56 Best American Movies of All Time To Watch

56 American Movies

American Film industry has been around for decades producing beautiful and thrilling movies for us since the 19th century. The first-ever American film produced was a short film called ‘In Old California’ in 1910, after which a lot of different studios settled down in Los Angeles, California, to produce films. But the movies produced then and now differ majorly due to the evolution of the film industry.

In the 21st century, animation is better, storylines are more detailed, and the actors portray their characters more precisely. If you are someone who likes to watch American movies, whether they are old action films like Shawshank Redemption or epic love stories like Titanic, we have curated the perfect list of American films for you that will keep you occupied for a long time. 

1. The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is an American crime film set in 1945 and follows the story of Vito Corleone, who is the head of the family and also known as  The Godfather, as he is listening to people’s requests on his daughter Connie’s wedding.

Johnny Fontane, a famous singer and Vito’s godson asks for his help in securing a movie role, so Vito sends one of his men Tom Hagen to secure the role by meeting with the studio head, who agrees after seeing his horse’s head on his bed. Near Christmas, a drug dealer named Sollozzo asks Vito to invest in his narcotics business and protection from the law, but Vito declines since it could mean that he will lose his political connections.

Vito becomes suspicious of Sollozzo’s connection with the Tattaglia crime family and sends Luca to investigate, but he is killed during the initial meeting. They also kidnap Tom and hurt Vito, which results in Vito’s first-born Sonny taking charge of the family.


Still from Godfather

Sollozzo tells Tom to persuade Sonny to accept his deal, but Sonny hits one of Tattaglia’s members to avenge Luca’s death. Vito, who is in the hospital, is visited by Michael, his youngest son, who sees that Sollozzo’s men have removed all the policemen, and his father is left unprotected. He makes a plan to meet Sollozzo and his corrupt policeman Mark but ends up killing both of them.  

The rest of the film follows a series of wars between several mafia families, bloodshed, and hunger for revenge. The Godfather is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made of the gangster genre. It grossed over 250 million dollars with a budget of 9 million dollars. 

  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast: Richard Castellano, Al Pacino, James Caan, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
  • IMDb rating: 9.2
  • Where to watch: netflix, amazon Prime Video

2. Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is a romantic drama film set during World War II and follows Rick Blaine, an expatriate, and owner of the nightclub ‘Rick’s Cafe Americain’ who encounters a variety of customers, including Nazi German officers, refugees who want to contact the United States and also the ones who are against them. He tries to be indifferent but feels bad for their unfortunate situation.

Rick is visited by Ugarte, who is a petty crook, and shows him ‘letters of transit,’ which he obtained by killing two couriers. The papers are of great importance since they play the role of a free pass to European countries under the rule of Germans and some parts of Portugal.

Ugarte plans on selling them in his Club and tells ruck to hold onto them until the client arrives, but he gets arrested before he can meet his client and dies in custody without revealing that the letters are with Rick. Ilsa Lund, the former lover of Rick, arrives at his bar and tells Sam, the house pianist, to play ‘as time goes by.’

Hearing the song, Rick heads over to Sam to Chastise him but forgets about it after he sees Ilsa standing there. Ilsa reveals that she has come to him for the letters of transit so that she can flee to America along with her husband Victor, who is a renowned fugitive and resistance leader and is on the verge of getting arrested.  


Still from the Casablanca movie

The rest of the film follows Rick as he decides whether to help her former lover, whom he still had feelings for or not, while he is stuck between the crossfire of Victor and the police, who are hell-bent on catching him. Casablanca grossed 6.9 million dollars against a budget of almost 1 million. 

  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, and Humphrey Bogart. 
  • IMDb rating: 8.5
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

3. The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King is a fantasy adventure film and the last installment of the Trilogy. It followed the story of Smeagol and Deagol, two hobbits that were fishing when one of them discovered the One Ring in the river.

Smeagol is enchanted with the Ring and kills his cousin Deagol to get his hands on it. The Ring corrupts his mind and body, leading him to stay in Misty Mountains, which leads him to harbor the name Gollum.

Centuries later, Gandalf is leading Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and King Theoden to Isengard, where they come across Pippin and Merry. Gandalf comes to know that Gondor’s capital Minas Tirith is about to be attacked by the enemy and travels there to warn them along with Pippin.

Frodo, who carries the Ring, and Sam are heading toward Mordor, led by Gollum, who is planning on stealing the Ring from them. He manages to get rid of Sam by lying to Frodo that he ate all the food supplies and then later deceives Frodo by sending him toward a big Spider, but he manages to escape, and they both begin to fight.

Gollum falls down a chasm, and the spider returns to paralyze and bind Frodo. Sam returns in time and kills the spider before taking the Ring from Frodo’s body. 

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Still from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

The rest of the film follows the good and the evil forces as they battle one last time to take control of the future of the Middle-Earth. Like its prequel, the film was a commercial success grossing 1.146 billion dollars against a budget of 94 million dollars, and was regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

4. City Lights (1931)

City Lights is an American silent romantic comedy film starring Charlie Chaplin. The film follows Charlie’s son, also known as the Tramp, as he comes across a flower girl while wandering in the streets and gets smitten with her after realizing that the girl is blind. The girl mistakes for a chauffeur’s voice while the Tramp is leaving.

That same evening, the Tramp stops a drunken millionaire from committing suicide. The millionaire invites him to his mansion for a drink and a night out of town.

The next morning, he helps the millionaire in getting home before going to see the flower girl and buys all the flowers from the money he had received from the millionaire and gives her a ride home in the millionaire’s car. The millionaire, now sober, doesn’t remember the Tramp and kicks him out of his mansion.

City Lights

Still from City Lights

The rest of the film follows the Tramp as he comes to know that the flower girl is sick and needs money for her eye operation, so he decides to get the money from the millionaire who gives it to him but later forgets and decides to get him arrested. Will the Tramp and flower girl’s story have a happy ending? City Lights is the 11th-best American film ever made.

