50 Best Movies of All Time

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Would you like to know, if your favorite movies are ranked in the countdown of SNAILD.NET? Let’s check out the list of 50 Best Movies of All Time(Listed by Snaild.net) !!  The movies that are included in this list are all excellent. Selecting these movies among many other movies out there were not so hard because these movies are simply outstanding. Yes, we have Godfather movie among top 5 movies. Movies from 6-50 have been enlisted randomly, because they all are fabulous!

50 Best Movies of All Time  are ..

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50. Inception (2010)  – Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page,Marion Cotillard

Plot: Written by Christopher Nolan; Dom Cobb has the rare ability to get in one’s dream and steal his secrets from deep within the subconscious. But this time Cobb has a task and that is not to steal from one’s dream but to plant an idea in the mind of a person when he is in his dream state. And this task is not that easy.

Memorable Moments: Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) fights a guy,  goes 5 to 6 feet off the ground, walks on walls while fighting.

Why People Love It: The plot is original, something totally new.

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49. The Dark Knight (2008) –  Directed by : Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger

Plot: Batman (Christian Bale) decisive about eliminating crime from Gotham along with with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Gordan, face their most dreadful opponent yet; The Joker (Heath Ledger) who has a different way of committing crime.

Memorable Moments: Either the phenomenal explosion scene (where The Joker merrily skips off), the jailhouse interrogation scene, or the hospital scene when he visits the horribly-burned Harvey Dent, who subsequently becomes Two-Face.

Why People Love It: Not only the batman fans but also anyone who watched this movie would agree this is the best batman movie so far and probably the best that can be made ever. It is the darkest batman movie, and Christian Bale is undoubtedly profound when playing the character batman. Late Heath Ledger and his marvelously flawless acting as Joker was the basic reason the movie turned in to a phenomena.

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48. Amélie (2001)  – Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Plot:  Amélie an innocent and unselfish girl who has her own of way of thinking and living. She decides to help people around her; her father, a writer, a frustrated lover who stalks his former love interest, and so on. And through this journey she finds her love as well.

Memorable Scene: Amélie helps a visually challenged man walk on the street and on the way she describes to him everything that she sees.

Why people love it: This comes with a very different  kind of story that takes the audience to the different world of Amélie’s thoughts and her actions. Audrey Tautou performed brilliantly well in the leading role.

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47. Gladiator (2001) – by Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Plot: In AD 180, Maximus, a promising and powerful Roman General is betrayed and his family is brutally murdered by the force of evil son of the emperor. He comes to Rome as a gladiator  to avenge the murder of his family.

Memorable Scene: When Maximus goes home and finds his farm house all burnt and his family dead.

Why people love it: We see the passion of the gladiator through Maximus… Very nicely written and well thought out script that was re-written several times while the  making of the movie, added to that outstanding cinematography and direction. Russel Crowe’s performance as Maximus is highly appreciated and applaud till to date. The leading actors and actresses including Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen acted brilliantly as well.

The movie on one hand shows the viciousness and cruelty of war and on the other hand it shows the beautiful countryside and the soothing views of grain fields (The home of Maximus) which is really sublime and beautiful; far from the violence and war. The music is slow paced and profound. Overall a spectacular movie.

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46. Rain Man (1988) – Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

Plot: Charlie’s gets to know that his father left  a large amount of his money for his other son Raymond before his death and only a portion of his properties for Charlie. Charlie makes a scheme to create a situation so that Raymond gives up his share.

Memorable Scene: Ray and Charlie sitting together by the duck pond.

Why people love it: It is funny, entertaining yet touchy to some extent. A refreshing movie based on a totally different and unique plot.

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45. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)  – Director: George Roy Hill

Starring: Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Katharine Ross

Plot: Butch and Kid run a gang of robbers named “hole in the wall gang”. They are being followed and chased wherever they go for operations. Butch came up with an idea of going to Bolivia after they had a narrow escape.

Memorable Scene: Paul Newman riding a bicycle to the tune of “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”.
Why people love it: The chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford and the beautiful Katharine Ross is the main essence of the movie. It’s one of the best westerns till to date.
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44. Doctor Zhivago (1965) – Director: David Lean

Starring:Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin

Plot: Based on the famous novel written by Boris Pasternak, story of a Russian Physician Dr. Zhivago that has been narrated by his half brother Yevgraf. It’s a complicated story of people going through the phase of war and revolution. Lara inspires poetry. Despite being married she loves Zhivago, who loves his wife as well. They all go through the difficult phase of World War I and the revolution afterwards.

