What movies are celebrating big anniversaries in 2024?

A ton of classic movies will be celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2024.

From blockbusters and beloved animated titles to iconic horror and cult favourites, it’s safe to say that a lot of your favourite films will be included in this list. We predict you’ll be shocked to hear about some of the movies that are turning 10, 20, 25 and even older!

We’re going to break down the list of movies that’ll be hitting landmark ages year-by-year, starting with those that are turning 10 in 2024. Can you believe it’s been a decade since some of these were first released?

Films turning 10 in 2024:

Warner Bros.

The first half of 2014 saw the release of the most unexpected blockbuster of that year: The Lego Movie. Few people believed that the movie would be more than a feature-length commercial, but it became a critical and commercial success; a sequel and two spin-offs entered production, but for most, the original remained the best.

Other blockbusters released between January and June included Captain America: The Winter Soldier – a movie regularly cited as one of the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – and the time-travelling X-Men adventure Days Of Future Past. As for indie successes, The Grand Budapest Hotel opened its doors in March and became Wes Anderson’s highest grossing movie, and would go on to be his biggest Oscar success the following year, as his first (and still only) movie to gain Best Picture and Best Director nominations.

Horror fans had the release of The Babadook, which scared Australian audiences in May. The psychological fright fest was released in the UK and USA in October 2014.

  • The Lego Movie (7th February)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (7th March)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (26th March)
  • The Babadook (22nd May)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (23rd May)
  • Maleficent (30th May)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (30th May)
  • 22 Jump Street (6th June)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (6th June)

Marvel Studios

The second half of the year saw the introduction of characters who would become blockbuster mainstays over the following decade. First, the Guardians of the Galaxy banded together in their inaugural outing in August; the word of mouth was so good, a sequel was announced before it even arrived in cinemas.

Then, in October, John Wick’s dog was killed, starting a decade-long revenge mission on the big screen for Keanu Reeves’ retired assassin. Other major blockbusters released in this half of 2014 included the twisty thriller Gone Girl, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi weepie Interstellar, and Disney’s animated superhero flick Big Hero 6.

  • Boyhood (11th July)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (11th July)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (1st August)
  • Gone Girl (3rd October)
  • Whiplash (10th October)
  • Birdman (17th October)
  • Nightcrawler (17th October)
  • John Wick (24th October)
  • Interstellar (5th November)
  • Big Hero 6 (7th November)
  • The Imitation Game (14th November)

Films turning 20 in 2024:


2004 is the most packed year included in this list, and a cursory glance at the first six months reveal why. There truly is something for everyone here, from mind-bending sci-fi (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), to instant comedy classics (Shaun Of The Dead, Mean Girls) and some of the most beloved blockbusters of the noughties (Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Spider-Man 2).

  • Dawn of the Dead (19th March)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (19th March)
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (26th March)
  • Hellboy (2nd April)
  • Shaun of the Dead (9th April)
  • Kill Boy: Volume 2 (16th April)
  • 13 Going on 30 (23rd April)
  • Man on Fire (23rd April)
  • Mean Girls (30th April)

Sony Pictures

  • Shrek 2 (19th May)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (28th May)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (4th June)
  • Napoleon Dynamite (11th June)
  • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (18th June)
  • White Chicks (23rd June)
  • The Notebook (25th June)
  • Spider-Man 2 (30th June)

Disney Pixar

The embarrassment of riches continued into the second half of the year, which featured an immediate cult classic comedy (Anchorman), a low-budget horror that spawned an enduring franchise (Saw), and two of the most rewatched animated movies of their decade (The Incredibles and Howl’s Moving Castle).

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (9th July)
  • I, Robot (16th July)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (23rd July)
  • The Village (30th July)
  • Collateral (6th August)
  • Alien vs Predator (13th August)
  • Team America: World Police (15th October)
  • Saw (29th October)
  • The Incredibles (5th November)
  • The Polar Express (10th November)
  • National Treasure (19th November)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (20th November)
  • Million Dollar Baby (15th December)
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (17th December)

Films turning 25 years old in 2024:

Warner Bros.

The first half of 1999 was spent counting down to one major event: the release of The Phantom Menace. Anakin Skywalker’s origin story was the most talked-about movie of the year long before anybody got to see it, but it was far from the only blockbuster that captured the world’s attention.

Arguably the most influential movie of 1999, The Matrix, debuted in March, with its revolutionary action sequences and anime-inspired narrative breaking new ground for Hollywood. Its success ensured that bold, mind-bending movies could find a major audience; without it, it’s debatable as to whether movies as varied as Minority Report and Inception would be given the green light in the following decade.

It wasn’t all science fiction though. Two definitive teen comedies of the 1990s made their big screen debuts as well, whilst the South Park movie kicked off a very R-rated summer season at the movies.

  • She’s All That (29th January)
  • Office Space (19th February)
  • Cruel Intentions (5th March)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (31st March)
  • The Matrix (31st March)
  • The Mummy (7th May)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (19th May)
  • Notting Hill (28th May)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (11th June)
  • Tarzan (18th June)
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (30th June)
  • Wild Wild West (30th June)

20th Century Studios

1999 is regularly cited by cinephiles as one of the best movie years of our lifetimes, and when you look at what the second half of the calendar had to offer, it’s easy to see why.

