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Has it really been that long? 29 favorite films celebrate anniversaries in 2014 (29 items)

Ben Tullis, Deseret News

June 4, 2014

Has it really been 20 years since Disney brought audiences into the circle of life? Or 30 years since Daniel-san crane-kicked the Cobra Kai?

Movies celebrating anniversaries in 2014 range from contemporary favorites to classics, taking audiences everywhere from Preston, Idaho, to the Land of Oz.

Here, we recognize movies that have stood the test of time (some longer than others). All are rated PG or G, though many were released before the advent of the PG-13 rating and would have certainly earned that designation.

Note: This list is not all-inclusive.

1 of 29. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

How long has it been? 60 years

A professor, his assistant and a professional harpooner become prisoners on a submarine.

Released Dec. 23, 1954. Rated G.

2 of 29. “Angels in the Outfield”

How long has it been? 20 years

After praying for his favorite baseball team to win the pennant, a young boy begins to see angels helping them in their cause.

Released July 15, 1994. Rated PG for thematic elements and language.

3 of 29. “Arsenic and Old Lace”

How long has it been? 70 years

As a drama critic prepares to leave for his honeymoon, he learns that his aunts, who are beloved in the community, are homicidal maniacs while his other crazy relatives make appearances as well.

Released Sep. 23, 1944. Rated G.

4 of 29. “Father Goose”

How long has it been? 50 years

A man reluctantly lives on an isolated island during World War II and ends up becoming responsible for a teacher and her students, all female.

Released Dec. 10, 1964. Rated G.

5 of 29. “Footloose”

How long has it been? 30 years

In a movie filmed in Utah, a young man rebels in a small town that has outlawed dancing. Released Feb. 17, 1984.

Rated PG for adult situations and language not suitable for young children.
1. Rockyrd
Gilbert, AZ,
June 5, 2014

"Young Frankenstein" does not belong on this list. In this day and age it should be rated PG-13. It is not raunchy like many of today's movies are. It has some wit behind it and also is one of the funniest movies ever made. But it is not what I would call a traditional family film. Parents should screen it before deciding if their teen agers should watch it.

2. Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT,
June 5, 2014

Rockyard; I agree, PG-13 but like you said, one of the funniest movies ever made.

3. MrsH
Altamont, UT,
June 9, 2014

Wow, I just got really old...Did not realize it had been that long for these movies.
I really enjoyed the list, though!