Film is immersive. It has the power to transport the human imagination into a whole new dimension. And an exceptional film will stick with an audience well after production. This is a list of some of the most influential films of the millennial generation according to a poll of BYU students:
1. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (2001–2003)
Each of the films in this trilogy follows young and humble hobbits in their adventure in seeking to destroy the one ring to rule them all: the precious. More than 10 years later, J.R.R. Tolkien’s story is still influencing the lives of many fans, especially with “The Lord of the Rings” prequel, “The Hobbit,” now making its way onto the big screen and into a new trilogy of its own.
Rachael Barksdale, a post-baccalaureate student from Tacoma, Wash., explained how the trilogy not only influenced future films but also society.
“I believe ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy is one of the most influential cinematic endeavors of our generation because I believe it changed how we view storytelling,” Barksdale said. “It raised our expectations of CGI effects and taught us to appreciate mythology in a world that has become increasingly cynical. This trilogy is our generation’s ‘Star Wars.'”
2. “Jurassic Park” (1993)
This science-fiction adventure film makes you think twice about attempting cloning.
Dan Evans, a freshman, said he watches “Jurassic Park” more than any other film.
“Whenever I see a glass of water sitting on a table or on a flat surface, I have to hit the table to make the water ripple, obviously to make it look like the dinosaurs are coming,” Evans said. “I’ve probably watched ‘Jurassic Park’ too many times, but it’s just so good.”
Twenty years later, students still get spooked when the dinosaurs seem near.
3. “The Sandlot” (1993)
“The Sandlot” created timeless characters who are quoted and loved to this day, such as Scotty Smalls, “Ham” and “Squints” Palledorous.
“The Sandlot” not only targeted a younger generation of boys but also was a nostalgic film portrayal of the ’50s. The film’s spirit helps people remember to embrace childhood throughout life. And when the opportunity arises, who could refrain from quoting, “You’re killing me, Smalls!”
4. “Remember the Titans” (2000)
“Remember the Titans” did more than put a young, lovable Ryan Gosling on the map. It portrayed a true and inspiring story of an African-American football coach in the ’70s attempting to integrate the team despite opposition from both sides.
This film teaches lessons of tolerance, love and trust, which is still admired years later.
5. “Harry Potter” series (2001–2011)
It is evident that the “Harry Potter” films have made it big whether or not you were one of the people waiting by the door for your owl to arrive when you turned 12. There’s an entire theme park in Florida dedicated to the story, and two more are under construction in California and Japan.
The films follow three young friends as they use their wands in seeking to find and kill “He Who Must Not Be Named.”