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….
- 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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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