15 Greatest Movies of All Time You Should Watch!!

The greatest movie of all time is the most disliked idea in the industry since nothing can be put up to provide such brilliant movies made in history in the greatest movies of all time in a list. However, the world does it in a way where Critics rating, Film performance, and popularity,

Awards, and Nominations in different categories all together are evaluated to pick up the best movie. One in a hundred movies surely touches the right chord in every way and remains stuck in our mind for a long time.

Top 15 Greatest Movies of All Time:

Here is a list of Top 15 Greatest Movies of All Time globally as rated and listed by top movie critics and rating websites and different public surveys.

1. Citizen Kane (1941, Drama/Mystery)

  • IMDb – 8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 100%
  • Directed By- Orson Welles
  • Cast- Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotton, Ruth Warrick
  • Plot- After the Death of a well-known Publisher, the media and reporters scrambled to find the meaning of his final words.

This movie has been hailed as the best American movie ever by critics for decades and is the easiest pick for top best movies of all time lists. Quoted as ‘Extending every day into visionary’ movie by the industry. This movie was nominated for Academy Awards in 9 categories but won only one however that doesn’t make it any less than a cinema way ahead of its time.

2. The Godfather (1972, Drama/Crime)

  • IMDb – 9.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 98%
  • Directed By- Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast- Marlon Brando, James Can, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Al Pacino
  • Plot- An ageing Powerful Mafia / Don hands over his empire to his reluctant son. However, their lives are put in grave danger by this decision.

The movie is based on a novel by Mario Puzo and is not that another movie to watch and forget rather an unforgettable, mesmerizing classic piece of cinema. Critics quote this movie as a film that does all. The movie was nominated for 11 Categories in Academy Awards winning three alongside 6 Golden Globe Awards on its name.

3. Casablanca (1942, Drama/Romance)

  • IMDb – 8.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 98%
  • Directed By- Michael Curtiz
  • Cast- Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
  • Plot- A casino/Night Club owner from Casablanca in Morocco shelters his former lover and his friend saving them from Nazis during World War Second and the love between the two starts resurfacing and renewing.

This War-Torn Romantic story took the crowd by storm and became an instant favorite of its time. However, even after so many years, Critics still embrace this film quoting it as a spine-tingling and heart taking a leap. This film was nominated for 8 categories in Oscars winning three of them with a 5-star rating for Acting, Directing and Screenplay.

4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Drama/Mystery)

IMDb – 9.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes- 90%
Directed By- Frank Darabont
Cast- Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Plot- A successful Banker is arrested for murder and is sent to Shawshank prison where he befriends another prison mate and tries to escape.

The best prison movie ever made with Morgan Freeman’s narration and Tim Robbins Character being so brilliant. The film was a flop at the box office yet critically acclaimed and popular among its admirer. Few notable dialogues and a superb plot brought forward this movie in several top movie lists. The movie failed to win any academy award despite its nomination in seven categories yet got a 5-star rating for its direction.

5. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fantasy/Adventure)

  • IMDb – 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 98%
  • Directed By- Victor Fleming
  • Cast- Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
  • Plot- A Tornado rips through the state of Kansas A girl and her dog Toto whisk away to the magical land of Oz where they embark on a journey to meet the Wizard and an adventure to earn his help.

According to the Library of Congress, This is the most-watched film of all time and very popular among critics and fans. The Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts claims it to be the best movie of all time following its sequels and prequels which grossed highly in the industry. The Yellow brick road which is featured in the movie is surely made of Gold. The Film won 2 Oscar Awards out of its 6 Nomination in different categories.

6. Vertigo (1958, Mystery/ Romantic Thriller)

  • IMDb – 8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 96%
  • Directed By- Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast- James Stewart, Kim Novak
  • Plot- A Detective who suffers from Acrophobia / Fear of height is hired to Investigate a strange activity of his friend’s wife. She commits suicide later and the detective became highly obsessed with her.

Considered as one of the most disturbing movies yet admired for its Cast and Screenplay. The detective who follows a woman, watch her commuting suicide and falling obsessed with her double is disorienting but in an almost artful and inventive way. The movie topped charts long after its release as landed as critics choice best sight and sound movie since 2012. Vertigo failed to perform at the Academy Awards with two nominations only however it got a 5 star for its Acting, Directing and Screenplay.

7. The Godfather Part 2 (1974, Drama/Crime Mystery)

  • IMDb – 9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 97%
  • Directed By- Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast- Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro
  • Plot- The son of the Great Mafia attempts to expand his family’s Crime empire and signs a business deal with another gangster unaware of the danger he has attracted to himself.

World stills debate which Godfather was the greatest right from the release of this sequel film. Both the film’s equally topped critics claim and popularity among fans and is often cited as the greatest ever sequel. In a narrative masterstroke, this movie still remains top as its remnants are intact with its audience. The media claims it as a movie that has everything and every element of cinema working at the highest level. The film won 6 Oscar Awards out of 9 categories it was nominated in along with one Bafta Award.

8. Batman – The Dark Knight (2008, Drama/SuperHero Thriller)

  • IMDb – 9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 94%
  • Directed By- Christopher Nolan
  • Cast- Christian Bale as Batman & Heath ledger as Joker along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman
  • Plot- Batman keeps a tight lid on crime in Gotham City with the help of Police officer Lt. Jim Gordan and lawyer Harvey Dent but a Criminal calling himself Joker suddenly throws the town in chaos.

