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Every decade boasts iconic movies that have been ingrained into our memories and will continue to delight future generations for decades onward. Some, however, stand out and need to be recognized, whether it’s for the groundbreaking messages they conveyed, the way they introduced us to lifelong legends, or the looks they helped to inspire. 

Pretty Woman tells the story of prostitute-with-a-heart Julia Roberts. She is a breathtakingly beautiful, secret romantic who found herself in her current state due to unfortunate circumstances. The other romantic lead is a very busy millionaire/billionaire who never has time for real relationships because of how busy he is. By happenstance, they meet and start a business relationship that eventually develops into one of the most iconic, jaw-dropping, fashion-forward movies of the era. People still talk about the shopping scene, and the necklace scene, and the balcony scene. The fact that they need no further details proves how well it is firmly established in our hearts.

When it comes to working a 9-5 job, Office Space was the movie that put on-screen what everyone had been thinking but was afraid to say out loud. The movie did for this and future generations what the Dolly Parton/Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin vehicle 9 to 5 touched upon in the 1980s. Office Space is a brilliantly-written spoof about the daily grind of an office job. There are so many memorable, inside jokes that were born from this motion picture that the world can be divided conversationally into those who have and have not seen it. The ensemble cast has gone on to do many other things, but will always be recognized by their bond to this unique comedy.

People who love horror movies either enjoy seeing gore and blood or they enjoy the fear that comes from intense, psychological thrillers that stay with them for years. The Silence of The Lambs was both a psychological study of the human mind and an all-out horror movie. The unforgettable performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins and the terrifying script only add to what will be remembered as one of the scariest movies of all-time. 

The first of the Toy Story franchise films came out in the 1990s. These movies touched many generations, both young and old. The characters of Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear are so recognizable that it’s hard to imagine a time before they even existed. They join a cast of characters as animated toys that come to life, and we watch them go through the trials and tribulations that come from seeing their favorite human grow up.