Best movies from each decade

Tempest staff votes on their favorites


by Lila Curtis & Alex Berry, Staff Reporters

The 1970s

“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” 

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a force sensitive farmer, learns of his powers with help from his crazy old neighbor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). Luke trains to harness his powers and meets his crew along the way. With the help of the Rebel Alliance, Luke uses his newfound ability to fight the evil Empire ruling the galaxy. The success of the original Star Wars spawned the entire 12 film franchise.

The 1980s

“The Breakfast Club” 

When five high school students are punished by their uptight principal and spend a day in detention they learn facts about one another that break down their preconceived notions. All have different personalities and assume things about one another. During a normal day of school they would not have considered being friends with each other. Despite that they bond and become friends over the course of their punishment.

The 1990s


Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) are two pretty, rich, and popular teens. They take on the task of getting two teachers together, once this proves successful, they decide to take on the new girl, Tai (Brittany Murphy), and give her a makeover. As Cher goes through forming and attempting to maintain a friendship with Tai, she also grows closer to her former step brother Josh (Paul Rudd). Throughout the movie, Cher experiences highs and lows of her high school life as she falls in love with Josh and experiences difficulties in her friendship with Tai.

The 2000s

“Legally Blonde” 

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a rich sorority girl, has one goal in life, to marry her boyfriend, Warner Huntington. On his way to Harvard and becoming a lawyer, he breaks up with her for being too blonde. Elle applies to Harvard law to get him back. Through her journey at the Ivy League school, she explores herself, past the stereotype of dumb blonde.

The 2010s

“Black Panther” 

Following the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has to take his place as King of Wakanda, and the place as protector of their beloved city. When Wakanda is faced with a strong enemy, T’Challa, and Wakanda, have to prepare for a fight to save their country from the internal forces that push to rip it apart.