Movies That Lived Up to the Hype

These are all movies that—for whatever reason—were hotly anticipated by large audiences and were expected to meet expectations based on the first movies/the book/the director's previous work/the symbolism the movie itself represented.
I'm specifically referring to pre-release hype, meaning the kind where people were excited but still nervous because no one knew if the movie was going to be good or not.
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
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127 Hours (2010)
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Aliens (1986)
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American Hustle (2013)
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Anna Karenina (2012)
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Arrival (2016)
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Avatar (2009)
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The Avengers (2012)
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Batman (1989)
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Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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Before Midnight (2013)
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Birdman (2014)
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The Blair Witch Project (1999)
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The Book Thief (2013)
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Boyhood (2014)
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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
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Casino Royale (2006)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
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Cinderella (2015)
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Cloud Atlas (2012)
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Creed (2015)
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25
The Dark Knight (2008)
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Deadpool (2016)
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District 9 (2009)
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Django Unchained (2012)
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Dr. No (1962)
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Dredd (2012)
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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Ella Enchanted (2004)
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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
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Fast Five (2011)
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
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Finding Dory (2016)
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Furious 7 (2015)
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Gladiator (2000)
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