Best Hollywood Movies

November 04, 2020

With hundreds of new Hollywood movies dropping out every month, even the movie fanatics find it hard to catch up with the latest flicks. In the need to consume movies that are the talk of the hour, we often forget some precious masterpieces that were released many years ago but remain timeless and even the best directors of this decade have not been able to surpass them. So here are the best Hollywood movies of all time that everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime.

1. The Godfather

Genre: Crime, Drama.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan.

Tha Godfather

The first movie on the list is one that can be found in every film critic’s top 5 movies list. The Godfather has endured over 40 years of critique and still stands tall among the Hollywood industry as the best period film ever made. It is set in New York in the 1940s and 1950s and revolves around the Corleone mafia family. Vito Corleone a.k.a. The Godfather is a notorious and powerful man who is feared among the gangster community, but his empire is being transferred to his reluctant son Michael. As Michael takes over the family business, he has to everything he despised before, including waging a mob war against the other mafia families. The Godfather is a class tale of family values and hierarchy, character development, and historical crime.

2. The Wizard of OZ

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy.

Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor.

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger.

The Wizard of OZ

According to the Library of Congress, this 1939 film is reported as the most-watched film of all time. When a tornado hits Kansas City, Dorothy Gale (played by the brilliant Judy Garland) and her dog Toto are swept away to the magical Land of Oz, where she visits all kinds of exotic places and meets different mystical creatures. This film is a perfect example of how to capture the true essence of an impeccable book to turn it into a movie full of imagination and creativity.

3. Psycho

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock.

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles.

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock shocked the entire world with this film and it has become one of the most influential horror films for directors, producers and actors alike. The movie is set in a mysterious and remote Bates Motel with no help nearby for miles, undoubtedly the perfect setting for this storyline. Marion Crane decides to stay at the motel for the night after stealing 40,000 dollars from her employer but what she finds at the motel is anything but relaxation. She meets Norman Bates, a handsome man who is fully under the leash of his controlling mother. What makes this movie one of the best horror movies of all time is not the fact that it contains gruesome acts of violence or other paranormal oddities, but the fact that the director leaves it up to our imagination to realize what is happening behind closed doors.

4. The Shawshank Redemption

Genre: Drama.

Director: Frank Darabont.

Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton.

The Shawshank Redemption

What makes this movie timeless is not immaculate direction, acting or cinematography (although it contains all of that), but rather the fact that it leaves an life-long impact on your life in the mere span of 142 minutes. This is a movie about hope; hope in the times of torture, hate, bigotry and helplessness. Two men, Andy and Red, discover solace and optimism while spending their torturous years inside Shawshank prison. Every character from this movie teaches us countless lessons about hope in times of despair and this mere reason is enough to praise this movie for many years to come.

5. Apocalypse Now

Genre: Drama, Mystery, War.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola.

Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall.

Apocalypse Now

The making of this movie was almost close to impossible but when it came out it was shockingly lifelike and captured the true essence of the horrifying Vietnam War. After Colonel Kurtz becomes deranged and starts to see himself as a god, he starts operating without orders. The U.S. Forces recruit U.S. Army Captain Willard to carry out the secret mission of assassinating Kurtz. On the way, he finds out that Colonel Kurtz was a brilliantly decorated war hero which leads him to ponder what led him to go mad. But as he travels up the river on his psychedelic journey, he starts to understand that the darkness and madness that has captured Colonel Kurtz might actually be freedom of sorts.

6. The Shining

Genre: Drama, Horror.

Director: Stanley Kubrick.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd.

The Shining

Based on the novel by Stephen King and directed by one of the greatest directors of all time, I think it is pretty evident why this list is incomplete without this movie. In the hopes of getting over his writer’s block, an aspiring writer, Jack Torrence, takes up a job as a winter caretaker for an isolated hotel named The Overlook, which loses contact with the outside world after it snows heavily. With his wife Wendy, and his psychic son Danny who are also dragged along to the hotel, Jack slowly starts to lose sight of reality and all of his built-up anger starts to manifest itself in ways that will give you goosebumps.

7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Genre: Family, Sci-Fi.

Director: Steven Spielberg.

Cast: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

When an alien is left stranded on Earth, a young boy named Elliot, who is having trouble coping with his parent’s divorce, finds him and takes him home with him. An adorable friendship starts to blossom between the two and Elliot even introduces him to his siblings who name him E.T. Together, the three siblings decide to take care of E.T. and keep him a secret from everyone since they have no means to protect him or send him back to where he belongs; but outside forces are stronger and nothing can stay hidden from the government for long. If you have not seen this movie in your childhood, I urge you to see it right now and if you have children, I urge you to make them see this movie right now!

8. Pulp Fiction

Genre: Crime, Drama.

Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson.

Pulp Fiction

In this classic movie by Quentin Tarantino, he twists the rules of filmmaking to make something that is seldom seen on screen. The movie weaves together different genres and follows the lives of some unrelated people, including mob hitmen, a crime lord, his wife and a retiring boxer, as they are intertwined in different tales of violent and bizarre events while frequently crossing paths with each other. The driving force behind this movie is the perfectly written dialogue and catchy soundtracks. It is a movie where racial slurs are anything but offensive and violence is hilarious; if you cannot believe this, go and watch it yourself.

9. Schindler’s List

Genre: Biography, Drama, History.

Director: Steven Spielberg.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley.

Schindler’s List

This black and white movie earned Steven Spielberg his first well-deserved “Best Director” Oscar, among the seven Oscars that it took home. Currently standing among IMDB’s top 10 highest rated films, this film described the horrors of the holocaust in the Second World War by narrating the real-life story of Oskar Schindler, who was responsible for giving refuge to hundreds of Polish-Jews in his factory. With gut-wrenching performances, thoughtful dialogue, beautiful cinematography, and a crucial message about hope and salvation, this is a masterpiece of cinema from the beginning to the end. Even though it is disturbing to watch for everyone, it is a movie everyone should watch, lest we forget the horrors of what happened.

10. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi.

Director: Stanley Kubrick.

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester.

2001 A Space Odyssey

Enduring conceptually and artistically, this movie is arguably Stanley Kubrick’s finest work to date and was a game-changer for him as well as the film industry. When a mysterious monolith is found on the surface of the Earth and the moon, it comes to mankind’s knowledge that someone or something might have placed that artifact to be aware of the extent of the evolution of humans. To discover the truth, mankind must benefit by working with the clever supercomputer HAL. Watching this film is a meditative and dreamlike experience, with the sound effects and imagery washing over you. Just like Stanley Kubrick’s other films, this film is timeless and seems contemporary even after years of its release.

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