It’s always possible that the result won’t be as great as the viewers hope it will be with all the moving parts that will create a feature-length movie. There are movies out there that range from horrible to incredibly unbelievable, and all in between. The best films were those with a hard-working team that came together to make their visions a reality. Those are the movies.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
In 2004, film director Michel Gondry met screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and created the masterpiece we know to be the Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are the movie’s main characters, which should say all you need to know about how great the movie is. Joel Barish and Clementine, Carrey and Winslet’s characters, are involved in a romantic relationship that begins to go south, so they get a procedure to erase each other’s minds. This isn’t as easy as they expected.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This isn’t surprising news, but the highest-grossing film by The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson and the first to get him an Academy Award nomination. It combines many different aspects of his various films, bringing them together into one amazing film. The film is about a hotel lobby boy played by Tony Revolori, who starts working at the Grand Budapest Hotel. You’re taken on an unpredictable roller coaster through Wes Anderson’s brain throughout the film’s duration.
Martin Scorsese tried, and certainly succeeded, to address one of the most challenging subjects faced by filmmakers. The meaning of life and morality is a touchy subject that makes a film about, but he did it properly. The film is about two Jesuit priests going to Japan to discover that their mentor has renounced his faith. The camerawork is flawless, and the plot of the film is like no other.
Jaws were the kind of film that could have been a hit for a couple of months, and when people saw it, they took a nosedive, but Steven Spielberg and his team made sure it wasn’t the case. More than 40 years after the film was made, people still think twice before going deep into the ocean. This film has been brought to an iconic level by Spielberg and his team, who will never be topped by a similar film.
This film is where Clint Eastwood began making Western movies. This Eastwood-directed film is reminiscent of the story of a former outlaw who gave up his old life to raise his children but had to go back for some extra cash. Instead of glorifying it as most Western movies do, this film does the perfect job of showing what gruesome violence looks like.
There Will Be Blood
In this late 19th-century film, Paul Thomas Anderson shines a light on people’s greed for money and oil. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano are fighting with each other because of who will have oil control. The movie takes a poke at American capitalism and unknowingly does the greed-driven things people do.
John Wick is a perfectly made film that made the Keanu Reeves star train for eight hours every day for four months, five days a week, to do his best. This film has a background that can’t be found elsewhere; it’s more than a man who goes on murder after his dog’s murder. The dog was the last thing that connected him with his late wife. This film has feelings behind it that can only be described by watching the film.
You Were Never Really Here
This film tracks the life of a hitman who was hired by a senator to rescue his daughter from great dangers, which is played by Joaquin Phoenix. This may seem like a very familiar plot, but what makes it better than anything else is the execution and character motivation. In the best way possible, Phoenix does an incredible job of balancing multiple types of personalities.
This 1630s movie is about a father and his family who have all been banished from a community in Puritan Plymouth and are trying to go out on their own to start a farm in a forest. When a family member disappears from nowhere while trying to find him, the family has many problems ahead. The director, Robert Eggers, spent four years researching to make the film as real as it might be.
Manchester By The Sea
If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, this isn’t the film you’re watching. The film is about Lee Chandler, played by Casey Affleck, who is forced to return to his hometown after his brother’s death and finds out he now has custody of his teenage nephew. This film will make you feel emotions you never thought you could feel from something that isn’t real life, but it’s as real as you get inside a screen.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is all about a near-feral human being living in a post-apocalyptic world who ends up on a mission to save women from the grips of evil. On its own, the plot is quite interesting, but what really makes it stand out are the action and special effects. Just like high-speed vehicles, most stunts are real.
Mulholland Drive is not the first film to take a shot at perfecting the idea of surrealism, nor is it the only one, but David Lynch translates the idea of surrealism into this film perfectly. He blurs the lines between what is a dream and what is reality, which creates a film that is disturbing yet amazing. The movie is so great that it has even been named the greatest movie of the 21st century by the BBC.
