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Top 10 movies of all time

Posted by topper10 on April 4, 2009

Download Movies LegallyWe’ll be talking about top 10 movies of all time today. When it comes to movies, Different people have different opinions, and thus compiling a list of top 10 movies of all time requires crossing the language boundaries and should consider the mass appeal. The list which we have put up here is majorly the voice of the people who have watched the movies. Most important thing to remember here is; there might be a movie out there in some language which might be better than the no.1 in this list of top 10 movies of all time, and yet not be recognized just because it has not reached everyone. We will probably have to oversee that particular factor here. Here it is; Peoples’ choice top 10 movies of all time straight from the IMDB.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

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Key Role: Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman

Standing at No.1 in top 10 movies of all time is the Shawshank Redemption (1994). Rated 9.2 by almost 400,000 voters, it is a movie about a banker who gets jailed upon the murder of his wife, which he did not commit. He gets thrown into Shawshank for a life term. Here he comes across Red (Morgan Freeman) and develops a bond of friendship. Andy (Tim Robbins) goes through all kinds of torture within the prison, and yet importantly retains the hope that one day he’ll be out as a free man. The story continues and shows us how he plans along with Red, an escape which almost takes a quarter of his life. The movie highlights the persistence and patience that is required in a person. Does he escape? Movie is worth watching; you should find out yourself.

Awards:  Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations

2. The Godfather

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Key Role: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino & James Caan

At No.2 in the top 10 movies of all time, is The Godfather (1972). It has been rated average 9.1 by almost 346,000 people across the globe. The movie begins with THE DON blind eyeing his own daughter’s wedding, and his son refusing to continue the family business, who has just returned from war. The movie is all about the Family, Don is not ready to shed is old ways of working and ensuring the stability of mafia business. But then comes the guy who is determined to sell drugs out in the city. Don’s son who has returned from the war wants to lead a normal life with his family. Then the rival drug seller seeks protection from the DON, which the DON feels is against morals and denies. The rival then conspires and gets Don shot; but Vito survives, and the incident pushes his son to become violent and rage war against the rival. Do not miss this action packed drama.

Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 17 nominations

3. The Godfather: Part II

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Key Role: Al Pacino, Robart Duvall and Diane Keaton

Dominating at No.3 among the top 10 movies of all time is the Godfather II (1974). Well, don’t ask me why; probably people love mafias. That’s the reason why it has been rated 9.0 by almost 200,000 people. This is the continuation of The Godfather. In this part, the film rolls back in time and shows a flashback of Vito and his youth. It covers the tragedy and story of Vito in his adulthood. Then the movie shifts towards Micheal; Vito’s son, who tries to expand his family business to Hollywood, Las Vegas and Cuba. In total, the movie covers the deeds of both father and son, and also their consequences. It’s better if you watch the Godfather before you get this movie in your collection. But dare not to miss this.

Awards: Won 6 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations

4. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo., Il

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Key Role: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood

Good bad and Ugly (in English) stand as 4th among the list of top 10 movies of all time. It’s rated 8.9 by almost 122,000 people. Shot in 1966, the movie revolves around the three guys; Blondie (The Good) is a professional gunslinger who is out trying to earn a few dollars. Angel Eyes (The Bad) is a hit man and does the job whenever he is asked to, as long as he is paid to do so and Tuco (The Ugly) is a wanted in the city and is trying to hide. Blondie and Tuco share a partnership together making money off Tuco’s bounty. Tuco tries to hunt down Blondie when he unties the partnership. When Blondie and Tuco come across a horse carriage loaded with dead bodies, they soon learn from the only survivor (Bill Carson) that he and a few other men have buried a stash of gold in a cemetery. Unfortunately Carson dies and Tuco only finds out the name of the cemetery, while Blondie finds out the name on the grave. Now the two must keep each other alive in order to find the gold. Angel Eyes (who had been looking for Bill Carson) discovers that Tuco and Blondie meet with Carson and knows they know the location of the gold. All he needs is for the two to lead him to it. Now The Good, The Bad and The Ugly must all battle it out to get their hands on $200,000 worth of gold. What happens next? Go enquire in video store.

Award: has won 1 award (Golden Laurel)

5. Pulp Fiction

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Key Role: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis and Tim Roth

Pulp fiction still holds 5th position among the top 10 movies of all time. A hopping number of 342,000 people have voted to an average of 8.9. Marsellus Wallace is the boss for Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield who has stolen their suitcase. Vincent is given charge of Wallace’s wife Mia, as the boss will be out of home for a while. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. Once these people are introduced on screen, it might seem to you how unrelated all of them are. But as the movie progresses, all the stories of these people are inter woven and given to you to digest. Samuel and Travolta get into a violent and yet strangely humorous conversation. Movie includes few most violent possible scenes, wherein Travolta accidentally fires a bullet into a boy sitting in backseat; and how these two guys clean up the car in their friend’s home. Instead of empathizing on the victim, we actually start laughing on their humor. This movie strangely captivates and glues us to the chair. Do not miss it.

