Movies come and go. Some are memorable and others aren’t. But over the years a handful of productions have made a permanent impact on how we watch movies.
Here is a list of five of the most influential movies of all time.
1. “Jaws” (1975)
Being one of Steven Spielberg’s most famous films, the notoriety of “Jaws” cannot be denied. But it’s not just the director that makes this film special. Before “Jaws,” there wasn’t much differentiation between normal and big-budget films. The high production value of this film, compounded by its enormous popularity, constructed the larger than life, blockbuster-hit archetype that dominates the industry today.
2. “Star Wars”
I“Star Wars” changed the world of cinema in several ways. For one, before the Star Wars franchise, the idea of movies being released as sequels or trilogies was unheard of. It might even be fair to say that we owe the production of our favorite films like “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “The Hunger Games” to George Lucas' production of “Star Wars.” Secondly, “Star Wars” played a major role in ushering the genre of science fiction into the mainstream of popular culture, paving the way for other sci-fi hits we know and love.
3. “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
A marriage of poignant script writing and grotesque violence, “Pulp Fiction” is a cult classic that breaks all the rules. Director Quentin Tarantino’s talent in perfectly conducting the eccentric world he creates makes this film a must-see.
4. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”(1969)
Aside from “The Good the Bad and the Ugly,” this film is probably the best western ever made. The performances of Paul Newman and Robert Redford cemented the western genre as we know it today.
5. “Network” (1976)
“Network” is a lesser-known film that provided commentary on the state of mainstream news and journalism in the 1970s. By asking hard questions about media practices and ethics, “Network” brought the principles of visual media into question across the board, cinema included.