Nida Faraz describes some outstanding movies
Film-makers keep on churning out movies that are received by the audiences with open arms but not all of them join the exclusive list of great films. There is certainly an exclusive list of films that are rated great by popular acclamation. Such films have made a permanent place in the annals of film making and are widely cherished.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The movie was directed by Michel Gondry and starred Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst. It bagged Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2005. The movie tells the story of a young man who decides to have memories of his ex-girlfriend erased. During the procedure, he has a change of heart and fights his own mind to try and keep his memories.
Double Indemnity (1944)
The film narrates the story of an insurance salesman who lets a woman convince him to murder her husband to collect on his insurance policy. The film was directed by Billy Wilder and its actors were Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson.
The film was directed by Ridley Scott starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen. Captured by a slave trader, a Roman general becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks to take his revenge on those responsible for his situation.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, the movie was directed by the legendary Elia Kazan. The film secured Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (1952), Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and Motion Picture in 1952. After a difficult separation, a woman goes to live with her sister in New Orleans. Her brother-in-law is suspicious of her aristocratic background and tries to find out what she’s hiding about her past.
Blade Runner (1982)
It was directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. It won BAFTA for Best Cinematography (1983). In the future year of 2019, a private detective must find robots that look like humans.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The film was directed by Robert Mulligan. Its actors were Gregory Peck, John Megna, Mary Badham and Robert Duvall. It grabbed Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (1963). The story revolves around a lawyer in Alabama in 1930s who defends a black man who is wrongly accused of sexual assault.
The Shining (1980)
Isolated with his family in an empty hotel, a writer loses his mind. The film was directed by the iconic Stanley Kubrick and its actors were Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd.
A remarkable film showing a thief is hired to implant an idea into a target’s mind by entering his dreams. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen (Elliot) Page and Tom Hardy and it was directed by Christopher Nolan. The film won Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 2011. TW
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