As soon as I heard how old I Am Legend is this year, I felt old. But nowhere near as old as I felt when I worked out how long ago Sweet Home Alabama was released. I remember these movies as if they came out yesterday.
How will I feel when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 turns 10? Time goes by so quickly. It’s a scary thought.
But before I wallow in the idea of getting old, I’ll share the 11 movie anniversaries in 2017 that you may remember being released at the time.
March 23, 2012 (5 Years): ‘The Hunger Games’
Let’s start with a few movies that are turning five this year. The Hunger Games is the first on the list. Spawned from the book of the same name, viewers were taken through a Battle Royale style fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen was just a regular girl in District 12, expecting one day to fight in the Hunger Games. She never expected her little sister’s name to be drawn from the hate, but when that happened Katniss volunteered. Luckily, she had some experience shooting arrows. Think of her as a dystopian future version of Oliver Queen.
Yes, this movie turns five this year. It led to three more movies to continue the trilogy story created by Suzanne Collins.
— The Hunger Games 🔥 (@TheHungerGames) May 15, 2017
December 25, 2012 (5 Years): ‘Les Miserables’
There are very few stage to movie adaptations that I choose to watch, but Les Miserables is one that I will happily tune into over and over again. It takes the whole stage show and creates a beautiful movie version, complete with “On My Own, “ “A Little Fall of Rain,” and “One Day More.”
The only downside to this movie is Russell Crowe. While he did well with the overall portrayal, his singing voice was just a little too weak for Javert. The rest of the cast were excellent, and I was pleasantly surprised at Anne Hathaway as Fantine.
Other movies turning five: Skyfall, The Avengers, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
July 25, 2007 (10 Years): ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
The end to the Bourne trilogy; well, it was supposed to be. The Bourne Ultimatum finished the story of Jason Bourne, who had lost his memories and needed to find out just who he was and why he had lost his memories in the first place.
There were people constantly trying to kill him, meaning he had to be one or two steps ahead at all times. That wasn’t always easy.
It didn’t end up being the end. In fact, this year there will be a fifth instalment in the franchise, with Matt Damon reprising his role as Bourne.
December 14, 2007 (10 Years): ‘I Am Legend’
This is one of my favourite post-apocalypse/dystopian future/pandemic movies. Sure, it changes so much from the novel it’s based on, but this is a movie that could have fallen flat on its face. Will Smith stars on his own for the majority of the movie, with just a dog to talk to. After creating a virus that turns people into zombies, he has to find a cure to save whatever of mankind is left.
— Vidimovie: Movies (@VidimovieMovies) May 12, 2017
The ending to the movie was spectacular, but there was an alternate option. Arguably, the alternate could have been the stronger of the two, focusing on diversity and accepting of differences. But the one used was more of a tear-jerker.
Other movies turning 10 in 2017: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Knocked Up, Atonement, and The Golden Compass.
September 22, 2002 (15 Years): ‘Sweet Home Alabama’
Sweet Home Alabama is one of my favourite romantic comedies ever. When New York fashion designer Melanie gets engaged, she has to return home to finalise her divorce to her estranged husband. As expected, when she gets there, she’s reminded of everything she loves about her home town and her ex.
Sweet Home Alabama [DVD] 
Other movies turning 15 in 2017: A Walk to Remember, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 28 Days Later, and The Bourne Identity.
October 17, 1997 (20 Years): ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’
At a time where spoof horror movies were hot, I Know What You Did Last Summer was released. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe, viewers were taken through a guessing game of who the killer was. He only targeted a group of friends who had knocked over a man and threw his assumed dead body into a river.
The movie spawned sequels, but they weren’t nearly as good as the first. It was also based on a book of the same name, in which the teens knock over a boy on a bicycle instead of a grown man.
November 18, 1997 (20 Years): ‘Titanic’
Based on the sinking of the ship of the same name, fans watch the love story of Jack and Rose unfold. Jack won his ticket on the ship headed for New York in a poker game, while Rose was an English aristocrat.
When Rose decides she’s had enough of her boring and miserable life, she attempts to commit suicide, only to be stopped by Jack. The only problem for both is Rose’s aristocratic fiance, who will stop at nothing to make Jack miserable.
Other movies turning 20 in 2017: My Best Friend’s Wedding, Scream 2, The Fifth Element, Good Will Hunting, Con Air, and Face/Off.
1997 was a good year for movies!
May 29, 1992 (25 Years): ‘Sister Act’
If you want to watch a movie that has a funny plot, amusing moments, and excellent singing, then you want to watch Sister Act. Chances are you’ve seen this 25-year-old movie more than one. I know I have!
It stars Whoppi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, who turns to a nunnery to go undercover when she’s wanted by a mob boss. She pretends to be Sister Mary Clarence and transforms the boring church and disastrous choir into something the whole neighbourhood wants to see. And of course it stars Maggie Smith and Kathy Najimy and together they make it a must-watch.
Other movies turning 25 in 2017: Aladdin, A Few Good Men, and The Last of the Mohicans.
June 24, 1987 (30 Years): ‘Spaceballs’
When you want a parody of any movie, Spaceballs has to be the one to watch. This movie turns 30 in 2017 and is the perfect parody of Star Wars (which also has a major anniversary this year). It stars Rick Moranis as the Dark Helmet, who is ordered to kidnap Princess Vespa and hold her hostage for air.
The plot line is ridiculous and the acting is over the top, but it’s hilarious from start to end. Think of it as Airplane and Scary Movie but for Star Wars fans.
Other movies turning 30: Dirty Dancing, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, and The Last Emperor.
May 25, 1977 (40 Years): ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’
With so much excitement still surrounding the franchise, not having this on the list would be amiss. Actually, considering our house, I couldn’t possibly miss this movie anniversary off. Star Wars is a firm favourite of all but me. In fact, Darth Vader is my elder daughter’s best friend and the younger daughter loves Chewie.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] 
The movie was the fourth episode of six, but the first three episodes wouldn’t be released until years later (and they definitely weren’t liked as much. Now another three episodes are being released—well, one is already out—and there are standalone side stories, including a Han Solo spinoff in the works.
Other movies turning 40 in 2017: A Bridge Too Far, Saturday Night Fever, and The Spy Who Loved Me.
July 18, 1967 (50 Years): ‘Bonnie and Clyde’
If you want to watch a movie that is relatively good for historical accuracy, then you want to watch Bonnie and Clyde. This romance set in the 1930s tells the story of Clyde Barrow who ends up with partner-in-crime Bonnie Parker all because he tried to steal her mother’s car!
They go from petty theft to major bank robberies, until they are betrayed and killed by local townsfolk and the sheriff. The story of Bonnie and Clyde was included in Timeless.
Other movies turning 50: The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, and Casino Royale.
Are your favourite movies reaching a milestone birthday this year? Share in the comments below.
Author: Alexandria Gunn
Introducing the chief blogger of FanNews, Alexandria is an Ontario freelance writer, blogger and journalist who does all that while being a wife and mother of two girls.