Nothing is off limits in the world of film. There is something for practically everyone, whether it’s a child with an unbounded imagination, the hopeless romantic, historical epics, or documentaries about the real world we live in. The greatest films ever created featured enthralling stories that touched our emotions, sated our appetite for adventure, and left us wanting more.
Films have a way of bringing people together, of allowing us to express feelings we weren’t even aware we needed to, and of providing us with a quick and delightful escape. They expand our horizons, sharpen our imaginations, help us decompress, and at their finest, they allow us to see a reflection of our true selves in a character on the screen. Unsurprisingly, a lot of movies also include messages that can change your life.
Every excellent film had a plot line that kept us on the edge of our seats as we awaited the arrival of the next scene. Furthermore, every excellent narrative has a universal theme that we can identify with in some way. Even if none of the films on this list are your favorites, they have all had an impact on culture and cinema. Here are our picks for the top ten films of all time, based on expert opinion, historical precedent, and a love of the art. Even if you disagree with some of the movies on this list, we’re confident you will watch some of them!
10. Singin’ In The Rain
In Singin’ In The Rain, the biggest Hollywood names are seen transitioning from silent films to “talkies.” Danny Kaye truly steals the show in this great film, even if Gene Kelly is the star (despite having a temperature of 103 when he performed the memorable scene).
It’s on our list of the 25 greatest films ever made because, overall, the performers and dancing moves won over audiences and made it one of the most watched movies for decades.
9. Spirited Away
There are many things to love and appreciate in Hayao Miyazaki’s films, even if you have no interest in Japanese culture or anime. Spirited Away brilliantly encapsulates what makes his movies so magical. Spirited Away, the second-highest earning anime movie ever, is a stunning dark fairy tale about a girl who stumbles across what appears to be an abandoned amusement park.
She enters the domain of the gods and has to fight for her life as well as the lives of her parents, who have been transformed into pigs. It continues to serve as an illustration of why not all fairy tales are necessarily meant for young children and received the 2003 Academy Award for best animated movie.
8. Schindler’s List
The Thomas Keneally novel Schindler’s Ark served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which won seven Academy Awards and is regarded as one of the best movies of the 20th century.
In it, Spielberg tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman who worked to rescue the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II in Germany.
7. 12 Angry Men
The film 12 Angry Men, known for being nearly entirely shot on a single set, follows a jury as it tries to come to a consensus. Before Juror #8 begins raising issues that might be regarded as reasonable doubt, 11 of the 12 men had already reached a verdict when they first entered the deliberation room.
It’s a lovely look into human nature and the various motives that each of us brings to the table. The movie 12 Angry Men didn’t become famous until years after its original underwhelming box office result, when it was broadcast on television.
The first full-length science fiction movie was filmed, and its name is Metropolis. One of the best silent films ever made is this one. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which debuted in 1927, features the dystopian future and expanding class divide that many of us now adore and anticipate from classic science fiction.
It also featured a love story that transcended societal boundaries and special effects that were innovative for their day. Watching Metropolis is a must for everyone who enjoys quality science fiction movies. It’s a silent film, but it’s nonetheless fascinating and well ahead of its time.
5. Pulp Fiction
Without a Tarantino movie, no list of the greatest films would be complete. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction was released in 1994. In terms of style, Pulp Fiction was a movie that altered public perceptions of independent filmmaking and what it was capable of.
You are taken on a sexy, strange, shockingly violent adventure that is constructed from three distinct stories out of chronological order. It is everything you never knew you wanted from a movie. It received four Academy Award nominations and won for Best Original Screenplay.
4. Gone With The Wind
First of all, the first swear word ever said on screen was “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Second, Vivian Leigh’s portrayal of Scarlett deserves praise. The epic movie Gone With The Wind, which debuted in 1939, chronicles the life of Scarlett O’Hara, a Southern belle who was raised affluently on a plantation. The Civil War and Reconstruction are both present at the time.
It was the first movie to be shot entirely in color (the black and white portions of The Wizard of Oz were shot in color). It also won eight Academy Awards, including the first Oscar ever given to an African American performer. For her portrayal as Mammy, Hattie McDaniel was awarded Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She was the first African American to receive an acting nomination.
3. Shawshank Redemption
The 1994 movie Shawshank Redemption, which was based on the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, had a disastrous opening weekend. Its dismal box office performance was partially caused by the fact that it had a broad distribution on the same day as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
We don’t have time to delve into the complicated history of how it was developed, but it’s fascinating to remember that Tom Cruise almost played the part of Andy Dufrense, which would have made the movie very different. A generation has grown to appreciate the tale of two unlikely companions escaping from jail.
2. The Godfather
The Godfather, one of the most admired movies ever, has frequently been cited as one of the greatest films ever created.
In addition to having one of the best casts, writers, and filmmakers of all time, the movie also had a profound influence on western culture that has come to be known as the “Godfather Effect.” No other movie had ever taken the insider perspective on a crime family in the way it did.
1. Citizen Kane
Most eminent reviewers and cinema snobs consider Citizen Kane, which was released in 1941, to be the best movie ever. Orson Welles, the master of the craft, wrote, directed, and performed in the movie while he was just 25 years old, which only adds to its reputation among critics.
It covers the tale of Charles Foster Kane’s life, starting with his passing at his Florida mansion, Xanadu, alternating between flashbacks to the past and interviews with people who knew him today.