Film is one of the most compelling forms of media ever developed, and since its inception, has changed the way we see ourselves and the world. Here are seven movies that span the history of film, all of which you need to see in order to appreciate the lofty heights of truly great filmmaking.
This film revolves around a resort town that is being terrorized by a huge man-eating great white shark, that is hunted by a marine biologist, the resort town sheriff and a professional shark hunter. Given that “Jaws” was released more than 35 years ago, it is surprising how terrifying the film still is, how it still holds up to modern critical scrutiny, and continues to shock audiences worldwide.
“To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962)
Based on the classic Harper Lee novel of the same name, “To Kill A Mockingbird” takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s. Gregory Peck plays the role of Atticus Finch, who is tasked with proving the innocence of a young black man in a small town of racist citizens. The fight that Atticus and his daughter become involved in is one that still haunts our modern times, which makes the film still relevant over 60 years after its theatrical release.
“City Of God” (2002)
This Brazilian crime drama follows the lives of young people who get involved, in one way or another, in the growth of organized crime in the suburb of Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s. The film shows graphic violence involving children and adults alike, making the film a shocking revelation of how hard it can be to grow up in a turbulent, violent and impoverished community.
“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977)
One of the highest grossing films of all time, this iconic film was written and directed by George Lucas, and changed the face of science fiction forever. The film is widely considered to be one of the best movies of all time due to its groundbreaking use of special effects and its ability to tell one of the most epic fantasy stories ever conceived.
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)
Directed and co-written by film auteur Quentin Tarentino, “Pulp Fiction” proved that a nonlinear storyline is well received by audiences and critics. Featuring some of the most iconic scenes and dialogue in modern film, “Pulp Fiction” takes the crime drama to intelligent, thought provoking and violent new heights.
“Citizen Kane” (1941)
Celebrated by critics for its inventiveness in terms of cinematography, narrative structure and soundtrack, “Citizen Kane” follows the life of Charles Foster Kane, played by the director Orson Welles. Frequently appearing on all-time lists as the best film ever made, “Citizen Kane” continues to capture the imaginations of modern film audiences, making it a timeless classic.
“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)
Based on the Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption,” and directed by Frank Darabont, the creator of the wildly popular “The Walking Dead” series, this film covers nearly two decades of character Andy Dufresne’s stay in Shawshank prison. A realistic and gritty depiction of prison life has made “The Shawshank Redemption” stand out as a modern classic. All of these films have passed the test of time and continue to be praised and watched by audiences around the world. If there is a film on this list you haven’t yet seen, do yourself a favor and watch one of the best movies of all time tonight!