These classic Hollywood movies are a must watch for everyone. Whether you’re a film veteran or a film novice, these movies reign supreme when we talk about the most iconic Hollywood movies of all times. These cinematic accolades are not only trend setters of their time, they are ever young! Every generation can relate to these stories and find inspiration within them. You must have heard numerous references to the following movies in tv shows, films, songs and often quote their dialogues, but how many of these have you watched?
Released in 1942, this American romantic drama film is directed by Michael Curtiz and is centered around Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s unproduced stage play ‘Everybody Comes to Rick’s’. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. The movie is set in Casablanca, Morocco and shows early days of World War II. The story focuses on an American emigrant who is torn between his love for a woman and helping her husband, a Czech resistance leader, escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue fighting against the Nazis.
Casablanca has won three Academy Awards and its popularity has grown with the passage of time. The movie holds an iconic status in Hollywood cinema from its lead characters to unforgettable lines and universal theme song. This movie is an everlasting masterpiece and an ideal proclamation on love and romance and has consistently been ranked as the greatest films of all time.
2.The Wizard of Oz
This American musical comedy-drama fantasy film was released in 1939. To date it is the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation of the novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and was followed by numerous remakes. Starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale the film also-stars Terry the dog, billed as Toto; Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins, with Pat Walshe as leader of the flying monkeys.
The movie is best noted for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters and has become one of the best known films and part of American popular culture. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, and won Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow”.The Wizard of Oz is a must-see masterwork of ground breaking visuals and skilful story telling. Not to be missed!
3.Gone with the Wind
This 1939 American epic-historical-romance film was adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. The movie is directed by Victor Fleming and is set during the American Civil War. The film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner who falls hopelessly in love with a married man. It won ten Academy Awards from thirteen nominations. It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. It was the longest and most lavish Hollywood sound film of the time.
The film was originally six hours (rough cut) in running time which was difficult to make, due to its controversial subject matter and its larger-than-life qualities, with more than 50 speaking roles and 2,400 extras. A winner at the box office the movie has grossed $1.64 billion to date. A classic tale of a love-hate romance the movie with its grand scale that was not seen before in modern production is one of the most loved, everlasting and popular film of all time.
Released in 1972, this crime saga is based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel of the same title. The movie is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the front-runners of the fictional Corleone crime family living in New York in the years 1945-55. The movie focuses on the transformation of Michael Corleone from reluctant family outsider to brutal Mafia boss while the family lives under the rule of the head Vito Corleone.
The movie won three Academy Awards and became a box office hit for 1972 and the highest grossing picture ever made. The success of the movie was followed by two sequels: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990. The Godfather is one of the widely imitated, quoted and satirized movies of all time. Making it a great critical and commercial successes to date and most powerful in gangster genre.
Released in 1959 this American epic historical drama film tells the story of a Jewish prince who is betrayed by a Roman friend and sold into slavery; he reclaims his freedom and comes back to take revenge. Directed by William Wyler and the cast includes Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith and Haya Harareet. It is adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
Ben-Hur was known for its largest budget ($15.175 million) as well as the grandest sets built for any film at that time. Costumes were designed by Elizabeth Haffenden who supervised a staff of 100 wardrobe fabricators to make the costumes, also 200 artists and workmen were hired to make hundreds of friezes and statues needed in the film. To add to the majesty of the film more than 200 camels and 2,500 horses were used in the shooting of the film, with some 10,000 extras. The sea battle scenes were captured using miniatures in a huge tank on the back lot at the MGM Studios in Culver City, California. The one of a kind nine-minute chariot race which holds to be one of cinema’s most famed sequences and the film score, composed and conducted by Miklós Rózsa, is the longest ever composed for a film and has had a powerful impact on cinema for more than 15 years.
Beh-hur was the fastest-grossing as well as the highest grossing film of 1959 making it the second -highest grossing film in history at the time after Gone with the Wind. It won 11 Academy Awards and was also awarded three Golden Globe Awards. Today Ben-Hur is ranked as one of the greatest films ever made and in 1998 the American Film Institute ranked it the 72nd best American film and the 2nd best American epic film in the AFI’s 10 Top 10. In terms of epic scope and majestic spectacle, Ben-Hur still tops Hollywood’s best examples of pure theatre.