Sleeping Beauty January 29, 1959 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes meter One of two Disney cartoons to make this list. Sleeping Beauty initially bombed at the box office, but over the years has been hailed as one of the best animated films of the Walt Disney era. This was the last Disney feature to use hand-inked cells, meaning a lot of people lost their jobs after this film. You can thank Xerox for that.
101 Dalmatians January 25, 1961 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes meter Featuring possibly the best villain name ever (Cruella de Vil) and a cameo from The Lady and the Tramp this Walt Disney produced cartoon was the tenth highest grossing film of 1961 and is the reason why my childhood neighbors had a dalmatian.
Dr. Strangelove January 29, 1964 #3 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Laughs List The best movie to ever be released in the month of January. Stanley Kubrick's black comedy masterpiece features Peter Sellers in 3 different roles. Fun Fact: The reason why this movie was released in January is because JFK was assassinated a few weeks before the scheduled premiere date.
Special Honorable Mention: Varsity Blues January 15, 1999 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes meter
I don't want your life! If there was ever a category for Ultimate Guilty Pleasure Film this one has to be in the Top 5. You have James Van Der Beek in his Dawson's Creek prime, Ali Larter in a whipped cream bikini, Paul Walker before the Fast and the Furious franchise, Scott Caan being all Scott Caan-like, and Jon Voight as the crotchety old coach. And that's it folks. Films released in January are usually clunkers. That's not to say there isn't money to be made. Along Came Polly took in over 170 million worldwide and that movie is god awful. Maybe Haywire is a bona fide good film, but history tells a different story.