Classic films have been films that not only deeply affected the history of cinema, but also left a great impact on the lives of most of the audience. These productions, which took their place among cult films over time, and if you have not watched them when you enter an environment, “haven’t you watched that movie yet?” may cause reactions, tell us 🙂
We have prepared a list of 40 films that we have chosen from these cult films that have influenced millions of people around the world and continue to do so. If you have any additions or suggestions, let’s meet in the comments.
Our list is ordered from low to high score according to IMDB score ranking.
40) Titanic – Titanic (1997) | IMDb: 7.8
We will of course start our list of classic movies with Titanic. The Titanic, also known as the “Unsinkable Ship”, is a demonstration of human strength against nature. It is one of the most popular romantic drama films adapted from a true story to the big screen. Among the passengers of this huge ship are a painter named Jack, who returned to America after spending a few years in Europe, and a young girl named Rose, who went to Philadelphia with her mother and fiancee.
39) Life of Pi – Life of Pi (2012) | IMDb: 7.9
In the Oscar-winning movie Life of Pi, Pi’s family, who run a zoo and emigrate with their animals, die on a sinking ship. Pi gives a magnificent example of the struggle for survival with the animals next to him in a weak boat in the vast ocean that makes you think there is no salvation. His keen mind and knowledge of zoology will benefit him in this adventure.
38) Imatation Game – Enigma (2014) | IMDb: 8.0
This movie, based on the real life story of the mathematician Alan Turing, comes to life on the big screen. It’s about deciphering the Enigma code that the Nazis used to communicate during World War II. This war-changing mathematical genius is a difficult person to get along with, despite being the most ambitious and clever of the group of mathematicians elected by the government. It can be added to your list of movies that made Benedict Cumberbaht a giant.
37) Rain Man – Rain Man (1988) | IMDb: 8.0
Would you like to witness the dramatic and funny story of Charlie, who lives a materialistic life in Los Angeles, and Raymond, who has a different illness? In pursuit of vagrancy, Charlie dreams of taking advantage of the $3 million inheritance he will inherit after the death of his long-lost father. When the magnificent acting of Dustin Hoffman and the successful performance of Tom Cruise come together, you are faced with a visual feast.
36) Revenant – Resurrection (2015) | IMDb: 8.0
A hunting group encounters a brown bear while hunting, and the bear injures one of their team members, Hugh. Team members who don’t want to slow down leave Hugh there. Despite being injured, Hugh manages to survive with his knowledge and anti-nature abilities. You will witness the unique beauty, mystery and dangers of that period with this movie that you will go to 1823 America. Aleajndro Gonzalez Inarritu is directing this production that won Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar Award.
35) Martian – Martian (2015) | IMDb: 8.0
A group that sets out to go to the planet Mars on a mission experiences great problems as a result of a storm. Meanwhile, the astronaut named Mark Watney from the team is thought dead and abandoned. Watney, our hero who came to his senses after a while; alive and alone on Mars. With limited resources, Watney must survive and somehow send a signal to his team and return to Earth.
34) Dead Poets Society (1989) | IMDb: 8.1
Welton Academy in the 1950s; It is a school that is serious, famous for its discipline and respected by academic circles. The school administration is pushing its students with their very conservative attitudes and education systems. The newly appointed English teacher, John Keating, will be the beginning of change for students who are bored and overwhelmed by this order. The movie, which is remembered with the line “Oh captain, my captain”, stars Robin Williams in the lead role and remains on most people’s lists among the best classic movies.
33) Shutter Island- Dungeon Island (2010) | IMDb: 8.1
After the disappearance of a mental patient named Rachel Solando, two police officers named Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule begin their investigation at Ashecliffe Hospital, located in an area called Shutter Island where dangerous mental patients are kept for treatment. This investigation carries with it mysterious events. This 2010 movie is getting bigger with stars like Leonardo Di Caprio, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams in its cast.
32) 12 Years Slave – 12 Years a Slave (2013) | IMDb: 8.1
The film, which was nominated for 9 Oscars in 2014, covers the slavery problem, one of the biggest embarrassments in American history; He prefers to tell through real memories of Solomon Northup. Solomon Northup, a freed citizen of New York, is caught by slave traders during a trip and is imprisoned as a slave on a farm for 12 years. The cast of this impressive film; Chiwetel Ejiofor and Micheal Fassbender share the lead roles, while Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano appear in supporting roles.