This science-fiction romance that ended up being a top hit was written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The future is set, but the future is still set. The film follows Theodore Twombly through Joaquin Phoenix’s recent divorce. By buying an operating system, he tries to mend his broken heart, but he ends up loving it. There’s so much to play with throughout this film—the emotions, camerawork, colors, all—and the cast and crew just hit it out of the park.
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Robert Ford’s The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward is one of the most underrated films ever made. This film takes time to introduce characters and build the plot, unlike the typical Western film with nothing but many gunfights. Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck perfected their characters’ personalities, making the film what it was. What made this film amazing was the combination of acting with the amazing camerawork that made it look like a painting.
The Lord Of The Rings Return of the King
While every film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was out of this world, it was the final one that tied it all together and brought every film’s complete closure. What makes it the second-highest-grossing movie of all time is the cinematography and realistic battles, and the reason it was able to win 11 Oscars. An accomplishment such as this is not common.
A group of researchers stumbles across ‘The Thing’ while located in Antarctica’s isolated area, a massive life-sized parasite that can adapt to shape or any organism, including humans. This makes the research team feel uncomfortable in each other’s presence as they have no idea whether the parasite is one of them. At first, viewers weren’t sure how they felt about this film, but everyone grew to love and appreciate this film’s depth and complexity over time.
Quentin Tarantino and stars Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Travolta directed this film; it’s not getting much better. While the casting and acting skills are amazing, there are so many mini plotlines in the film that have nothing to do with each other, but somehow they end up making their way together is what really makes this film stand out. You don’t know the next step in the movie, and it’s such a good job to keep you intrigued—the all-known and loved the soundtrack.
2001: A Space Odyssey
This film, which was Arthur C. Clarke’s playoff of “The Sentinel,” follows Jupiter’s spaceship after being discovered to be disrupted. It touches things that most films stay away from, like evolution and existentialism, making this film stand out from the rest. By sparingly using sounds and dialogs to make viewers think they were in space, filmmakers really made it as real as possible. It’s said it’s one of the most influential movies ever made.
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski remembers the tale of someone who is played by Jeff Bridges called “The Dude.” He finds himself struggling in all directions to buy a new carpet. In each minute of this film, there is so much going on, which leaves viewers as confused as The Dude” is. This movie’s out-there characters are what won over viewers, on top of whether its funny and light-hearted script will leave its fans in their daily lives reciting lines from the movie.
Five years after the Spanish Civil War, this dark film takes place, mixing history with a mythical worldview. Essentially, the film is about a young girl named Ofelia who finds magical creatures that make her decide her fate somewhere. Parts of this film are violent and emotional, but what makes it a film to be praised by everyone who watched it is this film’s acting and camerawork.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
There’s always going to be a debate over the best Marvel movie, but we think Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 deserves a fighting opportunity to be deemed number one. This film touches on many of the various characters’ aspects and how they were brought to where they are now by their past.
There’s a ton of comedies out in the universe, but many will tell you that Hot Fuzz is your best option. British film 2007 is about two police officers determined to solve a crime in the region’s mysterious death chain. While it doesn’t sound like a hilarious conspiracy, trust us. The jokes and the plot’s foreshadowing are like nothing you’ll see in any other movie, and it’ll blow your mind into a tiny bit of horror, mystery, and action.
Even Roger Ebert, a film critic known for making every film’s harsh reviews, called this 2004 film “the best superhero movie since the modern genre was launched with Superman,” which says a lot about its amazing. One of the best parts of this film version is that while not discrediting what’s at stake in the film, they can keep a light-hearted tone throughout the film. Viewers are increasingly attached to cheering for Spider-Man’s success and his personal life’s success.
Evil Dead II
Many people consider this movie to be flawless and not for no reason. The goal set for this film was to make its viewers scream and make their viewers laugh, and both of those duties were accomplished. This sequel to the classic 1981 film shows that Bruce Campbell is in a severe light as he is covered in guts.
As the director, writer, co-producer, and co-editor of the iconic film, James Cameron had a say in just about everything that happened during the Titanic creation process. This movie was nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards, won 11 Oscars, and is loved by almost everybody who has ever seen it! Even though it probably won’t keep all of its records forever, it’s always going to be the first film to make over $1 billion.