  • Directed by: Charles Chaplin
  • Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers
  • IMDb rating: 8.5
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption is an American drama film that follows the story of Andy Dufresne, a former banker, as he is convicted of two consecutive life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Upon his arrival in Shawshank State Prison, he is welcomed by Ellis Redding, also known as Red, with a rock hammer and a large poster of Rita Hayworth.

Andy gets sexually assaulted by ‘the sisters’ and their leader, Bogs, while working in the prison laundry, so when he overhears the head of the guard, Bryon, worrying about his taxes, Andy offers to help in exchange for protection. When the next time Bogs almost kills him to death, Bryon hits and cripples Bogs, which results in her being transferred to another prison.

Shawshank Redemption

Still from Shawshank Redemption

The rest of the film follows his journey in prison as he uniquely tackles every problem that comes his way while also befriending fellow prisoners. The Shawshank Redemption was not a commercial hit because, during its premiere in 1994, various other movies like Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump had also premiered, causing a slump in its viewers. But after its re-release, it became one of the top rental films of 1995. 

6. Titanic (1997)

Titanic is an American romantic film based on the true story of RMS Titanic, which sank in April 1912. The film is an epic love story of Jack Dawson and Rose Bukater, who meet on the Titanic ship when Rose tries to commit suicide by jumping off of its railing, but Jack comes and saves her, after which they become friends. 


Still from Titanic

Rose’s mother looks down on Jack because he is not wealthy and forbids Rose from seeing him, so she ignores Jack but soon realizes that she is in love with him and goes to see Jack. The two spend some time together before the Titanic hits an Iceberg and starts to sink. Titanic grossed a whopping 2.202 billion dollars against a budget of 200 million dollars. It was the highest-grossing film of all time till 2010, when Avatar surpassed it. 

7. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction is an American crime film written by Quentin Tarantino about different crime stories in Los Angeles, California. It follows two hitmen, Jules and Vincent, as they arrive at a business partner named Brett’s house to retrieve a suitcase for their gangster boss Marsellus.

Jules and Vincent kill Brett for double-crossing their boss before going back to hand over the suitcase to Marsellus, who was bribing a boxer to lose in his next match. The next day, Vincent buys heroin before heading to meet with Marsellus’s wife, Mia, whom he had agreed to drive since Marsellus was out of town. They have lunch at a restaurant, participate in a contest and then head home.

While Vincent is in the bathroom, Mia consumes Vincent’s heroin thinking that it is cocaine. Vincent returns and sees Mia has overdosed on heroin, so he takes her to his friend, who is able to save her with an injection of adrenaline into her heart. 

Pulp Fiction

Still from Pulp Fiction

The rest of the film follows Marsellus as he seeks out the boxer who he had bribed to throw the match as he tries to escape after winning the match. Pulp Fiction was named one of the best films ever made by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. 

8. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump is a comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Winston Groom. It follows the story of a slow-witted kid named Forrest Gump as he goes to school and befriends Jenny. He often gets bullied by other kids for his leg braces, and one day, while running away from his bullies, his braces break, and he finds out that he can run really fast.

Forrest gets a football scholarship in college and later goes to the army. Later in his life, Forrest starts a shrimping business, as he had promised his friend after returning from the army, which makes him wealthy.

Forrest Gump

Still from Forrest Gump

Meanwhile, he also runs into his best friend Jenny during his time in the army and several times after that where he tells her that he loves her, but she always leaves him. The film grossed 678.2 million dollars with a budget of 55 million dollars and also won six Academy Awards.

  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Robin Wright, Tom Hanks, Mykelti Williamson, and Gary Sinise 
  • IMDb rating: 8.8
  • Where to watch: netflix, Prime Video

9. Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club is a 1999 American film that follows the story of a nameless narrator who is dissatisfied with his life and decides to attend a support group for problems he doesn’t have, like alcoholism and cancer. In one such support group, he encounters Marla, who is also lying about having problems and attending support groups.

Her presence reminds him of his dishonesty, so he makes a deal with her to divide the groups among them, and Marla agrees. On a flight, the narrator meets a soap salesman Tyler who tells him that he is trapped in consumerism.

As the Narrator reaches home, he finds out that all his belongings and house have been destroyed in an explosion, so he contacts Tyler and moves in with him. The two start fistfights in the parking lot of a bar which catches the attention of more men, and soon they start a Fight Club in the basement of that bar. 

Fight Club

Still from Fight Club

The rest of the film follows the narrator as he quits his job and invites more people to the Fight Club while Tyler recruits them to his new organization, Project Mayhem’ which indulges in acts of vandalism.

The Narrator complains about not being included in the organization, and soon, Project Mayhem has gotten out of hand and spread all over the world, which can only be stopped by the Narrator. Fight Club became a commercial success grossing 101.2 million dollars with a budget of 65 million dollars during its premiere in theatres. 

10. Inception (2010)

Inception is an American science fiction action film about Dom Cobb and Arthur, who are extraordinary thieves that steal people’s secrets from their subconscious minds while they are asleep using dream-sharing technology. Saito, who was their latest target, is impressed by their skills and hires them to infiltrate his competitor Maurice’s son Robert’s mind and plant the idea to dissolve his father’s company.

Dom agrees to complete the job after Saito offers him to clear his criminal status so that he can go home and meet his children. He assembles his team, which consists of Eames, Yusuf, and Adriane, and after getting Adriane to design the dream’s architecture, they sedate Robert before planting the three-layered dream in his mind. 


Leonardo Dicaprio in Inception

The rest of the film follows as they go through all three levels of the dream to complete the mission while facing several difficulties. Inception grossed a total of 332.8 million dollars against a budget of 160 million dollars. 

  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Page
  • IMDb rating: 8.8
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, netflix

11. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the Star Wars film that premiered in 1977. Set three years after the first film, and it tells the story of the Imperial Fleet led by Darth Vader as they send Probe to look For Princess Leia’s Alliance and end up finding Luke Skywalker. Luke Manages to escape the Probe and travels to planet Dagobah to train under Jedi Master Yoda. 

