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(Last Updated On: 23 March, 2020)

What really defines a classic movie? A classic is a timeless piece of cinematic art that is and will be remembered for as long as moviemaking and its lovers exist. Starting from the ’30s, to date, we’ve had a countless number of classic movies which have stood the test of time and have appealed to all the generations alike.

We have tried to compile a list of such important classics that you can finally watch. After all, what better than to experience a fragment of history millions of people have seen, admired, praised and respected

  1. Scarface (1983)

We all have been through this one. Apparently one of the best films ever made around the crime-drama genre, ‘Scarface’ witnessed the rise and rise of Al Pacino as an established character-actor after the release of the film. Tony brings a certain vigor to the profession and his soaring ambitions know no bounds. Soon, he himself becomes a target of all the viciousness he’d been peddling. ‘Scarface’ is undoubtedly a cult movie and a must-watch for the fans of movies like ‘Pulp Fiction’.

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

This is a near-perfect trail mix of science fiction, romance, and drama. ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’  is hailed as one of the most beautifully narrated classics of all time. It features Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in lead roles. The movie is about Joel and Clementine who’re traveling on a train.

  1. L.A. Confidential (1997)

A movie that surrounds all the flaunt, sleaze and the corruption of the ’50s in the L.A., ‘L.A. Confidential’ follows a multi-layered premise which is centered around three policemen bearing differing persona and ways to approach the criminal psyche – Officer Bud White, Sergeant Edmund Exley, and Detective Jack Vincennes. This is a perfect crime noir drama which couldn’t have been any better.

  1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Robin Williams won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for this movie. The movie is about Will Hunting, a twenty-year-old janitor who works at MIT but has a penchant for mathematics. ‘Good Will Hunting’ is an emotionally appealing and enriching drama that everyone must be watching. Have you?

  1. Once Upon a Time In America (1984)

Directed by Sergio Leone, ‘Once Upon a Time In America’ spans across five decades in New York City and is a telltale of four dreaded gangsters and criminals, who also were childhood friends. The highlight of the movie is the unbreakable bond they share among one another and are mostly inseparable.

  1. The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick’s wondrous masterpiece, ‘The Shining’ is about Mr Jack Torrance, an alcoholic writer who is on the verge of success in his writing career. The movie is still widely praised for Jack Nicholson’s performance. It remains to be a widely popular flick among critics and audiences alike.

  1. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Set in the village of Giancaldo, Sicily, Italy, and Rome, ‘Cinema Paradiso’ follows two timelines – the childhood and the present of the now-famous Italian film director Salvatore Di Vita. Cinema Paradiso’ is all about care, love, and mentorship above everything else.

  1. Se7en (1995)

The film is about detectives David Mills and William Somerset. While David is a rookie, Somerset is a veteran who is nearing his retirement. Both Somerset and Mills are on an investigation spree to get to a serial killer whose murders have been inspired by seven deadly sins – gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, wrath and envy. ‘Se7en’ is an engaging and captivating psychological thriller that would keep you on the edge of your seat, both because of the premise as well as because of the performances.

  1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Yet another Steven Spielberg movie on the list. A man who has truly dedicated his life to amazing films so great they’ve become today’s contemporary classics. Spielberg wanted to demonstrate the lifeless world of the Holocaust. Bringing us into the dark and heartbreaking times that took away many lives it shouldn’t have. However, there is the red-coat girl, the iconic and only colored element in the whole movie. Itthat holds another key meaning to the story’s transition and ability to engrave on the viewer’s mind and heart. See for yourself!

  1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Set immediately in the aftermath of the events of the first movie. ‘The Godfather: Part II’ carries forward the story of the classic Corleone family. Especially, Michael Corleone, along with the premise flashbacks which also show Vito Corleone. The Godfather: Part II’ not only boasts of a stellar star cast. Including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert DuVall to name a few. Along with the preservation of the movie’s copy in the U.S. National Film Registry and Library of Congress.

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