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20 Must-Watch Movies Turning 23 This Year

1. 'Independence Day'

In this epic science fiction movie, an alien invasion causes strange things to happen across the planet. The people of Earth are forced to rally together to keep their home intact, but do they have the technology to defeat this advanced race? The sequel to this movie, Independence Day: Resurgence, comes out later this year. There's no better time to sit back and rewatch how it all began!

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2. 'Jerry Maquire'

This movie follows the tale of a sports agent who has a moral epiphany about the dishonest nature of the sports management business and decides to act on it in an attempt to raise the quality of his work. As a result, he gets fired from his job. He decides to put his new philosophy to the test by opening his own agency, even though he only has one client. A pivotal role in Tom Cruise’s career, it's a must-watch!

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3. 'Fargo'

Fargo is one of the most famous movies of 1996, and it has even been transformed into a television show in recent years! A debt-ridden, Minnesota cars salesman decides to hire two criminals to capture his own wife. He plans to collect a ransom from his wife’s wealthy father, pay the criminals for their troubles, and absolve his debt. But, things go awry when one of the criminals shoots an officer. 

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4. 'Mission: Impossible'

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation just came out last year, and if you enjoyed that movie, you should definitely see the first one. Spies Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) go on an undercover mission. After Jim is killed and Ethan is accused of murdering him, Ethan must find a way to clear his name and finish their mission. 

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5. 'The English Patient'

This Academy Award-winning picture is set in the Sahara desert and follows the story of a badly injured man who is being taken care of by a nurse in an Italian monastery. Throughout his treatment, we learn of his past through flashbacks. The injured man is portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, so if any Harry Potter fans out there want to see more of his work, check out this classic film. 

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6. 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

You probably took your children to see this movie, but it’s a timeless classic that people of all ages can enjoy! It’s an animated film about an orphan boy (Quasimodo) who was raised by the minister of justice (Frollo) in the Notre Dame cathedral after he killed the boy’s mother. Quasimodo lives an isolated life but still turns out to be a nice young man, and he ends up playing a much bigger role in the fight for justice than he ever could have imagined. 

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7. 'The Nutty Professor'

This hilarious Eddie Murphy flick is about a brilliant, obese scientist who invents a remarkable weight loss solution. Yet when he tries this solution for himself, he discovers that one of the side effects is a second personality, and it's not a good one! This witty movie is great to watch with the kids or grandkids. If they’ve never seen the comedic brilliance of Eddie Murphy before, this is a perfect introduction!

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8. 'Twister'

In this classic disaster film, a university professor and her team of students are building the prototype for a tornado data-gathering device that would be groundbreaking in the world of meteorology. But when their idea is stolen by a rival scientist, they must come together to lay claim to the project that is rightfully theirs. If you’re into science and the weather, or just an edge-of-your seat thriller, this movie should be your next Friday night flick. 

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9. '101 Dalmations'

The live-action version of this beloved movie came out in 1996 and retold the tale of a woman who kidnapped 101 puppies so she could turn them into a fur coat. Little did she know, creatures from all over the animal kingdom would come to the pups' rescue and thwart her evil plan. This movie stars Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil, and she is perfect for making you love to hate this puppy-killing villain!

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10. 'Happy Gilmore'

Adam Sandler movies may not be Oscar-worthy, but they are quintessential feel-good movies that can brighten your day instantly. In this particular film, Happy Gilmore (Sandler) wants to be a hockey player, but he soon discovers that he’s actually much better at golf. After he learns that his grandmother is about to lose her home, he enters a tournament in an attempt to win money for her and learns that golf isn’t so bad after all. 

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11. 'Space Jam'

Is there a more ‘90s movie than Space Jam? Probably not. It has an all-star cast including Danny DeVito, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Larry Bird. With aliens battling Bugs Bunny and NBA stars in the basketball game of the century, what’s not to love? 

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12. 'A Time to Kill'

Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey star in this thriller about a father who shoots the two men who brutally raped his young daughter. He turns to a young lawyer to help him seek justice in a backward, segregated, southern town. Will he ever get a fair trial? 

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13. 'The Crucible'

Arthur Miller’s retelling of the Salem Witch Trials stars Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis as Abigail Williams and John Proctor. Abigail is the ringleader in accusing others of witchcraft, and the story gets darker from there. With over 40 women put to death because of these accusations, this movie is sure to feed your dark side. 

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14. 'Beautiful Girls'

If your 10-year high school reunion was much less exciting than you hoped for, relive it through the eyes of this group of friends! Uma Thurman, Rosie O’Donnell, Matt Dillon and several other big names star in this comedy about the unexpected adventures you probably wish happened at your own reunion! 

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15. 'Star Treck: First Contanct'

The new Star Trek movie just came out a couple of years ago, and it appealed to fans and non-fans alike. So if Into Darkness ignited your love for Star Trek, you should definitely take a trip down memory lane and revisit First Contact. In this installment, Captain Picard goes back in time with the intent of preventing Earth’s first contact with alien life. 

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16. 'Evita'

Madonna stars in this real-life story of rags to riches. Eva Duarte Peron rises from poverty to become the wife of the Argentinian President, Juan Peron. Eva shows the world that she isn’t going to let her past hold her back from becoming a woman of influence and power. This story is based on (slightly exaggerated) true events, so it could be a great learning experience for you and the kids!

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17. 'Jack'

Robin Williams stars as Jack who is born to a couple after an unusually short pregnancy. This quick growth continues, and at the age of 10, Jack looks as though he is 40-years-old! Yet, he is still mentally and emotionally a 10-year-old boy. This movie captures the struggles he faces among his community and peers. In today’s age where bullying is pretty prominent, it could be a smart idea to view this movie with your kids or grandkids and discuss how our differences make us special. 

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18. 'Muppet Treasure Island'

Who doesn’t love a good Muppets movie? This is a tale full of pirates, buried treasure, and lots of adventure! Kermit the Frog, Long John Silver, and Young Jim Hawkins team up to seek out the buried booty that a dead pirate hid long ago. All they have to rely on is the dead pirate’s treasure map, each other, and a hearty spirit of adventure!

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19. 'James and the Giant Peach'

This classic children’s tale explores the adventures of a young boy who finds himself befriending an array of human-like bugs that live in a giant peach. The bugs take him on a magical trek to New York City. This movie is heartwarming and sweet, so it’s the perfect Sunday night flick you can watch to unwind before the week begins.

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20. 'Broken Arrow'

Looking for a thriller to liven up your Friday night? Look no further! This action movie stars John Travolta and Christian Slater as Air Force Pilots (Vic and Riley). These two pilots are sent on a top-secret mission with nuclear weapons in tow, but once they get in the air, Vic changes plans. He attempts to kill Riley by crashing the plane, steals the weapons, and plans to sell them to terrorists. Hopefully, Riley can stop him first!

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