People all over the world are crazy about Hollywood movies and with so many being released every year, movie buffs find it hard to keep up. Some are blockbusters and box office heroes while others are failures. What makes a movie good is hard to pinpoint, for sometimes even a great story idea and good acting fails to hold the people. However, there are certain movies that are just all time classics.
Mafia melodrama at its best where family drama and crime curiously mix together. The winner of three Oscars, one is drawn into a world where you almost condone the criminal activities of the Godfather and his followers. It relates stories that happened to a mafia family and gives viewers a touch of everything that they look forward to in a movie. Conflicts rear their head in this underworld of drugs and crime, and even those who want to lead a normal life are dragged into it. People love the movie, some hate it and others criticize it- but undoubtedly it’s one of Hollywood’s greats.
This is a 1994 America drama film written and directed by Frank Darabon, it is an adaption of a Stephen King novel. Although it is not a box office hit, it has received almost seven Oscar nominations. Convicted for a murder that he apparently didn’t commit, Andy is sent to Shawshank prison. He survives the brutal pressure of prison-life and not only earns the friendship of the longtime convict but also gets the inmates to respect him.
The Dark Knight
Batman is out there to stop crime. With the help of the new DA and the lieutenant, he starts dismantling the many criminal organizations that are the death of Gotham city. His success is however cut short by the entry of a “sadistic criminal mastermind” known as the Joker. The struggle takes on a personal tinge and Batman struggles to stop Joker before he destroys the city.
Written, directed and co-produced by James Cameron, this is a movie that has won worldwide acclaim. The movie is about how the much touted “ship of dreams” met its end in 1912 on its maiden voyage. An action-packed romance where the rich Kate Winslet and poor Leonardo DiCaprio fall in love- came to a bitter end in the icy cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. At that time, it was the most expensive movie that was ever made.
This is an American mystery drama film by Orson Welles and is the story of how power corrupts a man and makes him lose his happiness. Charles foster Kane, a newspaperman, marries well and comes into a lot of money. With the accompanying power, he begins to lose his soul and loses the youthful idealism that he once had.
The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is about the life of Forrest Gump, who is a simple and kind-hearted person with a low IQ. Extremely athletic, he is everything and yet nothing because he doesn’t understand the successes that he has achieved in college, in business and everywhere else. He joins the army and only views himself as an average person living his life. The only thing he misses is his childhood sweetheart Jenny.
Directed by Michael Curtiz, Casablanca is a masterpiece that remains alive even today. Rick Blaine, dropped out of the second world war to become a waiter in a nightclub . He meets his girl- friend-Ilsa, whom he lost when the Nazis entered Paris. Unfortunately for him she is now a married woman. He helps Ilsa and her husband but Ilsa finds herself falling in love with Rick all over again. The film won three academy awards and today- 75 years later, it is still shown in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Valentine’s Day.
This is a 1976 film directed by Martic Sorese and written by Paul Schrader. It has been nominated for four academy awards and traces the story of the taxi driver, who is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran. A victim of insomnia, he feels an urge for action to clean the city and descends into a world of madness and drugs, porn theaters and pimps while trying to save a prostitute.
Psycho is a psychological horror film, produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 entrusted to her. She plans to use the money to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis, who is in dire straits. While evading the police, she stops and spends the night at a motel, where she meets the “highly strung proprietor” Norman Bates, who is dominated by his mother. In actuality, Bates has developed a split personality and after many twists and turns and murders, he is later declared insane and put in an institution.
This is a science fiction film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. A professional thief claims to have stolen information by entering the subconscious of that person. He is given an opportunity to have his criminal record deleted if he completes a single task- that of inserting another person’s idea into a certain person’s subconscious. The film was a box office success and received acclaim from critics all over the world.