What are the top 10 must-see movies of all time? This is a question that has been asked time and time again. There are so many great movies out there, how can you possible narrow it down to just 10?
Well, we’ve taken on the challenge and come up with a list of the top 10 must-see movies of all time. From classics like The Godfather to modern masterpieces like The Shawshank Redemption, these are the movies that you
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The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama movie written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The movie is based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover. There, he befriends contraband smuggler Red, and together they forge a friendship that will last a lifetime.
The Shawshank Redemption was released to critical acclaim and was a box office success. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Robbins), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Darabont), and won for Best Sound Editing. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time.
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American romantic drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth. The film stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and inadvertently influences several defining historical events in the 20th century in the United States.
The film differs substantially from Winston Groom’s novel of the same name, including Gump’s personality and several events that were depicted differently or not at all in the book. Online movie database IMDb ranks Forrest Gump as one of the top 10 greatest films of all time.
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” is a must-see movie for any film lover. It’s a masterclass in filmmaking, with incredible acting, cinematography, directing, and a well-written script. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker is one of the greatest performances in film history, and the movie as a whole is a tour de force. If you haven’t seen “The Dark Knight,” you’re missing out on one of the greatest films of all time.
The Godfather is a timeless classic that has captivated audiences for decades. The story of the Corleone family is one of the most iconic in all of cinema, and the performances by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are legendary. This is a must-see film for any fan of movies.
The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American psychological horror film directed by Jonathan Demme from a screenplay written by Ted Tally, based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name. In the film, FBI trainee Clarice Starling is assigned to help find serial killer Buffalo Bill. She seeks the advice of imprisoned cannibalistic sociopath Hannibal Lecter to apprehend him.
The Silence of the Lambs grossed $272 million worldwide against its $19 million budget, becoming only the second film, after It Happened One Night in 1934, to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay; it is also one of only six films to win all those awards since 1949 (the others being One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003).
The Godfather, Part II
If you haven’t seen The Godfather, Part II yet, then you are truly missing out on one of the greatest films of all time. Released in 1974, this crime drama was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall.
The Godfather, Part II is the sequel to the 1972 film The Godfather and chronicles the early years of Vito Corleone (De Niro) as he tries to establish a foothold in New York City’s Little Italy. Meanwhile, his son Michael (Pacino) is expanding the Corleone family business into Las Vegas and Cuba.
The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (De Niro), and Best Director (Coppola). It is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made and is a must-see for any movie fan.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the similarly named novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is the first film in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and was followed by The Two Towers in 2002 and The Return of the King in 2003.
The story tells of a group of hobbits, dwarves, men, and elves who form a fellowship to destroy the One Ring and defeat the evil Sauron. They journey through Middle-earth, encountering Orcs, wizards, and treacherous foes before reaching their goal.
The film was a massive critical and commercial success, earning over $871 million at the worldwide box office and winning 17 out of its 30 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Released in 2002, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the second film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Two Towers follows Frodo and Sam as they continue their journey to destroy the One Ring. While Frodo is seduced by the power of the Ring, Sam fights to protect him. The film also follows Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli as they join forces with the Rohirrim to fight against Sarumann’s army of Orcs and drive them from Rohan. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film co-produced, co-written, and directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It is the third instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002), preceding The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–14).
Set in Middle-earth, the film follows the course of the War of the Ring, in which Frodo Baggins and his fellowship of companions set out to destroy the One Ring to keep Sauron from further expanding his rule. Tolkien’s work was originally published in three volumes in 1954–55; Jackson adapted each into separate films.
The Return of the King was released on 17 December 2003 in New Zealand, 20 December 2003 in Australia, and on 10 December 2003 internationally. Initially announced with a release date just five days after its world premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 1 December 2003, it went on to gross over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it one of 2002’s highest-grossing films and Jackson’s second film to enter that category after The Fellowship of the Ring. With an estimated budget eclipsing $300 million, it is also one major factor that caused New Line Cinema to declare bankruptcy shortly after its release. It won a record-breaking eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture – tying with Ben-Hur (1959) and Titanic (1997) for the most wins for a single film – becoming the first fantasy film to ever be nominated for or win Best Picture.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Few movies have captured the imagination and hearts of audiences quite like Star Wars. The original 1977 movie, now titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, introduced us to a galaxy far, far away, and has since become one of the most iconic and well-loved films of all time.
If you’re a fan of action, adventure, science fiction, or just good old-fashioned entertainment, this is a movie you cannot afford to miss. Here are just a few reasons why Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is one of the top 10 must-see movies of all time:
1. The Characters – From the heroic Luke Skywalker to the diabolical Darth Vader, the characters in Star Wars are some of the most memorable in cinematic history. You’ll find yourself rooting for the good guys and hissing at the villains every time you watch.
2. The Story – Simple yet complex, relatable yet otherworldly, the story of Star Wars will keep you hooked from beginning to end. And with six movies in total (so far), there’s plenty more to explore after you’ve seen A New Hope.
3. The Visuals – Even though it’s now over 40 years old, the visual effects in Star Wars are still nothing short of spectacular. From the impressive models and miniatures used to create the space scenes, to groundbreaking work with motion control photography, it’s clear that a lot of care and attention went into making this movie look as good as it does.
4. The Music – From John Williams’ unforgettable score to helpless humming along whenever “The Imperial March” starts playing, the music in Star Wars is as iconic as the visuals. It’s impossible to watch this movie without getting swept up in its grandiose soundtrack.
5. The Legacy – Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Star Wars has had a massive impact on both pop culture and cinema as a whole. If you want to understand why this movie is so important, you need to see it for yourself.