Luke trains with Yoda before he gets a premonition about Leia and Han being in pain, and despite Yoda and Obi-Wan’s pretest, he abandons his training to go save them. Meanwhile, Leia confesses her love for Han, who is frozen in carbonite by Darth Vader but manages to survive. 

Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back

Still from Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back

The rest of the film follows Luke as he tries to save both Leia and Han and put an end to Darth Vader. Will he manage to do so? Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back grossed 549 million dollars against a budget of 30.5 million dollars. It is said to be the ‘Best Star Wars film ever made.’

  • Directed by: Irvin Kershner
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew
  • IMDb rating: 8.7
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus, Prime Video

12. The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix is an action science fiction film about Thomas Anderson, also known by his hacking alias Neo as he sees the words ‘The Matrix’ again and again. He is soon contacted by Trinity, who tells him that a man named Morpheus has all the answers that he seeks before he is attacked by some agents led by Agent Smit. They tell him that they will clear his criminal record if he tells them the location of Morpheus, who is a terrorist.

Neo refuses, which results in the agents planting a robotic ‘bug’ in his abdomen, which is later removed by Morpheus after he wakes up with Trinity, who had rescued him. Neo is then given two pills to choose from by Morpheus: a red pill which will tell him all there is to know about the Matrix, and a blue pill which will make him forget everything so that he can return to his former life. Neo takes the red pill, which changes his life.

The matrix

Still from The Matrix

The rest of the film follows Neo’s new life as he learns about the Matrix, which is a similar world to theirs’ while he works with Trinity, who is a group of rebels who free enslaved humans from machines that use the bioelectric power of humans. The Matrix was a huge success grossing 460 million dollars against a budget of 63 million dollars. 

  • Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
  • IMDb rating: 8.7
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, netflix

 13. Avatar (2009)

Avatar is an epic science fiction film and revolves around Jake Sully, a paraplegic marine who is asked to take his twin brother’s place, who died in a robbery on a mission to a world called Pandora.

He is given an avatar that looks like the natives of Pandora called Na’vi and is asked to bring information about their culture and resources. Jake enters the Avatar with the help of a machine and becomes acquainted with Na’vi, and learns everything about them.


Still from Avatar

In the end, Jake falls in love with a fellow Na’vi girl Neytiri and has to decide whether to betray the trust of the Na’vi or fight with the soldiers who want to destroy Na’vi and obtain their rich resources and material.

Avatar was the first film to ever gross 2 billion dollars in 2010 and also received several awards along with the title of the second highest-grossing film of all time with more than 3 billion dollars. Following its success, Cameron signed a deal to produce four sequels to Avatar. The first sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, premiered on December 16, 2022.

14. Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar is a science fiction film set in the year 2067 when the Earth has become uninhabitable, leaving humans to star e. Joseph Cooper is an ex-NASA pilot living as a farmer and is asked to go on a mission to search for an inhabitable planet to save the human race with Professor Brand, who secretly works for NA A. He boards a spacecraft called ‘Endurance’ with Brand’s daughter Amelia and two other people.


Still from Interstellar

The rest of the film follows Cooper and others as they enter another universe through a wormhole and check the habitability of three planes. Interstellar is said to be one of the best science fiction films of all time by sci-fi experts due to its scientific accuracy and portrayal of theoretical astrophysics.  

15. Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty Woman is a romantic comedy film that follows the story of Edward Lewis, a famous businessman, as he accidentally ends up in New York City’s red-light district after leaving a party in his lawyer’s sports car.

There he encounters a sex worker named Vivian and decides to hire her so that she can drive him to his hotel since he is unable to drive the car. After reaching the hotel, Edward makes an impulsive decision and hires Vivian to spend the night with him.

Pretty Woman

Still from Pretty Woman

The rest of the film follows Edward as he takes Vivian with him to several events like business dinners and them falling in love with each other. Will a love story between a businessman and a sex worker work out, or will they end up with broken hearts?

Pretty Woman was a huge success grossing 463.4 million dollars against a budget of 14 million dollars. The film was also nominated for several awards. Julia Roberts received a Golden Globe Award, which boosted her stardom.

16. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean is an American supernatural film that follows Captain Jack Sparrow, a pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, on their adventure to save Will’s lover and the governor’s daughter Elizabeth Swann from Jack’s previous crew mates and their scary captain Hector Barbossa.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Still from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Hector and his black pearl ship crew are cursed and become skeletons when moonlight shines on them, which means they are neither alive nor dead. The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Black Pearl was a commercial success grossing 654.3 million dollars against a budget of 140 million dollars.

This film is the first installment of The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which is followed by four sequels: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, and Dead Men Tell No Tales.

17. The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King is an American animated film that follows the story of a lion cub named Simba, who is to be the king of the Pride Lands after his father, Mufasa.

One day, Mufasa’s brother Scar kills him to become the king and makes Simba believe that he was responsible for his father’s death which results in Simba giving up on the throne and growing up somewhere far away among several other outcasts. 

The Lion King

Still from The Lion King

The rest of the film follows Simba as he grows up and finds out the secret behind his father’s death and decides to face Scar to get back what was meant to be his from the beginning, his place in the Circle of Life as the king.

The Lion King was the highest-grossing film of 1994 ma, king 968.5 million dollars against a budget of 45 million dollars. Due to its’ popularity, several other movies and series were made based on the film, like a sequel, ‘The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride’, which premiered in 1998, and Timon and Pumbaa TV series. 

  • Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
  • Cast: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly
  • IMDb rating: 8.5
  • Where to watch: amazon Video, Disney plus 

18. Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash is an American psychological drama film that follows the story of Andrew Niemann, who wants to be the greatest jazz drummer in the world, so he joins the best music school in the United States called Shaffer Conservatory of Music.