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy featured its second installment as The Dark Knight. Mankind will never forget Heath ledger’s role as The Joker in this film. He took it too seriously even painting his own face for this role. Critics review this movie as one of the best films of the decade and the greatest superhero films of all time. The film won 2 out of 8 Academy Award nominations with Heath ledger as the best supporting actor. It became the best film of the 21st century as voted by 117 critics worldwide.

9. Back To Future(1985, Fantasy/Sci-fi)

  • IMDb – 8.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 87%
  • Directed By- Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast- Crispin Glover, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
  • Plot- A man travels back in time with the help of an eccentric scientist’s time machine. But in order to return back to the present he has to make his high school parents fall in love with each other.

A sci-fi classic with some of the most memorable dialogues in cinematic history and motivation to a whole lot of generation for interest in science, this timeless movie remains undisputed among critics. United States Library of Congress preserved the film for being culturally, historically and aesthetically significant. The film has been widely acclaimed in the academy and Bafta Awards. Michael J. Fox is known to work overtime in his films and he brilliantly led the role.

10. Gone With The Wind (1939, Drama/Romance)

  • IMDb – 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 91%
  • Directed By- Victor Fleming
  • Cast- Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
  • Plot- An American Classic love story of a manipulative woman and a mischievous man, their turbulent love affair during civil war and reconstruction of America.

‘An interesting Story beautifully told’ as it is quoted while naming this movie, it is the longest movie ever to achieve academy awards for the best film with a run time of nearly 4 hours along with a total of 8 awards in the thirteen categories it was nominated for setting a record of wins of its time. The film’s length, however, remains a concern for viewers but the film is worthy of it. It has been honored by the Library of Congress and has been globally voted for best film of all time.

11. Forrest Gump (1994, Drama/Comedy Drama)

  • IMDb – 8.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 72%
  • Directed By- Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast- Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Robin Wright
  • Plot- A Man with low IQ and a clean heart joins the army where he makes two friends. However, he cannot stop thinking about his childhood sweetheart whose life is all messed up.

Tom Hanks won his second Oscar for this film which managed 6 Academy Awards out of 13 Categories it was nominated in. Forrest Hump is the real reason that movies exist as it is claimed by its admirers. The film managed to win an Academy Award for best film despite being pitched with ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ the same year which tells a lot about its emotional heft. A sequel is also on tables along with an Indian Remake by renowned artist ‘Amir Khan’ titled ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ set to release in 2020.

12 Angry Men (1957, Drama/Crime)

  • IMDb – 8.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 100%
  • Directed By- Sidney Lumet
  • Cast- Henry Fonda, Lee J.Cobb, Martin Balsam
  • Plot- A juror due to his dissent manages to convince other jurors that the murder trial case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court and forces them to reconsider the evidence.

This courtroom drama is more outside the court and in a jury deliberation room packed with 12 fantastic characters. The film received positive critical acclaim and viewed as a classic, highly regarded from both Critical and popular viewpoints with some great dialogues. It was also widely acclaimed on the Academy Award nominations and won a Bafta Award and has been listed as top 100 movies of all time with 5 stars for its Acting and Screenplay.

13. Schindler’s List (1993, Drama/Period Film)

  • IMDb – 8.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 97%
  • Directed By- Steven Spielberg
  • Cast- Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
  • Plot- A German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who is also a member of the Nazi Party tries to save his employees after witnessing the persecution of Jews in Poland.

A masterpiece of Steven Spielberg who placed it 6 months right after his big release The Jurassic Park. It is an emotionally wrenching drama film loosely based on a true story which won 7 Oscars awards out of 12 nominations, 6 Bafta Awards, and 3 Golden Globe Awards. Metacritic rated it. Not only popular in public, but the film also received a warm welcome by world leaders who appreciated it and urged their citizens to see it. Unless you are someone who watches movies only for entertainment, you are missing out in that case.

14. Pulp Fiction (1994, Drama/Crime)

  • IMDb – 8.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 92%
  • Directed By- Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast- John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Bing Rhames, Uma Thurman
  • Plot- In the underworld, the series of incidents intertwines the lives of two mobsters, a boxer, a gangster wife and a pair of diner bandits in violence and redemption.

Quentin Tarantino kicked right into our doors and has been acclaimed for doing so by Pulp Fiction. It might be the most influential movie ever made as reviewed by critics. Opened, awarded and published in Cannes Film Festival titled as a spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture. The movie was nominated in 8 categories at the academy awards but lost to ‘Forrest Hump’. Still, the movie stood firm at critic’s choice and its popularity making its way to be listed as the greatest movies of all time.

15. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of King ( 2003, Drama/Fantasy)

  • IMDb – 8.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes- 93%
  • Directed By- Peter Jackson
  • Cast- Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
  • Plot- Former fellowship members prepare for a final war. Frodo and Sam are trying to destroy the ring on Mount Doom and are following Gollum unaware of the path they are headed on.

Oscar laden ‘The Lords of the Rings’ trilogy features its second instalment as ‘The Return of the King’. This film is a record holder for being nominated in 11 Categories for Academy Awards winning each one of them alongside ‘ Ben Hur’ & ‘Titanic’. Four Golden Globes and 5 Bafta Awards, as well as the, voted the best movie of all time by admirers and critics. A fantasy film never won an academy award for best film but an exception was made for this film, such is its charm among viewers.

These Movies are Best and Top-rated 15 Greatest Movies of all time from viewers and critics across the world. Your Bucket list for movies is crafted, just pick and watch any one of them and you will not regret your selection.

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