West Side Story
You need to make sure you see this one, even if you’re not a big fan of classic films. Even though he had no experience working in a musical, the film director was inspired to turn the story into a movie. He brought on Jerome Robbins, a musical and dance director because he knew he needed help, to help with the behind-the-scenes work of prepping the characters for their roles. The 1961 film was so perfectly made that in Manhattan, viewers felt like they were taken back to 1957.
The English Patient
It’s one of those movies that will reach your heart’s deepest darkest parts and pull on its strings. The English Patient is the kind of movie that can make you feel as if, even if you were not even born yet, you could relate to the horrors of World War II. It has received 12 Academy Awards nominations, won nine of them, and won two of its seven Golden Globe nominations.
Slumdog Millionaire was the kind of film that American viewers did not realize they needed to enrich their cultural and international understanding and awareness of issues in their lives. The film deals with the lives of a group of brothers who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, India. The film’s screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy, tried to dive deep into the culture to guarantee the accuracy of what he was portraying on screen. The film, amongst others, won an Academy Award for Best Picture and made $377 million!
Schindler’s List is among the films based on a novel, which many great films come from, as it already has an incredible script to work off. The directing abilities of Steven Spielberg, combined with the writing abilities of Steven Zaillian, made this movie unforgettable in every way. The film is about Oskar Schindler and his world-changing journey to rescue thousands of Polish-Jewish refugees from their fate by hiring them to work at his factory during the Holocaust. Itzhak Perlman’s camerawork and music are what make this film almost perfect and definitely unbeatable.
In Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks’ performance is unlike anything most people have seen before. His kind and well-meaning heart bring back a little bit of belief to the world. The 1994 film earned over $677 million worldwide and won an Academy Award for Best Picture in a Leading Role and Best Actor. Not only did this film win over the hearts of those in America, but people all around the world ran head-first to get a ticket.
The Godfather Part II
Film sequels are usually not nearly as good as the first, but this was rare when the film’s sequel was done quite well. The cast included amazing actors like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, and Francis Ford Coppola directed it, so you already know it’s going to be good. The Godfather’s first installment was such a big hit that Paramount Pictures didn’t even think twice about a sequel. Coppola was uncertain at first about this follow-up film’s fate, but he knew it would be amazing after rewriting parts of the script.
It’s one of the list’s newest movies, but it’s there for a good reason. It is considered one of the present generation’s best films, playing on some awful realities faced by African-Americans and putting people in the shoes of those who had to live through these realities. Played by actor Daniel Kaluuya, Chris visits his girlfriend’s family, but everything seems somewhat fishy after his arrival. It started with the idea that the family might be somewhat racist, but it means it takes a sharp turn to reveal the most horrible nightmare to come to life. This film shows realities many people don’t think if they don’t, but they do.
Many fans thought they didn’t need a new addition to the group before watching this movie. Since its original 1976 film, this 2015 adaptation has continued to be considered the group’s best film. When making this movie, Michael B. Jordan was still a prospective actor. His character, Adonis Creed, went to Rocky Balboa to prove himself. It wasn’t just a sequel to a film that already existed, but instead gave us a new character with new developments and a new storyline.
Shaun Of The Dead
Shaun Of The Dead was a horror-comedy film that was considered a force to be reckoned with before Hot Fuzz came into being. A slacker who does not do much with his life, Shawn is thrown head-first into adulthood when a zombie apocalypse takes over his hometown. There is also a great amount of comedy in this movie instead of making this zombie movie exclusively about blood and guts.
When this film came out in 1999, it was considered highly controversial, and viewers didn’t know how to feel. The film has only become more popular over the years and is considered a cult classic nowadays. Brad Pitt, who plays the role of a soap salesman, appears in the movie. He and Edward Norton, who plays a white-collar worker, form an underground fighting club. There is a far different ending to the movie than you would expect, and the plot keeps viewers on their toes.
