Top 10 Evergreen Hollywood Movies
Speaking of Hollywood movies, which is the first one which comes to your mind? If it is not one of these evergreen Hollywood movies, you seriously have missed something. It is time for you to run to your nearest movie store, buy these DVDs and watch them. These are movies which everyone should watch, at least once in a lifetime. Following are the top 10 evergreen Hollywood movies which are here to stay for as long as the world cinema industry exists and movies are made.
- The Godfather (1972)
As you guessed it right, which other movie can top the list of the evergreen classics? Starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and James Caan, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this is one gangster movie which can be called the father of all the gangster movies in Hollywood (or even other industries). The movie is based on the novel written by Mario Puzo and it revolves around a New York Mafia “family” headed by Don Vito Corleone. It beautifully portrays the handing over of the Mafia business from an aging patriarch to his reluctant son and the clash between old world values and the new ways. This movie bagged three academy awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. It also acquired numerous other awards and recognition.
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Remember the song you feel like humming from the age old Clint Eastwood movie? This is undoubtedly the big daddy of all the “Wild West” movies. Starring Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, this movie was a blockbuster of the year. The film score and the main theme were composed by Ennio Morricone, and they have remained alive till this day and will be there in the future. The movie revolves around three gunslingers who want to find a fortune of buried gold in the midst of violent gunfights, American Civil War, hangings and prisons.
- Ben-Hur (1959)
I am sure most people were not even born when this movie was released. Most people who have been fed on James Bond would be completely unaware of the beautiful historical movies with sword fights and chariot races. Ben-Hur is one movie which has unparalleled screenplay when it comes to the historical chariot races and glory of the Roman Empire. The movie depicts the era of Jesus and revolves around two childhood friends who are separated by time. They are happy to reunite after several years, just to be divided by politics to become sworn enemies. What makes this movie different? It bagged eleven Academy awards, paralleled only by Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
- Psycho (1960)
If you are an Alfred Hitchcock fan, you wouldn’t have missed this movie. It is an American thriller which revolves around a woman who is fed up with the way life has treated her. She wants to change her life, and at the right time she embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client. She leaves town and on her way out of town, she stops at The Bates Motel, which is run by a very quiet man who seems to be very much dominated by his mother. This is where the actual thrill begins in the movie. Call it part thriller, part horror; it is universally considered Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.
- Ten Commandments (1956)
This is the movie which dramatizes the story of exodus beautifully. Directed by Cecil B. Demille, this movie grossed over $65 million in the US box office alone and is one of the most financially successful movies ever made. The story portrays the life of Moses beginning from his adoption as an Egyptian prince to his journey of becoming a deliverer of the Hebrew slaves. The movie won many accolades and recognition. It was also preserved at the United States National Film Registry due to its “cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance”.
- Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The movie depicts the real life adventures of T.E. Lawrence in Arabia during World War I. It also depicts his emotional struggles, personal identity and struggles, and his divided allegiance between his newly found comrades within the Arabian tribes and his British army. The movie was nominated and won academy awards for several categories including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Who can forget the exemplary acting by the actors in this war movie? This is probably one of the most memorable war movies Hollywood has come up with. The movie revolves around the Second World War during the invasion of Normandy where an attempt is made to save a paratrooper, called James Francis Ryan, the sole surviving brother of four servicemen, by Tom hanks and his team of six men. The movie received well by the audience making it a financial success. It also received excellent critical acclaim as well as awards. The movie bagged USD 481.8 million worldwide. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg.
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Steven Spielberg is known as one of the best directors when it comes to Hollywood movies. E.T is another of his masterpieces of direction. It revolves around a boy who is meek and alienated. He finds an stranded extra-terrestrial and gathers enough to defy the top government authorities to save the alien visitor and send it back to its home planet. The movie projects convincing emotional performances from the young artists. The movie went on to become a mega blockbuster beating Star Wars in its gross-collections. It was later beaten by Jurassic Park after 11 years, again a movie directed by Spielberg. This movie was also dubbed as the greatest science fiction movie ever made.
- Schindler’s List (1993)
If it is a movie directed by Spielberg, it can be an assured box office success. Schindler’s list is another movie directed by Spielberg. It went on to become a box office hit bagging seven Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Score. It also won 3 Golden Globes and 7 BAFTAs. The movie is based on the novel Schindler’s Ark and revolves around a German business, Oskar Schindler, who saved about a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the German Holocaust. The movie received excellent critical acclaim and was considered one of the best movies ever made, by the critics.
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
An unlikely movie to make it to this list, you say? This may have nothing to do with action, horror or thriller. But when it comes to romantic comedies, who can ever think of another movie than this? This movie is undoubtedly the best romantic comedy made till today in Hollywood. It was written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. The story revolves around two friends Harry and Sally who meet once during a cross-country drive and become friends for years to come. However, they fear that having sex may ruin their friendship. But, in Harry’s own words, “no man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive”. So what happens to their friendship? If you haven’t watched it yet, then it is time you bought this DVD.
So, these are the top 10 evergreen Hollywood movies. Of course, there are other movies which do deserve a shot at the topper’s list. But these are the movies which definitely come first to anyone’s mind. So, if you haven’t watched them yet, what are you waiting for?