To prove that he is the best, Andrew joins Terence Fletcher’s band, which represents the school at a jazz competition. Fletcher always wants the best in his band and wants them to be perfect every time they play. To achieve this goal, he uses fear and intimidation.  


Still from Whiplash

The rest of the film follows Andrew as he works hard through Fletcher’s abusive nature to prove himself to be the best. Will he succeed in becoming the best jazz player in the world? Watch Whiplash to find out.

The film received two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay while also being nominated for several other awards. J.K. Simmons received an Academy Award, a BAFTA, Golden Globes, and several other awards for Best Supporting Actor.

  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist
  • IMDb rating: 8.5
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Hulu

19. Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained is an American film that follows the story of a German bounty hunter King Schultz who is looking for a slave named Django because he wants to find some people with his help.

After he finds them, Django asks him to look for his wife, Broomhilda, who was separated from him when she was sold off to somebody. The duo finds out where Broomhilda is and makes a plan to approach the man who bought her in order to reunite with her.

Django Unchained

Still from Django Unchained

Django Unchained was a commercial success grossing 425 million dollars against a budget of 100 million dollars. The film received two Academy Awards, while Christoph Waltz won several awards for Best Supporting Actor. 

  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
  • IMDb rating: 8.4
  • Where to watch: netflix, Prime Video

20. Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is an animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animations Studio in 200. It follows the story of Wall-E, a garbage-collecting robot that is left on Earth after it became uninhabitable for humans who now live in a spaceship in space.

Wall-E lived alone on Earth until one day, a robot named EVE was sent to Earth to check if it was sustainable or not. Wall-E saves EVE from a dust storm and falls in love with him. Wall-E shows her the living plant which he had found on Eart. EVE takes the plant as proof that Earth is sustainable and goes into a deactivated mode.


Still from Wall-E

The rest of the film follows Wall-E as he follows EVE to the space station out of his love for her and shows the people there that Earth is inhabitable again, which results in them going to return to Earth. Wall-E was the ninth highest-grossing film of 2008 and was included in time’s ‘Best Movies of the Decade list.  

  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton
  • Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard
  • IMDb rating: 8.4
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Disney plus 

21. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War is an American superhero film based on Marvel Comic. It follows the Avengers as they try to save the planet from a new looming threat: Thanos, who wants to collect all six infinity stones, which are artifacts with infinite power, to put an end to all life on Earth.

Avengers: Infinity War

Still from Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers must work together to protect the stones from Thanos and save the plane. Avengers: Infinity War was the first superhero film to gross over 2 billion dollars worldwide and also received several awards. The film is followed by a sequel, Avengers: Endgame, which premiered in 2019.

22. The Great Dictator (1940)

The Great Dictator is a comedy-drama film that follows the story of a Jewish Private who wakes up 20 years after WWI with no memory of the war or his life as a Private.

Adenoid Hynkel is the ruthless dictator of the country who believes that all Jews should be killed. He is told about the persecuted life of Jews by a washerwoman named Hannah, whom he starts to date. One day, Adenoid decides to spare the lives of all Jews by making a change in policy, but he does so for his benefit.

The Great Dictator

Still from The Great Dictator

The rest of the film follows the barber and Commander Schultz, whom he had saved during WWI, as they try to take control of the situation and go against the ruthless dictator r. The film was a huge success and received several Academy Awards, along with being registered in the United States National Film Registry.

  • Directed by: Charles Chaplin
  • Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner
  • IMDb rating: 8.4
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

23. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-man. It follows the story of a teenager Miles Morales as he becomes the Spider-Man of his universe and joins hands with five other Spider-people from parallel universes to stop a looming threat to all universes. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Still from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The film was a huge success grossing 375.5 million dollars against a budget of 90 million dollars and also received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, becoming the first non-Disney/Pixar film to win since 20 1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is to be followed by two sequels, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, set to premiere in 2023 and 2024, respectively. 

  • Directed by: Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
  • Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry
  • IMDb rating: 8.4
  • Where to watch: netflix

24. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises is an American Superhero film and the last film of The Dark Knight trilogy. The film is based on the DC Comic character Batman and is set eight years after The Dark Knight t. It follows Bruce Wayne, whose image had been ruined after the happenings in The Dark Knight, as he decides to help the police forces in saving Gotham City from Bane, a brutal terrorist hell-bent on destroying the city.

Dark Knight Rises

Still from the Dark Knight Rises

The film did extremely well, grossing over 1 billion dollars which made it the highest-grossing Batman film ever. It was titled one of the greatest superhero films of all time.

25. Joker (2019)

Joker is a psychological thriller film that tells the origin of the DC comic’s character Joker. It tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a clown and aspiring stand-up comedian who suffers from a neurological disorder that causes him to have laughing fits at inappropriate times.

One day, he is cornered by some thugs, and so his co-worker Randall gives him a gun to protect himself. During a hospital visit, his gun falls out of his trousers pocket, and he is fired by his manager. Depressed, he kills three drunk businessmen on a subway in self-defense which attracts Thomas Wayne’s attention, who was running for becoming president.


Still from Joker

The rest of the film follows Arthur Fleck as his laughing condition gets worse, which affects his performance, causing people to call him a joker. What follows is pure chaos. The film became the first R-rated film to gross 1 billion dollars and received several accolades. A sequel to the film named Joker: Folie a Deux is set to premiere in 2024. 

26. Coco (2017)

Coco is an animated fantasy film that follows the story of a 12-year-old boy Miguel who wants to become a musician, but his family detests music.

One day, while stealing a guitar to play at a competition, he is accidentally transported to the Land of the De d. There he begins to search for his great-great-grandfather, who was a famous singer, to find out the reason why music was banned in their family.


Still from Coco

The rest of the film follows Miguel as he comes across his ancestors and tries to find out the truth behind his family’s hate for music and returns home before he ends up becoming one of them. Coco became the 16th highest-grossing film ever by grossing 807.8 million dollars against a budget of 225 million dollars. It also received several awards and accolades. 