31) Kill Bill (2003) | IMDb: 8.1
In Kill Bill: Volume 1, the Bride, nicknamed the “Black Mamba,” was formerly one of the deadliest members of Bill’s assassination gang, all of whom have different extraordinary abilities. But now the Bride has good reasons to take revenge on Bill and the death gang. Kill Bill, a blend of crime, suspense, action and more; it is a masterpiece that justifies this talk for 20 years with its music, spilled blood and action scenes. We can say that there is almost no movie audience who does not enjoy the meeting of director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman.
30) V For Vendetta (2005) | IMDb: 8.2
Would V For Vendetta not be on the list of classic movies? While November 5 is a meaningless date for most people, the situation is quite different for V. V For Vendetta tells about a dystopia in 2020 and in England. In this dystopia, an oppressive social order has been established in the country. All kinds of prohibitions and the people ruled by hindrance; positioned as a proponent of violence. In the midst of this chaos, the mysterious V rescues Evey, a woman in trouble. Hugo Weaving, Natalia Portman, Stephen Fry and John Hurt’s great performances, this cinema cult deserves to be watched until the end.
29) The Wolf of Wall Street – The Money Hunter (2013) | IMDb: 8.2
In The Money Hunter, a real-life story that has left its mark on the past 10 years, we follow how Jordan Belfort, one of the world’s biggest fraudsters, started his poor life and became rich. Young and ambitious John turns into a money machine, deceiving many investors with junk bonds. In addition to Leonardo Di Caprio, it draws attention with its cast equipped with talented actors such as Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.
28) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) | IMDb: 8.2
Racism is at its peak in a town in Alabama, one of the southern states of America in the 1930s, when people were experiencing great economic depressions. In this period, Atticus Finch is the lawyer of a black man, who was arrested for raping a white woman, but whose crime has not been conclusively proven. The film was directed by Robert Mulligon.
27) A Clockwork Orange – A Clockwork Orange (1971) | IMDb: 8.3
Another movie on our list of classic movies is A Clockwork Orange. The interesting subject of a group of teenagers who are extremely violent and psychopathic is taken up. In A Clockwork Orange, this group wreaks havoc and builds an empire of fear. The leader of the gang, Alex, gets out of hand one day and is taken into custody. The punishment is being used as a guinea pig in an experiment, rather than imprisonment. Even though A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 movie, it is still one of the most popular productions.
26) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – From the Beginning (2004) | IMDb: 8.3
From the beginning, it tells the story of a man who prefers to erase the memories of his estranged lover. Joel Barish, who has received very interesting news from his girlfriend for two years, tries to remind his lover, who participated in a technological experiment, without being completely erased from his memory. Sil Baştan, who won an Oscar for his original screenplay; It also has a strong cast of names like Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kristen Dunst, Mark Rufallo and Elijah Wood.
25) Braveheart – Braveheart (1995) | IMDb: 8.3
One of the must-haves of the list of classic films is Braveheart. William Wallace, who lost his family for Scotland as a child, seeks irreversible revenge when his wife is killed by English troops with the same fate. This quest soon turns into a relentless war for the freedom of his country. “Freeedooom!” His cry is one of the lines that defines Braveheart. This movie, starring and directed by Mel Gibson, will be among your favourites, with its editing and action-packed scenes.
24) Oldboy – Oldboy (2003) | IMDb: 8.4
Another movie in our list of classic movies, Oldboy is about a man who spent years in prison, and his search for revenge, which he started after his release. This man named Oh Dae Soo is kidnapped one day and is imprisoned in a ruined cell for 15 years. The movie is among the best Korean movies with its clever script that combines crime, thriller and mystery genres.
23) 3 Idiots – 3 Stupid (2009) | IMDb: 8.4
We witness the life of students starting one of the best engineering schools in India. 3 idiots revolve around a student and his two best friends in a school where the whole system is always based on a race, where everyone struggles to be the best. Starring Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani and R. Madhavan, the movie remains among the must-haves of the best movie lists.
22) The Pianist – Pianist (2002) | IMDb: 8.5
Pianist, which is a must in the list of classic films, is about a true story that took place during the Second World War. Adapted from the book of the same name by Wladslaw Szpilman, a famous Polish pianist, the film shows the life struggle of the famous pianist, who somehow escaped from going to a prison camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, under near-impossible living conditions, by staying in Warsaw. The pianist, who is trying to survive in the slums, will continue his struggle together with the people next to him, even though he is exposed to famine and humiliation. An indispensable part of the list of classic films, Roman Polanski’s movie The Pianist, co-produced by France, Germany and Poland, makes you experience the story with Adrien Brody’s fascinating acting.
21) Gladiator – Gladiator (2000) | IMDb: 8.5
Jealous of the rise of General Maximus in the empire, Commodus, the heir to the throne, decides that the general and his family should be killed immediately. A life of slavery awaits Maximus, who somehow escaped death. He is sent to the arena and trained as a gladiator. Gladiator, an Oscar-winning Riddley Scott movie, is a movie that is a giant with Russell Crowe’s magnificent performance.
