Here Is A List Of 20 Of The Best Movies Of All Time

Here Is A List Of 20 Of The Best Movies Of All Time

We all have our favorite genres, but there are some movies that are so timeless and so beautiful that you cannot miss out on watching it despite them not being your favorite genre. Here is a list of 20 such movies you need to watch.

The task of trying to decide which are the best movies ever is a very difficult task. Let's face it, filmmaking is one of the most glorious forms of entertainment and art mediums to ever happen to the human race and there are too many to choose our favorites. But what makes a movie really great? One of the factors is that when a movie stands the test of time. For some films, it’s the emotion the story invokes, for some others, it is the emotion it invokes within the audience, and for some others, the performance by the actor is so unforgettable that you cannot shake off the inkling or feeling that you develop. Occasionally a film is so visually stunning, it can’t be forgotten. Movies have a beautiful way of uniting us, they give us an outlet for emotions we didn’t even know we needed to express, and giving us a simple and enjoyable escape for a few hours. Movies also give us an outlet to broaden our horizons deepen our imaginations, relieve stress, and at their best, give us a glimpse into our true selves, as we see them reflected in some part on screen. The movies on this list might not be your favorite they all have had an impact on culture and filmmaking. These are the movies that we watch because we want to, not because we’re told to.

1. The Silence of The Lambs


This movie centers around FBI agent Clarice hunting down a serial killer and enlisting the help of Hannibal Lecter, who himself is a cannibalistic serial killer and former psychologist who is currently in jail for his crimes

2. Rear window


Many think that 'Birds' is the most iconic Hitchcock movie ever, but in my opinion, it has to be 'Rear Window'. The best part? The entire movie is shot in a single shot. 

3. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


This movie inspired an entire genre known as the genre of Spaghetti Western because they were mainly made by Italian directors. Sergio Leone defined the genre and the movie stars Clint Eastwood. Even though it was not meant for a trilogy, the franchise became so successful that it was made into one. Also, if you haven't seen the other two movies, be rest assured as it won't hamper your experience watching this one by any rate. 

4. Scarface


Scarface is one of the most quoted gangster movies and it tells the story of a Cuban immigrant turned maniacal gangster Tony Montana. 

5. Goodfellas


One of the best works by Martin Scorcese, this movie is often considered as one of the greatest mob movies ever and was the inspiration behind the popular HBO series 'The Sopranos'. 

6. Good Will Hunting 


This movie tells the story of a janitor with an attitude problem who goes on to solve a complicated math problem at MIT. He later gets sent to a psychiatrist and has to choose between his street life and becoming a respected mathematician. It is a charming drama with great writing, brilliant acting, and an intelligent story

7. Into The Wild


This movie is really inspirational and a must watch for anyone trying to figure out their life. Maybe you just need to sell all your stuff and go on an adventure.

8. The Shawshank Redemption


Not many people know but the story of the movie is based on Stephen King's short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption". When it first came out, the movie bombed at the box office when it was released in 1994. It released on the same day as 'Pulp Fiction' which is part of what led to its poor box office performance. Without going into the lengthy backstory of the movie, let's just say that the story of two unlikely friends breaking out of prison has become beloved by a generation.

9. Braveheart


Mel Gibson both acted and directed this movie and many consider it to be the greatest war movie of all time. The battles are brutal and graphic, and the speeches are very inspiring. The cinematography and soundtrack in Braveheart are so moving, you’ll find yourself actually enjoying the bagpipe music. 

10. The Dark Knight


Back when it was announced that Heath Ledger was going to play the role of Joker, the internet was not happy at all. Ledger’s Joker is the best character performance in movie history and 'The Dark Knight' is not only a superhero movie or a Batman movie. It is the undisputed best movie ever. 

11. Forrest Gump


It is one such movie that spans generations to tell the fictional story of the most likable, honest, caring, and genuinely good person this world will ever see. It is one such movie that will tug at your heartstrings and will stay with you almost forever. 

12. Raging Bull 


This movie tells the story of an emotional journey of a boxer as the violence and temper puts him at the top of his game but destroys his personal life otherwise. 

13. Seven Samurai


This movie tells the story of a village that hires seven rogue samurai to protect them from bandits. Regarded as the highest grossing Japanese movie ever, it is also one of a handful of Japanese movies that made it into the western cinema to any significant extent. Even though the movie is in Japanese, it is filmed and acted in such a way that you could understand what’s going on even without the subtitles. 

14. Fight Club


It was one of the most controversial and talked about movies of the 1990s, this movie had an incredible impact on the popular culture. Tyler Durden's line, "The first rule of Fight Club is – you do not talk about Fight Club,” became one of the most popular quotes of the decade.

15. Schindler's List


This movie is based on the novel Schindler’s Ark penned by Thomas Keneally. The Steven Spielberg directed movie is widely regarded as one of the best movies of the century. The movie tells the story of Oskar Schindler a businessman living in World War II Germany who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by offering them employment.

16. Spotlight


This movie tells the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the Catholic church to its core. 

17. Pulp Fiction


It is not the best movie list if it doesn't have a Tarantino movie on it. 'Pulp Fiction' released in 1994 stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman. This is the first movie that changed what people thought of Independent films, and what it could do. Three widely different stories are woven out in beautiful chronological order and it takes the audience on a sexy, weird, gloriously violent ride. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for Best Original Screenplay.  

18. Spirited Away


Even if you are not a fan of the Japanese culture and movies in particular, 'Spirited Away' is one such movie that manages to capture why Hayao Miyazaki’s films are so enchantingly beautiful. This movie is also the second highest grossing anime film of all time. It is a beautifully dark tale about a girl who happens upon what seems to be an abandoned amusement park, crosses into the realm of the gods, and must not only keep herself alive but save her parents who have been turned into pigs. The movie also won the Academy Award for the best-animated feature and remains an example of why fairy tales aren’t all necessarily intended for small children. 

19. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest


Jack Nicholson gives the best performance of his life in this movie which follows his story once he gets admitted to a mental health facility. It was also the first movie that won all the major Oscars and it took twenty years for a movie to follow the suit, 'The Silence Of The Lambs' being the second movie. In fact, the movie was regarded to be so good that in some Swedish movie theaters it was shown for a mind-blowing 11 years straight.

20. The Godfather


Regarded as one of the most respected movies ever, this movie has been repeatedly regarded as one of the best movies ever. No other movie has shown the insider perspective of a crime family the way it did, and besides having one of the greatest casts, screenplays, and directors of all time, it had a significant impact on western culture that later came to be known as 'The Godfather Effect'. 

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