If you are anything like us, you will agree that movies are one of the most glorious forms of entertainment ever. This makes deciding which movies are the ‘best ever’ a very daunting task indeed. With so much to choose from, we have however racked our brains and created our own nifty little list of the 10 best movies of all time.
This list draws from the number one or number two ranked movies in each decade and these movies are selected based on their iconic status, critical acclaim, box office success, and watchability. Whilst this list may not exactly agree with what a film study professor or an artsy film critique might pick, just grab your popcorn and let’s get right to it!
10. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Featuring Coppola at the dizzying height of his creativity, Apocalypse Now is a tormenting war epic that brings out the heart of darkness evident in all fighting for a lost cause – death, defeat and despair. It is a film that dazzles, with legends Bill Kilgore and Marlon Brando in top form. The Vietnam War is seen through the eyes of Ben Willard, as he witnesses scarring battles and the massacre of innocents while knowing there is no way back. The symbolism and relevance of the movie has only grown with age.
9. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Even after 70 years, this movie remains one of our absolute favourites. Imaginative and colourful, Wizard is quite obviously a masterpiece of early cinema. The story remains beautifully enchanting and haunting to this day thanks to masterfully crafted scenes and shots way ahead of their time. Featuring Judy Garland’s endearing performance and stunning visual effects and music, this film is a classic in every sense of the word. Though not commercially successful upon release, its memorable characters and relatable moral tale make this an essential that parents recommend to their kids and enjoy watching with themselves too.
8. Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone with the Wind represents a monumental leapin movie making. The vision of David O. Selznick, the power behind bringing Margaret Mitchell’s massive account about the South, before and after the Civil War, pays handsome dividends. Directed by Victor Fleming this movie will live forever. reminding us of how the USA came into being, despite the different opinions from the two stubborn factions in the war. “Gone with the Wind” was successful in bringing together the best professionals in Hollywood. The end result is the stunning film that for about four hours keep us interested in the story unfolding on the screen.
7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Shawshank breaks you up where you least expect but stirs you up with a passion undescribable to those who never thought of it. A movie worth watching once in your lifetime. The Shawshank Redemption is the kind of movie that people deserve. It’s a wonderful movie with a touching storyline. It grips you hard at moments and lets your mind wonder freely at the same time. You would be surprised by the lessons it teaches you. This is a glorious tale of a man’s struggle through life in prison and the different struggles and benefits that come with it. This magnificent movie features Oscar-worthy performances from both Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman.
6. The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight reveals a thrilling insight into the twisted yet brilliant mind of the Joker (Heath Ledger.) From start to finish the film keeps the audience feeling on constant edge and never fails to impress. Christopher Nolan worked seemingly hard on producing characters such as Batman (Christian Bale) to fulfil the storyline and convey an intense atmosphere when coming face to face with the Joker. The film is truly an outstanding piece of work and commemorates what a hard-working actor Heath Ledger was in showing full and utter dedication towards his role. The Dark Knight is a film in which brings together a hard working a brilliantly focused team of set actors that allow for it to be such a successful and interesting movie.
5. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back is one of those movies that stick with you long after you’ve seen it (in a good way). With a bigger focus on characters, a deeper, darker narrative, and some more groundbreaking effects, Empire really is one for the ages. There’s really not much to say about Empire or the OT in general that hasn’t already been said. It’s a classic. A very well-crafted classic. After directing A New Hope, George Lucas turned the directing reins over to a mentor of his, Irvin Kershner, who added a great feel to the Star Wars universe. His use of slow-motion in the Dagobah cave scene is especially memorable, as well as the Cloud City duel.
4. Psycho (1960)
Arguably Hitchcock’s best work, Psycho is truly a masterpiece that transcends genres. This is an organic masterpiece of the horror genre that cites as a role model for future film-makers to work on. A number of different scenes that are now cliches in the horror/suspense thriller genre originated from this one piece of art. This enthralling movie pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in terms of violence and sexuality on screen. It remains a classic that won’t soon be forgotten, and for good reason.
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
The depth of the overall plot of Pulp Fiction is astounding. One minute dark and moody, the next riddled with black comedy and unforgettable utterances that remain noteworthy quotes even into the present day. Violence and blood aplenty, rampant drug use, startlingly intense situations- all signature Tarantino. And yet, this film is interspersed with sparkling nuggets of stark morality and unexpected wisdom. John Travolta as Vincent Vega, Samuel L. Jackson as Jules, Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace, and Bruce Willis as Butch are exceptionally complex characters who must learn to survive in an often cold and brutal world that still has hidden gems of humanity at its most basic fineness. Pulp Fiction is a roller coaster ride that will leave you gasping for more!
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Great lighting and great camera angles come together to create what is hailed as the best film ever made. This movie is arguably Orson Welles’ best work on and off camera. Welles co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in this film that shows the journey of the rise and fall of a mighty business tycoon. Stunning visual storytelling and innovative cinematic techniques make this movie a must-watch especially for students of enthusiasts of filmmaking.
1. The Godfather (1972)
This is a movie which certainly does not need a review or critique. With commanding performances from the entire cast, all dialogues written in silver line, and epic scenes that stick with you long after the movie ends, The Godfather tells an intricate and complex story remarkably well. We would love to specifically mention the scene where Al Pacino’s character goes to visit two men in a hotel. The scene is majestic, it gives goosebump, and is chilling and thrilling at the same time. We think you are missing out on life if you haven’t watched this masterpiece already.
So there you have it. Ten of the best movies ever. 80 years of classic cinema. Exceptional talent, wonderful entertainment and a nice Bride of Frankenstein poster. How would you rate your top ten movies? We would love to hear from you.