It’s always a possibility that the end 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 unbelievable, and everything in between. The best films are those with a hard-working team that came together to make their visions a reality. These 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. As expected, it’s not as simple as they thought.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This is not surprising news, but the highest-grossing film by The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson, as well as the first to get him an Academy Award nomination. It combines many different aspects of his various movies and brings them together into one amazing film. The film is all about a boy in the hotel lobby, played by Tony Revolori, who starts working at the Grand Budapest Hotel. You are taken on an unpredictable roller coaster through Wes Anderson’s brain throughout the duration of the film.
Martin Scorsese tried, and succeeded, to address one of the most challenging subjects facing filmmakers. A touchy subject to make a film about is the meaning of life and morality, but he did it properly. The film is about two Jesuit priests sneaking into Japan to discover that their mentor has renounced his faith. The camerawork is impeccable and the movie’s plot is really like no other.
Jaws was the kind of film that could have been a hit for a couple of months, so once people saw it, they took a nosedive, but Steven Spielberg and his team made sure it wasn’t the case. Before going deep into the ocean, more than 40 years after the film was made, people still think twice. This film has been brought to an iconic level by Spielberg and his team, who will never be topped by a similar film.
This movie is where Clint Eastwood started making Western films. This film, which was directed and starred by Eastwood, recalls the story of a former outlaw who gave up his old life to raise his kids but had to go back for some extra money. Instead of glorifying it as is done in most Western films, this film does the perfect job of showing what true ugly 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’s going to 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 executed film that made the star Keanu Reeves train for four months for 8 hours a day, five days a week to perform to his best ability. This movie has a backstory that can’t be found anywhere else; it’s more than just about a man who goes on a killing spree after the murder of his dog. The last thing that connected him with his deceased wife was the dog. This movie has feelings behind it that can be described only by watching the movie for yourself.
You Were Never Really Here
This film traces the life of a hitman, played by Joaquin Phoenix, hired by a Senator to protect his daughter from great dangers. This may seem like a very familiar plot, but it is the execution and character motivation that makes it better than anything else. 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 member of their family disappears from nowhere, while trying to find him, the family has many problems ahead. The director, Robert Eggers, spent four years doing research to make the film as real as it could be.
Manchester By The Sea
If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, this isn’t the kind of film you should be 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 that he is now in custody of his teenage nephew. This film will make you feel emotions that you never thought you could feel from something that isn’t real life, but it’s as real as you can get inside the 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. The plot is quite interesting on its own but what really makes it stand out are the action and special effects. Like the high-speed vehicles whipping around, most of the 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 relatable future is still set. The film follows Theodore Twombly through his recent divorce, played by Joaquin Phoenix. By purchasing an operating system, he tries to mend his broken heart, but he ends up falling in love with it. Throughout this film, there’s so much to play with—the emotions, the camerawork, the colors, everything—and the cast and crew just hit it out of the park.
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is considered to be one of the most underrated films ever produced. This film takes its time to introduce characters and build up the plot, unlike the typical Western movie with nothing but a whole lot of gunfights. Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck perfected the personalities of their characters and made the film what it truly was. What made this film incredible was the combination of acting with the amazing camerawork that made the screen look like a painting.
The Lord Of The Rings Return of the King
As 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 the complete closure of every film. What makes it the second-highest-grossing film 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 an isolated area in Antarctica, which is a massive life-sized parasite that can adapt to the shape or any organism, including humans. This makes the team of researchers feel uncomfortable being in the presence of each other as they have no idea whether the parasite may be one of them. At first, viewers were not sure how they felt about this film, but over time, everyone grew to love and appreciate the depth and complexity of this film.
This film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Travolta; it’s not getting much better. While the casting and acting skills are amazing, what really makes this film stand out is the fact that there are so many mini plot lines in the film that have nothing to do with each other but somehow they end up making their way together. You don’t know what the next step will be in the movie, and it’s such a good job to keep you intrigued. Not to mention the soundtrack that is known and loved by everyone.
2001: A Space Odyssey
This film, which was a playoff of “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke, follows a spaceship to Jupiter after human evolution was discovered to be interrupted. The fact that it touches on things that most movies stay away from such as evolution and existentialism, is what makes this film stand out from the rest. By using sounds and dialogues sparingly to make viewers think they were in space, the filmmakers really made it as real as it can get. It is said that this movie is one of the most influential movies ever made.
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski remembers the story of someone played by Jeff Bridges called “The Dude.” He finds himself struggling to buy a new rug in every direction. In every minute of this film, there’s so much going on that leaves viewers as confused as The Dude is On top of its funny and light-hearted script, which leaves its fans reciting the lines of the film in their daily lives, the out-there characters of this film are what won over viewers.
Five years after the Spanish Civil War, this dark film takes place and does an incredible job of mixing history with a mythical worldview. In essence, the movie is about a young girl named Ofelia who finds magical creatures that lead her to decide her fate somewhere. Parts of this film are violent and emotional, but what makes it a film to be praised by everyone who has watched it is the acting and camerawork in this film.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
There’s always going to be a debate over what’s going to be 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 aspects of the various characters and how they were brought to where they are now by their past.
