Cinematic appearances are inarguably the mirror to life. Cinema shows human life on screen as it is, and how people relate to. Whether it’s a romantic comedy, war film, family drama or action, the film works as long as one can connect. A good film is like a voyage where viewers take something back – a lesson, some information, or a ray of hope. Directors are known to be the “Captain of the ship” for a reason. They are the runners of the show. Once the script is done, it’s up to the director how he carves something off and gets a written story back to life.
By considering this fact, let’s check out the top 10 must watch Hollywood masterpieces you definitely never want to skip in your life.
10. The Man from Earth (2007)
The whole film is set in the backdrop of Oldman’s house and the film includes almost the dialogue. It is based on his farewell party. The plot goes through the sensible arguments between Oldman along with his faculty members. The conversation starts from the very beginning of time to current date. It is a must-watch film if you want to see how conversation goes.
9. The Godfather (1972)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Paramount Pictures in association with Alfran Productions, The Godfather is a crime drama film known as one of the best films in Hollywood ever produced. The film is honored with three Oscars – Best Actor in a Lead Role, Best Picture, Best Writing, and Screenplay, along with 10 nominations in 45th Academy Awards. Based on the novel of same name, The Godfather is based on a mafia family. Vito Corleone is the head of the powerful crime family based on Italy and America. His youngest son, Michael wants to lead a normal life. But things got worse for Michael with the intense conflict between the drug tycoon Virgil Sollozzo and his father and unfortunate events lead Michael to get involved into family business.
8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Directed by Frank Darabont and produced by Castle Rock Entertainment, The Shawshank Redemption is a Crime, Drama film based on Andy Dufresne who is put behind the bars at Shawshank for killing his wife and her boyfriend. He shakes hand with Red, a longtime convict, in prison and plans for jailbreak.
Despite the fact that the film didn’t do well at the box office and disappointed its fans, the acting and story are praised by the critics and the film got nominated 7 times for Oscars. If you have watched this film, you may never forget the epic dialogue by Andy, “Remember Red, hope might be the best of everything, or good thing, and no good thing die ever”.
7. The Dark Knight (2008)
Christopher Nolan is simply the best director in Hollywood. Produced by DC Comics, Warner Bros, Syncopy and Legendary Pictures, The Dark Knight is the next part of Batman Film trilogy. The film is based on a terrible and mysterious criminal, Joker who attacks the peaceful city Gotham, where peace is well maintained by Lieutenant Jim Gordon, Batman and Harvey Dent, the new district attorney. Batman has no other way to stop joker to control the new wave of chaos in the city. The Dark Knight is known as one of the best superhero films ever made. The film won two Oscars – Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, along with 8 nominations.
6. Fight Club (1999)
Directed by David Fincher and Produced by Regency Enterprises, Fox 2000 Pictures and Linson Films, Fight Club is a crime drama film based on a young insomniac who occasionally becomes roommate and friend of a salesman who approaches him to join an underground fight club. Everything is out of control, along with expansion. It got controversial response on morality and violence and it was a minor failure at the box office but soon considered as the best and cult film for getting the commercial success when its DVD was released. At Academy Awards 2010, it won Best Sound Effects Editing award.
5. Predestination (2014)
It is a sci-fi mystery thriller. It is based on the life of a Temporal Agent who travels the time. On his assignment, he has to pursue a criminal who has escaped all of his life. The film is based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein. This short story is definitely worth a read.
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Directed by Peter Jackson and produced by The Saul Zaentz Company, WingNut Films and New Line Cinema, it is the Adventure, Fantasy film. It is the final installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It shoes the battle with Sauron, the Dark Lord, which reaches its climax. King Theoden and Gandalf unite their forces to protect the capital of Gondor, Minas Tirith. Using Gimli and Legolas, Aragorn defeats Dark Sauron finally to get the throne of Gondor. Meanwhile Sam and Frodo started their journey to Mt. Doom to destroy the ring. Along with achieving high collection at box office, it is the world-renowned Hollywood film which got significant critical acclaim and won all 11 Oscars nominated.
3. Inception (2010)
It is based on a professional thief who is known for stealing corporate secrets using his unique dream-sharing technology. He has an inverse task to plant an idea in a CEO’s mind. It is a very unique and amazing heist film with some science fiction touch. It is also known as one of the must-watch classics by Leonardo DiCaprio. It is full of excitement and adventure and it truly enthralls the audience. Even if you are not the fan of Leo, you will definitely love his performance.
2. Forrest Gump (1994)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Paramount Pictures, Forrest Gump is a Romance, Drama film which is based on novel, Forest Gump. It is about the life of a kind-hearted, yet low IQ, man known as Forrest Gump. He was bullied all his childhood for his intelligence but never gave up following his love and fortune.
1. Titanic (1997)
Directed by James Cameron and Produced by Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Lightstorm, Titanic is a Romance Drama film based on Rose DeWitt Bukater, a 101 year old woman, who reminds R.M.S. Titanic which sank on April 10, 1912, when she was a 17-year-old girl who boards the ship and falls in love with Jack Dawson, a poor artist. It is the most commercially successful Hollywood masterpiece and second top-grossing Hollywood film, after Avatar.