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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: #85


Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Roy Schneider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, and an extremely angry shark.


The original summer blockbuster, Jaws is a pathbreaking and trendsetting film which caused a massive paradigm shift in cinema, and also announced Steven Spielberg  to the world.

Jaws follows a police chief, a professional shark hunter and a marine biologist who head out to open sea to kill a great white shark that has been terrorising the waters of the local tourist town. The film is exemplary of Steven Spielberg’s masterful storytelling. The story moves a tantalising and thrilling pace, and will definitely keep you hooked. The shark is unseen for most of the film, making a physical appearance only at the end, with Spielberg relying on camera effects and an Academy  Award-winning background score to create the shark’s presence.

Jaws is fantastic , visually stunning, and would convince you to never venture out into the sea again.It was the highest-grossing film of all time until Star Wars,and is one of the most culturally significant films of all time.


Movie Recommendations: #47

Catch Me If You Can(2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Leonardo di Caprio,Tom Hanks,Christopher Walken,Amy Adams.

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Catch Me If You Can is a crime drama film based on the incredible true story of Frank Abagnale(Leonardo di Caprio), a con artist who earned millions of dollars posing as a Pan-Am pilot,a doctor,and a prosecutor,all before his nineteenth birthday.Tom Hanks portrays  Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent hot on his trail.

The story moves at a brisk pace, with enthralling,dramatic scenes interspersed with comedic elements. It is certainly one of the most entertaining films directed by Steven Spielberg, capped by solid performances from two of the greatest actors of their generation.


Movie Recommendations: #33

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade(1989)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford,Sean Connery,Julian Glover,Alison Doody.

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Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade is the third film in the epic franchise which follows our favourite professor,Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr.(Harrison Ford).

We join Dr.Jones and his father(Sean Connery) on an adventurous journey across the pages of history as they race against time to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the fabled Holy Grail. Both veteran actors display. The veteran  actors delivered memorable performances, and the film was filled with unforgettable and brilliantly picturised scenes. and remains one of the classics in the adventure genre.

Movie Recommendations: #23

Saving Private Ryan(1998)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring:Tom Hanks,Vin Diesel,Matt Damon,Edward Burns,Tom Sizemore,Barry Pepper,Bryan Cranston.



Widely regarded as the greatest war movie of all time,Saving Private Ryan follows a squad led by Captain John Miller(Tom Hanks) as they search for a paratrooper James Francis Ryan(Matt Damon), whose three brothers have all been killed in action.

Through its Oscar-winning cinematography,the film takes you right into the heat of battle.The film is notable for the brilliantly picturized opening 27 minutes, which depict the brutal Omaha Beach assault on 6 June,1944.The cast members delivered standout performances, bringing out the sheer horror and trauma faced by the soldiers who fought to save the world.

The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won five, including Best Director for Steven Spielberg.

Movie Recommendations : #13

Munich (2005)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Eric Bana,Daniel Craig,Geoffrey Rush,Ciaran Hinds.


Munich is a historical drama and thriller film which follows Operation Wrath of God, during which a group of Israeli assassins,backed by the Israeli government, track down and kill members of the terrorist group Black September, which had kidnapped and murdered eleven Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Through morally conflicted and complex characters,provocative dialogues and a brilliant screenplay, Steven Spielberg explored the Israel-Palestine conflict and the mindset of the belligerents on both sides.The story is  interspersed with powerful,heart-rending scenes depicting the Munich Massacre.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.