Five Films To Watch Before You Turn 40

If you are one of those people that keep adding movies to the to-watch-list but never actually watch them, this list is for you. The film industry keeps growing but it is important to look back every once in a while. The movies in this list are some of the essential pop culture films that any person should watch.

From comedies to the birth of a hero, this movies became classics the minute the first person watched them. Pop culture is extremely important, it is all around us. Nowadays, TV shows have references from some of the movies on the list. These movies also inspired other movies and created new sub-genre.

No matter who you are or what you do for a living, this movies are the pop culture essentials anyone needs in their lives.

500 Days of Summer (2009)

At some point of our lives, we all have gone through a breakup. The hopeless romantics out there probably more than once. 500 Days of Summer is the story of Tom, a hopeless romantic and Summer, a free spirit.

When they met, Tom believes Summer is the love of his life. As the story ensues, Tom learn that people are more than just an idea. You will laugh and cry during this movie. In the end you will have to decide if you are a Tom or a Summer.

Mean Girls (2004)

Written by Tina Fey, Mean Girls is a must-watch for everyone from teenagers to full grown ups. Cady is the new girl in town directly from Africa, she enters the school and learns that animals are not as wild as teenage girls. This is a comedy that set a precedent. 14 years after the premiere, Mean Girls stays in the mind of everyone. If you don’t believe us, go on Twitter on October 3rd and you will see the memes. Men and women will enjoy this movie equally.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

One of Tarantino’s early works, Pulp Fiction features stars like Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. The movie combines comedy and violence with drugs and dancing. One of the most important movies in pop culture, Pulp Fiction is divided in seven parts that follow the characters through different situations. It is a quintessential Tarantino movie that shows his irreverent style and sharp sense of humor.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

After a break up, we all wish we could erase that person from our lives. On this movie, the main couple does it only to end up together again. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet is a comedy-drama on the science-fiction genre. This movie resonates with anyone, even the perpetually single. It is ideal for a rainy Sunday afternoon and a mandatory pop culture reference.

The Dark Knight (2008)

What is better than a Batman movie? A Batman movie directed by Christopher Nolan. The second of the Dark Knight trilogy introduced Heath Ledger on his final role as The Joker. This is one of the best movies made in history, critics and fans praised Nolan for the script and the actors for a once in a lifetime performance. Any Batman fan would agree that this trilogy should be the only Batman film accepted. Whatever comes next will be nothing compared to Nolan’s masterpiece.

This is a film that deals with difficult moral topics and the characters are constantly challenged to go against their values. The Dark Knight earned $1 billion worldwide making it one of the most successful movies in history.