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Top Five Greatest Movies of All Time

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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.


What are your thoughts?! What’s your take on the movies listed above? What movies do you think should be in the top five positions? Give us your input below!

Greatest Movies of All Time

Choosing the best movies of all time is no easy feat. Thus, this is a compilation of a variety points of view. The movies on this list, are phenomenal films that have stood the test of time. Below are the first 5 movies. To see which movies made it to the top five positions come back in a few days!

Best Films of All Time

10) Tokyo Story (1953)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Genre: Drama
Main actors: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara

Tokyo Story, just like Citizen Kane, has often graced the list of best films of all time as it has influenced many great directors in the last half century for its purity of expression and its approachable and moving quality.

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story is one of the cinema’s most profound and moving studies of married love, aging and the relations between parents and children.

9) A Space Odyssey (1968)


Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Fantasy
Main actors: Douglas Rain, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood

This 1968 Stanley Kubrick science-fiction classic is an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke novel. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a landmark of non-narrative poetic filmmaking in which the connections were made by images and not a dialog or a plot.

What makes this movie remarkable is its ability to take you on a spiritual journey where it teaches us to break out of the illusion that everyday mundane concerns are what preoccupy us— that surely men did not learn to think and dream only to deaden himself with provincialism and selfishness.

8) Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Welles
Genre: Drama
Main actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Ruth Warrick

The only movie that is a part of almost all greatest movies of all time lists is none other than Citizen Kane. Directed by a highly-acclaimed theatrical genius, Orson Welles, it was the first movie he directed and produced at the age of 25.

Citizen Kane focuses on a series of rough chronological flashbacks of a doomed press baron Charlie Kane’s life story from five different points of view. The story of Kane is a troubled one and that ultimately makes it the most intellectually stimulating and seductive film of all time.

7) 8 ½ (1963)

Director: Federico Fellini
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Main actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee

Released in 1963, 8 ½ is a movie about filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) who was feeling the pressure of creating another masterpiece after his latest film became a blockbuster hit. Unfortunately, he was suffering from a massive creative block that led him to go to the mountain resort and recharge. He ended up rediscovering thoughts of his past and reconnecting with himself.

6) Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Drama/ Neo-noir
Main actors: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd

It’s a 1976 American vigilante film by Martin Scorsese started by Robert De Niro who played Travis Bickle, an insomniac ex-Marine who works the night shift driving his cab around New York City. It explores the psychological madness within an enigmatic, inarticulate, lonely anti-hero cab driver whose obsession has led him to believe that he was destined to save the world from vandals and criminals and started taking matters into his own hand by planning to assassinate a Presidential candidate and saving a young hooker from her pimp.


What are your thoughts? Have you watched any of these movies? If so, which were your favorite? What made it so memorable? Let us know!