20) Leon: A Professional – The Power of Love (1994) | IMDb: 8.5
Mathilda is a 12-year-old little girl living in New York and her family is scattered. His father’s involvement in drug dealing causes the entire family to be killed by the mafia. Mathilda, who was shopping at the time, escaped death at the last moment and had to hide in Leon’s apartment. Leon is a cold-blooded killer. Fransoz 1994’s Day of Love is an impressive Luc Besson film by Natalie Portman and Jean Reno.
19) Back to the Future (1985) | IMDb: 8.5
Back to the Future is about a teenager accidentally traveling from 1985 to 1955. The teenager, who meets his parents’ high school education, accidentally attracts his mother’s romantic interest. Because her parents prevent her from falling in love, she has to make up for her mistake and go back to 1985. Perhaps providing an idea for the use of many products in today’s technology, Back to the Future gives you the chance to see the wonderful harmony of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd on the screen.
18) Casablanca – Casablanca (1942) | IMDb: 8.6
Casablanca, II. It is a movie about the first period of World War II. Czech resistance leader Victor Lazlow escapes from a German concentration camp and arrives in Casablanca. Its primary purpose is to go to Lisbon and from there to America. Casablanca, which is among the cult productions of romantic films, is still a well-known and loved film, although it was released in 1942. Michael Curtiz’s movie was named by the US Film Institute as the best romance movie of all time.
17) Life is Beautiful – Life is Beautiful (1997) | IMDb: 8.6
Guido teacher, played by Roberto Benigni, falls in love with Dora. The duo, in love with each other, gets married despite all the economic difficulties. The film tells the story of a father trying to protect his son from all the bad realities of war, using comedy and drama elements together. We are sure that this Italian movie that makes you laugh and cry will leave a deep impression on you, as it deserves the Oscar Award.
16) Saving Private Ryan – Saving Private Ryan (1996) | IMDb: 8.6
In Saving Private Ryan, a mother of four is a mother of four. He is deeply wounded by the mourning of his three sons, whom he lost during World War II. After the last son could not be heard from in the middle of the war, he appealed to the higher authorities in letters. This wounded mother’s pleas are answered, and by order of the President, James Ryan will be reunited with his mother alive at any cost. The movie, which has an important place in the history of cinema with its successful cast such as Tom Hanks, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon and Giovanni Ribisi, is the work of the famous director Steven Spielberg.
15) Green Mile – Green Mile (1999) | IMDb: 8.6
The Green Mile tells the story of a prison guard and a prisoner. Paul Edgecomb’s job at the prison is to send the prisoners sentenced to death on their final journey. During the years he worked, he witnessed the execution of hundreds of prisoners. The line “I’m tired boss” is engraved in the minds with this movie. The Green Mile, which is a movie adaptation of a Stephen King movie, may make you cry with some scenes. In Michael Clarke Duncan’s Oscar-winning movie, the duo of John Coffey and Tom Hanks also appear as giant characters.
14) The Silince of the Lambs – Silence of the Lambs (1991) | IMDb: 8.6
Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent who has just graduated from the academy, is trying to save a woman from the killer, who is flaying her victims. In order to reach the murderer, Clarice approaches another psychopath, the famous doctor Hannibal Lecter. The film by Oscar winner Jonathan Demme remains among the impressive films that bring together Jodie Foster and veteran actor Anthony Hopkins.
13) Se7en – Seven (1995) | IMDb: 8.6
Seven (Se7en) is about two police detectives who are on the hunt for a serial killer. The seven deadly sins according to the Christian faith; They are Arrogance, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Destructiveness, and Laziness. Two police detectives find themselves in a mind game against the murderer who killed according to these sins. In the film directed by David Fincher; Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gywneth Paltrow. It is a movie that has already taken its place among the classics with its gripping plot and masterful performances.
12) Goodfellas – Best Friends (1990) | IMDb: 8.7
Best Friends, a gangster named Henry Hill commits a heist with his two friends Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito. His two friends, whose eyes are higher, kill the others who participated in the robbery and begin to rise in the mafia. Best Friends is an Oscar-winning Martin Scorsese movie, with Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci making a bombshell.
11) The Matrix (1999) | IMDb: 8.7
A computer programmer, Thomas Anderson, however, nicknamed Neo, is a master hacker. One night, Neo meets the beautiful Trinity, who can transport him to another world. In the world that Trinity will take, Neo will find Morpheus and learn about the Matrix. So what is this Matrix? Between the blue and red pills, this impressive science fiction is directed by the Wachowski Brothers. It also impresses with its strong cast consisting of Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.
10) Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (1966) | IMDb: 8.8
Good bad Ugly; It deals with the adventures of three comrades-in-arms. These three have a common goal and different reasons for that goal. Their destinies somehow brought these three together. For these people, whose names are The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the American civil war of the time is a tool. The movie, which has become a classic among western movies, was released in 1966. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef co-star in the movie.
9) Fight Club (1999) | IMDb: 8.8
The first rule of Fight Club: Never talk about Fight Club. Jack is an insurance clerk whose life is extremely ordinary. He has been suffering from insomnia for a long time. He participates in group therapies to save himself from his psychological depression. During the therapies, he meets a woman named Marla. With Tyler Durden, who will change his life after a while. Durder is a man who has achieved all the goals Jack wanted to achieve and introduces him to Fight Club, a secret organization. Fight Club, a David Fincher movie in which the Edward Norton and Brad Pitt duo became a giant and Helena Bonham Carter showed all her nobility, is a classic where you can notice something new every time you watch it.
8) The Lord of the Rings – The Lord of the Rings Series (2001) | IMDb: 8.8
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is about the struggle to get rid of a ring that will change the fate of middle-earth. The only way to survive this ring and the wars fought because of it is to destroy the ring to prevent Sauron from trying to gather his strength. The Lord of the Rings Series, which brought the famous director Peter Jackson to great success, has raised the bar even higher with each new film after the first film that impressed him. It is a legendary movie series that can be watched even to see the magical and mysterious atmosphere of Middle-earth.
7) Inception – The Beginning (2010) | IMDb: 8.8
Inception tells the story of a talented thief named Dom Cobb. Since this character knows that people are at their weakest in the dreaming areas of the mind; stealing the deepest secrets by entering the depths of their subconscious. The Oscar-winning Christopher Nolan film Inception wins the admiration of the audience as one of the most important examples of the mystery and science fiction genre.
6) Forrest Gump (1994) | IMDb: 8.8
Forrest Gump; He is a child who will not be accepted even from a classical public school with his intelligence level and also has physical problems. Despite this, it is a movie adapted from his book about his incredible success against the bittersweet returns of life. “Run Forrest run!” Integrating with his line, this masterpiece set his eyes on the Oscar awards of the period. It is one of Tom Hanks’ best films.
5) Shindler’s List – Shindler’s List (1993) | IMDb: 8.9
Another must-have movie in the list of classic movies, Shindler’s List is the story of a German businessman named Oskar Shindler during World War II. During World War II, he employed Jewish workers in the factory he founded in Poland, thus saving the lives of 1100 Jews. Shindler’s List is one of Spielberg’s Oscar-winning films. Master actors such as Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley also contributed to the success of the film.
4) Pulp Fiction – Pulp Fiction (1994) | IMDb: 8.9
Vincent is tasked with babysitting his boss’s beautiful young wife, and his partner decides to end his life of crime. A brave boxer also refuses to cheat for money and flees the city. Their destinies somehow bring these deranged people together and their paths cross. The film, which is among the best masterpieces of Quentin Tarantino’s ever, and was nominated for 7 Oscars; Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson proves why he is among the legends with his quartet.
3) Dark Night – The Dark Knight (2008) | IMDb: 9.0
The Dark Knight tells the story of Batman, who emerges as the Joker, who poses a great threat to society, and takes on the savior of Gotham City, which has returned to chaos. As Batman embarks on the job of rescuing the city, he also enters the question of making sense of his own existence. Famous director Cristopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning film The Dark Knight is among the cult movies with Heath Ledger’s legendary Joker performance as well as successful actors such as Christian Bale and Gary Oldman.
2) The Godfather – The Father Series (1972) | IMDb: 9.2
One of the first to come to mind when it comes to classic films, The Father Series reveals the epic story of an Italian mafia family in the America of the 40s and 50s. At the wedding of Don Corleone’s daughter, Connie, the youngest son and war veteran Micheal reconciles with his father. As a result of an assassination attempt, Don is in a position to run things no longer. Micheal and his older brother Sonny are the heads of the family. The Father Series, which is among the most successful films of Francis Ford Coppola; It has become one of the most classic series in which masters such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caen and Diane Keaton appeared.
1) Shawshank Redemption – The Price of Bondage (1994) | IMDb: 9.3
The last and most acclaimed movie on our list of classic movies, The Price of Bondage tells the world that two prisoners named Andy and Red have built for themselves behind bars. Andy Dufresne is a successful young banker. He is tried for murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced to life imprisonment. The movie, where Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman created wonders, is among the best of the last 30 years.