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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.

Action

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.

Comedy

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.

Crime

GoodFellas

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.

Drama

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.

Horror

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.

Romance

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.

Science-Fiction

Interstellar

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.

Thriller

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.

War

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.

Western

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.

What is the best closing line of a movie or TV series?

Had originally written this post on Quora as the answer to the question ,”What is the best closing line of a movie or TV series?”

You can read the Quora answer here.

Edit:

Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 16

After the carnage unleashed by Walter White, resulting in the destruction of the  supremacist gang, we see Walt handing the power to Jesse, who refuses to kill him. When Lydia calls Todd’s phone, Walter answers, telling her that she has been poisoned with ricin.

We then see Jesse head towards Jack’s car. Before getting into the car, he looks at Walt for one last time. Walt nods towards him. Jesse, contemplating for a moment, nods back.

Although this particular exchange didn’t contain any dialogue, it seemed as if the characters were nodding in acknowledgement of the ordeal, the drama, the hatred, and other unsaid emotions they had shared, all of which made Breaking Bad one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Definitely one of the deepest and most gut-wrenching moments of Breaking Bad.

Here are some great closing lines from films:

Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still here. Do I believe the world’s still here? Is it still out there?…Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.Now…where was I?

Rocky Balboa(2006)

“Yo Adrian!We did it.”

The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)

“Sell me this pen.”

Dead Poets Society(1989)

“O Captain!My Captain!”

Mr Keating:”Thank you boys.Thank you.”

Movie Recommendations: #78

The Dark Knight(2008)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart,Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman,Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal. the dark knight The Dark Knight is, without a shred of doubt,  the greatest superhero film of all time.

Batman(Christian Bale,brilliant as ever) faces his nemesis, The Joker(Heath Ledger), a criminal mastermind who wants to give Gotham city “a better class of criminal.” Meanwhile, the new district attorney Harvey Dent is Gotham’s White Knight, an idealistic man with a no-nonsense brand of justice who trains his guns on organized crime.

There are several factors that set The Dark Knight apart from other superhero films. Christopher Nolan took the Batman franchise and turned it into a work of art. The film focuses on several themes such as morality,heroism, chaos, tragedy, and the battle between good and evil.Heath Ledger’s electrifying performance, for which he received a posthumous Academy Award, made The Joker one of the greatest villains and most memorable characters of all time. There were great performances from the supporting cast, featuring cinema greats such as Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.

The film also features enthralling action sequences and wonderful cinematography.It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.

Movie Recommendations: #52

The Prestige(2006)

Director: Christopher Nolan

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

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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: #24

Insomnia(2002)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Al Pacino,Robin Williams,Hillary Swank.

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Insomnia is a crime thriller film which follows two detectives investigating a murder in an Alaskan town,and is a remake of a Norwegian film of the same name.

In a departure from his career-defining roles in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams portrays a psychotic killer being tailed by Detective Will Dormer(Al Pacino).The film featured riveting performances from the legendary actors,along with eye-catching cinematography and a haunting background score.

Movie Recommendations : #5

Memento(2000)

Director:Christopher Nolan

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss,Joe Pantoliano.

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Memento is a neo-noir psychological thriller film which follows Leonard Shelby, who suffers from anterograde amnesia(inability to form new memories), and is on the hunt for his wife’s killers.

The beauty of the film lies in its screenplay,which received an Academy Award nomination .The film progresses in two different interspersed sequences- a black-and-white sequence which moves chronologically, and a colour sequence progressing in reverse order.Both sequences merge at the end of the film to produce one cohesive storyline.

The ending of the film is the subject of widespread debate and speculation even today, 15 years after its release.