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 43 wins & 40 nominations

6. The Dark Knight

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Key Role: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart & Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Dark Knight is the continuation of the previous movie, The Batman Begins. Standing on the top 6th among the list of top 10 movies of all time, it has done a great job climbing up the top 250 movies ladder in the IMDB. Rated by almost 358,000 people, it has an average of 9.0 rating. In this sequel, the Joker holds the city in his grip with his crimes. Heath Ledger’s acting in this movie is applaud-able. The director has left no reason for you not to be scared of him. Every time he appears on the screen, there is a cold music in the background. Batman now has to face his wrath and make sure that Joker does not kill anymore civilians or innocents. The famous dialogue by the Joker “If you are good at something don’t do it for free” keeps you captivated all along. The special effects and action are breath taking! Above all is the performance by all the actors within the movie. In fact the rating zoomed past all the pillars which stood for long time on the top 250 list, just because of the quality of the acting done by these people. There is no reason why you should not watch this movie.

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 59 wins & 58 nominations

7. Schindler’s List

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Key Role: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley & Ralph Fiennes

Voted by more than 226,000 people, Schindler’s List (1993) stands at 7th position among the top 10 movies of all time. Do not let the black and white pictures fool you; as the movie once watched will leave its impact on you for a very long time. I still wonder how this movie was not placed still higher. The key role is of Oskar Schindler (Neeson) who is a greedy businessman, who wants to expand his business to the army and supply them with vessels and ammunition. While doing so, he unexpectedly starts turning humble towards the Jews getting killed in the concentration camp. Thus he starts making a list of people who then are called upon to work in his factory. The whole movie collages two side of images, on one side, innocents getting killed by Germans and on the other side, Schindler saving as many as he can. Movie is not worth letting go. Do watch it; if you don’t have a reason yet, we have one for you; it’s directed by Steven Spielberg.

Awards: Won 7 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 21 nominations

8. One Flew over the cuckoo’s nest

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Key Role: Jack Nicholson

More than 174,000 people have voted this movie an average of 8.9 and it stands at 8th position among the top 10 movies of all time. Jack Nicholson performing as McMurphy has in his name many assault convictions. The most recent of his lands him into the jail. He is now convicted of rape of his own girlfriend, after he finds out that she lied about her being 18, but in fact was 15. Inside jail he starts acting crazy and starts convincing the guards that he has become mad and was in need of psychiatric care. He becomes successful in his efforts and gets transferred to a mental asylum. Once inside, begins the real movie. He is confronted with a hostile nurse who is behind him at his every move, and his insane point of views actually starts making progress in many of the patients. And the story continues.

Awards: Won 5 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 11 nominations

9. 12 Angry Men

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Key Role:  All 12 of them

Voted by 88,000 people almost an average rank of 8.9 this movie stands as 9th among the top 10 movies of all time. The title of the movie might suggest to you that the movie might be about a team of 12 angry soldiers barging through enemy barriers. Its not! Instead “12 Angry Men” is based on a jury’s deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12 year old Latin boy is accused of murdering his father with a knife, and is on the verge of being announced a death sentence, and the jury of 12 members is asked to deliberate on the issue. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only one casts a not guilty vote. At first Mr. Davis’ bases his vote more so for the sake of discussion after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors’ complex personalities (which range from wise, bright and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. That provides the backdrop to Mr. Davis’ attempts in convincing the other jurors that a “not guilty” verdict might be appropriate.

Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations

10. Star Wars V- The Empires Strike Back

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Key Role: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

This movie has been rated an average of 8.8 by more than 235,000 people. The story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and the others didn’t end with the destruction of the Death Star – it continues in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Imperial forces have since driven the Rebels to hide on the ice world Hoth. But even on such an icy, backwater world, they cannot escape the wicked Darth Vader’s eye for long, and he devastates the Rebel base in an assault with the horrible AT-AT walkers. Luke flees to Dagobah to begin Jedi Knight training with Yoda, while Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO run the blockade of Imperial Star Destroyers in the Millenium Falcon. The Imperials pursue them across the galaxy and eventually catch up with them at Bespin. Now Darth Vader plans to use them as bait to lure Luke Skywalker to him, and turns Han Solo over to Boba Fett as a prize to be delivered to crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Luke learns a terrible family secret after losing a swordfight with Vader. Will he – and the others – escape the Empire’s clutches? You should watch and find out!

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations

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