The universe has a ton of comedies out there, but many will tell you Hot Fuzz is your best option. British film 2007 is about two police officers determined to solve a crime in the area’s mysterious death chain. While it doesn’t sound like a hilarious plot, 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 to give every movie harsh reviews, called this 2004 movie “the best superhero movie since it was launched with Superman in the modern genre,” and that says a lot about how amazing this movie really is. One of the best parts of this movie version is that they can keep a light-hearted tone throughout the film while not discrediting what’s at stake in the movie. Viewers are becoming increasingly attached not only to cheering for Spider-Man’s success but also to the success of his personal life.
Evil Dead II
This movie is considered by many people 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 tasks were accomplished. This sequel to the classic 1981 film shows that Bruce Campbell, as he is covered in guts, is in a very serious light.
James Cameron, as the director, writer, co-producer, and co-editor of the iconic film, had a say in just about everything that happened during the Titanic creation process. This movie was nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards and won 11 Oscars, and is loved by almost everyone 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. Despite the fact that he had no experience working in a musical, the director of the film 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 preparing 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
This is 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 can relate to the horrors of World War II. It has received 12 Academy Awards nominations and 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 so that he could ensure that what he was portraying on screen was accurate. The film, amongst others, won an Academy Award for Best Picture and made $377 million!
Schindler’s List is one of a novel-based films from which many great films come, as it has an incredible script to work off. Steven Spielberg’s directing skills combined with Steven Zaillian’s writing skills, made this film 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 at his factory during the Holocaust. Itzhak Perlman’s camerawork and music make this film almost perfect and unbeatable.
In Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks’ performance is unlike anything most people have seen before. His kind and well-meaning heart brings back a little bit of faith 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 a rare occasion when the sequel to the film 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 newest movies on the list, but it’s there for good reason. It is considered one of the best films of the present generation, playing on some awful realities faced by African-Americans and putting people in the shoes of those who had to live through these realities. Chris, played by actor Daniel Kaluuya, visits his girlfriend’s family, but after his arrival everything seems a little fishy. It started with the idea that the family may be somewhat racist, but it means well and quickly takes a sharp turn to reveal the most horrible nightmare to come to life. This film shows realities that many people don’t think if they don’t have to, but they do.
Many fans thought that the Rocky movies did not need a new addition to the group before sitting down to watch this film. Since its original 1976 film, this 2015 adaptation has continued to be considered as the best film in the bunch. Michael B. Jordan was still a prospective actor when this movie was made. His character, Adonis Creed, in order to prove himself, wanted to turn to Rocky Balboa. This was not simply a sequel to a movie that already existed, but it gave us a new character with new developments and a new storyline instead.
Shaun Of The Dead
Shaun Of The Dead was a horror-comedy film that was considered to be a force to be reckoned with before Hot Fuzz came into existence. A slacker who does not do much with his life, Shawn is thrown head-first into adulthood when his hometown is taken over by a zombie apocalypse. 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 was released in 1999, it was considered highly controversial, and viewers didn’t know how to feel about it. Over the years, the film has become more popular and is now considered a classic cult. Brad Pitt, who is a soap salesman, appears in the movie. He and Edward Norton, a white-collar worker, come together to form an underground fight club. The movie ends far differently 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 movie, which features a “normal family trying to keep a secret from their insane super powers, 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 around 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 plot of the movie, and it unfolds perfectly throughout the film’s duration. Thanks to something called dolly zoom, which has an effect that changes perspective from the view of the camera, the camerawork makes you feel as if you have vertigo while you are watching it.
The Shawshank Redemption
It’s easily considered one of the best movies ever. Film critic Roger Ebert said it “is deeper than most films; it’s about continuity in a lifetime, based on friendship and hope.” Shockingly, despite receiving tons of award nominations, this film wasn’t 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 Award in history, and rightfully so. It is currently ranked number 33 on the list of “100 Years, 100 Movies” by the American Film Institute. 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. They land in Oz, a magical city, where they have to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. Here 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 movie that can never be replaced.
The Breakfast Club
This is a film that follows a day in the lives of five students from different backgrounds who come from high school and have extremely different personality traits from each other. The film is based on a point of view that gives each student the opportunity to tell their own personal story, and by the end of the film, you’re left wondering—in the best way—how it all happened.
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 star 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 science-fiction film about Marty McFly, a teenager from California, takes place in his small hometown, where he was transported by accident back to the 1950s. It’s up to Marty right now to make sure that his parents meet and fall in love, so that his life doesn’t disappear. He’s thrown through a lot of 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 everybody inside feeling warm and fuzzy. An elderly 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 the ideology of her family’s plantation, is the focus of this 1939 drama based around the time of the civil war. The film was a huge hit and was a defining moment to realize that it was not something to run 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
This Disney movie’s 1991 version was the first animated film to ever receive a best picture nomination. It is the original version of a film that has become a classic, house-hold movie that everyone knows and loves.