Hollywood cinemas are the world’s most renowned and popular place for movie productions. Every year many fantastic movies with heavy budgets are released from Hollywood. Not many movies make it to the list of all-time great movies. So, which are those classical movies that are considered the greatest films ever made? According to many resources, The Godfather is world’s greatest movie ever made. Other movies such as Inception, Citizen Kane, Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Pulp Fiction and few other films are world’s greatest movies of all time. Here, a consolidated list of top ten movies ever made in Hollywood is compiled. Let’s explore them.
The list of top 10 best movies of all time from Hollywood:
10. Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is considered as one of the best movies ever created in the history of Hollywood. Saving Private Ryan is an epic American drama film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. The 1998 movie is one the greatest ever by director Steven Spielberg. The movie went into the National Film Registry in 2014. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 5. The movie won many other awards such as the BAFTA and Golden Globe. After the commercial success of the movie, several video games, novels and new war movies were influenced. American Film Institute ranked the movie at 8th for being an epic film in the list “AFI’s 10 Top 10 “. The movie has been ranked in many other categories on many lists. The classical war movie is known for realistic display of war and graphics. The movie opens up with an assault in Omaha Beach of June 6, 1944. It is followed by a team of United States Army Rangers led by John H. Miller (Tom Hanks), searching for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who is the last-surviving brother of the four servicemen. The story depiction is thrilling and is one of the best cinematography portrayals ever.
Gladiator is an epic historical movie influenced from the events that occurred in the Roman Empire in the latter half of the 2nd Century AD. The British-American movie directed by Ridley Scott turned out to be one of the most influential historical movies that made people to think about historical epics. The 2000 movie portrays the fictional character, loyal Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius who is betrayed when Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, murders his father and seizes the throne. The Roman general reduced to slavery overcomes the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor. The box office hit received highly positive reviews and critics that won multiple Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards.
Inception is a complex science fiction movie that reaches through many layers of human mind. The movie is a thrilling, mind-boggling and advanced brain game in the Hollywood history. It didn’t receive many positive reviews because more than half the audience didn’t understand what was happening in the story. The complexity of the story is created by dreams within dreams that leaves you thinking deeper into a lucid world. The 2010 British-American sci-fi thriller directed by Christopher Nolan is one the greatest science fiction movie ever made. Christopher Nolan is known to have made many master classes in his career such as Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008). The visual effects rich movie won four Academy Awards and grossed over $800 million worldwide. Nolan combined many elements from different other movies to create complexity and thrill. Inception is definitely one of best movie ever made in the world.
7. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Initially, this movie received mixed reviews from critics but has grown in esteem slowly. Now, The Empire Strikes Back is critically acclaimed as the greatest in the Star Wars saga and widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. On the Empire magazine’s Top 301 List, the movie was ranked #1. The Empire Strikes Back was voted #1 in Total Film’s Top 100 Movies of All Time. It became the highest-grossing film of 1980 that earned more than $538 million worldwide from its initial releases and several other re-releases. In 2010, the movie was preserved in the United States’ National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The movie’s story is one of the all-time best in the sci-fi category. The movie and story is masterfully choreographed, that definitely goes into the good books of all-time best movies.
6. Citizen Kane
The masterpiece is ranked at number one all time movie in the gangster genre by the American Film Institute in 2007. Citizen Kane is considered as a masterpiece of cinematic art of all time. The movie is considered by critics, filmmakers, and fans to be the greatest film of all time. The 1941 American drama film by Orson Welles topped the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Movies list in 1998, as well as AFI’s 2007 update. The five Sight & Sound critics’ polls from 1962 to 2002 voted the movie to be number one. The movie examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) in a character based in part upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick, and aspects of Welles’s own life. New York Daily News critic Kate Cameron called it “one of the most interesting and technically superior films that has ever come out of a Hollywood studio”. Many positive critics and responses were received after the movie’s success.
Titanic is a legendary movie for the most Academy Award wins (11) and nominations (14) — the only film to do so. Titanic is the best romance movie of all time and one of the best love stories in history. It was the most expensive film made at that time, with an estimated budget of $200 million. The 1997 American epic romantic disaster film is based on the fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The movie tied with All About Eve (1950) for the most Oscar nominations and won 11 tying Ben Hur (1959) for the most Oscars won by a single film. The story depicts how in the movie Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet met and fell in love later. The story is exemplary and best in the romance genre. Titanic, undoubtedly the best movie ever created in modern cinema.
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4. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is one of the best ever crime drama created in the history of cinema. The movie is considered to be one of the best-written films of all time. A 2008 Entertainment Weekly poll marked the movie as the finest movie ever released since 1983. In 2013, Pulp Fiction went into the registries of National Film Registry for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The story is a collection of three small stories – Los Angeles Mobsters, fringe players, and small time criminals – all connected with a mysterious briefcase. The movie has been described as an inspiration to other movies that adapted to its style. The movie is considered as a “neo noir” and a “black comedy”. The movie is an epic with pop culture references, iconic for its eclectic dialogues, ironic mix of humor and violence screenplay at its best. The actors have done their extreme best in the movie.
3. Forrest Gump
In 2011, Forrest Gump was added to the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress. The 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film is based on the novel of the same name by Winston Groom. In 1994, the movie was a top grossing in North America for its commercial success. The movie generated multiple awards and recognitions in the cinema industry. The story is about a man named Forrest Gump whose I.Q is low but his intentions are good. The story takes us through the life of Forrest Gump in a dramatically brilliant way. The film depicts a wide array of historical references and cultural influences such as the hippies to Vietnam, from Sweet Home Alabama to California Dreaming, from Elvis to John Lennon, from Ping Pong to Watergate Hotel. In short, the movie is a breath-taking story showcased in a breath-taking way. Forrest Gump is a movie to fully comprehend the American history.
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2. The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a movie to be considered the best in the world, but hasn’t won an Academy Award. According to polls by Radio Times in 2004 and 2008, the movie has been rated as all-time best movie. The movie is ranked #1 on FilmCrave.com’s top 100 movies list. It has a very high score on Rotten Tomatoes. The astonishing film is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress considered the movie for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Many people around the world have rated the movie to be astounding, mesmerizing and fascinating. The epic movie is an epic for the story, great acting demonstrated, strong characters and the overall performances of the crew. The movie teaches lessons of life in a better way than any other movie in the business.
“Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money-laundering operation.” – Wiki
1. The Godfather
The Godfather is a legendary crime drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola that reached various heights during the 1970s. The American movie released in the year 1972 is based on the crime novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. The Godfather is regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema. The most influential movie in the gangster genre is an innovation that portrays mobsters as characters of considerable psychological depth and complexity. A great movie of the 20th century has been referred in many media such as films, dramas and television series. The movie has won three Academy Awards and was the highest-grossing picture ever made. The Godfather won a record five Golden Globes. The sequel The Godfather II is yet another movie that gained many laurels and is also one of the greatest of all time. Many reviewing websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have mentioned the movie to be the best. The movie still maintains high ratings in these websites.