If movies are your entertainment staple, and you look for pure classics, here’s our list of top 10 Hollywood movies that you shouldn’t really miss, and don’t wait for a ‘tomorrow’ to watch them, if you haven’t already.
Year of Release: 1972
Cast: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Mario Puzo.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
There are movies. There are blockbusters. And, then there are classics. The Godfather Trilogy is a sheer classic, a pure cinema marvel, providing a sweeping view of the mafia world by the most powerful pack of Al Pacino, Mario Puzo and Marlon Brando.
The Best Quote: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Star Wars: The Series
Year of Release: Estd. 1977
Cast: Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson and more.
Director: George Lucas
A stellar fusion of art, science and drama, Star Wars is a legacy that’s a strong, deep imprint on many generations in a row, and will surely continue to be the ultimate science fiction with all the real substance to savor in.
The Best Quote: “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”
Year of Release: 1999
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari
Director: Sam Mendes
American Beauty, a directorial venture of Sam Mendes, brought five Oscars home, and that is a vivid testament to its cinematic brilliance. The protagonist, played by Kevin Spacey, has his life down in the dumps, owing to his staid job and a betraying wife, but soon, he reaches a crisis point when he develops an obsession for his daughter’s friend.
The Best Quote: “I feel like I’ve been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I’m just now waking up.”
Year of Release: 1997
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
Director: James Cameron
A film that bewails the sinking of RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean, Titanic, the movie, personifies the incredible love, the hopeless romance between Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater in the face of death.
A dynamo, art-loving Jack meets a depressed, low-on-hope Rose when she is on the deck, trying to attempt suicide. That’s the moment when a story blossoms, only to meet a hellish end a day later when the ship, RMS Titanic, sinks in the dead-chilled water of the North Atlantic ocean due to a collision with an iceberg.
The Best Quote: “You Jump. I Jump. Remember?”
The Dark Knight
Year of Release: 2008
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Chances are, you haven’t really come over the iconic character of the Joker, played by Heath Ledger, in one of the classiest additions to the Batman franchise. The fact is that you CANNOT ever come over the most outstanding villainous portrayal by Ledger ever since the genesis of cinema.
We still doubt if Joker was the antagonist or the protagonist of the movie. Christopher Nolan’s impeccable vision and creativity gave rise to the most profound characters, the most amazing performances, and a movie that was a colossal hit.
The Best Quote: “Why so serious?”
Year of Release: 1999
Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter
Director: David Fincher
FightClub is as extraordinarily original as it can get, and mirrors your life to the hilt. It is absolutely descriptive of what it feels like to be a fallen star out from a galaxy. Edward Norton, insomniac and sick of his humdrum routine, cracks some excitement when he joins Brad Pitt, and forms a fight club. The turn of events, post this collaboration, is a unique spin to both the guys, and surely, makes for a great watch.
The Best Quote: “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
The Pursuit of Happiness
Year of Release: 2006
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Thandie Newton.
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Chris Gardener, the protagonist played by Will Smith, survives sharp vicissitudes of destiny, and struggles to become one of the topmost stockbrokers in the country from a poor, homeless man. While facing the twists and turns in his life, he makes sure that his son’s life doesn’t get affected, and strives harder to raise him the best as a single father. The struggle is monumental, and shows how the fittest can only survive the battle called ‘Life’.
The Best Quote: “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something. Go get it. Period.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Series
Year of Release: Estd. 2001
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and more.
Director: Peter Jackson
It’s no brainer to understand why The Lord of the Rings made it to our list. It’s the film when adventure-based fantasy has been unfurled to the best of its might, and provide us the most elaborative screen views.
The Best Quote: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
A Walk to Remember
Year of Release: 2002
Cast: Mandy Moore and Shane West
Director: Adam Shankman
How provocative was the high school romance between Jamie and Landon, who were as true to their differences as they were to their deep love for each other. Love, they say, eventually finds a way, and miracles occur to them who believe in them. Love and miracle, happen, and weave a connection that’s precious.
The Best Quote: “But our love, is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.”
Year of Release: 2015
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Finesse is The Revenant, and vice-versa. Caprio, as it seems, had descended deep into the skin of his character – Hugh Glass, the frontiersman – and pulled off such an applaud-worthy performance. The movie redefines the art of survival, and how far a person can go to avenge the terrible wrongs done to him. Hugh Glass’s nerve-tingling encounter with a grizzly bear will make you catch for your own breath out of fear.
The Best Quote: “I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I’d done it already.”