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 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

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#4 The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show (1998)

"Way ahead of its time"

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Jaguarundi 4 months ago

"Watercolor" is the first town that I had ever purposely visited because it had been used as a movie location. It was just like I expected, an overly fantastic, small, white, world. Just like the premise presented in the movie!

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#5 The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

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MJ 4 months ago

This is already a modern classic imo...

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#6 Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

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GeneralZod 4 months ago

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

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#7 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 to."

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JustABobcat 4 months 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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#8 Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

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Last Hurrah 4 months ago

Someone just broke the first two rules1

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#9 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 4 months 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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#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 industry. Super interesting stuff if you want a rabbit hole to dive down someday."

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PyroarRanger 4 months ago

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

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#11 Shrek (2001)

Shrek (2001)

"Not counting just the memes behind it, it was one of the first CGI movies, had a strong message about being accepted, and had humor for all ages (while having a few less-than-kid-friendly jokes scattered about)."

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The Girl on Fire 4 months ago

While Shrek can be funny at times, I don't think it's a classic.

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#12 V For Vendetta (2005)

V For Vendetta (2005)

"I think V for Vendetta is a good contender. Especially due to its ever growing political relevance"

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Daria B 4 months ago

I heard the author of the comics (original source) didn't like this film, though...

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#13 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Eat Girl 4 months ago

Wes Anderson´s use of color and its aesthetics are simply majestic.

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#14 The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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ADHORTATOR 4 months ago

That is already a classic

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#15 Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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Sick Boy 4 months ago

This already is a classic.

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#16 District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)

"Greatest sci-fi film of that decade imo."

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B 4 months ago

This was an amazingly accurate representation of South African culture and attitudes and a brilliant reflection of the apartheid mindset against minorities. And a fantastic story, to boot. An excellent film, well worth watching.

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#17 Office Space (1999)

Office Space (1999)

"Office space is still remarkably relevant"

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GeneralZod 4 months ago

This is no longer entertaining to me because it became my reality.

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#18 American History X (1998)

American History X (1998)

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r3dd3v1lL 4 months ago

This quote really stuck with me: "Has anything you've done made your life better?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgIMuTELzXI

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#19 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

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Wynand 4 months ago

“How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd”

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#20 The Prestige (2006)

The Prestige (2006)

"It was overlooked I feel. And if Criterion is still a thing in 20 years, I think it'll be one of their titles."

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Last Hurrah 4 months ago

Also released in the same year and dealing with magic was The Illusionist, which was just as good.

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#21 Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)

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Random Panda 4 months ago

The novelty of this one wore out pretty quickly for me. Most people praise it because "it was so complicated", but...it really wasn't? And for a movie that is taking place in the minds of the characters, it took disappointingly little advantage of this premise. Most of the time they were simulating reality and that's really not what I would expect of this kind of a movie. Great soundtrack, great acting, but in the end it was just a heist flick.

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#22 Arrival (2016)

Arrival (2016)

"Its one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. It addresses love, time, human behavior and has gorgeous cinematography as well as terrific performances."

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r3dd3v1lL 4 months ago

The film had a great story, but I disagree about the "gorgeous cinematography", it was too dark for my taste. And I don't mean thematically or atmospherically I mean literally- the actors were in shadow half the time. It seems to be a trend of the last few years and I don't like it. Decreasing the brightness doesn't create atmosphere or mood it just makes the movie harder to watch.

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#23 Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)

"You may find it boring but eventually in the end I think you'll somehow conclude there's something good in it."

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Wynand 4 months ago

I can't remember seeing this...

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#24 Her (2013)

Her (2013)

"The movie "Her" also captures a really specific sense of alienation from the modern world (and finding comfort in the company of a machine) that no other movie has gotten quite right."

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Eat Girl 4 months ago

it made me empathize with an AI device. Go figure.

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#25 Children Of Men (2006)

Children Of Men (2006)

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r3dd3v1lL 4 months ago

I know a lot of people dislike Alfonso Cuaron because of Prisoner of Azkaban, but this movies is great.

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#26 Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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r3dd3v1lL 4 months ago

Oh God, the scene where they try to speak Italian. I remember everybody in the cinema laughing at that.

