Re: Ready Player One
Most of the themes on human nature were done in dramas by the Ancient Greeks - and some of their portrayals of their gods can look like modern sci-fi themes.
An iconic film is one that portrays something that has only recently been part of a collective environment or culture.
"Apocalypse Now" (1979) may have had resonances with the Vietnam War - but Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1899) had already explored that plot.
"Brief Encounter" (1945) was not possible without the commonplace railway buffet - and a social environment that acknowledged but condemned extramarital affairs.
George Lucas's "American Graffiti" (1973) highlighted the post-war demarcation of "teenager".
It sounds like "Ready Player One" is also of its time - unless it has a legacy of "Rollerball" (1975), "Tron" (1982), or "Jumanji" (1995). Do the references reinforce that legacy?