With much anticipation, below are our top five picks. We think these are incredible films that deserve a second and third viewing. Although let’s be real, there are movies we have all probably watched more than 10 times. We scrutinized through many movies before reaching the final five. Choosing the top 5 movies of all time is a hard task. However, with the help of a few sources we narrowed it down to these 5.
The Top 5 Films
5) Apocalypse Now (1979)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Main actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Sam Bottoms
Coppola’s massive man-on-mission masterpiece set in Vietnam in 1970 starred by Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando, has remarkably portrayed a streamlined film aesthetic. This sensational film dazzles the audience with light and noise with its stark thrill of combat and the devastating conflict that befits a horrific ‘apocalyptic end’.
4) The Godfather (1972)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Genre: Gangster, melodrama
Main actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
This Oscar-winning Mafia epic starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino plays havoc with the emotions as it depicts life’s simple pleasures to violent murders by shotgun machine gun, garrote, etc. The Godfather is about an empire run from a dark, suburban Tudor palace where people’s lives are woeful and the people who run it are a paradoxical representation of inhumane murderers.
3) Vertigo (1958)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Main actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Up until present day, this Hitchcock masterpiece has academics and psychoanalysts running for clues, leaving no stones unturned to flawlessly interpret the film’s meaning.
Described by Hitchcock as “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets girl again, boy loses girl again”, Scottie (James Stewart), a detective who developed vertigo after watching a colleague fall to his death, met a girl named Madeleine (Kim Novak) who was possessed by a suicidal 18th-century aristocrat. He was unable to save her because of his vertigo. He later went on to meet another girl who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine and so he forcibly transforms this woman into Madeleine.
Ironically, its plot— as simple as it sounds, can’t ultimately be pinned nor captured to a simplified concept. It is said to be Hitchcock’s supreme and most mysterious piece.
2) Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Director: Dziga Vertov
Genre: Experimental Film/ Silent Film
Main actors: Mikhail Kaufman
This part cinematic, part documentary experiment film set in 1920s Soviet Union (mainly in Kiev, Moscow, and Odessa) explicitly recorded the modern urban day-to-day events from morning time to nighttime with its representation back to its subjects. There is neither actors nor story but it was packed with energy and teeming with ideas.
This extraordinary silent classic rendered innovative and complex camera shots that excite its viewers as it goes on recording in a dizzying news speed of creation.
1) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Genre: Drama Film/ Indie Film
Main actors: Renée Jeanne Falconetti, Antonin Artaud, André Berley,
Hailed as the most influential film of all time in the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘Essential 100’ list, this drama/ indie film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer is an indisputable classic of the silent movie age that was based largely on a contemporary transcript of Joan’s trial for heresy that concluded her execution in 1431. Joan of Arc played by French comedy actress Renée Falconetti has delivered the most harrowing screen performances that still haunt film critics up to this day. The carefully framed claustrophobic settings that were closely devoted to his style of keeping its realism and austerity true to itself were the qualities that skyrocketed this film in this list.
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