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19 Great Movies of All Time

Updated on June 27, 2016

World great movies

19 great films of World cinema (mostly from Hollywood) is listed below:

  1. THE EXORCIST (1973)
  2. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)
  3. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
  4. THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS (1959)
  5. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
  6. FANNY AND ALEXANDER (1982)
  7. FORREST GUMP (1994)
  8. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
  9. THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
  10. GIGI (1958)
  11. THE GODFATHER (1972)
  12. GABBEH (1996)
  13. GANDHI (1982)
  14. HOW GREEN WAY WAS MY VALLEY (1941)
  15. HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959)
  16. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
  17. IVAN THE TERRIBLE (1945)
  18. JAWS (1975)
  19. JURASSIC PARK (1939)

The Exorcist (1973)

Directed by: William Friedkin

Duration: 122 min

Genre: Drama, Horror

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair

Fourteen years old Regan is suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behaviour. After exhausting all the options of science and medicine, Regan’s mother Chris turns to young priest Father Karras. Convinced that the girl is possessed by the devil, they called in a mysterious exorcist named Father Merrin. The foe is no ordinary devil. Both the girl and the priest suffer numerous horrors during the struggle. This classic of modern horror movie is winner of two Academy Awards.

The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Actors: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace

Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: Universal Pictures

Run Time: 230 minutes

Extra terrestrial is about a lovable toddler sized creature from outer space stranded in a Los Angeles suburb. Three children protect E.T. from a hostile adult world which would mistreat him in the name of science. After numerous adventures and hair’s breadth escapes E.T. is finally allowed to return to his own planet. This movie won four Academy Awards.

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Duration: 118 min

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr

Based on James Jones’s novel, this movie about soldier and the women in their lives is set in Hawaii at the time prior to Pearl Harbor, Sot it documentary style this film is an unflattering look at military life tackling issues like adultery, injustice, corruption and murder. This movie is winner of Eight Academy awards.

The Four Hundred Blows (1959)

Director: Francois Truffaut

Actor: Jean-Pierre Leaud

Studio: Criterion Collection

Run Time: 99 minutes

Powerful story of the boy and the world that seems to be at odds with him is true and touching. Powerful, tender at times overwhelmingly sad, this great film touches all the right buttons without being exploitative.

The French Connection (1971)

Directed by: William Friedkin

Duration: 104 min

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

Based on fact thriller about two New York narcotics squad detectives (Hackman and Scheider), who play a long short hunch hoping to smash a 32 million dollar dope smuggling ring. The high point of this film is an exciting car chase with Hackman driving through oncoming traffic in pursuit of an elevated train.

Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Duration: 188 min

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Starring: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Börje Ahlstedt

A beautiful fantasy about childhood complete magic, villainy and melodrama, Fanny and Alexander is work of art revealing the director’s great range, his compassion and a rare inspired sense of joy. Set in the early part of the century, the movie tells the story of a brother and sister from a warm, loving, and colourful theatre family. This movie won Academy awards for best foreign film, Cinematography, custom and Art Direction.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Duration: 142 min

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Based on the novel by Winston Groom, the feel good movie boasts a magnificent performance by Tom Hanks and remarkable special effects. This film is winner of six Academy Awards.

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Duration: 238 min

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell

A legend in its own time and a legend even today, this vast Technicolor epic based on Margaret Mitchells’ novels of a woman coming of age against the background of the American Civil War is also a love story packed with adventure. This movie is winner of Nine Academy Awards.

The Great Dictator (1940)

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Duration: 125 min

Genre: Comedy, Drama, War

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie

This film is the first talkie film of Chaplin in which he plays two characters, a Jewish barber and Adenoid Hynkel, dictator of Tomania. This is a satire on Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The film marks last time Chaplin used the little tramp characterization.

Gigi (1958)

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Duration: 115 min

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

Based on the Book by Colette and winner of nine academy awards, Gigi is truly a classic. Shot almost entirely in Paris, this film concerns a young girl raised to be a courtesan who gains the heart of a bored Parisian. It is an elegant musical film.

The Godfather (1972)

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Duration: 175 min

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

The Gangster film of the contemporary cinema, a massive saga of honour, loyalty and brutal murder as the Corleone family of New York fights to keep its ascendancy over rival Mafia type families. This is winner of three Academy awards. The film is based on Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel.

Gabbeh (1997)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Writer: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Producers: Khalil Daroudchi, Khalil Mahmoudi, Mostafa Mirzakhani, Reza Shirazi

Actors: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Abbas Sayah, Parvaneh Ghalandari

Studio: New Yorker Video

Run Time: 75 minutes

A nomadic tribe in Southeast Iran, whose specialty is weaving carpets (gabbeh) is slowly dying out. On the banks of a river, a woman is washing one of these carpets seems to be conversing with it. The motifs of this carpet tell the story of a girl whose parents’ refuses to let her marry the man she loves. As the tribes begin its long journey in the steppe, the lover follows far behind on horseback. An exultancy lyrical version of nomadic life. Gabbeh adds another jewel to the crown of Iranian Cinema.

Gandhi (1982)

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

Duration: 191 min

Genre: Drama, Biography, History

Starring: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen

One of the finest screen biographies ever, this film chronicles the life of the Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi whose inspired leadership took India from the yoke of British imperialism to independence. The film, Gandhi is winner of Nine Academy awards.

How Green was My Valley (1941)

Director: John Ford

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Genre: drama

Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Roddy McDowall, Patric Knowles, Donald Crisp, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, John Loder

Based on Richard Llewellyn’s novel the movie presents a nostalgic view of the joys and sorrows of a family in a Welsh mining town. This movie is winner of Five Academy awards.

Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

Director: Alain Resnais

Actors: Eiji Okada,Stella Dassas Emmanuelle Riva

Film Genre: Drama

The movie is about a mind boggling tale about two people, one French woman, the other a male survivor of the blast at Hiroshima. They meet and become lovers. Together they live in their pasts, presents and futures in a complex series of fantasies and nightmares

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It Happened One Night (1934)

Directed by: Frank Capra

Duration: 105 min

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

One of the greatest romantic comedies in film history, his film is about a runway heiress and a wandering journalist who form a lasting relationship in their journey across country together. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are the movies selling points. This film is winner of Five Academy awards.

Ivan the Terrible (1945)

Directed by: Sergei Eisenstein

Produced by: Sergei Eisenstein

Written by: Sergei Eisenstein

Starring: Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov

Considered among the classics of World cinema, this epic biography of Russia’s first czar was commissioned by Joseph Stalin to encourage acceptance of his harsh and the torically similar policies. World renowned director Eisenstein, instead transformed what was designed as party propaganda into panoramic saga of how power corrupt those seeking it.

Jaws (1975)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Duration: 124 min

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Based on the bestselling novel by Peter Benchley, this adventure classic is set at an East Coast resort town, Amity Island which is being terrorized by a great white shark. A trio of shark hunters pair up to hunt down the rogue. One of the highest grossing films of all time, it won three Academy awards.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Duration: 127 min

Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

In this adaption from the novel by Michael Crichton, dinosaurs are genetically recreated to populate the ultimate theme park and a special few are allowed a sneak preview. Awe and wonder soon turns to terror to as the creatures break out of the confines and go on a rampage. This film is winner of Three Academy awards.

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      Robert Sacchi 12 months ago

      Thank you, an interesting list. The 4 movies in your survey. Were they in the survey because you consider them the top 4?