Memorable Scene: The scene where Dr. Zhivago and Lara meet amidst the Bolshevik deserters.

Why people love it: It’s one of the best love stories set in World War and revolution scenario. It’s poetic, it’s touchy and comes with a completely different kind of a story.

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43. My Fair Lady (1964) – Director: George Cukor

Starring:Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

Plot:  Professor Higgins transforms a flower girl Eliza into a high society girl and tends to take all credit of her transition. Seeing this Eliza leaves him for Freddy, a young aristocrat deeply infatuated for her. Though it was late, Higgins finally realizes that he cannot simply stay without seeing Eliza all the time.

Memorable Scene: Well, there are several scenes actually. I could recommend the horse race scene.

Why people love it: It is one of the most elegant movies ever made. Thanks to George Cukor for his direction. Outstanding cinematography, acting, music score, costume design. The casting was just perfect!  You cannot help  falling in love with the characters played by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

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 42. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)  – by Director: William Wyler

Starring: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy
Plot: World War II veterans come back to their family after war and find that all have changed drastically meanwhile during the gap.
Memorable Scene: Homer Parrish in a scene tells Wilma that he feels lucky that at least he did not lose his elbows in the war though he cannot button up his pajama. He struggles to wear  his pajama properly but fails, Wilma helps him do it.
Homer Parrish: This is when I know I’m helpless. My hands are down there on the bed. I can’t put them on again without calling to somebody for help. I can’t smoke a cigarette or read a book. If that door should blow shut, I can’t open it and get out of this room. I’m as dependent as a baby that doesn’t know how to get anything except to cry for it. Well, now you know, Wilma. Now you have an idea of what it is. I guess you don’t know what to say. It’s all right. Go on home. Go away like your family said.Wilma Cameron: [She kneels in front of him] I know what to say, Homer. I love you and I’m never going to leave you… never.
 Why people love it: Brilliant acting, directing, cinematography; won 7 Oscars. A beautifully made film that shows the war veterans and the change they find with them and their family members when they come back after war.
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41. City Lights (1931) – Director:Charles Chaplin 

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
Plot: A tramp falls in love with a girl who is in financial difficulty. However he along with the help of a wealthy man succeeds to help her out of misery and destitute.
Memorable Scene: When the girl says to the tramp, “Yes, I can see now.
“Why people love it:Like other Charlie Chaplin movies, City Lights is a masterpiece.  It is enjoyable and yet profound. And who doesn’t like Charles Chaplin and his performance?
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40. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Director:Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
 Plot: Frodo, a hobbit heads to the Mount Doom with his companions to destroy the Ring in the fire of Mount Doom.Memorable Scene: In the middle of that conversation when Gimli strikes the ring with his axe and all his forces, the axe was broken leaving the ring unbroken and intact. Then Elrond tells him that the ring was made in the fire of Mount Doom, and it can be unmade only there.
Why people love it: Based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The first part of the epic trilogy. Director Peter Jackson not only did justice to the novel but also provided the movie lovers with a film that itself later created a  history. Acting was just as it should have been, perfect.  No one could ever outperform Elijah Wood as Frodo. It seemed he lost himself in the character.
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 39. Vertigo – Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak
Plot: John Farguson, a former detective investigates his friend’s wife who is thought to be possessed by a  spirit.
Memorable Scene: Madeleine wants to go to the church alone. John asks, “Why?” She does not answer him. John and Madeleine kiss for the last time.
Why people love it: Because Vertigo is another unique, captivating and mysterious film by Alfred Hitchcock.
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 38. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote 
Best Quote: E.T.: Be good.
Plot: An Alien space ship on Earth, disrupted by a human team, mistakenly leaves one alien in the world while rushing to take-off. A troubled child takes the risk to help the alien against all odds to send him back home.
Why people love it: It’s emotionally touchy, based on a story of friendship, courage and loyalty. It is one of those movies that are equally loved by the younger and the older ones.
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37.The Philadelphia Story (1940),  Director:George Cukor

