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5 Hit Movies to Watch Now on Rogers On Demand

From award-winning classics to thrilling blockbusters, we’ve got the rundown of the best movies throughout the decades

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained (photo by Andrew Cooper, SMPSP / The Weinstein Company). 

Whether they’ve won gold or not, these award-worthy movies are aces in our books.

Best of 2000s: Django Unchained

Two Oscar® Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay

Even with a roster of consistent cult classics to his credit – Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill to name a couple – Django Unchained will likely be remembered as director Quentin Tarantino’s pièce de résistance. Set two years before the Civil War, the film trails a freed slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) who accompanies a bounty hunter (Waltz) on his latest mission. Together, the pair set out to rescue Django’s wife from callous plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). In true Tarantino fashion, the film includes plenty of graphic violence, but unlike his previous films, the real-life historical connotations make this story heartbreakingly tragic.

Best of 1990s: The Big Lebowski

While we’re on the topic of cult classics, the Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan) have also directed and produced their fair share of iconic films – not least of which is The Big Lebowski. After a devoted slacker called The Dude (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a billionaire, he becomes embroiled in a ransom-delivery-and-rescue mission to save said billionaire’s wife. An immensely quirky comedy that follows the events of a mistaken-identity case gone awry, the film will probably go down as one of the most-snubbed movies in Oscars® history. John Goodman’s stellar performance as Walter Sobchak – The Dude’s off-the-rails friend who’s determined to keep the ransom money – was clearly robbed of a Best Supporting Actor nod.

Best of 1980s: St. Elmo’s Fire

Nostalgic for ’80s movies in the Brat Pack genre? Then you’ll definitely want to revisit St. Elmo’s Fire. The film has all the classic elements of its decade – big hair, rock and roll – as it follows the post-college lives of seven best friends, each struggling to discover who they are as adults. Some are madly (or seemingly) in love, some are talented but self-destructive, while others make frustrating attempts at careers for themselves. Although a mixed bag of characters, this group of friends somehow makes it work. While the film didn’t receive any notable awards, it came with memorable performances by Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy and Andie McDowell.

Best of 1970s: Jaws

Three Oscar® Wins: Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Original Dramatic Score

Steven Spielberg’s unforgettable 1975 hit thriller Jaws helped spur the rise of the Hollywood summer blockbuster. When a New England beach resort town is threatened by the presence of a man-eating great white shark, it’s up to a police chief (Roy Schneider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a shark hunter (Robert Shaw) to take it down. The film received several accolades, but the most deserving one went to to John Williams’s shark-theme score, which has since become one of the most chilling suspense riffs in cinematic history.

Best of 1960s: Easy Rider

Two Oscar® Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Original Screenplay

If you’re looking for the one film that embodies the 1960s American counterculture movement, then Easy Rider is it. The movie follows two drug-dealing bikers (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) who head out to New Orleans and along the way encounter flower children, police officers, snobby intellectuals and one particularly offbeat lawyer (Nicholson). While not the first offering in the popular road-trip genre, the film’s cynical yet potent take on the American Dream and what “freedom” truly means make it an all-time classic.

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