Movies are indeed an everlasting form of entertainment. For over a century, people watch many kinds of cinematographic motion pictures in various evolving platforms. But old great films will always have their place amongst all the technologically produced ones nowadays. That’s why we can still watch 50-years-old films and some of them are the best movies of all time.
This time, we recommend our best old movies. Some of the films have prevailed since decades ago when cinematographic technologies aren’t so fancy like today. From the technical aspect, they may not please CGI fanboys, but great films are still great films.
Without further ado, here they are.
Wowkia’s 10 Best Old Movies from The 20th Century
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This great movie follows Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is imprisoned for the murders of his wife and her lover. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. In prison, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life for two decades.
2. The Godfather (1972)
This movie focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). His son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia. Since then, Michael becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he dives into the family business.
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
This great crime movie tells about the series of related short stories of crime and comedy. Each story results in an unexpected ending including unexpected deaths, sudden twists, black comedy events and horrific conclusions of crime and its following consequences.
4. Schindler’s List (1993)
Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives.
5. Braveheart (1995)
It is an old colossal movie following William Wallace, a medieval Scottish patriot with enormous courage. He spurs into revolt against the English when the love of his life is slaughtered. Leading his army into battles that become a war, his advance into England threatens King Edward I’s throne before he is captured and executed, but not before becoming a symbol for a free Scotland.
6. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate. This classic movie is the oldest one on the list.
7. Forrest Gump (1994)
This great motivational movie follows the life of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a very keen impaired man. He never thought of himself as disadvantaged. Whether becoming a college football star, fighting in Vietnam, or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But the most difficult one for him to save is his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).
8. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)
This old movie is set during the Civil War in the Southwest. It follows a mysterious stranger, Joe (Clint Eastwood), and a Mexican outlaw, Tuco (Eli Wallach). The form an uneasy partnership where Joe turns in Tuco for the reward money then rescues him just as he is being hanged. When Joe’s shot at the rope goes awry during one escapade, a furious Tuco tries to have him murdered. However, the men re-team abruptly to beat out a sadistic criminal along with the Union army and find $20,000 that a soldier had buried in the desert.
9. Goodfellas (1990)
This good classic movie follows a young man Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his life in the mob. He works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. Drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top. Based on the book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi.
10. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage.
That’s 10 old great movies we recommend you to watch. See also our recommendation for great dystopian movies you maybe don’t know. But if you are more into anime, here are some great ones. Thank you and keep in touch with Wowkia.