Starring:Carry Grant, Ketharine Hepburn, James Stewart
Plot: A day before  the remarriage program of a beautiful rich socialite, her former husband shows up along with two reporters.Memorable Scene: Drunken scene of Ketharine Hebburn and Jimmy Stewart
Why people love it: A delightful, romantic and a very interesting movie to watch, it’s also hilarious. A movie where Carry Grant,  Ketharine Hepburn and James Stewart share the screen together. The witty and funny characters played by the three legendary actors in their best time are memorable till to date.
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36. On the Waterfront (1954) Director:Elia Kazan

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb
Plot: Terry witnesses a murder by the rouges recruited by his corrupted boss. He eventually meets the sister of the murdered guy who introduces him to Father Barry. He compels Terry to come up with information against the culprits.
Memorable Scene: Terry (Marlon Brando) cries out saying, I coulda been a contender…
Why people love it: The crime of world of union bosses, union violence have been revealed in ‘On the Waterfront‘. One of the best movies starring Marlon Brando, his performance was classic. This film achieved ten Oscars including best picture, best actor, best director, cinematography, editing, art direction categories.  Marlon Brando won Oscar for best actor in leading role category while Elia Kazan won  for the best Director category.
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35. Braveheart (1995) – Director: Mel Gibson

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Plot: William Wallace fights and leads his fellow Scottish men against cruel English tyrant to free Scotland.
Memorable Scene: It is difficult to hold tears back, where William Wallace is taken for death sentence. And they mount torture on him.
Why people love it: Who would not love this movie?It is a truly deserving movie. While you watch the movie it not only makes you feel awfully sad for the Scottish people who suffered for so long  but also you pay a silent tribute to William Wallace and all those brave people in the world, the martyrs who gave their blood for freedom.
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34. The King’s Speech (2010) – Director:Tom Hooper 

Starring:Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Plot: Story of a man with stammering and speech problem who later overcomes it with the help of a speech therapist and becomes the king (George VI) and successfully leads the country through the war.
Why people love it: You’ve gotta be kidding me. Acting was superb, if we talk about both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. This is one of the Colin Firth’s best performance. A deep yet a hilarious movie. If you really want to overcome, you can do it no matter what obstacles come in your way.
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33. Amadeus (1984) – Director:Milos Forman

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Plot: An emotionally touchy  movie that makes you think deeply about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his consequences and sufferings before death. The story is told by his secret rival Antonio Salieri.
Memorable Scene: Salieri,  (without making his presence known) sees a young man chasing a nymph in to the room, giggling, flirting, rolling on the floor with her and doing mischievous things. After a while a sublime music is heard being played in the court room. The man exclaims, “My music! They started without me!” Salieri at that moment, at his utter surprise and dismay discovers the man was no one but Mozart himself.
Why people love it: Outstanding, out of the world acting. Film direction of Amadeus, editing, cinematography deserves compliments as well.  The movie gives a message, even the one with most of the hatred and jealousy admits and recognizes brilliance and talent even if they would deny it in public.
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32. Sunset Blvd (1950) – Director:Billy Wilder

StarringWilliam Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
Plot: A screen play writer, eager to write for an obscure silent movie star eventually gets close to her; while the story advances with rather shocking consequences.
Memorable Scene: The scene of burying a dead monkey.Why people love it: It is one of the most unforgettable classics, a movie that will never lose its charm and appeal. Wonderful cinematography, direction and script writing. You will appreciate the sad and dark humors. The film is psychologically intriguing.
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31. Forrest Gump – Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks,Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Plot: Life of an innocent southerner with a bit low IQ than the average who somehow, manages to fight the odds in life. Things get more interesting as he is accidentally present at different historically significant events and get outstanding opportunities to meet some extraordinary persons and famous celebrities.
Memorable Scene: When Jenny introduces Forrest to his child for the first time. And says his son is smart and intelligent.
Why people love it: Though some particular things make it look like a film based on ‘too good to be true’ events and there are some spoofs; the movie has more of the brighter sides. In one film it shows the journey of a lifetime. This movie teaches a lesson, if you really put effort to achieve something then you can achieve it despite all odds.
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30. It Happened One Night – Director:Frank Capra

