Probably all of us are looking forward to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok and the final installations of The Avengers series. Although all of these modern movies are spectacular and awe-inspiring, many of us don’t bother to see the classical movies of the past without which the development of cinematography wouldn’t be possible. Here are top 7 essential classical movies that you need to add to your must-watch list as soon as possible.
- Gone with the wind (1939)
Synopsis: Mischievous man and manipulative self-absorbed woman engage in a stormy relationship as the Civil War breaks out.
It’s simply unbelievable that this astonishing movie was made in 1930’s. Every time I watch it, I get amazed by the thrilling story and the power of emotions that it induces. This movie demonstrates the genius of film-making, and it will continue to do so for many decades to come.
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
Synopsis: Lives of burger-loving hit man and his partner, a gangster’s wife and a boxer get intertwined in four stories of redemption and violence.
Some people think that Pulp Fiction is not an ideal movie. Well, I should say that they’re terribly wrong. This movie is excellent for many reasons. First of all, it’s very ironic in the best sense of this word. Secondly, it has real characters that we can relate to, and whom we won’t forget an hour after we’ve finished watching the movie. Thirdly, it has outstanding cast, acting, cinematography, soundtracks, and directing. If you still haven’t watched this movie – do yourself a favor and make it today.
- Back to the Future (1985)
Synopsis: Bizarre inventor Doc Brown creates a peculiar time machine which sends Marty McFly, his young friend, 30 years into the past.
If Pulp Fiction isn’t the best family movie and definitely a bad choice for children, then Back to the Future is accessible to all ages. Best thing about it is that you can watch it over and over again and it won’t become less entertaining. Even if you know what’s coming next, you will laugh because the humor and the characters are just top-notch. The movie became so popular that it was followed by the two sequels, which were also decent. In case you need a “feel good” movie or you want to recover that “young at heart” feeling – watch this one.
- Forrest Gump (1994)
Synopsis: A simple-minded but good-hearted man finds himself in the middle of many historical events of the 1960s and '70s, being eluded by the love of his life Jenny Curran.
"Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you're gonna get" – a popular quote from this movie, which can actually be applied to the movie itself, because of the diversity of events that the main character has to go through. While violent episodes, sexual scenes, and strong language used in some episodes make it not the best choice for children, it’s a definitive must-watch for any teenager or adult. On the one hand, it guides the viewers through many prominent events in the 1960s and ‘70s and, on the other hand, it shows the advantage of attitude over the intellect.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Synopsis: Indiana Jones becomes a part of an unforgettable adventure as he travels to India searching for a missing magical stone accompanied by the woman and the young kid.
This one is an outstanding story from the Indiana Jones universe. It has all the necessary component of the cult action movie including Rambo-syndrome (only good guys can hit targets), 100% of action from the very beginning to the end, dumb dialogues, and even a dose of mysticism. In addition, it has fantastic visuals and the best photography among all Indiana Jones adventures.
- Goodfellas (1990)
Synopsis: Events of the movie follow Henry Hill, the real-world mobster, who together with his fellow criminals is climbing up through the mob hierarchy.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the best movies about mobsters based on a true story. Not only it comes from one of the best directors of all time, the cast is also brilliant. Not just Robert DeNiro, but also Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, and Lorraine Bracco make Goodfellas a pleasure to watch. The movie offers us to follow Henry Hill’s narration which uncovers different episodes from the life of Mafia. It’s Scorsese’s taste and very special trademark along with the play of actors that make this movie standout.
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Synopsis: Holly Golightly becomes interested by the aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who has just moved into her building.
Although the love story portrayed in the movie doesn’t look realistic and you can’t pinpoint a meaningful message from the movie, it’s the genuine affection, powerful chemistry, and sincere respect between the characters that make this story great. First and foremost, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a fun, stylish, and witty story and there’s no sense to seek a deep meaning behind it. The movie is compelling, well-told, and remains a pleasure to watch even after the 10th view.
Make sure to add these classic titles to your watch-list!