I keep running into younger people, students mostly, who don’t seem to think the end of the Star Wars saga is any big deal. And of course they don’t… they weren’t born yet when Star Wars opened.

It’s causing me to wonder… Star Wars was such a defining film for so many of us. It changed our imaginations. It provided a new vocabulary for understanding good and evil.

What other films in film history have been “banner films” for their generations? Which films reflected their times, but also played a strong part in framing the mindset of the audience?

What films have defined generations in other parts of the world?

What new films today have the potential to be remembered as the landmark films that powerfully resonated with today’s youth?

If you had to pick “generation-defining” films of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, what would you pick?

I want to hear from you.

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