Movies are undoubtedly one of the most favourite pass times all around the world, they can create emotions and memories that can last a lifetime. It is very difficult to determine which movies can be considered as best of all times, there are many factors that need to be considered.
These factors include the quality of the the movie, cast of the movie, memorability of the characters and the impact it leaves on the moviegoers.
Here is the list of top 10 movies of all time.
10. The Shawshank Redemption
This movie is based on Stephen King’s novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the story revolves around the character of Tim Robbins who is wrongly accused for the murder of his wife and her lover. The film depicts an extremely realistic environment of the jail life and the atrocities, wrongdoing and corruption that goes on under the authority of the jail staff. Although the movie is
Director: Frank Darabont
Writer: Stephen King, Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Release Date: October 14, 1994
9. The Lords Of The Rings Trilogy
Like many other movies on this list The Lords of The Rings movies are also based on the famous novels of the same name by J.R.R Tolkien. Peter Jackson did a great job of turning the book into film, Jackson and his team did a great job of finding amazing locations and with the help of latest technology he has succeeded in creating a live version of the books. It has been voted as the best film ever in two different poll done in Australia and Germany. In 2004 the readers of Empire magazine voted the first installment of the film, The Lords of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring as the best film ever made, in 2004
Director: Peter Jackson
Writer: J.R.R Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Cast: Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Woods, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen
Release Date: 2001-2003
8. The Godfather
Hands down the best mafia movie ever made, Godfather is a classic, from iconic roles played by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino to the unforgettable soundtrack everything just seems perfect. This film is an adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather”. In 1998 The Godfather was voted as number 1 by both Time Out and Entertainment Weekly readers, then in 2008 it was voted the greatest movie of all time by more than 10,000 readers of Empire magazine.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall
Release Date: March 24, 1972
7. Star Wars
Writer, director George Lucas made this historic and epic sci-fi film in 1997 and with the passage of time and release of sequels and prequels it has also become the world’s most popular movie franchise. The fight for power between two empires in deep space and on remote islands made this movie an instant success and created a fandom that had never been seen before. Star Wars won seven Academy Awards and it was nominated for a total of ten. Star Wars also has the distinction of being the highest ranking sci-film ever made.
Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Release Date: May 25, 1977
Seven Samurai is a Japanese film and critics have constantly listed this film as one of the best movies of all time. Famous director Akira Kurosawa wrote and directed the film in 1945, the film is set in 1586 a time when different states of Japan were fighting with each other. Farmers from a village hire seven masterless samurais to protect their crops from the bandits. Kurosawa originally intended to make a film about a single day in a samurai’s life but the story of seven samurai was discovered during research and he decided to make a film on this story.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
Release Date: November 19, 1956 (USA)
5. Schindler’s List
This is undoubtedly one of the best movies ever directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie is set in the world war II era and revolves around the story of Oskar Schindler. He was a German businessman who helped hundreds of Polish Jews escape from the Nazis. Liam Neeson plays the leading role, Schindler’s list has been voted as the best film ever made by a German based magazine called Cinema.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Thomas Keneally, Steven Zaillian
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Release Date: February 4, 1994
4. Raise The Red Lantern
This movie is also adapted from a novel, the “Wives and Concubines” by Su Tong in 1990. The film is set in 1920s and is based around a woman in the warlord era who becomes concubine of a wealthy man. The film is famous for its amazing visuals and great use of colors. The film was shot in the city of Pingyao in the Shanxi Province, China in the Qiao Family Compound. The film remained banned for a long period of time in China, despite the screenplay being approved.
Director: Yimou Zhang
Writer: Su Tong, Ni Zhen
Cast: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He,
Release Date: December 20, 1991
3. Himala (Miracle)
This movie has been produced by the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, the film is based on a story of a teenage girl who claimed she had met the Virgin Mary, the girl lived in the province of Occidental Mindoro. Himala has won the CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards Viewers Choice as “Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time.”
Director: Ishmael Bernal
Writer: Ricardo Lee
Cast: Nora Aunor, Veronica Palileo, Spanky Manikan
Release Date: December 25, 1982
2. Gone With The Wind
Adapted from the 1936 Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone With The Wind” this film is a historical romance film set in the American south in the civil war era. This movie is also important as it changed the way black actors were displayed in the movies at that time. According to a poll by Harris Interactive in 2008 Gone With The Wind was voted as the favorite film of Americans, it won again in the follow up in 2014 beating Star Wars in both instances.
Director: Victor Fleming
Writer: Margaret Mitchell, Sidney Howard
Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell
Release Date: January 17, 1940
Casablanca is a famous romantic film based on the unproduced stage play “Everybody Come to Rick;s” by Joan Alison and Murray Burnett. In 1997 the readers of Los Angeles Daily News voted Casablanca as the greatest film movie of all times. The Writer’s Guild Of America declared on April 7, 2006 that the screenplay of Casablanca is the best ever written.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
Release Date: January 23, 1943