch these whimsical comedies but great that movies have moved more to realism.
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Warner Bros. Entertainment via Everett Collection
It’s mind-blowing that this adventure film is 30 years old! C’mon Bastian, We can’t be that old. Falcor, take us away! This children’s classic doesn’t feel like it’s older than Lindsay Lohan but it is. Cripes! Maybe we can all make a collect call to the Child-like Empress and wish for a few more years of youth!
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Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
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It’s been 30 years since comedy royalty Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis united for this popular comedy. Who could forget that you’re never meant to cross streams? Are you a keymaster or a gate keeper? It’s sad that we’ve lost Ramis but this film has helped define a generation.
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Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Walt Disney Co. via Everett Collection
This Disney classic is 50 years old! Maybe Mr. Banks should save us from hitting the floor in shock. This Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke classic has inspired countless generations and has an addictive soundtrack. It’s hard to believe this movie is old enough to have children, or even grandchildren of its own. That’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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