Movies are a visual reflection of our culture and prevailing social attitudes. They depict our life in a better way by making events vivid and revealing the unconscious assumptions of past societies. While there is a huge collection of interesting movies being missed now days, we are presenting a few of them just to cherish and remember.
1) Vertigo ( Released on 21st July, 1958)
Vertigo is a 1958 psychological thriller movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the Boileau-Narcejac’s 1954 novel, “D’entre les morts”. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. It was shot on location in San Fransisco, California and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The movie is about a retired San Fransisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
2) Pirates Of The Caribbean ( 9th July, 2003)
It is a series of fantasy adventure films directed by Gore Verbinski and Rob Marshall, as well as written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossino. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, al the four films are based on Walt Disney’s ‘theme park ride of the same name’. Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the Governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies who are now undead.
3) Avatar (18th December, 2009)
Avatar is an epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron that is set in the middle of 22nd Century. A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. The film is so amazing that you would wish to live there. It is a big success and pulls you in to the fantasy world of flying birds and floating islands.
4) Jumanji ( 15th December, 1995)
This is a fantasy adventure film about a supernatural board game that makes wild animals and other jungle hazards materialize upon each player’s move. It was directed by Joe Johnston and is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s popular 1981 ‘picture book of the same name’. The theme of the movie is when two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. The board game releases all kinds of terrors on the players when they play it. Watching all those crazy stuffs happening in the movie was fun and entertaining.
5) Harry Potter ( 16th November, 2001)
The most cherished fantasy movie that will make you laugh, cry and tremble with excitement at the same time. You will really get in to the characters and see them getting older when the movie ends. It is based on the “Harry Potter” novels by J.K.Rowling and is a critical success. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The world is magical, and so are the soundtracks of the movie.
6) The Lord Of The Rings ( 19th December, 2001)
This epic fantasy adventure film series was directed by Peter Jackson and based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. It was set in the fictional world of the Middle-Earth and was a major financial success that was critically acclaimed and heavily awarded for its innovative special and visual effects. A meek hobbit of The Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron. The movie has a shockingly amazing well-crafted world with an engrossing storyline and great characters.
7) The Chronicles of Narnia ( 9th December, 2005)
This is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media based on the series of novels written by C.S. Lewis of the same name. The series revolves around the adventures of children in the fictional world of Narnia guided by Aslan, a talking Lion and the true king of Narnia. Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. In the series, you will find all kinds of amazing mythical beasts like talking animals, dragons and minotaurs just walking around. A must-watch movie for fantasy-lovers.
8) Saptapadi (6th June, 1981)
This is a National Award winning Telugu film directed by Kashinathuni Vishwanath. The movie is not only about the seven steps that one takes to become a part of the institution of marriage, but also talks about an individual’s journey to finding a path of understanding and enlightenment. The story deals with the transformation of an individual from a bachelor life to a more meaningful one. The whole film revolves around a stunning discussion between Somayajulu and Allu Ramalingai.
9) Sankarabharanam (January, 1979)
This is yet another blockbuster Telugu movie by K. Vishwanath that deals with two main issues—decline in popularity of Indian Music and the teacher-student relationship. It is one of the best film ever emerged in Tollywood and the soundtrack composed by KV Mahadevan is just classic. It has won four National Film Awards and five Nandi Awards.
10) Geethanjali ( 10th May, 1989)
This is a movie by Mani Ratnam that met both commercial success and critical acclaim upon its release. The story deals with emotions of different characters, particularly Prakash and Geethanjali who are waiting for their end after unsuccessful treatment for their terminal cancer diagnosis. Being one of the best romantic film ever made, the score and soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja is just outstanding. It has received 7 Nandi Awards and the National Film Awards for the best popular film.
11) Saagara Sangamam (1st January,1983)
This 1983 Telugu movie directed by K.Vishwanath is about a talented dancer who has his own principles and disciplines that itself become his enemies to attain fame. His simple and honest soul does not permit him to attain professional success in the commercial world that requires a certain level of compromise. It is a very touching movie and the sondtracks composed by Ilaiyaraaja is great.