Starring:Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Plot:  Spoiled daughter of a rich man runs away while on the way to New York she meets a man who is actually a reporter looking for a good story.
Memorable Scene: When the bride runs and drives away from the middle of the ceremony. The last scene where the ‘Walls of Jericho’ falls.
Why people love it: An inspiring, bold and memorable movie; a beautiful and magical movie, it will make you believe in love and fall in love with ‘love’ itself and you hope that  true love happens in your life as well.
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29. Rear Window (1954) – Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
Plot: Photographer Jeff faces a terrible accident and is in complete rest. Meanwhile out of boredom he spies on his neighbors with the help of binocular and sees them doing different things from his window. While doing so, one day he finds something suspicious which make him suspect that one of his neighbors might have murdered his wife.
Why people love it: Even the most laziest time can turn out to be as something fruitful. Alfred Hitchcock’s movies always come up with something really interesting and they still do even if you have seem them several times.
Rear Window is perhaps one of those movies that create a deep interest in the minds of the viewers, an urge to see more of it, to reveal what actually lies beneath. It’s one of the best mystery, thriller and crime movies of all time; and also a movie that gives you the essence of ‘holidays’. So sit back, relax and enjoy this timeless movie.
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28. Seven Samurai (1954) –  Director: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
Plot: A group of former samurai takes lead to protect the community of miserable farmers when the community is threatened by bandits. They teach the local people how to defend themselves and use arms against the bandits and in return the poor farmers share food with the samurai.
Best Quote: Kanbe Shimada (Takashi Shimura): “Danger always strikes when everything seems fine.”Best quote: Kambei Shimada: [subtitled version] This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves.
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27. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – Director: David Lean

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins 
Plot: British prisoners of war during World War II are ordered to build a railway bridge under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson who initially seems to be bold, courageous and uncompromising when it comes to principle. But his intentions and obsessions are soon to be revealed. Meanwhile an ally is formed  to blow up the bridge.
Memorable Scene: The blow up scene. A real bridge was built for the movie and the train which was blown up was real as well.
Why people love it: One of the best movies directed by David Lean. Beautifully filmed, every detail has been delicately handled with utmost carefulness. One of the most memorable classic movies of all time. Acting was terrific. Alec Guinness won the Academy award in the ‘best actor’ category for his role as Nicholson. He completely lost himself in the character as if he became Nicholson himself. The character Nicholson was brilliantly played and so were the others. The story emotionally involves the audience.
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26. Taxi Driver – Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring:Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
Plot: Travis Bickle is a Vietnam War veteran. He lives in New York City and during the night time he works as a taxi driver. He is a loner, suffers from insomnia. Probably because of the after effect of the war and the loneliness;he is somewhat not psychologically stable. He roams in his taxi, sees the nightlife of New york and tries to figure out the anomalies. He wants to do something right to mend the perceived social decadence when he finds a beautiful underage girl got herself  into prostitution.
Memorable Scene: Travis trying his gun at the mirror and talking to himself nonchalantly.
Why people love it: Story revolves around a loner with hidden rage and anger inside him, who has the probability to cause outburst anytime. It could be a story of any ordinary man who  sees social anomalies and decadence around him that doesn’t want to see. Robert De Niro as Travis was very intense and as an audience you will be intrigued by his performance. Jodie Foster acted amazingly well in the movie as the teenage prostitute and her role was quite a difficult and a challenging one.
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25. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Director:Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Plot: During the era of silent movies in Hollywood, in year 1927. After the movie ‘The Jazz Singer’ the movie theaters started to install sound system. Despite being totally unaware of the technicalities of sound and talking pictures a silent film production company and their cast make a difficult initiative to transit to sound movies.
Memorable Scene: Gene Kelly, singing in the rain.
Why people love it: Based on a totally different kind of plot. It’s a refreshing movie. Gene Kelly singing in the rain, dancing in the rain and splashing the poodles will always remain as evergreen in the audiences’ heart. Overall it is a refreshingly romantic, exciting and funny kind of movie based on an original plot.
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24. The Pianist (2002) –Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay
Plot: A Polish Jewish musician escapes deportation to the concentration camp and witnesses the destruction and devastation during World War II.
Memorable Scene: Hosenfeld, German officer meets Szpilman and he gives Szpilman his greatcoat to keep him warm and leaves promising that he would listen to him on radio after the war is over.
Why people love it: Outstanding acting of Adrian Brody as the Polish Pianist and flawless direction by Roman Polanski. It shows the atrocities of world war while on the other hand it shows the kind of humanity that one person can show to another even in the most difficult time.
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23. Il Postino (The Postman) 1994 – Director:Michael Radford

Starring:Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Plot: An Italian postman befriends famous poet Pablo Neruda, who helps him love and learn poetry and impress his love interest through the help of it.

