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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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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: #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 : #12

Inglourious Basterds(2009)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Brad Pitt,Christoph Waltz,Melanie Laurent,Diane Kruger,Michael Fassbender.

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Inglourious Basterds is a fictional war film which follows the story of two parallel plots to assassinate the Nazi High Command, including Adolf Hitler.One of the plots is hatched by a young French theater owner(Melanie Laurent), and the other by The Basterds, a group of Jewish-American soldiers operating as a guerilla unit deep behind enemy lines,led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine(Brad Pitt).

The film explores the themes of vengeance and hatred in Quentin Tarantino’s trademark unrestrained style.The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture,Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.Christoph Waltz received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the cold,calculating and opportunistic SS Colonel Hans Landa,

 

Movie Recommendations: #6

The Silence of the Lambs(1991)

Director:Jonathan Demme

Starring:Anthony Hopkins,Jodie Foster.

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The Silence of the Lambs is a crime/horror thriller film based on Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name. It is one of only 3 movies to have won the ‘Big Five’ Academy Awards(Best Picture,Best Director,Best Screenplay,Best Actor and Best Actress).

The film follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling(Jodie Foster), who seeks the help of the brilliant psychiatrist and serial killer Dr.Hannibal Lecter(Anthony Hopkins), to catch another serial killer known as  ‘Buffalo Bill’.

The lead actors delivered bedazzling and memorable performances, which culminated in Dr.Hannibal Lecter being placed #1 villain in the American Film Institute’s List of ‘100 Years,100 Heroes and Villains’, while Clarice Starling was named #6 hero.

 

 

 

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.

Movie Recommendations : #1

The Deer Hunter(1978)
Director:Michael Cimino
Starring:Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep.

The Deer Hunter is an epic war film which follows three friends from a small town in the US, as they volunteer to serve in Vietnam. It was one of the first films to explore the ground reality of the US involvement in Vietnam.
The film lays bare the emotional trauma, anguish and sheer madness that defined the Vietnam War.The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino, and Christopher Walken’s performance earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Watch out for the haunting, terrific and brilliantly filmed Russian roulette scenes.