Movies have the power to move mountains!
A 3-hour piece is enough to inspire an entire generation. And some of the directors believe in their superior talent to make this world a better place. It shapes young lives towards the principles and aims of normal adulthood.
What makes a great movie worth watching? Why do some out of the lot withstand the test of time while others lose their charm?
For some, it’s the emotion the plot invokes, and for others, it’s the unforgettable performance delivered by the actors.
Here’s a list curated with some of the best movies that you must catch to realize the power of cinema. There’s something for everyone. This is the list of movies that you would watch because you want to, not because you are told to!
Here’s to hoping you find good films you truly love.
Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)
Apart from the stellar star cast and intriguing story line, only one name was enough to pull audiences to the theaters – Christopher Nolan!
He showed the world and forced them to recognize the genius within him by penning and directing this mind-boggling trilogy.
Movies had meaty roles for everybody so much so that the antagonist in the 2nd part (Dark Knight Rises), the Joker played by Heath Ledger, is still one of the most appreciated villains of all time. He is the only person to win an Oscar after his death for the very same role.
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Star cast: Different actors in different parts.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
IMDb Rating of Dark Knight Trilogy: 8.3/10, 9/10, 8.4/10
Have fun watching the amazing trailer.
Pursuit of happyness (2006)
Life is a mess. We simply cannot survive without some inspiration. This top rated film will hit you in the soft spot and move you immensely. It is the story of a struggling salesman who takes custody of his child and is determined to start a career that would change his life completely. This is a feel-good movie and will leave you with inspiration that could probably last, well, a lifetime.
You will be shocked with the list of awards and nominations Pursuit of Happyness, one of the best movies to watch, has received.
Star cast: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith.
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Genre: Biography, Drama
IMDb Rating of Pursuit of Happyness: 8.0/10
You will feel happy watching the amazing trailer.
Shutter Island (2010)
This one got two heavyweights of Hollywood joining hands together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. This psychological thriller set in 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
The distinctive feature about the famous movie is that it makes you feel that you are in control and know what is happening, until the last minute. Last minute changes everything and the duo successfully manage to play with your psyche.
Get your popcorn and start with the mysterious ride with Shutter Island’s trailer.
Star cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Rating of Shutter Island: 8.1/10
The trailer is sure to make you feel intrigued.
Pulp fiction (1994)
This is considered as one of Tarantino’s most established and amazing film. The story about two mob-hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
It deals with violence, profanity and the generous amount of drugs. This one is not supposed to be missed as it belongs to one of the highest acclaimed directors of all time.
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Star cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, and Samuel Jackson.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDb Rating of Pulp Fiction: 8.9/10
Watch the trailer.
Talk about all the movie classics and this one cannot miss the cut. Directed by the ace director Martin Scorsese, this one talks about Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of the mafia.
It covers his relationship with wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVitto in the Italian-American crime syndicate. Goodfellas was hugely appreciated by the viewers and award ceremonies alike.
Star cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci.
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDb Rating of Goodfellas: 8.7/10
Check out the Goodfellas’ trailer and be ready to be inspired.
Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind (2004)
The director has seamlessly combined various genres such as love story and science fiction in this amazing movie. The story is about a couple undergoing a procedure to have each other erased from their memories after their relationship turns sour. With a star cast like this, the movie is bound to make space in your heart.
But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. This is a love story, written in reverse.
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Star cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne.
Director: Michael Gondry
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
IMDb Rating of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind: 8.3/10
You can watch the trailer to see Jim Carrey at his best.
Lion King (1994)
If animated movies are your thing, or even if it is not, this one should not be missed. The Story is about a Lion cub and the future king Simba searching for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes get him into trouble.
This one is considered one of the best animated movies ever made in the history of cinema. With the technical finesse and quality of storytelling, the overall connect of the film was top notch and of superior quality.
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Star cast: Rowan Atkinson, Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, Jim Cummings.