  • Directed by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
  • Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach
  • IMDb rating: 8.4
  • Where to watch: amazon Prime Video, Disney plus, Vudu

27. Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story is an animated comedy film and the first part of the Toy Story franchise. The film tells the story of humanoid toys that can only come alive when no human being is around. Woody, a cowboy toy, is owned by a kid named Andy and knows he is Andy’s favorite toy, but when Andy’s mom gifts him an action figure named Buzz Lightyear which quickly becomes Andy’s favorite, he gets jealous and tries to get rid of Buzz. 

Toy Story

Still from Toy Story

The rest of the film follows Buzz and Woody as they accidentally end up in their neighbor’s house, where a notorious kid named Sid tries to blow them up. Woody and Buzz try to escape Sid and reach Andy before he finds out that they aren’t there. The film received various award nominations and was selected to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry.

  • Directed by: Tom Lasseter
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn
  • IMDb rating: 8.3
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus, Prime Video

28. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. is an American Science fiction film about an alien who is left on Earth while his fellow aliens take off in their spaceship. A 10-year-old boy Elliot Taylor who was playing with his friends, hits a baseball too hard, causing it to break his shed’s window, but it comes flying back.

Curious to know who is in the shed, Elliot goes there with a flashlight at night and discovers the alien before fleeing from there. The next day, Elliot allures the alien inside his house with the help of candies and then introduces him to his brother and sister.


Still from E.T.

The rest of the film follows the alien who was later named E.T., and Elliot’s unique, budding friendship, and they are working together to send E.T. back to his planet. E.T. was a big commercial hit grossing 794.9 million dollars against a budget of 10.5 million dollars.

  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace
  • IMDb rating: 7.9
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, netflix

29. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick is an action-drama film and the second part of the 1986 film Top G n. Set 30 years after the first film, Top Gun: Maverick follows Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, who is a United States Navy Captain and a test pilot. It follows Maverick’s journey as he trains people from Top Gun who have just graduated, among whom is his deceased best friend’s son, for a dangerous mission. 

Top Gun: Maverick

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Top Gun: Maverick was a huge success grossing 1.488 billion dollars against a budget of 170 billion dollars. The film was widely appreciated by viewers who claimed that it was better than the original film. It was the highest-grossing film of 2022 and also the highest-grossing film of Tom Cruise’s career.

  • Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
  • Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Tom Cruise, Glen Powell, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm
  • IMDb rating: 8.3
  • Where to watch: amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a romantic science fiction film that follows the story of Joel Barish, who comes to know that his girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski has erased him from her memory with the help of a firm called Lacuna.

Heartbroken, he decides to do the same, but as he lies on the machine and their memories swirl in his mind for the last time, he realizes that he doesn’t want to go through anymore, but his memories get erased anyway.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Still from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Will Joel and Clementine find each other and make new memories again like destiny, or will they end up going their separate ways? Watch the movie to find out. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is regarded as one of the best romance films of all time and grossed 74 million worldwide.

  • Directed by: Michel Gondry
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood
  • IMDb rating: 8.3
  • Where to watch: netflix, Prime Video.

31. Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill is an American romantic comedy film that follows the story of a bookstore owner William Thacker whose world lights up when a famous Hollywood actress Anna Scott enters his shop. The two become acquainted before going on a date and eventually falling in love. William later finds out that Anna has a boyfriend who has just arrived in London and leaves him for her boyfriend.

Notting Hill

Still from Notting Hill

Will William stay heartbroken over Anna, or will fate bring them back together? Find out in Notting Hill. If you are someone who loves watching Julia Robert’s movies and the romance genre, then you are going to love this film. Notting Hill was a commercial success grossing 363.8 million dollars against a budget of 42 million dollars.

  • Directed by: Roger Michell
  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers
  • IMDb rating: 7.2
  • Where to watch: netflix, Prime Video

32. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

500 Days of Summer is a rom-com about Tom Hansen, who is a hopeless romantic and believes in love at first sight. He works at a greeting card company and knows it’s love when Summer Finn walks in through the door.

Tom thought that he had found his soulmate who was going to be his ‘happy ever after,’ but his dreams get crushed when she breaks up with him. The film tells the story of Tom as he looks back at his relationship with Summer and all the things that they did together to find out where he went wrong in order to win her back. 

500 Days of Summer

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Will Tom be able to win Summer back, or will he stop believing in soulmates and true love? If you love to watch romantic comedies and are a hopeless romantic like our Tom here, then this movie is made for you. The film received several awards and grossed 60.7 million dollars against a budget of 7.5 million dollars.

33. UP (2009)

UP is a 2009 animated comedy film that follows the story of 10-year-old Carl Fredericksen, who idolizes an explorer, Charles Muntz. One day he meets Ellie, who is also a fan of Muntz.

Ellie dreams of moving her ‘clubhouse’ to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls. Ellie and Carl fall in love and later get married and start exploring places together. One day, when Carl is going to surprise Ellie with a trip to Paradise Falls, she falls ill and later dies. 


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Now retired and 70-year-old Carl decides to take his house to the cliff overlooking Paradise Falls as Ellie had wished, with the help of a lot of balloons. The rest of the film follows Carl on his journey to Paradise Falls along with a scout boy who accidentally joins him for the trip. UP earned 735 million dollars against a budget of 175 million dollars, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2009.

  • Directed by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
  • Cast: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
  • IMDb rating: 8.3
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus, Prime Video

34. La La Land (2016)

La La Land is a romantic musical film that follows the story of a struggling actress Amelia ‘Mia’ Dolan, who gives auditions in between serving coffees to actresses in a cafe, and Sebastian ‘Seb’ Wilder, who is a struggling jazz pianist who plays piano at cocktail-party gigs to make ends meet. The two run into each other and bond over their dreams and aspirations. 

