1. The Godfather (1972)
Marlon Brando plays the Godfather, while Al Pacino and James Caan – his sons, in this Francis Ford Coppola movie based on the Mario Puzo novel about an Italian-American Mafia boss who relinquishes control to his son Michael (Pacino). Fantastic dramatic storyline and great acting by some of America’s finest actors.
2. Schindler’s List (1993)
Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler, a successful German businessman during World War II who cares deeply about his Jewish workforce after seeing many of them persecuted by the Germans. The movie is based on a true story, and also stars Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth, the sadistic camp commandant, and Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern, Schindler’s right-hand man.
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman partner up while incarcerated within a hard-labour prison camp. Both men are intent on acts of decency regardless of their harsh surroundings. This deeply moving story is set in 1940’s America, and can definitely be categorised as something of a tear-jerker.
4. Casablanca (1942)
Mid-way through the Second World War and set in unoccupied Northern Africa, life gets complicated when an American expat (Humphrey Bogart) meets an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and the sparks begin to fly. Arguably the best-known classic of all-time.
5. Gone With the Wind (1939)
4 hours of pure out-and-out classic romance when Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) falls for Rhett Butler (Clarke Gable) during the American Civil War. If you like romance stories, then you’ll love all 4 hours of this timeless classic, Gone With the Wind!
6. Titanic (1997)
Another all-time favourite weepie, this time with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the lead roles, and Billy Zane playing the jilted lover. A movie loosely based on the story of the rise and fall of the Titanic passenger ship set against a romantic storyline. The theme music is by Celine Dion.
7. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
When a tornado hits home, Dorothy (Judy Garland) is swept up and carried off to a magical and mystical land. Her quest then is to locate the Wizard (Frank Morgan) in order to get back home. A timeless children’s favourite that will happily be watched over and over again by both young and old.
8. Star Wars (1977)
A George Lucas directed movie. Young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) teams up with a Jedi Knight and an over-zealous pilot (Harrison Ford) in order to save the Universe from destruction at the hands of The Empire and Darth Vader (David Prowse). Futuristic warfare movie that is enjoyed by all and is perfectly suited to young lads and their dads.
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Agent Starling (Jodie Foster) plays a blossoming FBI cadet as she endeavours to seek out information from an incarcerated murderer – Doctor Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) about a serial killer on the loose. Spine-chilling story which should not be missed at any cost!
10. The Bridge on The River Kwai (1957)
Based on a true World War Two story and set in Thailand, British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) opts to work with his Japanese captives in building a bridge over the Kwai River to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. A task force however, are sent with instructions to destroy it. A war time classic that possesses a fine array of twists and turns.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy any of these movies in my top 10. What I like to do is to create a 5 star cinema experience when I’m planning to watch one of my favourites at home. I sit on my well loved recliner sofa chair with a can of coke in hand and freshly made popcorn using my popcorn machine specifically bought for this purpose, dim the lights and press go on my deluxe home theatre system. As you can see, I really get into it!
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