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18 Great Old Movies of All Time

Updated on July 11, 2016

18 Great Movies of All Times

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. Casablanca (1942)
  3. A Clock Work Orange (1971)
  4. Cabaret (1972)
  5. Cries and Whispers (1973)
  6. Chariots of Fire (1981)
  7. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
  8. Chicago (2002)
  9. Double Indemnity (1944)
  10. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  11. Bicycle Thieves (1947)
  12. Double Suicide (1969)
  13. The Discreet Charm of The Burgeoisie (1972)
  14. Day For Night (1973)
  15. Dersu Uzala (1975)
  16. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  17. Dances With Wolves (1990)
  18. Eight And Half (1963)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Directed by: Orson Welles

Duration: 119 min

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore


The rise of power of an American newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane, told in flashback through interviews with people who were close to him in his life time. Closely based on the carrier of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, this remarkable movie is regarded as the greatest film ever made. Nominated for 8 Oscars, but won only one award i.e., for best original screenplay.


Casablanca (1942)

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Duration: 102 min

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Critically-acclaimed, bittersweet, popular, much loved, World War II flavored, nostalgic story of intrigue and love that teamed Bogart and Bergman as ill-fated lovers.

Based on a play - Everybody Comes to Rick’s- this movie is indisputably one of the landmarks of America cinema.

This film is winner of three Academy Awards.

A Clock Work Orange (1971)

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick

Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Max L. Raab, Si Litvinoff

Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin

Rated: R (Restricted)

Studio: Warner Home Video

Run Time: 137 minutes

Bleakly pessimistic and utterly terrifying this brilliant directed film, based on a novel by Anthony Burgess, takes audience into a nihilistic and violent Britain of the future where anarchism reigns, gruesome crime is common place, and the young have lost all moral ties.

This is the first film to use the Dolby Laboratory Noise Reduction System.

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Cabaret (1972)

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Duration: 124 min

Genre: Drama, Musical, Music

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem

This movie is an outstanding musical, chronicling the adventures of an American singer in Berlin, in the days immediately preceding World War II.

It is winner of Eight Academy Awards.

Cries and Whispers (1973)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg

Written by Ingmar Bergman

Starring Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin, Liv Ullmann, Inga Gill, Erland Josephson

Distributed by New World Pictures

Running time 91 minutes

The haunting memories of a dying young woman in the house where she was born and being cared for by her devoted servant and her married sister.

This movie won Academy award for best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist).

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Duration: 124 min

Genre: Drama, History, Sport

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Visually beautiful and reminiscent of old fashioned inspirational movies, chariots of fire boats a fine script, excellent performances, a thrilling musical score and a glimpse into recent history.

This movie is about moving story of two British athletes, both outsiders and both running for a cause in the 1924 Olympics.

It is winner of four Academy Awards.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Duration: 155 min

Genre: Drama

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili

The story focused on the love of a young boy Salvatore, and indeed the entire Sicilian village where he lives for movies. Young Salvatore watches movies from the kindly projectionist’s room of a theatre with much interest. The past unspools in a sentimental flash back for the middle aged Salvatore when he is summoned home for a funeral- of Alfredo the projectionist who is a surrogate father figure.

It is a pleasant sense of nostalgic language film.

The film also won Palme D’Or at the Cannes Festival.

Chicago (2002)

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Duration: 113 min

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Musical

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere

The Oscar winning best picture of 2002 is a razzle-dazzle tour de force, one of the best movie musicals of all time. It is winner of Six Academy awards

Double Indemnity (1944)

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Duration: 107 min

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

The movie is one of the finest examples of ‘film noir’ ever to hit screen. Barbara Stanwyck is a calculating, blonde seductress who lures insurance agent Mac Murray into staging her husbands “accidental death” with their handiwork later investigated by Robinson who traps them.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Directed by: David Lean

Duration: 197 min

Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War

Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin

Based on a Boris Pasternak’s novel this sweeping epic about a Russian doctor caught up in the turmoil of World War I and the Russian revolution was a spectacular box office success. The film is weeping and episodic, with powerful individual segments. Its gorgeous scenery, romantic story, and haunting love theme have made it an audience favourite ever since its release. This movie is winner of five Academy Awards.

Bicycle Thieves (1947)

Directors: Vittorio De Sica

Writers: Vittorio De Sica, Adolfo Franci, Cesare Zavattini, Gerardo Guerrieri, Luigi Bartolini

Actors: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci

Studio: Criterion

Run Time: 93 minutes

Considered by critics an all-time classic, this touching, honest, beautifully human films tells the story of an unemployed Italian worker whose bicycle is stolen. He and his small son search Rome for the precious conveyance. This movie was awarded special Academy Award for best foreign film.

Double Suicide (1969)

Directors: Masahiro Shinoda

Writers: Masahiro Shinoda, Monzaemon Chikamatsu, Taeko Tomioka, Tôru Takemitsu

Producers: Masahiro Shinoda, Masayuki Nakajima

Actors: Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Tokie Hidari, Sumiko Hidaka

Studio: Criterion

Run Time: 105 minutes

The film is about stunning portrait of erotic obsession and passion in turn-of-century Japan. Shinoda explores sexual taboos in history of a merchant and a geisha whose ill-fated love affair is orchestrated entirely by outside forces. This poignant drama is presented in the style of a Bunraku puppet play.

The Discreet Charm of The Burgeoisie (1972)

Directors: Javier Rioyo, José Luis López-Linares, Luis Buñuel

Writers: Luis Buñuel, Agustín Sánchez Vidal, Jean-Claude Carrière

Producers: Frida Torresblanco, Jorge Sánchez

Actors: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran

Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: Criterion

Run Time: 101 minutes

Bold social criticism distinguishes this savagely funny surrealistic film. Crafted by the master of black humor and irony, Bunuel who is known primarily for his courageous ideas rather than for technical virtuosity, the movies concerns a group of friends who keep trying to get together for dinner and who are continually frustrated in the attempt. It is basically a blistering attack on the stupidities of the world’s bourgeoisie. The movie is winner of Oscar for best foreign film.

Day For Night (1973)

Directed by: François Truffaut

Duration: 115 min

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut

A film within a film with Truffaut (as a fictional film director) best with difficulties of all kinds-the love affairs and emotional problems of his international cast-as he works his way through his latest production. It won the best foreign film Oscar.

Dersu Uzala (1975)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Vladimir Arsenev, Yuri Nagibin

Producers: Nikolai Sizov, Yôichi Matsue

Actors: Maksim Munzuk, Yuri Solomin, Svetlana Danilchenko, Dmitri Korshikov, Suimenkul Chokmorov

Rated: G (General Audience)

Studio: Kino Video

Run Time: 144 minutes

Kurosawa adventure, set at the turn of the century, and centering on Siberian trapper and a hunter explorer who form a deep inseparable friendship while surveying the unexplored forests of Eastern Siberia and Taigia land. It won Academy Award for best foreign language film.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Directed by: Michael Cimino

Duration: 182 min

Genre: Drama, War

Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale

This is a huge sprawling movie about the effects of the Vietnam War on three young Pennsylvanian steel workers when they leave their home town for a tour of duty at the front. Only the strongest of three survives; the others are crushed physically and mentally by the war and torture at the hands of the Viet Cong. Winner of five Academy Awards.

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Director: Kevin Costner

Writers: Michael Blake

Producers: Kevin Costner, Bonnie Arnold, Derek Kavanagh, Jake Eberts, Jim Wilson

Actors: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)

Run Time: 185 minutes

It is a breath taking well-made film about a white man who comes into contact with Indians and adopts their way of life. It is both a stirring drama and a touching romance. This film is winner of seven Academy Awards.

Eight And Half (1963)

Director: Federico Fellini

Producer: Angelo Rizzoli

Story by: Federico Fellini & Ennio Flaiano

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo

Studio: Cineriz & Francinex

Running time: 138 minute

Self-analytical, unorthodox, confessional and wonderfully inventive, the autobiographical film, part fact and part fantasy, concerns a successful movie director who in Fellini’s own words is ‘trying to pull together the pieces of his life and make sense of them’. Perhaps this is Fellini’s strongest cinematic achievement. It is winner of two Academy Awards.

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