This movie is very different from every other movie on the list, but when they released The Incredibles in 2004, Disney truly stepped up their game. This film, which features a “normal” family trying to keep a secret from their insane superpowers, was not the typical Disney film usually released about princesses or animals. Not only is the level of animation impressive, but the movie’s plot is actually one that can keep both kids and adults entertained for the entire duration.
It was loved and given high ratings by almost everyone who watched this 2014 film, and it’s not a secret why. Based on a jazz drumming student fighting his relationship with an abusive teacher, this film features incredible acting abilities and really made the audience feel like they were part of this series of events. It had the potential to turn out poorly, but it hit every possible mark.
Vertigo is Alfred Hitchcock, referring to a retired police officer who is extremely scared of heights. There is a mysterious vibe to the movie’s plot, and it unfolds perfectly throughout the film’s duration. Thanks to something called a dolly zoom, which changes the perspective from the camera’s perspective, the camerawork makes you feel like you have vertigo while you’re watching it.
The Shawshank Redemption
This film is easily considered one of the best movies ever. Film critic Roger Ebert said it is deeper than most films; about continuity in a lifetime, based on friendship and hope.” Shockingly, despite receiving tons of award nominations, this film was not a hit in theaters. Cinematographer Roger Deakins finished winning the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Cinematography Achievement, despite the slow, uphill battle to make viewers love the movie. It was recognized by the National Film Registry 21 years after the film came out.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
This film was only the second to win all five major categories of the Academy Awards in history, and rightfully so. It is currently ranked number 33 on the “100 Years, 100 Movies.” list of the American Film Institutes. In this film, Jack Nicholson stars and brings to the screen a powerful performance. Equally unforgettable were the supporting characters, and this film will always be known as one of the greatest.
The Sound Of Music
Every time it’s viewed, this 1965 film brings a new light to the world. The film stars the incredible Julie Andrews, who plays the role of a tomboy named Maria, who brings her love of music to the home she’s moved to in Austria. It’s a heartwarming story based on the real Von Trapp family, one of the world’s best concert groups around the time of World War II.
The Wizard Of Oz
After a Kansas tornado wreaks havoc in her town, Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, is swept away with her dog, Toto. Oz’s land is a magical town where they have to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. They meet a group made up of a magician, a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion. The film is so well-thought-out that it has so many complicated moving pieces. It’s a timeless film that can never be substituted.
The Breakfast Club
This is a film that follows a day in the lives of five high school students with extremely different personality traits from each other from different backgrounds. The film is based on the point of view that gives each student the chance to tell their own personal story, and you’re left wondering how it all happened by the end of the film, in the best way.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
This 1982 fantasy movie takes a shot at the making of an alien movie, and here they hit the nail on the head. Young Drew Barrymore is one of the movie’s stars actors, and nothing beats young Drew Barrymore. As alien and extraterrestrial films were not so common then, it was one of the greatest hits of its time.
Back To The Future
This 1985 sci-fi film about Marty McFly, a teenager from California, takes place in his small hometown, where he is transported by accident back to the 1950s. It’s up to Marty right now to make sure his parents meet and fall in love so that his life doesn’t disappear. He’s thrown through many different loops along the way to save his friends, save himself, and more.
When they released Up in 2009, Disney took animation capabilities and expectations to the next level. The film touched the hearts of all who watched it and left everyone inside, feeling warm and fuzzy. An older man with a dream meets a young boy with a goal, and in their unexpected adventure together, the two defy all odds.
Gone With The Wind
Scarlett O’Hara, a southern girl who has an interesting take on her family’s plantation ideology, focuses on this 1939 drama based around the civil war. The film was a huge hit and a challenging moment to realize that it was not running away from breaking social and civic norms.
William Wallace, a medieval patriot, is thrown into a Scottish fight against the English. The love of his life has just been killed, and during this war, which is rapidly escalating to an extreme degree, his life is on the line now.
Beauty And The Beast
The 1991 version of this Disney movie was the first animated film ever nominated for Best Picture. It’s the original version of a film that has become a classic household movie that everyone knows and loves.