Director: Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
IMDb Rating of Lion King: 8.5/10
How can anyone not love this fabulous movie? Check the trailer to know if it suits your taste.
Into the wild (2007)
This flick would want to question yourself about what is actually important in life. What things would ultimately matter in the end!
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
The movie, so deep, went on to be nominated for 2 Oscar awards and uncountable nominations. Check out the list here!
Star cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone.
Director: Sean Penn
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
IMDb Rating of Into the Wild: 8.1/10
Looking to find yourself? See if the movie helps you discover it.
This movie stays with you for far longer than you think it would. It makes you understand the importance of chasing one’s dream and pursuing what you think is worth pursuing and make you happy.
Forced to work in his father’s steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he strives to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer.
Not only is the brilliant movie fascinating to watch but also its story of making to the Cannes is worth a read!
Star cast: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor.
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
IMDb Rating of Udaan: 8.2/10
Rediscover Hope, faith and passion, watching this amazing movie. Watch the trailer now.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This one has stayed on the top of IMDB’s must watch movies of all time since years. It is a tale about two imprisoned men bonding over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through the acts of common decency.
It shows a prisoner’s way of dealing with his torturous life and while on the journey he befriends a lot of his jail inmates.
Star cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler.
Director: Frank Darabont.
Genre: Drama, Crime
IMDb Rating of The Shawshank Redemption: 9.3/10
Lagaan: Once upon a time in India (2001)
The great movie single-handedly changed the way people perceive Hindi cinema. Nobody could have imagined that a movie of such a scale and magnificence could be made in India in 2001.
The story about people of a small village in Victorian India and how they stake their future on a game of cricket against the ruthless British rulers. This was not just a movie, it was a once in a lifetime experience for its viewers.
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Star cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley and many others.
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Musical, Romance, Sport
IMDb Rating of Lagaan: 8.2/10
Dream inside a dream inside a dream. That was the movie plot in the simplest words. One of the coolest movies of a lifetime, Inception left everyone absolutely spellbound. A story of a thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
One simply cannot imagine the kind of efforts one would have put in to write this magnificent piece that transpired on celluloid. Take a look at what inspired Cristopher Nolan to make such an awesome movie.
Star cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page.
Director: Cristopher Nolan
Genre: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDb Rating of Inception: 8.8/10
All about debauchery, a gang of four friends and a night in Vegas. Sounds like a perfect weekend getaway. Not exactly!
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
Star cast: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha.
Director: Todd Phillips
IMDb Rating of Hangover: 7.8/10
The silence of the lambs (1991)
The amalgamation of thrill and fear quotient in the movie was praiseworthy. A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. Rated as high as 8.6 on IMDB, Beware. This one shouldn’t be watched alone.
Star cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence Bonny.
Director: Jonathan Demme
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDb Rating of The Silence of the Lambs: 8.6/10
50 first dates (2004)
Adam Sandler as a perfect boyfriend is sure to give you some relationship goals. Henry thinks he’s finally found the girl of his dreams until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
The romantic movie is a very simple tale but surely will touch your soul. Watch it with your girlfriend and have some tissues handy while watching it.
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Star cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider.
Director: Peter Segal
Genre: Comedy, Romance
IMDb Rating of 50 First Dates: 6.8/10
How about creating an alternate universe altogether for a film? Only James Cameron can think and able to achieve the impossible!
A story of a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Not every day you experience such magnificence on the big screen. Check out for the list of awards and decide for yourself.
Star cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
IMDb Rating of Avatar: 7.8/10
A Wednesday (2008)
This movie is considered to be one of the best films to have come out of Bollywood!
A story of a retiring police officer reminiscing about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continued to haunt him in his memories – the case of a man and a Wednesday.
This was one of the few great movies which inspired Hollywood to remake it by the name ‘A Common Man’. Undoubtedly, “A Wednesday” will always remain relevant for every Indian.
Star cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergil
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Rating of A Wednesday: 8.3/10
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