This summer, there are a slew of exciting new films hitting theaters around the country. But film buffs are in for an additional treat — several classic, crowd-pleasing titles, including Ghostbusters, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Forrest Gump, are celebrating big anniversaries and being re-released in theaters.
But why should Hollywood stop there? There are countless films that have stood the test of time and deserve a second viewing. Whether in 3-D, IMAX or good old-fashioned reissue, each of these films would surely draw both fans eager for a second look and a new generation seeking a chance to see them in their cinematic glory for the first time.
1. The Matrix (1999)
The first film in the Wachowski brothers’ sci-fi classic trilogy premiered 15 years ago, revolutionizing the way we view action sequences and cementing Keanu Reeves’ position as a pop culture icon. The Matrix features cutting-edge special effects, an awesome soundtrack, and a mind-bending plot. It also gained a loyal following of fans who would surely turn up for another glimpse of Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and Agent Smith on the big screen — especially if it were on an IMAX screen.
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino’s noir crime drama, Pulp Fiction, is largely regarded as one of the best films of the 1990s. With a clever script, stylized direction, and killer ensemble featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta in a career-revitalizing performance, it’s a true crowd pleaser with a devoted following. A re-release would give fans a chance to see some of cinema’s most memorable moments on the big screen again — or for the first time.
3. The Abyss (1989)
A sci-fi odyssey that takes place almost entirely underwater, The Abyss isn’t James Cameron’s best-known film, but it may be one of his most beautiful. The film follows a team of scientists and oilers as they travel into the depths to rescue a submarine and discover alien life in the process. The Abyss was a modest box office success but features terrific performances from Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. With some remastering, this under-the-radar gem could be seen in its big-screen glory once more.
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Unquestionably one of the most iconic movie characters of the 20th century, Indiana Jones stormed onto the big screen in 1981 in Raiders of the Lost Ark. While that Steven Spielberg classic has already gotten the IMAX treatment, many fans are still awaiting a second glimpse at its successful sequels on the big screen, too.
And it’s no wonder: Temple of Doom features exciting, memorable sequences of daring escape and danger, including a mine cart chase, encounters with crocodiles, and a bloodthirsty human sacrifice. Though the series reboot, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, failed to captivate audiences, it’s not hard to imagine Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom catching new fans and nostalgic filmgoers excited for a summer adventure.