Join us on a journey through some of the best cinematography to ever grace the screens of Hollywood.
Hollywood has given us amazing movies, from tearjerkers to comedies, dramas that unravel incredible twists or romances like never before seen. Masterpieces that will forever remain in our hearts, today we’ll take a look at some of the best movies ever made, cinematographic art that has graced our lives from the beginning of the 1900’s, all the way to the present day. These are the classics you won’t (and can’t) forget.
The Godfather (1972)
When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen. Winner of amazing awards throughout its existence, including more than one Oscar, one for best picture, it’s certainly a favorite of many and a timeless masterpiece.
The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick’s cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick’s, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make. One of the most inspiring vintage movies ever made.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. It’s a classic movie, adored by many as a cult-movie, a must-watch if you’re a cine-lover.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is an inspiring movie that can’t be forgotten, a homage to the goodness of people’s hearts among tragedy and chaos.
Citizen Kane (1941)
When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. As his closest loved ones shed some light on his life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, “Rosebud.” It’s a refreshing and mysterious story that keeps you gripped to the screen, eager to find out more about Kane and the cryptic meaning of his last words. Considered, in fact, the best movie ever made, and certainly a classic that will forever remain as a masterpiece.
The Green Mile (1999)
A prison officer, in charge of death row, what they refer to as “Green Mile”, has an unlikely and moving relationship with a prisoner: Coffey, a black man accused of child murder and rape. He has the size and strength to kill anyone, but his behavior is the complete opposite of his appearance. Besides being a simple man, he’s naive and is afraid of the dark. But he also has a supernatural gift. As time goes by, the prison officer realizes that sometimes, miracles happen in the most unlikely places. Nominated four times for a Academy Award in different categories, and receiving a flood of positive reviews, it’s a timeless and stunning movie that inspires change in whoever watches.
Star Wars (1977)
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. One of the most beloved movies of all time, Star Wars has a following of fans all over the world, through every generation, being a classic of cinematography that innovated greatly when it first came out, and continues to steal the hearts of many.
84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose tells the story to her granddaughter about her life on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers, her mother and her fiancé Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack and his best friend win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage. Based on a true story, it’s still an iconic romance and drama movie that tells the tragic story of not only Jack and Rose, but the remaining passenger’s last moments on the now sunk Titanic.
The Shining (1980)
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Directed by Stanley Kubrik, one of the most important and beloved directors of all time, based on the original story by Stephen King, the king of horror, The Shining was set to succeed from the start, and it’s still one of the most well-made horror movies to this day, as well as an inspiration for all the ones that came after.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban house, Elliott introduces E.T.to his brother and his little sister, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. Full of detail, good humor and an incredible invention by Steven Spielberg that led to an tearjerker ending, it’s still a timeless movie that will forever be in our hearts.
Fight Club (1999)
A nameless first person narrator attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla, another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler, he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. A movie with an incredible plot, way ahead of its time, brought to us by David Fincher in an attempt to warn society on what it would become, while mocking it at the same time. Genius, it would be a sin not to ahead it to this list.
Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath: Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter, who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator, has the answers to their questions and can help locate the killer. However, Clarice must first gain Lecter’s confidence before the inmate will give away any information. A movie with breath-taking character work and brilliant aesthetic, Silence of the Lambs is a complex and genius work of cinematography that will always be on the top of the best movies ever made.
Lord Of The Rings (2001)
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. A movie with a cult-following, much like it’s considered one of the best movie series ever made, Lord of the Rings brings us a fantasy story with a complex, intense and incredible world with inspiring and epic characters that makes this movie an unforgettable and unmissable one.
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