Memorable Scene: Mario tries to convince Pablo Neruda to write a poem for Biatrace. Neruda refuses saying that he cannot write poem as he does not even know her and a poet must know the object of his inspiration. Mario hopelessly keeps annoying Neruda and says, “If you make this much of a fuss about one poem, you’re never going to win that Nobel Prize.”

Why people love it: A simple yet a beautiful movie that inspires love and expression of love and what can be better way to express love than poetry? It’s a story of love, friendship and human emotions. Wonderful story, acting, directing, music are assets of this movie.

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22. Raging Bull (1980) – Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci

Plot:story of Jake Lamotta, a boxer who takes boxing as his passion and is led by violence and anger that make him successful in the ring but at the same time turn him into an alone and aloof man (from family) in real life.

Why it made to out list: One of the best movies directed by Martin Scorsese starring Robert De Niro. It is a milestone in both of their career. Yet another movie where Robert De Niro shares screen with Joe Pesci.

Memorable Moment: Jake suspects his wife and brother. He fights with his brother (Joe Pesci) and verbally abuses him out of jealousy and suspicion.

Best Quote: Jake La Motta: You didn’t get me down, Ray.

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21. Lawrence of Arabia – Director: David Lean

Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sherif,

Plot:  War is a different situation unlike others. Sometimes war brings out the worst of a person. It makes him do things he wouldn’t do otherwise. The movie is based on the life and actions of a promising yet controversial military personnel and his different activities during the wartime. It shows the conflicts in Lawrence’s mind regarding the violence that he committed in war.

Why it made to our list: The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and ultimately won seven; including Best Director, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Picture. It is considered as a mesmerizing movie till to date. It is loved by millions and millions of viewers for the outstanding direction, cinematography and acting.In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #7 Greatest Movie of All Time.

It is widely considered as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. The  score by Maurice Jarre and the cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly appreciated.

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20. Wizard of OZ (1939) – Director:Victor Fleming, George Cukor

Starring:Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Plot: Dorothy lives in the countryside. One evening she and her dog Toto faces a severe tornado and that take them to the strange land of Oz.  Here she gets some bizarre friends who are in search of a brain, heart and courage. They help her and give her company throughout the journey to meet Oz, who is supposed to help Dorothy go back home.

Memorable Scene: During the tornado, Dorothy suddenly sees everything around her floating, swirling,  getting swiped by the strong wind; even the cow, the house, everything.

Why people love it: You will hardly find someone who has not watched this movie once. It is one of the most adored movies that is related to everyone’s childhood fantasies and dreamland.

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 19. Titanic (1997) – Director: James Cameron

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Plot: Rose, a London based young aristocrat and Jack Dawson, a poor but talented artist fall in love with each other, aboard RMS Titanic.

Memorable Scene:  Jack stands with Rose on the front edge of the ship, Rose says, “I’m Flying Jack!”

Why people love it: It’s one of the most popular movie of the last century. It created a history not only in US but also all around the world. You will hardly find someone who could get it out of his mind right after watching the movie in the theater for the first time. Through this movie James Cameron actually created a magic. Acting was flawless, so were the incredible sets; and there are yet too many things to see and like about Titanic, one of the highest grossing movies of Hollywood.

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18. It’s a wonderful life (1946) – Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed

Plot: George Bailey had a dream to go out and explore the world and beyond since his childhood but could not make it because of family responsibilities and other reasons. Though he is happily married he cannot overcome the dismay of not getting out of the province and seeing the outside world.

After his father’s death he takes the responsibilities of  family business, though at the beginning things were going pretty well soon it faces terrible financial difficulties. Frustrated, Bailey decides to give up his life then suddenly his whole perspective towards life changes when an angel in quest for his wings meets him and lets him experience how the world would have been without Bailey.