La La Land

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As their dreams start to come true, Mia and Seb start to drift apart. Will their love story have a happy ending or a sad one? La La Land won seven Golden Globes Awards, along with several others breaking many records. The film became a commercial success after grossing 471.2 million dollars against a budget of 30 million dollars.

35. Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard is an American action film that follows the story of John McClane, a police officer in New York City, who goes on a Christmas vacation to Los Angeles to meet his wife, Holly.

After arriving in Los Angeles, he takes a cab and goes to Nakatomi Plaza to freshen up before going to the tower where Holly’s employer is throwing a Christmas party. While he freshens up in the plaza, the tower is seized by a group of robbers who takes everyone present in the tower as hostages, including John’s wife.

Die Hard

Still from Die Hard

The rest of the film follows John as he tries to help the hostages escape and take down the robbers present in the heist. Die Hard wasn’t expected to be a hit, but after its premiere in 1988, it exceeded everyone’s expectations, and the film turned into a franchise with four sequels, merchandise, and video games.

The film was given the title of the best action movie ever and is a must-watch Christmas movie even though it doesn’t have a Christmas-like vibe.

  • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Hulu

36. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is an American action-adventure film that follows the story of Indiana Jones, who has been collecting artifacts since he was a 13-year-old.

When he is asked by an art collector to look for the Holy Grail, an extremely powerful artifact, he makes it his mission to find it and also finds out that the last person who was known to be searching for the Holy Grail was his father who had disappeared during the quest. 

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Still from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The rest of the film follows Indiana as he embarks on a journey to find the artifact and save his father, who had been kidnapped by the Naz s. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the third sequel to the Indiana Jones film series and was followed by another sequel in 2008, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, while a fifth film, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, is set to premiere in 2023.

  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: John Rhys Davies, Harrison Ford, Allison Doody, Denholm Elliot
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

37. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The Fault in Our Stars is a romantic film that revolves around Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is a teenager suffering from cancer.

Her mother urges her to be more social by attending a support group for cancer patients, where she runs into Augustus Waters, who previously suffered from bone cancer and lost his leg to it but is now in remission. Augustus approaches Hazel, and the two get to talking before becoming friends.

The Fault in Our Stars

Still from The Fault in Our Stars

Augustus and Hazel bond over each other’s favorite books, which leads to Augustus using his wish from a charity organization to visit Hazel’s favorite author Van Houten in Amsterdam. The two eventually fall in love, but bad news threatens to pull the two apart.

Based on a novel of the same name by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars became a commercial success during the opening weekend of the film and overall grossed 307.2 million dollars.

  • Directed by: Josh Boone
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Sam Trammell, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff
  • IMDb rating: 7.7
  • Where to watch: HBO Max, amazon Prime Video

38. Green Book (2018)

Green Book is an American biographical drama comedy film. It is based on the true events of the 1962 tour of the Deep South and their interviews.

The film follows the story of Frank ‘Tony Lip’ Vallelonga, a bouncer looking for a job while his nightclub is under renovation. He finds an opening to be an African American pianist, Don Shirley’s driver, for a concert tour and decides to take the job. 

Green Book

Still from Green Book

A lot of the time, Don and Frank’s personalities clash with each other’s, but as time goes by, the two starts to bond over America’s appalling injustice on the road, which leads to the two becoming friends and gaining respect for each other’s professions.

Green Book was a commercial success grossing 321.8 million dollars against a budget of 23 million dollars which resulted in it being nominated for several Academy Awards and also winning some of them. 

  • Directed by: Peter Farrelly
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

39. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street is a biographical crime film that follows the story of two business partners, Jordan Belfort and Donny Azoff, who started a brokerage firm together called Stratton Oakmont.

The firm quickly became a success as its employees grew from 20 to 250, and companies started filing their initial public offerings through them. Stratton Oakmont drew everybody’s attention like a moth to a flame which caused it to appear on the cover of Forbes Magazine. 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Still from The Wolf of Wall Street

But with success comes greed. Belfort started to abuse the substance causing the police to have doubts about their trading sche es. The rest of the film follows Belfort and his partner Azoff as they try to hide their fortune in a European Bank without getting caught by the FBI. The Wolf of Wall Street grossed 406 million dollars against a budget of 100 million dollars and also received several awards.

  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  •  Where to watch: netflix

40. The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show is a psychological comedy-drama film that follows the ‘artificial’ life of Truman Burbank, whose whole life has been broadcasted as a live television program ever since he was born and adopted by the show. Truman doesn’t know of this secret, and the executive producer of the show, Christof, works hard to keep it that way.

The Truman Show

Still from The Truman Show

Christof controls Truman’s whole life, from who he meets to the weather of the day, and keeps him from going outside the set by creating several circumstances, such as fear of the water. But sometimes, Christof is unable to control Truman’s actions, like when he falls in love with an extra character in the show instead of the one originally meant for him during college.

Will Truman ever find out that his life had been a lie or continue to live it this way? Watch The Truman Show to find out. The film was a huge success grossing 264.1 million dollars against a budget of 60 million dollars, and received various awards.

  • Directed by: Peter Weir
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: netflix 

41. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense is a psychological thriller film that follows the story of a child psychologist Malcolm who was shot by his previous patient Vincent Grey before he committed suicide by shooting himself.

After a while, Malcolm begins treating a 9-year-old boy Cole Sear who claims that he sees ghosts. Not believing Cole, Malcolm listens through a tape recording of a previous patient and hears a man speaking in Spanish in the background, and comes to the conclusion that Cole is telling the truth. 

The Sixth Sense

Still from The Sixth Sense

The rest of the film follows Cole as he takes Malcolm’s advice and starts talking to the spirits and helping them finish their unfinished business so that they can find a place. The film was a commercial success grossing 672.8 million worldwide against a budget of 40 million dollars, making it the second highest-grossing film of 1999. 

  • Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Disney plu 

42. Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island is an American psychological thriller film about U.S. Marshal Edward ‘Teddy’ Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule as they arrive in Ashville Hospital for criminally insane to look for a criminal named Rachel Solando, who was admitted there for drowning her three children.

He meets the head psychiatrist Dr. John Cawley who doesn’t cooperate with his investigation before learning that another doctor Lester Sheehan had gone on a vacation right after Rachel’s disappearance. 

He starts having flashbacks from his past and headaches and reveals to Chuck that he is on the Island to look for Andrew, who had killed his wife by lighting up their house. Rachel appears and tells him that he is being deceived by everybody and that the doctors are conducting experiments on the patients in the lighthouse.

As he heads there with Chuck, he finds a woman who claims to be the real Rachel and tells him that she was a psychiatrist before she was wrongfully committed to the hospital by John and his assistant. 

Shutter Island

Still from Shutter Island

The rest of the film follows Edward as he tries to solve the mystery behind Rachel while going to the lighthouse to find his partner Chuck who has suddenly disap eared. Will he be able to solve this confusing mystery or end up becoming one of the patients in the hospital? Shutter Island was included among the top ten films of 2010 by grossing 294.8 million dollars.

  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, and Patricia Clarkson.
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Netf ix

43. Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park is an American science fiction franchise directed by Steven Spielberg and is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. The film follows a businessman named John Hammond, who has created a wildlife park with clones of extinct dinosaurs.

When the power of the park goes out, causing the dinosaurs run free, causing chaos and instilling fear in people stuck in the park to run for their lives. 

Jurassic Park

Still from Jurassic Park

The rest of the film follows a group of individuals and Hammond’s two grandchildren as they try to hide from the dinosaurs roaming free on the Island. The film was a major success grossing 1.046 billion dollars against a budget of 63 million dollars.

Following the success of the film, five sequels were made The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 3, Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Jurassic World Dominion. 

  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Samuel L. Jackson
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

44. Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo is an American animated film that follows the story of a clownfish Martin who becomes overprotective of his son Nemo after his wife and other children are eaten by a barracuda fish. One day, Nemo is challenged by his friends to touch a speedboat and ends up being captured by the scuba divers and sent to a dentist, where he lives in a fish tank.

Finding Nemo

Still from Finding Nemo

Martin follows the speedboat but fails to reach it. While asking other fish about the boat, he meets a blue tang named Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss. The rest of the film follows Dory and Martin as they embark on a journey to search for Nemo while also meeting different kinds of fish.

Finding Nemo was the second highest-grossing film of 2003, with 940.3 million dollars against a budget of 94 million dollars.

45. Flipped (2010)

Flipped is a romantic comedy film about two eighth graders, Bryce Loski and Julianna ‘Julie’ Baker. Bryce moves into the house across from Juli, and upon meeting him, Juli realizes that it’s love at first sight, but Bryce decides to ignore her.

One day, Julie’s favorite Sycamore tree is set to be cut down, so to prevent that from happening, Julie climbs on top of it and doesn’t come down. After a while, Julie’s father asks her to come down, and reluctantly, she does, and the tree is cut down.


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The rest of the film follows Bryce as he realizes that he also likes Juli and tries to express his feelings, while Julie has lost interest in him and doesn’t reciprocate his feelings.  It is based on the novel of the same name by Wendelin Van Draanen.

  • Directed by: Rob Reiner
  • Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards
  • IMDb rating: 7.7
  • Where to watch: netflix, Prime Video

46. Gone With The Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind is an American historical romantic film based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name. It follows the story of Scarlett O’Hara, whose family owns a cotton plantation in Georgia, as she develops feelings for Ashley Wilkes, who is marrying his cousin Melanie. To make Ashley jealous, she gets married to Melanie’s younger brother Charles before the men leave to fight in the war. 

Gone With The Wind

Still from Gone With The Wind

The rest of the film follows Scarlett as she gets married to Rhett Butler, who had been smitten with her since Ashley’s engagement party while still pining over Ashley. Gone with the Wind is considered to be the highest-grossing film in history and also received several Awards.

  • Directed by: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
  • Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil, Evelyn Kyes, Ann Rutherford
  • IMDb rating: 8.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

47. The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network is a biographical film that tells the story of a 19-year-old student studying at Harvard University. He is dumped by his girlfriend, who creates a campus website called Facemash and collects data from his college’s database by hacking it.

This site attracts the attention of twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and their business partner Divya Narendra who invite Zuckerberg to Harvard Connection, a website accessible only to Harvard students. Zuckerberg gets the idea of creating a social networking site Facebook and tells his friend Eduardo Saverin about it, who agrees to invest a thousand dollars so that Mark can build the website.

The Social Network

Still from The Social Network

The rest of the film follows the Winklevoss twins as they file a case against Mark, claiming that he stole their idea and created his own website. The film grossed 224.9 million dollars and won three Academy Awards and two Golden Globe awards. 

48. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

How to Train Your Dragon is an animated fantasy film set in a mythical Viking village Berk and follows the story of Hiccup, who is scared of killing dragons, unlike other teens his age who kill them with ease.

One day, he accidentally injures a rare night fury dragon and doesn’t kill it. Instead, he helps him and befriends him, which makes him realize that Vikings have got the dragons all wrong since they are really friendly creatures.

How to Train Your Dagon

Still from How to Train Your Dragon

The rest of the film follows Hiccup as he tries to change the thinking of other Vikings by showing them his friendship with Toothless, the night fury dragon.

How to Train Your Dragon was a commercial success grossing 494.9 million dollars against a budget of 165 million dollars, causing the producers of the film to turn it into a franchise by following it with two sequels: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

  • Directed by: Chris Sanders
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill 
  • IMDb rating: 8.1
  • Where to watch: netflix, Prime Video

49. Jaws (1975)

Jaws is an American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Jaws follow the story of a small community called Amity Island, which was most popularly known for its beaches.