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#27 Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko (2001)

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Wynand 4 months ago

First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village. But the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario - It just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants. That's what's so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. What's the point of living... if you don't have a dick?

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#28 Idiocracy (2006)

Idiocracy (2006)

"I feel like people forget this movie made some of the best points about our lives, ever"

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MammaG 4 months ago

It's so spot on. Those who don't get it are the ones putting Brawdo on their crops.

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#29 Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

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GeneralZod 4 months ago

This needs to be shown to high school kids as a PSA against drugs

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#30 The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

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sakora 4 months ago

Yes for movie, not for whole trilogy.

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#31 Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls (2004)

"The fact that people still quote a comedy from 14 years ago says a lot. Hell, we even celebrate October 3rd as Mean Girls day on social media."

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Nervous Chaos 4 months ago

"Get in the car, losers, we're going shopping!"

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#32 Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)

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MammaG 4 months ago

Listen to the some "'39" by Queen. This is the story of that song.

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#33 Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017)

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Milena 4 months ago

Amazing movie! Unpredictable, scary real, fantastic actors, great rhythm...highly recommended!

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#34 Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009)

"Derivative as it is, feels like a gimme. The story is (apparently, because it's the same one we've been telling since the 60s) timeless, and Cameron reinvented 3D to make the vision happen. In the not-too-distant future, they're gonna port that s**t onto whatever VR headset movie-watching whatsit, and it's gonna feel the way it felt on the big screen, and we'll remember why we lost our absolute s**t for this movie. ....The only thing that could prevent this is sequels, so I guess stay tuned, but I think it's a shoe-in."

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Kjorn 4 months ago

i hate that movie so much. so overatted. yeat it's in 3d but what else is in it? so… so… so… cliché!!! it's beyond the limite of boring

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#35 Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash (2014)

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anarkzie 4 months ago

This film was intense, blown away.

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#36 No Country For Old Men (2007)

No Country For Old Men (2007)

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Wynand 4 months ago

I really, REALLY tried to like this movie, to understand what the fuss is about. Four times I watched it, with an open mind, ready for it to hit me like a nail from Chigurh's captive bolt pistol. I just don't get it.

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#37 John Wick (2014)

John Wick (2014)

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JessG 4 months ago

I now boycott this movie because of the puppy...that scarred me a bit

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#38 Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac (2007)

"The film is flawless and captivating."

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Saba Al-Shaer 4 months ago

a true masterpiece

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#39 The Departed (2006)

The Departed (2006)

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boredkoala 4 months ago

The Depahted!!

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#40 Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

"Visual storytelling and practical stunt work. One of the few films that you could mute the sound of and still understand everything that's happening and be blown away by it at the same time."

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r3dd3v1lL 4 months ago

Barely made it to the half point. What everyone sees in this movie I'll never understand. I get it- it has real stunts and not CGI, but still you can't make a movie out of stunts alone.

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#41 Superbad (2007)

Superbad (2007)

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Eat Girl 4 months ago

McLovin forever.

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#42 Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

"By your criteria I'd say Edge of Tomorrow becomes a solid action/sci-fi classic. Brilliant editing, great acting, great action, dark humour, and a great pace. It may not be as cerebral as something like 2001 but it's a great representation of the action/sci-fi genre."

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r3dd3v1lL 4 months ago

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this movie was. My expectations for hollywood films have really gone down lately.

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#43 Birdman (2014)

Birdman (2014)

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sakora 4 months ago

A movie for people who can think.

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#44 Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

"Elf seems to have made its way on to all of my friends' Christmas classics lists"

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Sage Jay 4 months ago

I can't stand this movie I'm sorry

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#45 Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

"It's one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time."

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April Simnel 4 months ago (edited)

Bowie was supposed to be in this movie, but he was too sick by the time they were shooting. He decided to finish his own work instead. :'( I'm sure he would've been magnificent per usual.

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#46 The Master (2012)

The Master (2012)

"I believe The Master (2012) to be a masterpiece. Every shot is gorgeous, the music is phenomenal, the acting is stellar, the writing is sublime. Sure it may not be the easiest film to grok on first viewing or even fifth, but my god it is a fantastic piece of cinema."

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JessG 4 months ago

Don't know anything about this movie...never heard of it

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#47 There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

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Kjorn 4 months ago

great interpretation, but i find it so boring.

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