In the summer, Stanley Kubrick’s final film stood alongside groundbreaking found footage horror, raunchy comedy and a chilling ghost story in the multiplex, whilst the last months of the decade gave us one of the best movie sequels of all time and a gritty, twisty dark comedy described by its director as “the first film of the 21st century”.

We’ve never had it as good as we had it in 1999.

  • American Pie (9th July)
  • The Blair Witch Project (14th July)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (16th July)
  • Deep Blue Sea (28th July)
  • The Iron Giant (6th August)
  • The Sixth Sense (6th August)
  • American Beauty (1st October)
  • Fight Club (15th October)
  • Being John Malkovich (29th October)


  • Sleepy Hollow (19th November)
  • The World is Not Enough (19th November)
  • Toy Story 2 (24th November)
  • The Green Mile (10th December)
  • Magnolia (17th December)
  • Stuart Little (17th December)
  • Man on the Moon (22nd December)
  • Galaxy Quest (25th December)
  • The Talented Mr Ripley (25th December)

Films turning 30 years old in 2024:

Walt Disney Pictures

1994 kicked off with the introduction of two very different comedic leading men: Jim Carrey and Hugh Grant. The former was the year’s definitive star, with three gargantuan blockbusters – and by the end of the year, he was commanding a $20 million salary for each new project.

Elsewhere, it was a good year for Disney; The Lion King brought the studio’s animation renaissance to new heights, breaking box office records for animated movies.

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (4th February)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (9th March)
  • The Crow (13th May)
  • The Return of Jafar (20th May)
  • The Flintstones (27th May)
  • Speed (10th June)
  • The Lion King (24th June)


In the second half of the year, three movies transformed the cultural zeitgeist. Forrest Gump became the year’s most unexpected blockbuster, winning over the world’s hearts on its way to several Oscar wins, whilst Pulp Fiction announced Quentin Tarantino’s bloody arrival into the mainstream.

One movie that underperformed at the box office was The Shawshank Redemption, but it found its devoted following once it was released on VHS. It’s still, to this day, the highest rated film on IMDb.

  • Forrest Gump (6th July)
  • True Lies (15th July)
  • The Mask (29th July)
  • Natural Born Killers (26th August)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (23rd September)
  • Ed Wood (30th May)
  • Pulp Fiction (14th October)
  • Interview with the Vampire (11th November)
  • The Santa Clause (11th November)
  • Leon (18th November)
  • Dumb and Dumber (16th December)

Films turning 40 in 2024:

Sony Pictures

Was 1984 one of the great blockbuster summers? Indiana Jones returned to our screens, while Ghostbusters and Gremlins were both released on the same day – forget Barbenheimer, that was the greatest cinematic double bill of all time.

Before then, Kevin Bacon danced his way into audience’s hearts, Spinal Tap turned the laughs up to 11, and Mr Miyagi taught us the secrets of karate.

  • Footloose (17th February)
  • This is Spinal Tap (2nd March)
  • Splash (9th March)
  • Police Academy (23rd March)
  • Romancing the Stone (30th March)
  • Sixteen Candles (4th May)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (23rd May)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1st June)
  • Ghostbusters (8th June)
  • Gremlins (8th June)
  • The Karate Kid (22nd June)

Warner Bros.

Bedtimes were never the same again later on in 1984, as Freddy Kreuger was introduced, ready to lurk in our nightmares. Not that being awake was any less terrifying; the Terminator embarked on a visceral killing spree so relentless, it was hard to imagine he’d be reimagined as a hero in the sequel!

Elsewhere, 1984 was a great year for music movies. The eventual Best Picture winner, Amadeus, showed a less sophisticated side to Mozart, Prince made his acting debut – and gave us one of the greatest movie soundtracks in history – and the best concert film of all time transformed cinemas into dancefloors, all through the power of Talking Heads’ back catalogue.

  • The NeverEnding Story (20th July)
  • Purple Rain (27th July)
  • Amadeus (19th September)
  • Stop Making Sense (19th October)
  • Body Double (26th October)
  • Paris, Texas (26th October)
  • The Terminator (26th October)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (9th November)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (5th December)

Films turning 50 years old in 2024:

Second Sight

What were audiences watching on the big screen in 1974? Blockbusters included the first sequel to ever win Best Picture – The Godfather Part II – Roger Moore’s latest outing as Bond, and two very different Mel Brooks comedies.

It was also a golden age for the midnight movie. October saw the releases of Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, laying the groundwork for the arrival of the slasher genre.

  • Blazing Saddles (7th February)
  • The Conversation (7th April)
  • Chinatown (20th June)
  • Death Wish (24th July)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1st October)
  • Black Christmas (11th October)
  • The Towering Inferno (14th December)
  • Young Frankenstein (15th December)
  • The Godfather Part II (20th December)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (20th December)

Films turning 60 in 2024:


Finally, we’re shining a light on some of the movies turning 60 in 2024. Beatlemania reached the big screen, Sean Connery’s most iconic 007 outing established James Bond as one of the great cinema heroes, and two of the decade’s most beloved movie musicals charmed the world.

It wasn’t just the British invasion in the music charts: the Brits were dominating the film world as well.

  • Dr Strangelove (29th January)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (6th July)
  • Mary Poppins (27th August)
  • A Fistful of Dollars (12th September)
  • Goldfinger (18th September)
  • My Fair Lady (9th November)

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