50 Best Movies of All Time from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ to ‘Shutter Island’

Best Movies

Movies are an excellent source of entertainment, and you will always have one to watch. The best thing is that there are all kinds of movies which can teach you new things and can open your eyes to a whole world of possibilities.

Here is the list of 50 Best Movies of All Time

50. Shutter Island (2010)

IMDb Votes: 8.1/10 1.058.938
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Shutter Island Summary

Two policemen are involved in a search full of mystery, suspense, and many unanswered questions. Both officers are sent to Shutter Island. A prisoner has escaped, and there are many blank spaces to fill.

49. V for Vendetta (2005)

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 995.678
Director: James McTeigue
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

V for Vendetta Summary 

In a selfish and totalitarian society, Evey knows V, a masked man who seeks to overthrow the government that has made the working class suffer so much.

48. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 814.184
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Genres: Biography, Drama

 A Beautiful Mind Summary

The story of a mathematical winner of the Nobel Prize. All his biography about how he managed to overcome schizophrenia and succeed in his life.

47. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 1.101.018
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama

The Wolf of Wall Street Summary

Jordan Belfort, in his short 20 years, discovered a gold mine by becoming a stockbroker. Stratton Oakmont became his company. But along with this came the excesses, corruption, and a whole series of somewhat curious facts about how to get away with it.

46. My Father and My Son (2005)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 74.391
Director: Cagan Irmak
Stars: Cetin Tekindor, Fikret Kuskan, Humeyra
Genres:  Drama, Family

My Father and My Son Summary

The family always goes through situations that change everything forever. This story is told through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy and his grandfather, who are in Crete and experience Turkish turmoil in the early twentieth century. Loaded with much love, fears, and the importance of the family.

45. Green Book (2018)

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 298.075
Director: Peter Farrelly
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Green Book Summary

An Italian-American and a black pianist come together to tour the southern United States. The Italian Americans must protect the pianist from racism and from each of the problems they may face on this trip.

44. Heat (1995)

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 525.893
Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heat Summary

A bank robber is preparing his last robbery. He must be the best since he is thinking of leaving the trade. What he did not predict was the appearance of a policeman (with a complicated private life) who is determined to truncate his plans.

43. Up (2009)

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 890.781
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

 Up Summary

Old age for Carl Fredricksen brought the greatest of adventures: Traveling to South America with his house suspended in balloons. What he did not count on was the presence of Russel, a child scout who would lose his mind during this trip (in which some enemies would be found)

42. Downfall 2004

IMDb Votes: 8.2/10 317.161
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes
Genres: Biography, Drama, History

Downfall Summary

World War II is coming to an end, and with it comes the fall of Adolph Hitler. Your secretary will be in charge of seeing how everything is collapsing around. An air full of tension and many secrets revealed.

41. Scarface 1983

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 668.283
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer
Genres: Crime, Drama

Scarface Summary

The world of drugs in Miami is full of many people who want to climb. An immigrant from the Cuban dictatorship begins a whole path of destruction and entanglement to become the new chief of the place.

40. Snatch (2000)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 761.940
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro
Genres: Comedy, Crime

Snatch Summary

What could go wrong with a group of thieves and an 84-carat diamond that has been lost? Probably everything, probably nothing. Can you find it?

39. The Hunt (2012)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 258.990
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Genres: Drama

The Hunt Summary 

A nursery teacher collapses, and everything starts to fall when one of her students accuses him of having done a lewd act towards her. The benefit of the doubt is something that this teacher is being denied, and now all the people despise him, and the situation continues to complicate.

38. Good Will Hunting (1997)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 791.408
Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Genres: Drama, Romance

Good Will Hunting Summary

A genius for mathematics feels lost in the world. Making friends is difficult and even more so when the world expects so much from you. But a psychologist is willing to help you find your way.

37. Full Metal Jacket(1987)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 632.881
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio
Genres: Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket Summary

On the eve of 1968, several naval officers begin their basic training under the guidance of a difficult and sadistic sergeant who complicates each day they spend in the field.

36. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 312,378
Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey
Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Summary

Miles Morales has been bitten by a radioactive spider that has turned him into Spider-Man. A great power entails great responsibility and more when it is necessary to face a villain called Kingpin, who can open portals to other universes.

35. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 868.883
Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Summary

Sometimes love is not what we believe. An ideal couple has already lost the spark and has decided to submit to a controversial and radical invention. But you cannot separate what destiny unites (And much less when there is love in between).

34. Dangal (2016)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 136.081
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Stars: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh
Tür: Action, Biography, Drama

Dangal Summary

Mahavir Singh Phogat wants his daughters Geeta and Babita to follow in his footsteps. Let them be world-class wrestlers. But achieving it will not be easy. You will need more than a good trainer.

33. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 742,888
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly
Genres: Drama

Requiem for a Dream Summary

A mother must help her child. But how do you help him fight drug addiction when you are addicted to pills too?

32. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

IMDb Votes: 8.3/10 888,100
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Reservoir Dogs Summary

The best professional criminals are hired to steal a diamond store. A great confrontation occurs when the police appear in the robbery, and several dies. They are willing to find out who gave them away. They are going to kill him too. And it doesn’t matter if it’s one of them.

31. Braveheart (1995)

IMDb Votes: 8.4/10 924,581
Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Genres: Biography, Drama, History

Braveheart Summary

A Scottish rebel must face the revolts of the English in order to make Scotland independent. Eduardo I is a tyrant monarch that William Wallace will not tolerate.

30. Oldboy (2003)

IMDb Votes: 8.4/10 481,355
Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-Jeong Kang
Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery

Oldboy Summary

Dae-Su is a great businessman who has spent fifteen years trapped in a cell without knowing the reason. His only company has been television. Now they have released him with a lot of money and a cell phone. He has five days to find out why he was locked up but will end up losing everything he no longer has.

29. WALL·E (2008)

IMDb Votes: 8.4/10 911,083
Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family

WALL·E Summary

Wall – E is a robot in charge of cleaning the earth. He has met E.V.A. and is willing to follow her throughout the galaxy. He will live the greatest of his life’s adventures in search of love and remembering the importance of caring for planet earth.

28. Django Unchained (2012)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 1,256,312
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Genres: Drama, Western

Django has achieved his freedom and is now a free black. But not everyone accepts it, and they keep looking for it to kill him. He has joined with a bounty hunter to deal with the most wanted criminals in the south and finally reunite with his wife.

27. American Beauty (1999)

IMDb Votes: 8.4/10 1,032,438
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
Genre: Drama

American Beauty Summary

A film that seeks to show that it is worth living despite all the problems. With sadistic humor and an interesting plot, American Beauty will give you a new perspective on how to achieve happiness.

26. American History X (1998)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 995.078
Director: Tony Kaye
Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo
Genre: Drama

American History X Summary

A Nazi just out of jail should prevent his brother from following in his footsteps and entering the world of hate. It will be complicated since everything has progressed very fast during the time he spent locked up.

25. Memento (2000)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 1,074,574
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Memento Summary

His wife has died, and there is no trace on who has done it. But this man will not give up despite his memory problems. The photos, notes, and tattoos will help you find the truth.

24. Prestige (2006)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 1,133,885
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Prestige Summary

It is the 19th century, and everyone wants to succeed. Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier start a battle for supremacy. The price to pay for success is very high, but they want to overcome their rival. They want to destroy each other. Will they succeed?

23. Gladiator (2000)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 620.692
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Gladiator Summary

It is the year 180, and the Roman Empire dominates everything around it. Marco Aurelio has transferred his power to Máximo, but this has brought the discomfort of his Comfortable son, who tries to assassinate Máximo. A battle full of intrigue, mystery, and that shows what man is able to do to get what he wants.

22. Whiplash (2014)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 666,692
Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Genres: Drama, Music

Whiplash Summary

Andrew Neiman wants to be a jazz drummer. He has talent but is surrounded by failure. In the elitist conservatory of the East Coast, it is difficult to be the best, but he will succeed. With blood, sweat, and tears.

21. Back to the Future (1985)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 991,022
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Back to the Future Summary

A time machine takes the form of a car and takes Marti Mcfly until the 50s, where he must do everything possible to return to his time without altering his normal life.

20. The Departed (2006)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 1.130.472
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed Summary

A South Boston policeman is undercover in a large mission in Frank Costello’s gang. But someone has also infiltrated the ranks of the police, and now they must discover who the snitch is without being killed by both.

19. Intouchables (2011)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 720.424
Director: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Intouchables Summary

A paralytic millionaire and a young man from the suburbs begin a friendship marked by understanding and the desire to live as best they can.

18. Joker 2019

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 681.598
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Joker Summary

A clown who loves to make people laugh has a failed career. It does not serve to be a clown, and that is why he now faces social repudiation, madness, and marginalization. Now he is in the world of crime, and everything will be more complicated than you think.

17. Interstellar (2014)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 1.396.562
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Interstellar Summary

Love is the greatest force that exists. An astronaut is sent on a space trip in search of a new planet to inhabit. He has left everything behind and may never return. But life goes around a lot, and time is just a conception. One of the best films made in terms of plot, scenery, and equipment.