The Most Memorable Scene: The most romantic scene, where George Baily and Mary was walking together in the moonlit night, Mary was singing the song “Buffalo gal won’t you come out tonight”

Why it made to our list: It is a timeless movie, 0ne of those movies that never lose the appeal. No doubt, one of the most entertaining and inspiring movies of all time. It once again teaches us, life is really appreciable and it is all time beautiful. No matter how hard the path of life may get some time. When you feel down you must watch this movie.

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17. Life is Beautiful (1997) – Directed by:Roberto Benigni

StarringRoberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

Plot: During the world war, to keep the innocent mind of the child unaffected and away from the cruelty and viciousness of war a Jewish librarian portrays the war to his son as if its a game and the contestants have to keep trying to survive for the ultimate prize for the winner which is a tank.

The Most Memorable Scene: The scene where Guido was taken to be executed. But before it he pretends to his son that it was just a part of the game.

Why it made to our list: It is a heart melting movie though it has humor. One of the best movies anyone has ever seen. The acting, cinematography, directing, script everything was flawless.

Best Quote:Giosué Orefice: [narrating as an adult] This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.

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16. Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili,  Enzo Cannavale, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano, Salvatore Cascio

Plot: Toto has a keen interest and passion for movies since his childhood. He develops a strong bond with an elderly  theater projectionist and learns many techniques related to projection and films and works as an apprentice for some years. In his teenage Toto falls in love with a beautiful girl, Elena. Being convinced by Alfredo who is a father figure to him, Toto leaves for Rome and later he becomes a famous movie director. 30 years later when he visits his old friend Alfredo’s funeral he finds out the truth why it did not work out with Elena.

Why it made to our list:  There are very few films that not only touch our hearts but also live in there, it is one of those films. You will fall in love with the idea of love while watching this spectacular movie. It is one of the most romantic movies yours truly has ever seen. This movie has all essence of life; laughter, cry, pain, joy, sorrow, mystery, love, infatuation, grief, regrets, nostalgia, cravings for the beloved ones. This movie will make you emotional and you will be amused at the same time.

The most memorable scene: Toto waits for Elena’s love for long enough. Thinking she would never respond to his love frustrated Toto decides to move on and there she finds Elena at his projection room. They share a passionate kiss. Besides there are many nostalgic scenes that bring tears to the viewers’ eyes and also smile to their face at the same time.Take for example, the last scene.

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15. The Sound of Music (1965) – Director:Robert Wise

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Plot: Maria, who lives in convent finds herself struggling in her attempts to become a nun. She instead decides to take the responsibility to be the governess to seven children of a widower Navy Captain.

Memorable Scene: In a scene Maria sings and dances with the children on a green field, with mountains behind her. It was a refreshing scene and so was the song.

Why people love it: it is one of the most loved musical movies that you will admire. It is adored by both the adult and the children. The on screen chemistry between Maria and Captain Von is memorable and magical.

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14. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) – Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards

Plot: Harmonica, a mysterious character joins desperado Cheyanne  to help Mrs. McBain, a newly married woman whose new husband and family have been slaughtered.

Why it made to our list: It is one of the most spectacular westerns that I’ve ever seen. The movie is a blend of an excellent story, outstanding works of camera, sound editing, cinematography, script, flawless direction and acting, beautiful Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda with his most expressive eyes and expressions, Cheyanne and his impeccable dialogues and the mysterious appearance of Harmonica. From the beginning to the end, the shots have been beautifully taken. You will like the cinematography and different style of camera work.

Memorable scene: In a heartfelt scene the notorious Frank is hanging Harmonica’s brother. The poor boy Harmonica is seen playing harmonica with his breaths while trying to support his brother with his shoulder. At one point his elder brother kicks him forward to put an end to both of their agony.

Best Quote: Cheyenne: Make believe it’s nothing.

 

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13. Casablanca (1942) – Director: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid

Plot: Rick Blaine, an exiled American expatriate runs a nightclub in Casablanca. He suddenly meets his former lover Ilsa who he misunderstood earlier. They face unexpected circumstances when the Nazi Major arrives in Casablanca.

Memorable Moments: Rick and Ilsa kiss each other in the last scene.

Why people love it: It is one of the most romantic movies of all time. The movie is well directed, well planned and thought out. The onscreen chemistry between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart is amazing! It’s like an art.

