I struggled to come up with a list since there are so many amazing films, but if you ask me if I could only watch ten films before I die, these are the movies I would choose. I can watch it over and over and over and it will never cease to amaze me.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
My number one on my list, this is where I got my favorite motto “Get busy living or get busy dying.” The first time I saw this movie was in my twenties, I was amazed by the main character not losing hope. This is for you if you want to see a film with a happy ending.
SYNOPSIS: The Shawshank Redemption portrays the narrative of an unjustly mistreated man’s goodness and qualities. It’s a story about perseverance and patience. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, based on Stephen King’s novella, was adapted for the cinema in 1994.
If you haven’t watched this movie, all I can say are you living under a rock? This is a must-watch movie, it gives us valuable advice like “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get.” And quotes “Run, Forrest, Run! This award-winning movie has melancholy moments that were strategically positioned to tug at your heartstrings and throughout the film, you felt awful for Forrest, but he was also really relatable.
SYNOPSIS: Forrest Gump is a straightforward individual with a low IQ but decent intentions. He is reminiscing about his childhood with Jenny, his best and only friend. His ‘mama’ teaches him the ways of the world and then abandons him to his fate. The genre of the award-winning film is best defined as an epic romance comedy-drama.
I am not a fan of a superhero movie but this film is different, this is more than a superhero film. When I watched Batman Begins it was the best Batman film to date, having darker elements and a level of authenticity never seen before in the franchise. So, I have to watch the sequel which is The Dark Knight It is stronger and bigger in all respects. The Dark Knight is a near-perfection in terms of filmmaking in my opinion. Every second of the 152-minute film (two hours and thirty-two minutes) is fascinating. Does it appear to be a lot longer? Yeah. At the same time, I wouldn’t have taken anything away.
SYNOPSIS: When the Joker unleashes mayhem and turmoil on the citizens of Gotham, Batman is forced to face one of the most difficult psychological and physical tests of his abilities to battle injustice.
Well, another Christopher Nolan film added to this list. Without a doubt, his films are outstanding, but Inception is a true masterpiece. Its original concept and incredible execution have yet to be surpassed, reproduced, or even criticized, and it’s astounding that such a technologically advanced film still feels ageless. It felt like it would be an instant classic when it was initially released, and time has only shown that to be true.
SYNOPSIS: A criminal who uses dream-sharing technology to steal business secrets is given the inverse assignment of planting an idea in the mind of a C.E.O.
I was forced to see this film because I was thinking it was too old, but I’m glad I was because I wouldn’t have known how good it was if I hadn’t been forced. They claim movies may never be the same after Star Wars, yet for Millennials born after the film’s premiere, they have always been remarkably similar. We shouldn’t take that for granted, since according to George Lucas and his eccentric cast of characters from a galaxy far away, we were thrown into a new era of filmmaking, one that was far greater than any generation before us.
SYNOPSIS: While attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the enigmatic Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker teams up with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station.
There are numerous popular films that captured our hearts as children, but few are as well-loved as Harry Potter. The boy who lived and his exploits have been around for nearly two decades, which pretty much sums up my entire twenties. Despite the fact that the books were written for children, they were highly popular among grownups. The characters appeared to be genuine individuals rather than typical children. Adults were able to enjoy the characters’ storylines, conversations, and adventures because of this.
SYNOPSIS: J. K. Rowling is the creator of the Harry Potter series, which consists of seven fantasy novels. The books follow the adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard, and his Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry classmates Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
7. The Greatest Showman (2017)
This musical biopic, which isn’t perfect but occasionally delights thanks to its brilliant cast, led by the irreplaceable Hugh Jackman, is driven by energetic acts. Watching the amazing Jackman sing and dance has inherent worth, and he’s an excellent choice to play the title “greatest showman” in the world.
SYNOPSIS: P.T. Barnum’s life and trials are chronicled in this film. It begins with a young Barnum promising not to treat his children the way he was treated. After that, we watch him lose his job and have to inform his family. He manages to acquire a loan from the bank and establishes a museum of the macabre and bizarre, despite being broke and down on his luck.
During the Christmas season, Home Alone is a must-see film. I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen this (I bet I’m not alone), but it never fails to entertain me.
SYNOPSIS: When his family leaves him home alone over Christmas vacation, an eight-year-old troublemaker must guard his home against a couple of robbers.
9. Click (2006)
I remember the first time I saw this film; I watched it alone and had no idea I was going to cry like a fool. It’s a deep-meaning comedy that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. To this day, I still rewatch it and I have to admit, I always cry at the end. It’s not your typical “haha” comedy. It’s just a lighthearted film with a few laughs thrown in and a good emotional lesson for the audience to take away.
SYNOPSIS: Michael Newman is trying to find time for his family while also putting in long hours for his boss, who is never impressed. Michael meets a strange scientist on a regular journey to locate a universal TV remote who gives him a “universal remote” that can control his entire life! There will be hilarity, emotions, and shenanigans.
This is one of my all-time favorite time travel and science fiction films. Even though this film was released decades ago, it’s nearly difficult to use the word “DeLorean” without everyone in the neighborhood immediately thinking of Back to the Future. The film transformed a fascinatingly strange car with very quirky doors into one of the most iconic pieces of sci-fi technology ever made!
SYNOPSIS: Marty McFly, a normal 1980s American adolescent, is sent back to 1955 by mistake in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “the time machine” invented by a slightly insane scientist. Marty must ensure that his teen parents-to-be meet and fall in love so that he can return to the future during his often hilarious, always amazing journey back in time.