20 Films Turning 20 in 2015

Empire Records

Empire Records

If Clueless was the coming-of-age film about the popular crowd, Empire Records was the one for the cool kids. You know, the flannel-clad types who knew all the best bands before you did, and then dismissed them as sellouts the second you learned about them. Although the details couldn’t be more era-specific, the basic narrative about bored teen kids remains universal.

Julie Delpy And Ethan Hawke In 'Before Sunrise'

Before Sunrise

For a few years there, Before Sunrise served as a sort of litmus test: What you thought happened next supposedly spoke volumes about the kind of person you were. We now have a definitive answer, thanks to the two sequels that followed. But instead of retroactively diminishing the magic of Before Sunrise, they just make Jesse and Celine’s first encounter feel all the more poignant.

Mallrats

Mallrats

Kevin Smith followed up his microbudget debut Clerks with a big (relatively speaking) studio film that… still felt a lot like Clerks, actually. It’s in color, with a more expansive setting and bigger stars, but Smith’s cheerful mix of vulgarity and sincerity, the obsessive pop culture banter, the shaggy feel hadn’t changed. Come to think of it, it still hasn’t.

Hackers

Hackers

Ah, the mid-’90s, when computers were familiar enough that people were making movies about them, yet foreign enough that those movies tended to be ridiculous. A lot of Hackers looks laughably dated now — those code names, those outfits, those obviously fake computer programs — but give it some credit. The film did get a few things very, very right, including the fact that Angelina Jolie deserved be a big star.

The Net

The Net

The Net has not aged well. Much of it feels like a “computer says no” sketch played with a completely straight face, and Sandra Bullock precedes Chris Hemsworth in the pantheon of laughably implausible computer geeks. At the time, though, it did a pretty good job of reminding us why we were all terrified of this strange place called the World Wide Web.

Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Love Michael Bay or hate him, Bad Boys is where it all started. It was his feature filmmaking debut, it made a big chunk of change, and it’s been practically unstoppable ever since. It’s not Michael Bay at his Michael Bay-iest, but you can see a lot of his hallmarks in it including his signature 360-degree spin shot. And there could be more where that came from — just last year, actor Martin Lawrence confirmed a Bad Boys III was in development.

Showgirls

Showgirls

Any movie can be a flop. Only the most secretly brilliant or the most fantastically misguided of them go on to become cult classics. Even now, movie lovers are divided as to which camp Showgirls falls into. Either way, it’s got its own special place in pop culture. Plenty of films have been touted or derided as “the next Showgirls” in the years since, but to this day, there’s only one Showgirls.

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