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12. Citizen Kane (1941) – Director: Orson Welles

Starring:Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

Plot: A publishing tycoon dies leaving many reporters in utmost bizarreness as he utters a word before his death.The reporters struggle to find its meaning.

Most Memorable scene: Charles Foster Kane utters the word ‘Rosebud’ in his deathbed and he dies after that.

Best quote: Charles Foster Kane: I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.

 

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11. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1975) – Directed by: Milos Forman

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michael Berrymen, Louise Fletcher

Plot: McMurphy gets himself in jail. To avoid the duties in prison he pleads insanity and then he is sent to mental institution. There McMurphy with other inmates take a stand against the atrocity of oppressive Nurse Ratched.

Why people love it: People mostly love this movie because of the flawless acting. Jack Nicholson is at his best in this movie, and of course you will remember the wretched nurse, Louise Fletcher who performed in her career defining role.

Best Quote: McMurphy: Which one of you nuts has got any guts?

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10. Ballad of a soldier (1959) –Director:Grigoriy Chukhray

Starring:: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova

Plot: It is a story of World War II, young soldier Alyosha asks the higher authority for an opportunity to visit his mother instead of a medal as a reward for his heroic act during the war. On the way she meets Shura and they fall in love in that journey.

Why people love it: It shows the devastating effect of war on individuals, family, society and overall on a country. It is an emotionally touchy teen love story that takes place during war time. But through the story of the two teenagers it reflects lights on people related to their lives and shows how the atrocity and cruelty of war affected them.

 

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9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)   – Director:Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Plot: Three different guys with different personalities and mentalities learn about a grave in a remote cemetery which is known to be full of gold. They look for the grave, in this quest one of them (The Bad) tries to manipulate, use  another one to get to the grave and dig for him, only to find out that it is one’s own challenge to find out the grave himself.

Memorable Moments: When The Good, Blondie secretly saves the prisoner (The Ugly, Tuco) by shooting from a secret place, during the time when he was to be hanged.

Why People Love It: One of the best western movies of Hollywood and Clint Eastwood was at his best. Elli Wallach as Tuco, with his hilarious way of delivering funny dialogues in this movie portrayed himself as a funny yet a ruthless desperado.

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8. Psycho (1960) Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring:Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

Plot: Norman Bates is a troubled adult who is under the domination of his mother. A phoenix employee intends to flee with money from her employer, on the way she checks in Bates Motel only to call for more troubles for herself.

Memorable Scene: The shower scene, of course!

Why people love it: Alfred Hitchcock had the natural ability to make something extraordinary out of trivial objects with his very own way and style of directing movies. Psycho is one of the best horror and thriller of all time.

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7. To kill a Mockingbird (1963) Director: Robert Mulligan

Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

Plot: The movie is based on a novel written by Harper Lee in 1961. Atticus Finch, a lawyer goes against the townspeople and fights against all odds and prejudices to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Memorable Scene: Atticus Finch’s (Gregory Peck)  interaction scenes with his family; esp when he says to Jem that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Why people love it: A simple film that speaks boldly against racism. If you have not watched it yet, it is a ‘must watch’.

Best Quote:

Atticus Finch: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Jem: Why?Atticus

Finch: Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don’t do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat people’s gardens, don’t nest in the corncrib, they don’t do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.

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6. Bicycle thieves (1948) – Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

Plot:  It’s an Italian film. Ricci lives in Italy with his son, he is unemployed. Finally he gets a good job but he needs a bicycle for it. When his only hope bicycle is stolen he is put into a quest to find it. Though finally he locates the bicycle thief he cannot prove him guilty of stealing. The events take place in depressed economic condition during the post war world II in Italy. It is a touchy and a must see film.

Most Memorable Scene: This movie has quite many profound and meaningful scenes actually. I would recommend the last scene.

Why people love it: This movie is not to portray the post world war poverty or misery but to focus on the love and affection between father and son and their struggle against hopelessness. After days of demoralization and frustration the father gets a job and they start to dream again. Bus when the bicycle is lost their dream is somewhat lost again as having a bicycle is essential to hold that job. It’s the quest of father and son to pursue their dream.

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5. Gone with the wind (1939)  Directed by: Victor Fleming

Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

Plot: Based on ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchel.

