Director: James Cameron
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Gloria Stuart, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill
Titanic is the ginormous elephant in the room, or rather, the entire 1990s. Film nerds are reluctant to put it on a "Best Of" list, but at the same time, you'd look like a pretentious asshole if you left it out entirely. But let's be honest, Titanic deserves a spot here, at the very least for its sheer magnitude. The impact of the film was overwhelming; you couldn't go a week without one of your peers mentioning they had seen it in theaters again, and cried just the same.
And let's not forget the careers it launched—Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's—and the records it broke. Until Avatar, Titanic was the highest grossing movie in history, and history is a long damn time! If you haven't seen it, what the hell is wrong with you?! Not to worry though, the movie will be playing on some cable TV channel this weekend. —TA