Written by Rohith G| Updated: August 17, 2020 4:55:02 pm
Whether you are a movie buff who has spent hours upon hours going through film journals for your next watch or a novice who just wants to explore film history by watching some of the movies that changed filmmaking. We have listed five timeless flicks of Hollywood for you to sink your teeth into.
Each one of these movies is a testament to brilliant filmmaking and how cinema as an art can have an enormous impact on the minds of people. All that said, these films are genuinely entertaining and are sure to keep you engaged during these testing times. So what’s say, let’s begin.
Taxi Driver (1975)
The film follows Travis, an ex-marine, who works as a taxi driver in New York and his attempt to clean the city of its corruption by saving an underage prostitute from her pimp. It is a disturbing picture of social disarray, with Robert De Niro redefining the angst of a socially dysfunctional citizen who has been transformed into a rage machine. This Hollywood Classic has a layered narrative and is relevant even today.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodi Foster, Harvey Keitel
IMDb Rating: 8.3
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The film follows a Discovery One, a group of astronauts, who undertake a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of an alien monolith affecting human evolution. The movie has underlying themes of existentialism, human evolution, artificial intelligence(AI), and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film remains to be one of the debated and analyzed films of all time with various interpretations cropping out even today.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The film follows musicians, Jerry and John, who after witnessing a murder committed by a gangster, disguise themselves as females and join an all-female band after fleeing the state. In 2017, it was selected as the best comedy of all time in a poll of 253 film critics from 52 countries conducted by the BBC. The film is thoroughly entertaining with several laugh-out-loud moments and makes for a great watch.
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon.
IMDb Rating: 8.2
The film is based on an encounter between Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel’s owner-manager, Norman Bates, and its aftermath. It is considered a major work of cinematic art by international film critics and scholars. Often ranked among the greatest films of all time, this is enough to take up its place in this list of Hollywood Classics, the film set a new level of acceptability for violence and sexuality in American films.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
IMDb Rating: 8.5
The film follows Detective Jake, who after being hired by Mrs. Mulwray to spy on her husband, the builder of the city’s water system, finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. The movie makes for a gritty watch and will surely keep you hooked to your screens.
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Diane Ladd
IMDb Rating: 8.2
If you haven’t watched them, make sure to watch before its too late. We are coming up with another part of Hollywood Classics and stayed tuned to check them out too.