Was The X Files: Fight the Future really one of the best films of the 1990s? I have my doubts. Apple apparently doesn’t, though, as it included it in its “Best of the ‘90s” movie deal over at iTunes today. It’s but one of a ton of similarly themed collections on sale, all for the price of $20 a bundle, and it’s worth looking into if the question above stirs passions in you as it does with me.
For the most part, they’re sound choices. The standout series is likely the one focused on “iconic films,” which pulls 10 of the best-known movies from each decade into a single collection (although most decades have at least two collections). Note that “iconic” isn’t necessarily the same thing as “best,” as the ratings for each film sometimes show.
In the case of the 2000s, for instance, you’ll get No Country for Old Men, American Psycho, Gangs of New York, Mulholland Drive, and 3:10 to Yuma in one satisfying package.
Buying all those movies separately would normally cost $72.90 in HD, so you’re getting all these for around 73 percent off. “That’s whack,” as some of us said when these films were on theater screens.
Here’s the list of “iconic” films in full. I’ve included a couple of standout films from each decade for reference.
- Iconic Films of the ‘70s: Part I (The Great Gatsby, Grease)
- Iconic Films of the ‘70s: Part II (Apocalypse Now, The Wicker Man)
- Iconic Films of the ‘80s: Part I (The Naked Gun, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
- Iconic Films of the ‘80s: Part II (Dirty Dancing, Rambo)
- Iconic Films of the ‘90s: Part I (Wayne’s World, Galaxy Quest)
- Iconic Films of the ‘90s: Part II (Good Will Hunting, The Blair Witch Project)
- Iconic Films of the ‘00s: Part I (School of Rock, Mean Girls)
- Iconic Films of the ‘00s: Part II (American Psycho, No Country for Old Men)
After that we have the “must-own” films from the 2000s. In the case of the comedy category, the films range from Idiocracy to Dude, Where’s My Car? Clearly there’s some heavy subjectivity in play here.
- 2000s—Must Own: Action (Master and Commander, Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
- 2000s—Must Own: Comedy (Borat, Napoleon Dynamite)
- 2000s—Must Own: Drama (Slumdog Millionaire, Walk the Line)
Below, you’ll find a host of other collections, each available for the low price of $20.00. The sale likely won’t last long, so be sure to grab these movies before they rocket back up to the inflated prices of today.
- Best of the '80s (Big, The Fly)
- Best of the '90s (Fight Club, Speed)
- Classic '70s Collection (Taxi Driver, Drunken Master)
- Classic '80s Collection (Karate Kid, Ghostbusters)
- Classic '90s Collection (Men in Black, Boyz N the Hood)
- Action Movies of the 2000s (Black Hawk Down, Snatch)
- Comedy Movies of the 2000s (Superbad, Joe Dirt)
- Romantic Movies of the 2000s (Punch-Drunk Love, Hitch)