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What are 10 movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in life?

Had written this post on Quora as the answer to the question,”What are 10 movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in life?

You can read the Quora post here .

I’ll be listing one film each from 10 major genres-action, comedy,crime, drama,horror,romance,science-fiction,thriller, war,western.


Die Hard

One of the most badass heroes of all time, New York Police officer John McLane, is up against 12 terrorists who have taken a Los Angeles skyscraper hostage. Epic action sequences, memorable dialogues and sheer thrill makes this one of the greatest action movies ever.


The Big Lebowski

A slightly offbeat movie from Oscar-winning auteurs, the Coen Brothers, this hilarious, quirky and entertaining film inspired a whole new religion(Dudeism) and an annual convention.

The Dude abides.



One of the best films ever made by Martin Scorsese, this gripping gangster film delves into the inner workings of the mafia, and draws out memorable performances from the cast.


Dead Poets Society

The legendary Robin Williams delivered one of his most memorable performances as the inspiring English teacher John Keating. A movie that will inspire you and tug at your heartstrings. Keating’s mantra of ‘Carpe Diem!'(Seize the Day) still reverberates through time.


The Silence of the Lambs

One of only three movies to win the Big Five Academy Awards(Best Picture, Director,Actor, Actress and Screenplay), The Silence of the Lambs follows a young FBI trainee who is assigned to catch a brutal serial killer with the help of the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. One of the greatest films of all time, it combines police procedural work with a psychological examination of the lead characters.


Midnight in Paris

Beautifully shot and brilliantly written, this film brings out the beauty and charm of Paris, and explores the themes of post-modernism and romance through the eyes of Gil Pender, a burnt-out screenwriter on a visit to Paris with his grumpy fiancee.



Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus takes us on a beautifully haunting journey through outer space. Stunning visuals, Hans Zimmer’s awe-inspiring background score and the core theme of love make Interstellar one of the greatest movies in the sci-fi genre.


The Machinist

A dark multi-layered psychological thriller which explores the themes of paranoia and delusion. This film grows on your mind. Christian Bale took method acting to a whole new level by shedding 60 pounds for his role as an insomniac.


Saving Private Ryan

Legendary director Steven Spielberg won the Oscar for Best Director for his realistic, graphic and masterful World War II drama which takes you directly into the heat of battle. The opening sequence depicting the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach, Normandy, is a masterclass in direction and cinematography.


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Clint Eastwood’s iconic portrayal of ‘The Man With No Name’ features in this epic western, the last in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy. Revenge and buried treasure lead the three main characters into a high-octane adventure featuring epic gunfights ,beautiful terrain and memorable dialogues.


Movie Recommendations: #60

The Machinist(2004)

Director: Brad Anderson

Starring: Christian Bale,Jennifer Jason Leigh,John Sharian.

the machinist


The Machinist is a psychological thriller film which follows Trevor Reznik, a factory worker who suffers excessive weight loss as a result of not being able to sleep for over a year.

Christian Bale underwent a massive physical transformation for his thoroughly mesmerizing portrayal of the troubled and paranoid machinist, reaffirming his status as one of the finest and most dedicated actors off his generation.

The brilliant cinematography sets up a dark and bleak background where we follow Trevor into the depths of his despair. The Machinist is one of those films which will keep you engrossed till the very end, and will linger in your mind for long after it is finished.


Movie Recommendations: #52

The Prestige(2006)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Hugh Jackman,Christian Bale,Scarlett Johansson,Rebecca Hall,Michael Caine.

the prestige


The Prestige is a drama film which follows two rival magicians in London as they battle it out on the stage to achieve supremacy over one another.

Through magical realism, The Prestige depicts the cut-throat rivalry between Robert Angier(Hugh Jackman), an upper-class showman with the stage-name “The Great Danton”, and Alfred Borden(Christian Bale) stage-named “The Professor”, a working class magician willing to play it dirty. Their obsession with destroying each other at any cost forms the crux of the film.

As is the norm with stage magicians,Christopher Nolan traps the audience in an illusion through beautiful art direction and cinematography.The plot follows the three stages of a magical illusion described by Michael Caine’s character John Cutter-The Pledge,where the audience is introduced to an ordinary object;The Turn,where the object is is subject to an extraordinary change; and The Prestige,where the original object is brought back, leaving the audience in awe.

Movie Recommendations: #43

American Hustle(2013)

Director: David O. Russell

Starring: Bradley Cooper,Christian Bale,Amy Adams,Jennifer Lawrence,Jeremy Renner,Robert de Niro.

american hustle



American Hustle is a crime comedy-drama film based on the FBI ABSCAM operation. It follows two con artists Irving Rosenfield(Christian Bale) and  Sydney Prosser(Amy Adams) tasked by FBI Agent Richie DiMaso(Bradley Cooper) to trap the corrupt mayor of Camden,New Jersey in an meticulously crafted sting operation.

The strength of the film lies in its stellar cast, with each member falling seamlessly into character under the enthusiastic and energetic direction of David O.Russell, making it a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining watch.

The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture,Best Director,Best Original Screenplay,Best Actor for Christian Bale,Best Actress for Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence.