Here are some all time favorite Hollywood movies with highest IMDB rating that one must watch. Read on to know more about them in detail.
1) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
According to IMDb “Top 250”, The Shawshank Redemption secures the first position with a rating of 9.3. It is a period prison drama with an old-fashioned theatrical style that centers on maintaining hope and faith in adversity, starring Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, wrongfully convicted of killing his wife, her lover, and serving two life sentences. It discloses the harsh reality of prison life, illustrating the evolution of human emotion in the confined cells where one can quickly lose hope and eventually themselves. This movie inspires hope to survive things like knowledge, art, justice within the confines of walls and that it cannot limit you and does not define you.
2) The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather is the first movie in the trilogy of the Godfather, which earned 9 Oscars and has over 9.2 ratings on the IMDb list of 250 movies. It squashed the idea of Italian being illiterate and speaking with heavy accents and thus changed the way Italians were depicted on screen.
It reflects views of the Mafia from the inside and is portrayed within a closed world of guns and violence, earning sympathy from viewers for characters. The film follows the transformation of the youngest son, Michael, of the Corleone family under the patriarch Vito Corleone to the ruthless mafia boss.
3) The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight is the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s movie Batman, which came out in 2008 and had a solid 9.0 IMDb Rating. The dark knight is at the apex of superhero cinema, drawing the perfect line between Heroism and the villain and an excellent lesson tied in within its plot.
The storyline of this movie revolves around an attempt to cease organized crime in Gotham City within an alliance formed by Bruce Wayne (Batman), played by Christian Bale, whose performance in this movie is intricate, layered, and deep. Along with Batman, Police Lieutenant James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent try to clean up Gotham City’s streets from criminals. The dark knight hasn’t considered Joker’s presence yet, who wreaks havoc and menace and leaves no stone unturned in painting Gotham red, with anarchy.
4) The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part 2 remains the most significant hallmark in history to outdone its predecessor, scoring the fourth-highest IMDb rating of 9.0. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Robert De Niro, and Best Director.
This second film is an unforgettable tale of betrayal, revenge, and deception, which traces Don Vito’s journey from Sicily to a life of organized crime in New York.
5) 12 Angry Men (1957)
If you have not watched the cinematic triumph ’12 Angry Men’, you have only yourself to blame. With a solid 9.0 IMDb rating, it is a master class in the subtle art of persuasion. The slow-burn nature of the film is mesmerizing, something we rarely see anymore. The narrative opens in a somewhat drab form, then buds as the jury of 12 men ponder the verdict of the case of a 19-year-old boy who is presumed to have murdered his father.
The runtime becomes irrelevant as the discussion among the 12 men sitting in the room proceeds. It beautifully portrays how human prejudice is so hard not to be involved while supposedly giving a neutral, disinterested, unbiased verdict. It addresses pertinent issues in society and the flaws of the judicial system and upheld values such as having the courage to stand for justice in the face of notable opposition and using principled negotiation.
6) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Peter Jackson monumentally achieved the task and surpassed what some people must have thought impossible by doing justice to the epic fantasy adventure based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Return of the King’ is the third installment in the trilogy, and without a doubt, it provides the fitting end to the trilogy.
7) Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp fiction follows the lives of two hit-men, a down-on-his-luck boxer, a disreputable gangster’s wife, and a pair of lovesick petty criminals. And the ambiguous suitcase bringing all of them together. This movie is considered. Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece is and has earned an 8.9 IMDB rating. The film seemingly weaves three different plots and, without them fraying at the ends, serves the awaited conclusion.
8) Schindler’s List (1993)
Schindler’s List is a 1993 American epic historical drama, a masterpiece created by Steven Spielberg, which won several academy awards and has an 8.9 rating on IMDB’s 250 movies.
Schindler’s List depicts the Holocaust and follows the life of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party, who tries to rescue his Jewish employees after observing the persecution of Jews in Poland. The whole story is heartfelt at the point of the remark – “The List Is Life.”
9) Inception (2010)
Inception has an 8.8 IMDB rating and is an intoxicating, challenging, and most beautiful movie of the 21st century. Christopher Nolan as writer and director of the film, has not only cemented his status as Hollywood’s most innovative filmmaker, and he has created a daring genre: the surrealist heist thriller.
The movie’s storyline is the protagonist Cobb, played by DiCaprio, steals information from his targets by entering their dreams. Saito offers to wipe clean Cobb’s criminal history as payment for performing inception on his sick competitor’s son. With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion, and a surprising performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original that is a must-watch.
10) Fight Club (1999)
With an IMDb rating of 8.8, this movie by David Fincher is sublimely based on a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. The Fight Club is an insomniac nightmare of surprises drawing the moviegoers into a tale of antagonistic American men who express their anger by knocking the shit out of one another in poorly lit basements. It deals with white-collar employees being done with capitalistic life. Thus, they start a fight club called Project Mayhem.
Edited by Urvashi Gupta