12) Mayabazar ( 27th March,1957)
A mythological Telugu film,Mayabazar, is considered as one of the enduring classics of Indian Cinema that bagged the highest awards for films, “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” in 1986. Directed by Kadri Venkata Reddy, is an amazing film that is based on a very popular folk story in Anhra Pradesh named “Sasirekha Parinayam”. It is based on Mahabharat and NTR as Sri Krishna and Nageswara as Abhimanyu are just brilliant in the movie.
13) Devdas ( 30th March, 1935)
Devdas is a Bengali Romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya when he was only 17. Childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship that changes to love when they mature. They separated eventually and Paro being married to someone else, Devdas drowns his sorrows in alcohol. When Devdas is declared critical due to his drinking habits, he remembers his unfulfilled promise to meet Paro before his death. It powerfully depicts the prevailing societal customs in Bengal that prevents any happy ending of a genuine love story being happening.
14) Guddi ( 15th August, 1971)
This is a 1971 film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Gulzar. The protagonist, Guddi, is a spunky and careless schoolgirl having a big crush on filmstar, Dharmandra and wanted to even marry him. She discloses the fact to Navin, who has fallen in love with her and in an attempt to win her heart, Navin discloses this to his uncle who just happens to know Dharmendra. With Dharmendra’s help, Guddi realizes the difference between the real world and the reel one, and leaving Dharmendra, agrees to marry Navin at the end.
15) Bhuter Bhabishyat ( 16th March, 2012)
This is a Bengali comedy horror about a bunch of ghosts. The story starts from a bizarre incident that an actress experiences when she goes to shoot at a house in Calcutta. Since then the house is declared haunted and a film-maker visits the place where he meets a person who narrates the story of the ghosts.
16) Chhoti Si Baat (31st December, 1975)
This is a romantic comedy that brought Amol Parlekar in a unique zone. This is the story of a shy young man without any suave, wants to impress a girl. But with all his simple methods to impress, his efforts go unattended. So he then seeks the help of a retired general who has his own techniques and is best at understanding the psychology of girls. The rest of the film is all about getting his love by applying the techniques of the general.
17) Angoor (1982)
The movie is based on Shakespeare’s play “The Comedy of Errors”. The story is about two pairs of identical twins and the confusion all-around—one played by Sanjeev Kumar(both named Ashok) and the other by Deven Berma( both named Bahadur). You cannot stop laughing till the very last minute of watching the movie with these funny characters.
18) Do Bigha Zameen ( 1953)
This 1953 Bimal Roy classic film won the international Prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The story revolves around a farmer and his family, and how fate mercilessly takes away their sole property—two acres of land from them. The performances by Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy is superb and the movie also features the Lata-Rafi-Manna Dey trio. What made the film must-watch for all cinema lovers is the socialist theme which the film portrays.
19) Mother India ( 14th February, 1957)
This is an epic movie about the hardships of a poor village woman who raises her children despite all odds and, in the end, chooses moral good over her own criminal son. The film won several major awards and continues to be among the most watched movies of all times. The film depicts the importance of Indian women, cultural values and shows poverty as the major cause that most people are falling victim to evil money-lenders. This was quite touching and the chemistry between Sunil Dutt and Nargis as mother-son, as well as, husband-wife was just awesome.
20) Mughal-E-Azam ( 5th August, 1960)
This is the highest grossing Bollywood film of all times for 15 long years. This is the story of Prince Salim and court dancer Anarkali who fail to pass the test of love owing to Emperor Akbar. The film became a milestone and the characters played by Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar became iconic. The amazing soundtrack, the beauty of the actress as Anarkali and the unforgettable dialogues – all these made the movie a masterpiece of all times.
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These are some of the favorite interesting movies of all time in terms of evoking tears, laughter, terror, mystery and reminiscence at the same time in a personal way.
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