I think a better comparison for the Matrix and it's likelyhood of being seen as dated is Blade Runner. Not as a comparison of the two films quality, but how they are both stylish and innovative sci-fi movies. I think Blade Runner holds up very well, despite being often imitated(although not as blatantly as the Matrix has been). And Blade Runner was just one movie. The Matrix movies are going to be very big next year, and IMO, not just financially speaking, so I don't see them fading into obscurity anytime soon. I'm not a big LOTR fan, but that's because I don't like the genre. Just personal taste on this one really. But at the same time, I find the high quality of the filmmaking to be practically undeniable, and the story has already passed the test of time, so it's status as a classic seems set. The PT won't be forgotten, if for nothing else than the Star Wars name. The question is - how will it be remembered? I don't think any of us can answer that one unequivocally. Audiences weren't all over The Wizard of Oz, or Casablanca, or It's a Wonderful Life, but they're definite classics, while it's common for popular box office champs to age badly. EDIT : Personally, I think it could go either way for the PT. Also, I'd just like to say that I agree with Rebel Scumb's comparison of TPM and AOTC. My thoughts almost exactly on the feel and quality differences between the two.