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24 Most Iconic Movies of All Time That You Should Watch Right Now

Thousands of movies are released every year but only a few get noticed. Even a lesser number of movies leave an impression that lasts for generations. Such is the beauty of the screenplay of movies like Shawshank Redemption and Star Wars. These movies have entertained the audience for decades and will continue for several more. Thanks to the OTT platforms, finding these movies are now easier than ever.

We have scrambled through the most iconic movies of all time and brought to you twenty-four movies that live in our heads rent-free.

Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Story of a banker, Andy who was wrongly sentenced to a lifetime of Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover. Andy has a hard time adjusting to prison but soon finds him close to a lot of people in the prison. The movie is a cult classic with so many iconic characters, dialogues, and one plot twist.

Schindler’s List (1993)

The movie revolves around a couple, Oskar Schindler and his wife, Emilie. The movie is set in the time of World War 2, where the couple saved over a thousand Polish-Jewish Refugees from the holocaust. It gave a beautiful message that we should help anyone we can.

The Godfather (1972)

Ask anyone if they have even heard of a mafia movie better than The Godfather. The answer will be, No. Because no movie exists that trumps Al Pacino’s classic. It is based on the book of the same name by Mario Puzo. The Godfather series consists of 3 movies, each equally awesome.

The Shining (1980)

Stephen King is the greatest writer when it comes to Horror, and this fact is aptly reflected in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. It is probably the scariest movie ever made. Just make sure not to watch it on Father’s day, unless you think chasing your wife and kid with an ax is ideal parenting.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

I know you do not remember asking me a goddamn thing, but here we are. This movie has the greatness of Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson combined. If you are into dark humor, classic dialogues, and kickass action, this movie is for you.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

One of the LGBTQ+ movies portrayed the struggle of two shepherds who fall in love with each other. It became complicated when both went on to marry their girlfriends and yet continued their secret relationship. The movie was ahead of its time and Heath Ledger and Jack Gyllenhall nailed their roles.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump is played and narrated by Tom Hanks. The journey starts with a little boy with crippled legs and an IQ significantly lower than average. However, soon his legs get so strong he becomes an athlete. One thing leads to another and we have a billionaire who is a national hero and an idol for America.

Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story is one of the greatest movies that Pixar ever made. We have characters like Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear. In case you missed this when you were a kid, you should watch it now.

Star Wars (1977)

A cinematic masterpiece from George Lucas, Star Wars has a special place in the hearts of its fans. It has one of the largest fanbases and each movie from the series became a blockbuster. Star Wars gave us characters like Luke Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi, Master Yoda, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and many more.

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard, an Action movie that introduced us to the greatness of Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. Bruce uses his wit to fight against terrorists and gangsters.

Harry Potter (2001)

Even if you are not a fan yet, you must have heard about it. At least one guy in your circle must be a Potterhead. Harry Potter Series is based on the books by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is a magical story of an 11-year-old who survived and defeated the one who must not be named.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

DDLJ has been one of the greatest love stories in Bollywood. From the iconic pose of Shahrukh Khan to guitar melody and effective dialogues, this movie has everything you look for in a Rom-Com. Raj and Simran are a couple of goals in India.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel, written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson is set in the 1930s of Europe. M. Gustave H runs a popular ski resort where he provides every luxury to his customers. The movie starts off as a comedy but suddenly turns to mystery and drama when Gustave receives a painting from his dead lover.

Titanic (1997)

Titanic has been the defining moment in the careers of Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet. The movie is based on the unfortunate incident of Titanic. It adds a fictional story to the historical event. The movie went on to become one of the most popular movies in 1997.

Lord of the Rings (2001)

Movie Franchise based on the classic fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkein, Lord of the rings is often regarded as too long. However, those who finished it knows that every minute was worth it. LOTR brings us some of the very popular characters such as Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, etc.

Rockstar (2011)

Another addition to the list from Bollywood, Rockstar is a tragic love story of Janardan Jakhar aka Jordan. Impeccably portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor, JJ wishes to become a rock star and falls in love with a girl, Heer. The movie blesses us with the voice of Mohit Chauhan, and Pritam and the music of A. R. Rahman.

Avengers (2011)

Who can forget the time the greatest superheroes of Marvel can together on screen to fight off the evasion by Loki. It was the first time we saw the trio of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor on screen. It was just perfect and there is not a single thing we would want to change about the movie.

The Dark Knight (2008)

“Why so serious.” We can hear it in Heath’s voice and still get the chills like the first time. A part of the Batman Trilogy, The Dark Knight gave us the most iconic villain in cinematic history, Joker. Heath Ledger played the role so insanely, he overshadowed the likes of Christian Bale.

Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club is as funny as brutal it was. It was based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brad Pitt nailed their characters and set a bar that is hard to reach for any action movie made after it. There are not many who disliked Fight Club and to be honest, there should not be any.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs is a story of a cannibal serial killer in a psychiatrist prison, Dr. Hannibal Lector who is approached by an FBI trainee. She wants to know more about Hannibal in order to get the perspective of another cannibal serial killer on loose. The movie is considered creepy and is certainly not for the weak hearts.

Parasite (2019)

The winner of Oscar for best picture, parasite brings a unique and twisted concept. One family living in poverty decides to get into the house of an upper class to leach off the naïve lady. However, they soon realize that they are suffering more than ever. It portrays the difference between the upper class and lowers class and it is up to you who you see as a parasite and who is the cow.

Back to the future (1985)

A hilarious movie where an average American teenager, Marty Mcfly gets sent into 30 years part by the time machine invented by a mad scientist. He now has to make sure that his parents to be meet and fall in love so he could go back to the future.

Casablanca (1942)

At the time when World War II was raging, it must have been bold to make a movie like this. The lead character, Rick, stays in an area of conflict and up to the climax, makes both sides of war squirm. His actions and portrayal are fun and a treat to watch.

Django Unchained (2012)

Another classic by Leonardo and Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained won the Oscar for best writing. Django, a freed slave, with the help of a German bounty hunter is on the mission to save his wife from a plantation owner in Mississippi. This is the best that Tarantino has ever made.

Each movie is a masterpiece and deserves to be in this list. Is there any movie that you disagree with or think that we missed? How many have you watched? Tell in the comment section.

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