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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.

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Movie Recommendations: #77

Taxi Driver(1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert de Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel.

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Taxi Driver is a psychological thriller and drama film which explores the themes of vigilantism,obsession, loneliness and depression through the psychotic exploits of Travis Bickle, a former US Marine who works as a taxi driver in New York.

Robert de Niro, in one of his greatest performances, slips into the skin of the sociopath,insomniac and depressed Travis, who after being disgusted with the rampant crime in New York, takes it upon himself to “clean up the city” .

Violent, disturbing and brilliantly directed, Taxi Driver ranks among the greatest films of all time. It won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards,including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress for Jodie Foster and Best Original Score.

 

 

 

 

Movie Recommendations: #51

The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo di Caprio,Jonah Hill,Margot Robbie,Kyle Chandler,Mathew McConaughey,Cristin Milioti.

 

 

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If TWOWS were to be described in one word, it would be insane. The film is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street stockbroker who engaged in rampant corruption,fraud and money laundering as the head of his firm Stratton Oakmont.

The film depicts the hard drug usage, explicit sexual content and moral ambiguity that were all part of the craziness which defined Stratton Oakmont. It held the record for the most number of times the f-word was used in a movie-569.  It featured hilarious scenes, and at the same time explored the rise of Belfort, who used his cunning and excellent salemanship to con investors out of millions of dollars,

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards,including Best Picture,Best Director,Best Actor for Leonardo di Caprio,Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

 

 

Movie Recommendations: #29

GoodFellas(1990)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring:Ray Liotta,Joe Pesci,Robert de Niro,Lorraine Bracco.

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Goodfellas is a gangster film based on the life of the Mafia mobster Henry Hill. Ray Liotta portrays Hill and also narrates the story, opening with the now-famous lines which define the essence of the film-“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world.”

Goodfellas is Martin Scorsese at his finest, and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.Joe Pesci won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the aggressive and reckless robber Tommy DeVito.Eminent critic Roger Ebert wrote, “No finer film has ever been made about organized crime – not even The Godfather.”

 

Movie Recommendations: #15

The Departed(2006)

Director:Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo di Caprio,Matt Damon,Jack Nicholson,Mark Wahlberg.

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The Departed is a crime drama film which revolves around Colin Sullivan(Matt Damon), a mole planted in the police by the Irish Mob boss Frank Costello(Jack Nicholson), and William Costigan(Leonardo di Caprio), an undercover police officer sent to infiltrate the Mob.

The fast-paced and brilliantly crafted plot,full of twists and turns, will surely keep you on the edge of your seats, and it is no wonder that the film won the Oscar for Best Director,Best Picture,Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Movie Recommendations : #3

Gangs of New York(2002)

Director:Martin Scorsese

Starring:Leonardo di Caprio, Daniel Day-Lewis,Cameron Diaz,Liam Neeson.

Gangs of New York is a fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in Manhattan, with the American Civil War as the backdrop.

The film follows the gang wars between the Nativists, led by Bill “The Butcher” Cutting(Daniel Day-Lewis) and the Irish-American immigrants, led by the protagonist Amsterdam Vallon(Leonardo di Caprio).Both Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo di Caprio deliver electrifying performances as their characters set out on a quest for superiority,blood and vengeance.

Martin Scorsese won the Golden Globe for Best Director,and the film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Director,Best Picture and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.