essentials.

a list of essential movies, comedy specials, and music films that are meant to inspire, to scare, to prod and poke, to distract, and to bring joy. yes there are some subpar films on this list but THEY DESERVE TO BE THERE!

  • Miss Americana
  • Little Women
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Parasite
  • Booksmart
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Hate U Give
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Ocean's Eight
  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
  • A Quiet Place
  • Love, Simon
  • Black Panther
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Gaga: Five Foot Two
  • Lady Bird
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Wonder Woman
  • Expedition Happiness
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Get Out
  • Hidden Figures
  • Moana
  • La La Land
  • Ghostbusters
  • Straight Outta OZ
  • Now You See Me 2
  • The Odyssey
  • Lemonade
  • How to Be Single
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
  • The Intern
  • Ant-Man
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Big Hero 6
  • Gone Girl
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Maleficent
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • About Time
  • Snowpiercer
  • Now You See Me
  • Les Misérables
  • Pitch Perfect
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Brave
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • The Hunger Games
  • John Mulaney: New in Town
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Tangled
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • Despicable Me
  • Inception
  • The Last Song
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Leap Year
  • The Blind Side
  • Julie & Julia
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The Proposal
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Jim Gaffigan: King Baby
  • Twilight
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • 27 Dresses
  • Wild Child
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • The Game Plan
  • High School Musical 2
  • Stardust
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale
  • High School Musical
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The Pacifier
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • National Treasure
  • The Incredibles
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement