Whether you are an enthusiastic cinema fan or not, the following are the top ten classic movies of all times that are absolutely worth your time:
Up to this day, this historical romance from Margaret Mitchell’s novel of 1936 entitled “Gone with the Wind” is considered to be the most successful film in history since when it was released in 1939, also setting a record for the total number of academy awards (twelve) and other prestigious nominations. Starring Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh, the romance between the two protagonists unfolds during the American civil war and the subsequent time of reconstruction. Though its production was difficult, it was an immediate hit in spite that it is criticized to be too long.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the Godfather is an American crime film from 1972 starring Marlon Brando. It is based on the American writer’s best-selling novel with the same title and depicts the story of a mafia family under the strong power of Vito Corleone and focuses on the rise of Michael Corleone into a ruthless mafia boss. The movie won several Oscars, including for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and other 7 Oscar nominations. Its resounding success led to the sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and the Godfather Part III (1990).
- E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
In 1982, Steven Spielberg directed and co-produced a touching science fiction story about friendship between a young boy called Elliot and an alien, called E.T., whom he helps to return back home in outer space and whom he keeps hidden away from his parents and the outside world. As the highest grossing film of the 1980s, it is considered to be the greatest science fiction film of all times.
This film is another hit produced and directed by Steven Spielberg in 1993. It is a historical drama based on a novel called “Schindler’s Ark” by the Australian Thomas Keneally. It takes us back to Nazi Germany when Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, rescues more than one thousand Polish Jews. The film was shot in the famous Polish city, Krakow and won seven Academy awards from twelve nominations as well as numerous other awards.
This American romantic drama directed by Robert Zemeckis is was released in 1994 and is partly based on a novel that was published in 1986 by the same name from the novelist Winston Groom. It won six Academy Awards as well as a number of other prestigious titles. It recounts the story of a humble boy that grows into a man and becomes well known through his acts of kindness and his passion for running and inspiring others around America.
This movie went down in history for being the most expensive one to be produced with a budget of around two hundred million dollars. James Cameron, the director and co-producer, released the film in 1997. The shipwreck, which truly happened, involves a fictional romance between a man and a woman from completely different social classes who fall in love but are struck by tragedy. Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet starred in the film. It was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11.
This film is surely Italy’s biggest hit worldwide. Released in 1997, the Italian comedy drama film will surely bring you to tears and give you really the message that “life is beautiful”. Awarded the 1998 Cannes Film Award as well as Three Academy Awards, including for Roberto Benigni as Best Actor, it recounts the story of a Jewish-Italian bookseller who uses his imagination to protect his own son from the horrors of an ongoing war and a concentration camp.
Released in the year 2000, this historical drama was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Russell Crowe. It takes us back to ancient Greek and Roman culture whereby a general decides to avenge the murder of his family in the gladiatorial arena. Another multiple award winner, including Best Picture and Best Actor and three other Oscar awards.
A very special trilogy for fantasy and adventure film enthusiasts was first released in 2001. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel with the same title, the Lord of the Rings will amaze you with innovative and special visual effects. It won 17 out of 30 Academy award nominations with the last movie in the trilogy winning 11 titles, including Best Picture. Filmed entirely in New Zealand, the story centres around a hobbit called Frodo Baggins who embarks in a fellowship to destroy Dark Lord Sauron, the creator of One Ring in Middle Earth.
The film industry keeps budding with creativity and ideas and there will be surely other movies that can be added to this list over the course of the years.