10 films celebrating anniversaries

By Tatianna Salisbury

Time flies when there are hundreds of movies released every year, and the 2019 film season is in full swing with anticipated releases like “Captain Marvel,” “Dumbo” and “Avengers: Endgame” set to arrive within the coming months.


With so many reboots, sequels and original stories to look forward to, it’s easy to overlook the classics when searching for a film on a Saturday night. Here are 10 legendary films celebrating anniversaries in 2019 deserving of a rewatch.


“Avatar” (2009)

Director James Cameron’s 3-D spectacular fantasy won three Oscars for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction. The film was also nominated for six additional Oscars including Best Motion Picture and Directing. At the 36th Saturn Awards, an award show dedicated to honoring the best in science fiction, horror and fantasy film, “Avatar” won all ten awards it was nominated for, including Best Science Fiction Film.

“Coraline” (2009)

The film, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is the first stop-motion animated feature to be shot entirely in 3-D. At one hour and 40 minutes, it was the longest shot stop-motion film until 2016’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” beat it by two minutes. Director and writer Henry Selick, who was responsible for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and the Giant Peach,” adapted Neil Gaiman’s 2002 book into a screenplay about an 11-year old girl who becomes trapped in a world of both her wildest fantasies and greatest nightmares.

“Mean Girls” (2004)

Celebrating its 15th anniversary on April 30, the teen comedy has grown into an acclaimed cult classic with a Tony-nominated musical adaptation written by the film’s screenwriter Tina Fey. The film’s realistic look into the adolescent years of high school has become groundbreaking social commentary. While James Franco was originally considered for the role of Aaron Samuels, Jonathan Bennett was ultimately cast because Fey admitted she thought he “looked like Jimmy Fallon.”

“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The crime bosses, dysfunctional romantic relationships and Royale with Cheese that Quentin Tarantino introduced audiences to in his crime drama “Pulp Fiction” in the early 1990s created a film experience unlike any other. Tarantino and co-writer Roger Avary won the 1995 Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. The film was nominated for six additional Oscars and five Golden Globes, winning the Globe for Best Screenplay, Motion Picture. The film is filled with bloody violence and classic catchphrases as it tells the intertwining stories of hitmen and boxers in Los Angeles as they navigate the crime-ridden streets.

“Forrest Gump” (1994)

Winning six Oscars including the 1995 Best Picture Academy Award, the film was based on author Winston Groom’s 1984 novel and adapted to the screen under the direction of “Back to the Future” director and writer Robert Zemeckis. “Forrest Gump” coined the phrase, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” and has grossed over $677 million worldwide to date.

“When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)

A romantic comedy that attempted to answer the question, “Can men and women just be friends?” is still as funny and relatable 30 years later as it was the day it released. Screenwriter Nora Ephron took five years to develop the final screenplay for the film, and the finished product, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, earned her a 1990 Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

“Ghostbusters” (1984)

After being kicked out of Columbia University for unethical and dangerous experimentation, three parapsychology professors go into business for themselves as ghost removal servicemen. Directed by Ivan Reitman and starring comedy icons Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, the film was the highest grossing comedy until 1990 when “Home Alone” was released November 16, 1991.

“Alien” (1979)

Ridley Scott introduced the horrific fate of the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo as they investigated a distress call, a colony of eggs and a mysterious creature aboard the spaceship. Winning the 1980 Oscar for Best Visual Effects, the film’s practical effects set a standard at the Academy Awards for films to use as little optical or matte effects as possible to create the most realistic shots.

“Mary Poppins” (1964)

Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sang and danced its way to 13 nominations and five wins at the 1965 Oscars. Julie Andrews won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for headlining the film as Mary Poppins, the lovable no-nonsense nanny of the Banks’ children. The film is Walt Disney’s most successful evening at the Academy Awards, and also sealed Walt’s record as the most Oscar-winning person of all time. Walt won 26 Oscars in his lifetime and was nominated 59 times.

“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan and Margaret Hamilton, the beloved classic musical movie tells the story of Dorothy as she lands in the magical land of Oz, meets a cast of colorful characters and struggled to find her way home. While the film didn’t win Best Picture at the 1940 Oscars, it did nab the awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow,” written by E.Y. Harburg and composed by Harold Arlen.