One day, their new Sherrif, Martin Brody, discovers a shark attack victim and tells the mayor about this, suggesting they should close down the beach. The mayor, however, ignores Brody, which results in more shark attacks, including the demise of a young boy whose mother then declares to give a hefty sum to those who will kill the shark. 


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The rest of the film follows an experienced shark-hunting fisherman, Quint, Brody, and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute, as they make it their mission to catch and kill the creature before it attacks any more people. Jaws were regarded as the highest-grossing film of all time before Star Wars came along. It was selected to be preserved in 2001 in the United States National Film Registry. 

  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Roy Scheidner, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
  • IMDb rating: 8.1
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, netflix.

50. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters, Inc. is an animated comedy film and follows the story of James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan, the top scarer of the Monsters Incorporated factory, where monsters enter the human world with the help of doors at night and scare them to store their screams.

The monsters think that the children are toxic for them and thus stay away from them and their things, but one day, a girl escapes her room and follows Sulley into the monster world through the port l door. When Sulley finds the girl, he freaks out and tells his one-eyed friend Mike Wazowski about her. 

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Still from Monsters, Inc.

The rest of the film follows Sulley and Mike as they try to keep the girl hidden from other monsters while trying to find her portal door to send her back to her room which turns out to be a lot harder than they had expected.

The film grossed 577.4 million dollars against a budget of 115 million dollars. A prequel of the film premiered in 2013 named Monsters University, and a tv series called Monsters at Work premiered in 2021 on Disney Plus.

  • Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
  • Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs
  • IMDb rating: 8.1
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus, Prime V deo

51. Logan (2017)

Logan is an American Superhero in o film. It is the tenth film in the X-Men series and the third in the Wolverine trilogy. The film is set when mutants have almost become extinct and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan has become old and works as a chauffeur because his healing powers are van shing. He takes care of Professor X, whom he has kept hidden in a secret place as they lead a quiet life. 


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One day, a woman asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border, and he agrees. Laura turns out to be no ordinary girl but a mutant who had been created by scientists by using Logan s DNA. Logan tries to protect her from the forces that want to experiment on her and take her to a safe place. Logan grossed 619.2 million dollars and also received several awards. 

  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
  • IMDb rating: 8.1
  • Where to watch: Disney plus, Apple TV

52. Before Sunrise (1994)

Before Sunrise is a romantic film and is the first installment of the Before Tr logy. Before Sunrise follows the story of an American tourist Jesse as he meets Celine, who is a French student, by chance.

After realizing that they have a connection between them, Jesse asks Celine if she would like to spend the day with him in Vienna before his flight the next day, and Celine agrees. Jesse and Celine end up falling in love after spending just one day.

Before Sunrise

Still from Before Sunrise

Will Jesse decide to stay with Celine and spend more time with her, or will he leave thinking if this is fate, then they will meet again? Due to the film’s popularity, two sequels were made called Before Sunset, which premiered in 2004, and the second sequel called Before Midnight was released in 2013.

  • Directed by: Richard Linklater
  • Cast: Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke 
  • IMDb rating: 8.1
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, netflix

53. The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles is an American animated film that follows the story of a superhero couple, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, who used to be famous for saving the world but now are forced to live a normal suburban life with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack, who also have superpowers.

One day, Mr. Incredible, or Bob, gets a call from somebody for a top-secret assignment which he accepts since he has been craving to live like a superhero again.

The Incredibles

Still from The Incredibles

Soon, the whole Incredible family is sucked into the mission to save the planet from a looming threat. The Incredibles was the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2004 after grossing 631.6 million dollars against a budget of 145 million dollars. 

  • Directed by: Brad Bird
  • Cast: Crag T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee
  • IMDb rating: 8
  • Where to watch: Disney plus

54. Some Like it Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot is a crime comedy film starring and follows the story of two male musicians, Joe and Jerry, who want to flee from their town after witnessing a massacre by Spats Colombo.

They looked for gigs that might help them to escape, but the only job they could find was an all-girl group of musicians heading to Fl rida. Joe and Jerry dress up as girls and join the band, fleeing the town with them.

Some Like It Hot

Still from Some Like It Hot

The rest of the film follows the duo as they try to impress girls while also keeping their identities a secret from others. Some Like It Hot was a huge hit commercially, grossing 49 million dollars which made it one of the highest-grossing films of all time. In 1989, the film was registered in the United States National Film Registry.

  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E. Brown
  • IMDb rating: 8.2 
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

55. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan is an epic war film set in 1994 when Normandy declared war on Ohama Beach.

Captain John H. Miller finds out that three brothers who were all in the army have died in the field and gets ready to send a telegram to their mother but soon finds out that a fourth brother has gone missing amidst the war and decides to save him and send him back to his mother.

Saving Private Ryan

Still from Saving Private Ryan

The rest of the film follows Captain miller and his eight men as they try to save Private Ryan before it’s too late. Saving Private Ryan received several awards for its emotional storyline, cinematography, and other factors. It grossed 485 million dollars against a budget of 70 million, making it a huge success. 

56. Ratatouille (2007)

Ratatouille is an animated film about a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a chef like his deceased idol Auguste Gusteau. One day, he comes across Alfredo Linguini, who works as a garbage boy at Gusteau’s restaurant as he attempts to make a soup but ends up making it worse.

Remy, who had accidentally ended up in the kitchen, tries to escape from there, but as he passes by the soup and takes a whiff of it, he starts fixing it by putting in several herbs and other ingredients. Linguini sees Remy and tries to hide him from the chef as he tries to escape through the window.


Still from Ratatouille

Linguini later asks Remy to help him make the soup again as he is challenged by Skinner, the sous-chef and the owner of the restaurant. The rest of the film follows the two as they form a friendship and help each other to achieve what they dreamed of: becoming a chef. Ratatouille was the sixth highest-grossing film of 2007, with a total of 623.7 million dollars.

  • Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
  • Cast: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm
  • IMDb rating: 8.1 
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus, Prime Video

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