Usually the word classic is attached to a movie after decades and decades have passed since its release.
We present 15 movies that were classics as soon as they arrived on screens.
Click through and discover 15 modern movies that Movie Fanatic believes are classics... right now!
1. The Matrix
The Wachowskis took an action movie genre and completely turned it on its head. Upon first viewing, audiences knew they were watching a film for the ages.
2. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction came out of nowhere and changed how Hollywood made movies. Quentin Tarantino announced himself as a filmmaker and we were never the same again.
3. Toy Story
Toy Story landed in the mid-1990s and immediately put Pixar on the map. Animation houses across the world were put on notice that this is how you make an animated movie. Between its story, characters and message... it was the perfect movie, animation or otherwise.
4. The Silence of the Lambs
It is the rare film of the modern era that sweeps the Oscars. The Silence of the Lambs won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Instant classic.
5. Die Hard
There's a reason why every film that came after Die Hard would be described as Die Hard on a plane, Die Hard on a boat, etc. It's because Die Hard broke the action movie mold and became an iconic flick almost immediately.
6. Do The Right Thing
Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing was revolutionary in so many ways. The way it was shot. The subject matter. Its explosive ending. All classic.
7. Fight Club
Fight Club arrived and immediately penetrated the pop culture consciousness. I know we're not supposed to talk about Fight Club, but unfortunately... we could not stop.
8. Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain revolutionized the romance and it was a sweeping romance at that. And that has nothing to do with the fact that the hearts involved were both men's. It should have won Best Picture, it was just ahead of its time... another sign of a classic.
What's not to love about Juno? Heartwarming and hilarious, it is the rare small film that feels huge and that's what made it such a... classic.
What makes Memento such a classic is when you watch it, you feel like you have been truly taken to another world, another time, heck... another plane. Christopher Nolan announced himself as a filmmaker for the ages and crafted a classic that will continue to blow minds as the decades pass.
When you ask a gangster what the best mob movie of all time is, and we have, they answer Goodfellas. Yes, The Godfather is great. But, Goodfellas is simply astounding.
12. Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko not only introduced us to the power that is Jake Gyllenhaal, but also how a film can get deep inside your head, and never let you go.
13. Boogie Nights
When you think about it, Boogie Nights is kind of a small story. Yet, it feels so epic. Mark Wahlberg exploded as a movie star and Paul Thomas Anderson let the world know that a classic can be made about any subject matter, if it is told right.
14. Saving Private Ryan
Crafting a World War II classic is something Hollywood has done for years. But, rarely did it happen as quickly as it did when Saving Private Ryan landed on screens from Steven Spielberg. It is as pure of a classic as there comes.