During the last 20 years, many great movies have been released. But only time will tell which of those films have what it takes to become truly iconic. Despite that, many people still try to predict which ones have that staying power.
With help from various Reddit threads, we here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of movies that people think will become modern classics. To narrow down our definition of a "modern classic" we have only included films made within the last 20 years. While you probably won't agree with every single choice on this list, there are others who believe in their potential to become some of the greats. Scroll below to upvote your favorites and tell us your predictions in the comments!

#1 Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001)

"Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. Spirited away is the only traditionally animated film to win a non technical Oscar, the only non Western animated film to win an Oscar. It was the highest grossing film in Japan of all time for a long while, and is consistently ranked on the top 10 greatest movies of the 21st century, and top 100 of all time. With the exception of maybe a... Read More

"Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. Spirited away is the only traditionally animated film to win a non technical Oscar, the only non Western animated film to win an Oscar. It was the highest grossing film in Japan of all time for a long while, and is consistently ranked on the top 10 greatest movies of the 21st century, and top 100 of all time. With the exception of maybe a handful it won every award it was nominated for. And I can't stress enough that it's traditionally animated in a world where 99% of animated films are CGI, and the line between CGI and live action is more and more Blurred, a film like spirited away becomes more important as it is not only an opus of its medium, but also because the medium is dying or dead to most audiences. Spirited Away is also approachable by and easily enjoyed by anyone. It reflects positive themes of empowerment, respect, and Justice. Spirited also manages to repersent love between a male and a female that's not romantic, but platonic and built on respect and admiration for one another. Princess Mononoke is a better movie, in my opinion, but is probably less important to and for mainstream attention and study because it didn't have the impact or approachability."

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Nervous Chaos 1 week ago

This movie was my childhood.

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#2 Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E (2008)

"Wall-E definitely. Not only is it a gorgeous film, with the first half being a stellar 'silent' film but it carries messages of environmentalism and anti-consumerism which we are now starting to see fully the repercussions of in our own environment."

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Luis Milian 1 week ago

if you do not love Wall-E you are lost.

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#3 Lord Of The Rings (2001)

Lord Of The Rings (2001)

"All 3 movies are masterpieces and they seem to age exceptionally well."

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Lyop 1 week ago

*to the caption* yes. This. Yes!!

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#4 The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

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MJ 1 week ago

This is already a modern classic imo...

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#5 The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show (1998)

"Way ahead of its time"

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Sinning is Winning 1 week ago

Good morning! & in case I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening, & goodnight!

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#6 Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

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GeneralZod 1 week ago

It saddens me how many people haven't watching this film. It is hauntingly beautiful

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#7 The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

"Well made with intent and design. Before M. Night Shyamalan was known for "the big twist" that overshadowed the rest of the storytelling."

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Turd Ferguson 1 week ago

What made this movie so brilliant for me was how obvious the twist became when I watched it a second time.

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#8 The Iron Giant (1999)

The Iron Giant (1999)

"By and far one of animations greatest tragedies but even after its tepid box office turnout this films significance & accomplishments are not wholly lost. The acting is on point, the animation superb and its message isn't hackneyed or cookie cutter while also managing to explore the hysteria and anxiety of Cold War America in a manner palatable for children but cognizant enough that older viewers don't feel talked down... Read More

"By and far one of animations greatest tragedies but even after its tepid box office turnout this films significance & accomplishments are not wholly lost. The acting is on point, the animation superb and its message isn't hackneyed or cookie cutter while also managing to explore the hysteria and anxiety of Cold War America in a manner palatable for children but cognizant enough that older viewers don't feel talked down to."

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JustABobcat 1 week ago

Not to mention, Vin Diesel does a pretty good job as the voice of the Iron Giant. I suspect this is what led to him playing the role of Groot in Guardians of The Galaxy.

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#9 Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

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Last Hurrah 1 week ago

Someone just broke the first two rules1

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#10 Ratatouille (2007)

Ratatouille (2007)

"Maybe not 'iconic' in the sense you're thinking. But Hear me out. We'll ignore the virtually-last-words monologue of Peter O'Toole. We'll even ignore the brilliant outlandishness of the plot. What Ratatouille did for CG realism in the movie industry is comparable to what Toy Story did for CG animation. The amount of research that went into creating all that food to look somewhat appealing ended up having huge impacts throughout the... Read More

"Maybe not 'iconic' in the sense you're thinking. But Hear me out. We'll ignore the virtually-last-words monologue of Peter O'Toole. We'll even ignore the brilliant outlandishness of the plot. What Ratatouille did for CG realism in the movie industry is comparable to what Toy Story did for CG animation. The amount of research that went into creating all that food to look somewhat appealing ended up having huge impacts throughout the industry. Super interesting stuff if you want a rabbit hole to dive down someday."

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PyroarRanger 1 week ago

PSA: the rat's name is Remy, not Ratatouille

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