16. The Green Mile (1999)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 1.081.382
Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
Genres: Crime, Drama, Fantastic

The Green Mile Summary

There is a man who has special abilities. You can heal others just by touching it. He is in prison, and an officer has discovered his gift. How will society take this?

15. Léon (1994)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 960,553
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama

Léon Summary

A corrupt agent of the D.E.A. He has betrayed and killed Mathilda’s drug-trafficking family. She has managed to escape. He takes refuge in the house of León, his neighbor, who is a professional murderer who is willing to help Mathilda take revenge.

14. The Usual Suspects (1995)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 910,993
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Usual Suspects Summary

A fatal destiny approaches five gangsters who have made a serious mistake. They have little time to decide what they will do. Choosing your last steps has never been so complex.

13. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 1,166,721
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Genres: Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan Summary

A mother has already lost 3 of her 4 children in the war. The army has landed in Normandy, in the middle of World War II, and the soldier Ryan (The last of his children) has disappeared. A team of American soldiers will try to recover it.

12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 1,219,735
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Silence of the Lambs Summary

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is one of the best killers and psychiatrists in the country. He is a violent and man-eating psycho who is persecuted by the police. It is the job of an F.B.I. agent to catch him using the advice of another killer.

11. Se7en (1995)

IMDb Votes: 8.6/10 1,383,903
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Se7en Summary

A particular murder must be investigated by a lonely and veteran officer and a young impulsive. There are a number of crimes that have been happening, and it is your task to discover who is to blame.

10. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

IMDb Votes: 8.5/10 694.494
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Being the continuation of Infinity War, the time has come to fix all the disaster that has remained. Picking up the broken dishes will not be simple and more when Thanos has strengthened. Everyone must ally and find a way to save the universe.

9. The Matrix (1999)

IMDb Votes: 8.7/10 1,677,349
Director: Wachowski Kardeşler
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi

The Matrix (1999)

When you discover that your whole life has been a lie, it’s time to do something about it. A computer expert realizes that he has been living in a simulation for a long time … But no more.

8. Goodfellas (1990)

IMDb Votes: 8.7/10 983.349
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama

Goodfellas Summary

The dreams of a Brooklyn boy come true by being sponsored by the Pauline family. Now he has the opportunity to be a gangster. Will he have enough to achieve it?

7. Inception (2010)

IMDb Votes: 8.8/10 1.988.015
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Inception Summary

Entering people’s dreams and stealing their secrets is Dom Cobb’s job. A corporate spy who seeks to redeem himself after a mission will cost his entire family. Dom must steal the secrets of an entrepreneur and plant an idea in his mind. If he succeeds, he can return with his family … But everything can go wrong.

6. Forrest Gump – 1994

IMDb Votes: 8.8/10 1.619.232
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Genres: Drama, Romance

Forrest Gump Summary

It tells the life of a southern child who lives many adventures throughout the modern history of the United States. Full of humor and strange situations, Forrest must do more than run fast.

5. Fight Club (1999)

IMDb Votes: 8.8/10 1.685.407
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf
Genres: Drama

Fight Club Summary

A salesman has crossed into the life of a simple office worker who seeks to change his tasteless life. They have created a clandestine fighting club as a therapy. But not everything is as simple as you think. By the way… Do you know the fight club?

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

IMDb Votes: 8.9/10 1,590,699
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings Summary

The hobbits approach the Mount of Destiny to destroy the ring. Otherwise, they will die trying. Aragorn must face Sauron’s troops so that they can take evil from the earth.

3. The Dark Knight (2008)

IMDb Votes: 9.0/10 2.174.396
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama

The Dark Knight Summary

The balance between good and evil is difficult to maintain, especially for Batman. He must face the Joker who seeks anarchy in every Gothic City. A fight between two authentic, intelligent, and strong characters.

2. The Godfather (1972)

IMDb Votes: 9.2/10 1.447.338
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
Genres: Crime, Drama

 The Godfather Summary

During the 40s, Don Vito Corleone is respected and feared, as a way of a quoted mafia family in New York. His four children are in business except for Michael, who doesn’t want to know anything about it. A violent war between the families of the family is brewing, and the Corleone must take action on the matter.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

IMDb Votes: 9.3/10 2.199.071
Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
Genre: Drama

The Shawshank Redemption Summary 

Here is the leader of our list. Andrew Dufresne has been accused of murdering his wife and is now facing a life sentence in Shawshank prison. In there, you must gain the trust of your fellow prisoners and also of Red, the boss of the mafia of bribes in the place.

Ready! Now you know all the movies that will make you live the best experience of your life in entertainment. Many options have been taken into account over the years, and you will surely find it.

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