10 Classic Movies Millennials Haven’t Seen, But Probably Should


It’s time to fess up, you probably haven’t seen most or all of these movies yet and that’s ok.

We’re here to change that.

Yes, we know you probably don’t need to add more to your ever-growing streaming queue, but each of these films deserves a place in your top 10 or in your top 20 at the very least.

We rounded up 10 flicks (all currently available on EPIX) that every millennial should stream now. So press pause on the next season of your favorite show and stop your desperate search for the next buzzy podcast to listen to. We got you.


First up on the list is Apocalypse Now.

We’ll refrain from publicly shaming you if you haven’t seen it yet, but come on! Penned by the under the radar director and screenwriter, John Milius, Apocalypse Now is considered one of the greatest films of all time.


It’s a heavy movie with a stark look at the horrors of war, leaving you feeling like you’ve just been taken down the rabbit hole of madness, for better or worse.

Francis Ford Coppola directs, with a powerhouse cast featuring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall and Laurence Fishburne.

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” ‘Nuff said.

Apocalypse Now is streaming on EPIX.com through January 31, 2015.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I’m almost ashamed to admit I saw the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time last year. Considering I’m on the absolute oldest half of the millennial spectrum, there’s really no excuse, so I won’t invent one.

I had a huge misconception that the film was about a lovestruck socialite with a Tiffany obsession (which is not far off the mark), but I might have moved this way up on my must-see list if I knew she was essentially a gold digging opportunist with a jealousy-inducing apartment on the Upper East Side funded by her sugar daddies. AKA: living the dream.


Don’t hate the playa. Hate the game.


Pretty in Pink

I will venture a guess that almost every millennial has seen Pretty in Pink, but who can pass up a quintessential 80s flick featuring two members of the Brat Pack: Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy.

Jon Cryer as Duckie is not to be missed, especially his hilarious lip sync solo of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.”


Plus, you know it’s a classic when almost 20 years later people are still rooting for Team Blane (McCarthy) or Team Duckie (Cryer).



Saturday Night Fever

This is the movie that made John Travolta a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack alone is spectacular, with some of the greatest disco songs ever.


That white suit, those dance moves and let’s not forget the hair!


John Travolta has the skills to pay the bills in this classic from the late 70s.



Ok, you’ve probably seen Airplane!, but if you’re like me, you probably saw it when you were too young to really “get” most of the jokes. If that’s the case then it’s definitely worth another viewing since it’s one of those movies that you can watch over and over and it’s still just as funny as the last time you saw it.

Yes, it’s a bit juvenile and corny, but that’s exactly what makes it great.

Surely you can’t be serious? I am serious and don’t call me Shirley.


Godzilla, King of The Monsters!

This is not the ultra-polished CGI blockbuster you might be familiar with, but a remake of the original 1954 Japanese film featuring Raymond Burr as the central character.


Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is more serious and somber than one might expect, drawing close parallels between Godzilla and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The Americanized version is edited to downplay it, but the overall tone is still felt strongly throughout the film.

The special effects are a little cheesy, but that’s to be expected of a movie that just passed it’s 60th birthday.

This is the grandaddy of all Japanese giant-reptile epics.



A must-see for any rom-com fan, this is the film that earned Cher an Academy Award for Best Actress (against Meryl Streep!) at the 60th Academy Awards. Let’s also not forget that notorious Bob Mackie dress she wore to the event. J.Lo, eat your heart out.

Romance in Brooklyn, circa 1987, when it was still affordable. Cher slapping Nicolas Cage like nobody’s business!


Evil Dead II

Before CGI came into being, filmmakers were forced to be creative with their special effects. Few genres exemplify this as well as horror, with Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” series serving as a shining example.

The effects were majorly DIY, but when an eyeball pops out of someone’s head, flies across the room and lands in one of the actresses’ mouths, you just have to love it.

Evil Dead II is a rare sequel that’s actually better than the original and a permanent cult classic.

Campy blood and gore galore!


Ordinary People

A story of a typical American family forced to confront their personal demons and deal with the death of a son/brother.


The emotional drama had major wins at the 1981 Academy Awards, taking home Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Redford’s directorial debut (winning against Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Roman Polanski) and Best Supporting Actor for Timothy Hutton’s film debut.

Emotions and major family drama.


Mad Max

Set sometime in the “near future,” this dystopian, post-apocalyptic film starring Mel Gibson, is hailed for some incredible stunt work done on a shoestring production budget.


Mad Max is largely considered the film that put Mel Gibson on the map and spawned several sequels including Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road, which hits theaters May 2015.

You know you’re in for a good time from the first moment Mel Gibson’s black boot hits the pavement.

Mad Max is streaming on EPIX.com through January 31, 2015.


  • matts1

    With the general consensus being that the Millennial generation started around 1980-82 and does not consist of just those of the 90s/00s. You might be surprised by how many Millennials have actually seen a good portion of movies that came out when Gen X’ers were kids.

    Now I would have to agree with your title if the generation had started with the kids of the 90s however.

    • epixblog

      Fair point, but you’d be surprised how many millennials (even the older 1980-82 set) who haven’t seen some of these movies. Which movies would you add to our list?