Written by Nirmal Thrideep | Updated: August 19, 2020 07:49:02 pm
Hollywood Classics: Just because a movie maybe thirty, fifty, or even a hundred years old does not mean it is irrelevant to our day and age. The film is comparatively a much younger medium, and as the prevalence of Shakespeare and Chaucer shows us, not all art is strictly localized to a time and place. Here are 10 Hollywood films from the last century that are still relevant today.
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Based on a novella by Stephen King, this potent drama set in a prison is considered to be one of the finest films ever made. Though director Frank Darabont was still new to the industry, the film still manages to make all those who watch it shed a tear, while telling a beautiful story of hope and perseverance
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robins
Schindler’s List (1993)
A harrowing film that does not pull its punches while telling the real story of Oskar Schindler who saved over thousand Jewish refugees from The Holocaust, it is still remembered for the brilliant performances from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley, for Spielberg’s direction, and for its powerful message about humanity in the darkest of times.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley
12 Angry Men (1957)
This court drama from 1957 remains as fresh as ever and tells a story about truth and justice that is truly timeless. What distinguishes it from others in the same category, however, is the ambiguity of its ending that has much to say about the manufacturing of truth in our post-truth era, while still being an entertaining and extremely well-written movie.
Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb
Apocalypse Now (1979)
One of the greatest war films ever made, this film is Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the book Heart of Darkness, changed to be set in the Vietnam War. The film is remembered especially for its brutal and terrifying depiction of battle. In addition to great performances by Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, the film remains a testament to the horrors of war.
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando
Modern Times (1936)
Surely, the best way to end this list is with Modern Times, an iconic Chaplin film, now almost ninety years old, and yet true to its name, still relevant. Its vision of the future seems quite dystopian, but a closer inspection reveals that we live in a time that is not too different. And with that prophetic masterpiece, we round up this list.
Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard