25 Movies (Metaphorically Speaking)

  1. The Wizard of Oz 1939The Wizard of Oz (1939). What if God was just a fairytale?
  2. Gone With the Wind (1939). Southern madame mourns the sudden death of Dixieland.
  3. Citizen Kane (1941). Wealthy magnate comes to find there’s more to life than money.
  4. The Seventh Seal (1957). Medieval Knight plays chess with Black Plague, discovers life is really nothing more than a blatant series of maneuvers, each of which is meant to either forward an agenda or prevent a future loss.
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Early man plants the very seeds of own destruction.
  6. Rosemary’s Baby (1968). New York City housewife discovers the devil resides not only inside the luxurious Dakota, but also inside of her, her loving husband, her aging neighbors, and just about every other social climber on the planet.
  7. Rocky (1976). Self-actualizing boxer comes to recognize his meditative journey as reward.
  8. Star Wars (1977). High priests fight for control in a cosmic galaxy secretly guided by an ethereal force which simultaneously happens to be both the impetus and the overriding justification for every action ever taken.
  9. The Outsiders (1983). Rival gangs come to find the view is fairly similar regardless of which side of the tracks one happens to be standing on.
  10. The Breakfast Club (1985). Eclectic group of detainees unlock the secrets of existence, developing wholly meta outlook on adolescence in the process.  
  11. Top Gun (1986). Unrepentant homosexual earns acceptance into mainstream.
  12. Wall Street (1987). “Greed – for lack of a better word – greed is bad. Greed is wrong. Greed does not work. Greed muddies the waters and disrupts natural order. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, or knowledge – has marked the downward spiral of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only ruin the economy, but that other malfunctioning corporation we call the U.S.A.”
  13. The Fisher King (1991). Poor man rescues rich man, asks for nothing in return. Rich man rescues poor man, thinking this might absolve him of past sins.
  14. Natural Born Killers (1994). Charismatic serial killers adjust to newfound celebrity, enlist mainstream media to handle free publicity.
  15. Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995). Struggling teacher awakens one morning to find his own life may represent the greatest symphony of all.
  16. American Beauty (1999). Mid-life suburban housedad decides to bypass the American dream for a much more fulfilling – albeit short-term – existence.
  17. Fight Club (1999). White-collar insomniac takes to beating himself up, based on several mounting layers of self-loathing and resentment.
  18. Summer of Sam (1999). Rising tensions reach their boiling point in New York City, 1977.
  19. Memento (2000). Ante-amnesiac discovers just how quickly the post-modern world simply tends to forget.
  20. Match Point (2005). Struggling jock becomes aristocrat, only to find that execution is mostly incumbent on blind luck.
  21. The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Dickensian phoenix rises from the ashes, becomes shape-shifting martyr for slow-dying city.
  22. Arbitrage (2012). Taut psychological thriller during which every character has one hand stuck inside another’s pocket.
  23. Skyfall (2012). Old dog learns new tricks after setting fire to Scottish wasteland of his youth.
  24. Iron Man 3 (2013). American icon seeks revenge against Mandarin terrorist.
  25. Man of Steel (2013). What if God was one of us?