Most Memorable Scene: After Scarlett reaches war torn Tara she finds nothing left except her father, her sisters, and two servants. Scarlett gets to know that her mother just died of typhoid fever. Hungry and tired for the long journey from Atlanta, she looks out for some food but finds the crop fields untended. With Tara devastated by the Union troops, Scarlett vows she will do anything for the survival of her family and herself saying, “I shall never go hungry again.”

Why people love it: It’s a wonderful epic film. Flawless acting, directing, screenplay, cinematography, film editing, music has made this movie a legend in the Hollywood film industry. It is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. It is as immensely popular till to date as it was during its time of release. It is one of the highest earning movies of Hollywood industry.

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 4. Godfather II (1974),   Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

Plot: Michael Corleone proves himself as a mafia Don and expands their family business as well as crime syndicate while eliminating his enemies, both in and outside the family one after another. Simultaneously it shows the earlier life, struggles and rise of his father, young Don Vito Corleone.

Why People love it: Godfather II has been a bold gangster/underworld movie  sequel in Hollywood’s history. Timeless story of Mario Puzo, excellent direction of Francis  Ford Coppola has made this movie perfect. Al Pacino acted flawlessly as Michael Corleone. Robert De Niro was  outstanding. He is known as the ‘Good looking Godfather’.

The interesting fact is, both Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro received Academy Awards for playing the role of Don Vito Corleone.  Lastly I will mention that very few movie sequels can live up to the expectations of the viewers, Godfather II is undoubtedly one of those movies which successfully does that with IMDB rating 9.1 which is just the same as Godfather I. Francis Ford Coppola received Academy Awards (Best Director category) for this movie at the 47th Annual Academy Awards held in April, 1975.

Quote:Michael Corleone: I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

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3. Schindler’s List (1993)   – Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Finnes
Plot: in Nazi-occupied Poland, seeing the Jews people falling prey of brutality, Businessman Oskar Schindler provides them with shelter by employing them in his factory. Oscar, initially who was more concerned with his own profit and was less concerned about humanity changed his mind drastically later seeing the inhumanity and brutality of the war.

Why People Love It: There are some humane characteristics among us, we may either nurture our good sides or the bad sides it depend on us. In this movie, the character Oscar Schindler shows both the good and bad sides of human characteristics where ultimately the humane attributes like humanity, love, compassion, care win over self interest, greed for money and other worldly matters.

Best Quote: Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

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2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Director: Frank Darabont

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman. Bob Gunton

Plot: Based on the story of Stephen King, it is One of the best movies of all time. It shows how Andy, a banker turned prisoner convicted for murdering his wife and her lover faces a change in life perspective and point of view when he meets Red, a prison entrepreneur and then how they both sustain hope and become unconventional prisoners in convention.

Memorable Moments: After living in prison for decades an elderly man finds prison as his only home and he hangs himself in his apartment in New York after getting released.
Why People Love It: Good story of Stephen King, amazing acting of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are the strongest sides of the movie. The movie shows two different things; Fear and hope, one ties us and another sets us free. Ultimately it is hope that leads us to the light and helps us survive in our worst times.

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1. The Godfather (1972) – Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, Diane Kitton as Key, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen

Plot: Vito, a small boy from a small village in Sicily having life threat flees all the way to America after the gruesome murders of both his parents and elder brother by the local crime kingpin. Despite spending his early days in abject poverty and misery in America he manages to build his own crime empire with the help of his wit, few close people and muscle power. besides being a pure family guy and a loving caring father becomes a Don of underworld. Later his son Michael Corleone takes over the empire.

Memorable Moments: The night when Don Vito Corleone was in critical condition and was admitted into the hospital after being attacked by Solozzo men, his son Michael took care of him and made sure he was safe and secure. Thinking that his dad might have more attacks he stood outside the hospital gate with Enzo, the Baker and pretended they were having arms which indicates his alertness and sense of responsibility as a son and the leadership potentials . That night through that phase Michael actually was having transition from boyhood to adulthood.

Why People Love It: Godfather is one of those timeless movies that will not lose charm years after years. Outstanding direction, cinematography, script, editing and flawless acting make this movie an ideal. The music is well balanced. You cannot possibly complete a list of top movies of all time without keeping this movie in number one position.

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