30 Brilliant Films to watch before….

Cimena fascinates us. And sometimes it confuses us too. The chicken and egg query always startles me regarding cinema. I often think which is more dependent on the other? Is it the life that governs the evolution of cinema or is it the cinema’s evolution that governs the way people live their lives. I often wonder had I been the same person as I am now if I had not seen some particular movies. But then, I also wonder had I been not the same person as I am now, would I ever pursued and watched the movies that I credit to make me the person as I am now!
While this endless (and perhaps mindless) introspection continues, I have compiled this exciting list of amazing films from almost all parts of the world. These are the films which shows the true faces of our societies – economically, socially, politically with humanity’s struggle and hope hand in hand through crafts of films precisely knotted together to give masterpieces.

I always find it cruel to rank or rate films. The order is absolute alphabetical in nature. I hope you will find these films as enriching as I did. Scroll on….

  1. Barry Lyndon, 1975, USA

2. Birdman, 2014, USA

3. Brooklyn, 2015, UK, Ireland, Canada

4. Do Beegha Zameen, 1953, India

5. Cinema Paradiso, 1988, Italy

6. Children of Heaven, 1998, Iran

7. Cast Away, 2000, USA

8. Finding Neverland, 2004, USA and UK

9. Gladiator, 2000, USA and UK

10. Gravity, 2013, USA and UK

11. Hacksaw Ridge, 2016, USA and Australia

12. Life Is Beautiful, 1997, Italy

13. In the Mood for Love, 2000, China

14. Inception, 2010, USA and UK

Inception Clean Key Art © Warner Brothers

15. Ida, 2013, Poland

16. Interstellar, 2014, USA and UK

17. Mulholland Drive, 2001, USA and France

18. Parasite, 2019, South Korea

19. Schindler’s List, 1993, USA

20. Saving Private Ryan, 1998, USA

21. Spirited Away, 2001, Japan (Anime)

22. The Great Dictator, 1940, USA

23. The 400 Blows, 1953, France

24. The Naked Island, 1960, Japan

25. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962, USA

26. The Silence of the Lambs, 1991, USA

27. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994, USA

28. The Pianist, 2002, France, Germany, Poland, UK

29. The Turin Horse, 2011, Hungary

30. The Master, 2012, USA

~Vikas Garg~

Vikas Garg is a theatre practitioner who loves art, music, reading, world cinema, drumming and gajar ka halwa!  His very presence brings a calmness full of joy and simplicity for us. You can reach him at vikasakash@gmail.com.

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