History has seen great movies over the past century but there are some that stand out from the pile of thousands. The success of a film is not only the amount of cash it generates but also about how the public finds it new, interesting, and touching in their lives. It is not just about the audience but the film critics and professional independent bodies whose sole job is to rate movies. Some films have patriotic feelings attached to them while others have a storyline that is just too good to be true. Here we have a list of top 10 best Hollywood movies ever made in history of the filming industry based on their success among the audience all over the world.
10) Fight Club
Fight Club is a 1999 American film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. It grossed 100 million dollars at Box Office which was huge considering it had a budget of $ 63 million. The movie surrounds an insomniac office worker (Edward Norton) who faces troubles in his life and crosses paths with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). The film takes a crazy turn as two complete strangers decide to open a small scale fighting arena in a basement which steps up to a whole new unexpected level over time. Fight Club got nominated for the 72nd Academy awards and won the 5th Empire Awards.
9) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The last of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was ‘The Return of the King’ released in 2003. Directed and produced by the legendary Peter Jackson the film grabbed a huge $ 1, 119, 929, 52 at Box Office. It shows the final journey of Frodo and Sam towards Mount Doom to destroy the evil ring of Sauron. The film has a number of epic battles that make it a legendary movie just on its own. It also shows the struggle of Gandalf and Aragorn to distract the evil eye of Sauron away from the two dwarfs and the sacrifices that have to be made to get the job done.
8) Schindler’s List
Another masterpiece of the great himself, Mr. Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List take you back in time to Poland during the World War 2. The film’s name is over the lead character named Oskar Schindler who is an employee of the Nazi Army. Over time Oskar develops deep feelings for the Jewish slaves as they are brutally prosecuted by the Nazis. Released in 1993, the epic drama film had versions in five different languages and for a humble budget of $ 22 million it paid off $ 321, 306, 305.
7) 12 Angry Men
In 2007, the trial film 12 Angry Men was registered in the National Film Registry of United States as a form of cultural heritage. Directed by Sidney Lumet the movie shows the role a jury plays in a criminal case based on doubt and the twist and turns that follow over time. The jury also finds out that the evidence displayed in court seems to be far from the real world and the judgment that follows. The film bagged a million dollars which was enough considering it had only a $ 340,000 budget.
6) The Dark Knight
Some of you might believe that The Dark Knight deserves a higher ranking in this list but hold on there is more to come. In 6th place is the film that is a story of success and tragedy at the same time. As far success is concerned the film received tremendous ovation all over the world with record breaking incomes but the real tragedy was the death of one of the main characters The Joker played by Heath Ledger before the release of the film. Some people call it the best acting ever done which took The Joker to a whole new level. The director of the film Christopher Nolan dedicated the film to the memory of Heath Ledger. It was released in 2008 with a budget of a huge $ 180 million and earned a whopping $ 1, 004, 558, 444 at Box Office.
5) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an epic Italian film released on 15 Dec, 1966. Directed by Sergio Leone the movie circles around the lives of three men as the title suggests nicknamed Good, Bad and Ugly. The roles are played by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach respectively. The storyline of the film is about the ups and downs in the lives of these men as they fight for a common goal which is to find a hidden stash of gold somewhere in an old unknown cemetery.
4) Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is an American dark crime and drama film released back in 1994. With big names like Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta and Bruce Willis in its cast it sure was expected to be a big hit and it was. The film displays chunks and bits in a non chronological order to the audience about how the lives of different people influence each other. They include 2 mobsters, a gangster’s wife, a boxer and 2 diner bandits. At Box Office the film made $ 21 million given that its budget was $ 8 million.
3) The Godfather: Part 2
The Godfather: Part 2 is both a sequel and prequel to the 1972 film ‘The Godfather’. The film tells the audience about the struggle Vito Corleone had to do through during his early life and for the start of the crime organization. At the same time the film shows the expansion of the organization at the hands of Michael Corleone who was reluctant at the start but later on turned into a high profile gang leader. Michael also expands the crime syndicate even more then his late father ever imagined but something changes along the way and Michael loses the attitude that his father wanted him have in order to run the gang. The film was released in 1974, two years after the first one and proved to be an instant hit among the public all over the world.
2) The Godfather
When The Godfather was released in 1972 it turned out to be the highest grossing film for its time and won 3 Oscar’s in the same year for the Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adaptive Screenplay. The movie shows an in-depth look into the life of a powerful gang leader named Don Corleone and his family. It also s andhows the public how such organizations operate and do their business. The mafia boss Don Corleone is shown as a strict and powerful leader but he is someone who believes in justice more than cruelty and revenge. He is someone who holds friendship dearly and wants to pass on the organization to his reluctant son named Michael Corleone. The film made a huge $ 286 million keeping in mind that its budget was only $ 6.5 million.
1) The Shawshank Redemption
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman took acting to a whole new level by playing the roles of two imprisoned men who grow close as time passes and find out the truth in each other’s lives. The film tells the story a honest banker named Andy Dufresne(Tim Robbins) who gets imprisoned for the murder of his wife and lover. He claims innocence from any such actions but after spending 20 years of hard life in the prison he plans to escape with the help of his friend Elis Boyd Redding (Morgan Freeman). Although Redding does not become part of the escape, he plays an important role in keeping the hopes of Andy high for he has to go through some tough time during his journey to freedom.