Whether you are a longtime movie buff or only recently discovering your love for movies, here are 10 movies that every film buff must watch!
10 must-watch movies for every film buff
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is arguably the best onscreen adaptation of a book.
This first installment tells the story of a hobbit, Frodo, who sets out on a journey with his companions to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth.
The movie garnered multiple prestigious awards including 4 Oscars.
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”
This movie tells the story of a successful banker who is sentenced for life for the murder of his wife and her lover. He befriends a convict who helps him cope with the frightening realities of prison life.
It is one of the highest rated films of all time.
3. The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather is one of Hollywood’s greatest critical and commercial successes, according to critics. It is an American crime drama about an aging head of a mafia family, Don Vito Corleone, who hands over the reins of the empire to his reluctant son.
These are excellent performances by Al Pacino and Marlon Brando.
4. Schindler’s List (1993)
Schindler’s List is a historical period drama film. It is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who spends his entire fortune to save 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
5. The Prestige (2006)
It is a mystery-thriller film where two friends and fellow magicians obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, after a horrific incident, engage in an intense rivalry which leads to dangerous consequences.
6. Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story is an animated film which tells the story of a cowboy doll, Woody, who feels threatened and jealous when his owner, Andy, brings in a new spaceman figure, Buzz Lightyear, to his toy collection. It focuses on the relationship between these two toys and how they start off as rivals and eventually become friends to be reunited with Andy.
7. The Dark Knight (2008)
Even if you never watch superhero films, give this one a try. This is a Batman story with stellar performances and story-telling you can’t help but applaud. It is dark, complex and compelling.
Batman forms an alliance with a Police Lieutenant and the DA of Gotham to dismantle organized crime but the mob hires Joker, a criminal mastermind and Batman’s nemesis, who is out to undermine Batman’s influence and create chaos.
8. 12 Angry Men (1957)
A dissenting juror attempts to convince his fellow jurors to reconsider the evidence and that the case isn’t what it seems like in the courtroom, forcing the jurors to question their values and morals.
It is considered one of the best courtroom dramas ever.
9. The Lion King (1994)
This is one is not just for the kids.
The Lion King is an animated musical film which tells the story of a Lion cub crown prince who is led to believe that he killed his father. He flees into exile, only to learn in adulthood of his rights, responsibilities and identity.
10. Inception (2010)
Inception is a thrilling science-fiction heist film directed by Christopher Nolan.
It tells the story of a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. He steals ideas, corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology. He is given the challenging task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.