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5 Old Movies That Aged Well

Updated on March 30, 2014

Movies age and as time goes by you can see that clearer every time. There is something that bugs, being it the soundtrack, the style of filming, the actors play or just the movie all together.

But there are movies so well made and so ahead of their time that they seem like they have just been released even 20 years after their first screening. So here are my five picks for the movies that still stand well against the test of time.

Pulp Fiction movie poster.
Pulp Fiction movie poster.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction is by far Quentin Tarantino’s best movie and regarded by many as one of the best movies of all time. With a Tarantino screenplay as well, for which he received an Oscar, this movie is fresh, bold and most of all unscrupulous. Its emphasis is put on the superbly written dialogue and on the chemistry between characters every one of them being presented masterfully without any feeling of being forced. Funny and intriguing its almost two and a half hours runtime will pass just like that, every moment of it being intensely savored.

With a perfect cast, Pulp Fiction is packed with great performances by even greater actors, amongst which: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Tim Roth and Christopher Walken. This movie is a must-watch! I dare you! I double dare you, m...!

The Shawshank Redemption movie poster.
The Shawshank Redemption movie poster.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Being in the first place in Imdb's Top 250 ranking for almost a decade now says it all. A film by Frank Darabont, The Shawshank Redemption is an adaptation after Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption novella and tells the story of Andy Dufrense, a wrongfully accused man that ends up imprisoned.

Tim Robbins plays the quirky main character perfectly, while la piece de resistance is Morgan Freemans voice, whom through his character Red narrates the story superbly.

This movie has become a classic, the only concern that I have regarding it being the fact that it did not win any of the seven Oscar nominations that it got.

Se7en movie poster.
Se7en movie poster.

Se7en (1994)

A true trend setter, Se7en is one of the most influential movies in its genre and undoubtedly David Fincher’s best cinematographic achievement to date.

A movie that, again, has not won any Oscars, Se7en is by far better than all winners from that year. I know a true cineaste does not judge a movie on the numbers of awards it won, but for those that avoid it because of its age or lack of “official recognition” trust me when I say that every second of it is worth watching.

The atmosphere is gloomy, the story intriguing and the acting perfectly executed. With actors like Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow this is a movie that offers only great performances.

Schindler's List movie poster.
Schindler's List movie poster.

Schindler's List (1993)

The world of cinema is by now filled with World War II dramas, some of which are great movies even if we take aside the advantage given by the sensitive topic they touch. But none of them manages to tell its story quite like Schindler’s List.

With its mood setting black and white this Steven Spielberg masterpiece is one of the few movies that shows besides all the horrible things that this war meant a part that truly restores the faith in humanity.

The casting is elite, with Liam Neeson as the lead, accompanied by Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes as supporting roles, Schindler’s List being nominated for both lead and supporting actor and awarded 7 Oscars.

GoodFellas movie poster.
GoodFellas movie poster.

GoodFellas (1990)

As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster.

GoodFellas is by far, and I know I might get some flack over this statement, the best mob movie ever. It is brutal, offensive, bold, somewhat crazy and undoubtedly funny. As expected Martin Scorsese does a tremendous job and I can’t think of any other director that could have done it better.

Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta offer extraordinary performances, but the truly remarkable portrayal is that of Joe Pesci, for which he even received an Oscar. His character is crazy and ludicrous with its every screen appearance making you either love or hate him.

This is a masterpiece that you are not allowed to miss!

Which of these movies do you think is the best?

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    • jmatthewdobson profile image

      Joseph Matthew Dobson 2 years ago

      All great movies! Good choices for films that never age.

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      CobbWayne 3 years ago

      I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      @Bk42author - I find Se7en more thrilling than most horror movies ever dream of being. :)

      @Thief12 - All 5 movie are worth watching, but Se7en is one of my all time favorite movies as well, followed closely by Pulp Fiction.

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      With the exception of Goodfellas, the rest would easily be on my Top 10 or Top 20. Shawshank and Seven are even my Top 2 films of all time. Great list.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Goodfellas is one of my all-time favorites. So glad you included Seven as well, that is one of the few movies out there that I found to be legitimately scary. Great picks!

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      kevina oyatedor 3 years ago

      I love all of these movies!