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Are IMDb’s top 5 movies worth watching?

By Erkan Nasirli & Sebastian West
Science & Technology and Arts & Entertainment Editors
The Pawprint

If you are a serious movie watcher,  odds are you’ve seen IMDb’s Top 250 movies list, and maybe you even considered watching some of them,  now we’re nowhere near the 250 mark, but we want to let readers make the best decision and solve their dilemma, using the top 5 IMDb suggestions.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

“If you don’t like Shawshank, chances are, you’re beyond redemption.” – Ian Nathan, Empire.

This is a comment I wholeheartedly agree with. Shawshank is a splendid film, with an unusual story that set the stage for all forthcoming prison break movies. Many agree it was Morgan Freeman’s and Tim Robbins’ most notable performance.

The movie is based on Stephen King’s acclaimed novel and directed by Frank Darabont, who went on to later direct the widely popular Walking Dead series.

The Shawshank Redemption has many profound moments, and valuable life lessons incorporated into the storyline, it touches base with depression, shows how a foolish early life mistake can doom an individual for eternity, and the laborious world following prison.

The Godfather  (1972)

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is a classic, and even I didn’t want to watch it at first because I thought it would be boring considering it was made quite a long time ago. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Godfather is an incredible work of art formed by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo, which has gone down in history as an ideal example of a perfect film. The Godfather marks so many transformations in film history; the commencement of Al Pacino’s career, the resurrection of Marlon Brando’s, and the start of an epic trilogy.

This isn’t just ‘some’ gangster movie, it’s captivating with a deeper meaning, a purpose, a philosophical conclusion, and it shows that art doesn’t age.

The Godfather Part: II  (1974)

The Godfather Part: II focuses on telling the story of Vito Corleone and the continuation of Michael Corleone’s journey as the new Don. From Vito’s youth in Sicily to his criminal empire in New York, and Mike’s attempt to legitimize the family business, The Godfather Part: II is another fantastic addition to the legendary trilogy.

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight centers on a prosperous year for Gotham with Harvey Dent (Two-face) becoming the district attorney, and the principal year of Batman’s influence in Gotham City after the movie Batman Begins where he defended Gotham from the Scarecrow.

This time, the Joker was presented, played by Heath Ledger who was voted the best Villain actor of all time by Rotten Tomatoes. The Joker was a unique personality who had no identity and whose prime intention was to terrorize Batman and Gotham City.

Batman had to undergo a series of tragedies throughout the movie such as letting innocent people die to obtain the identity of the Joker, something that Bruce Wayne couldn’t deal with anymore.

He decided he couldn’t be Batman anymore and threw in the towel.

In conclusion, we agree with IMDb on this one, The Dark Knight is a perfect representation of a well put together script, great actors and exceptional directing. After all, they did win 2 Oscars.

12 Angry Men (1957)

This black and white classic cuts right to the chase, beginning in a courtroom where the judge announces to the jury that they have to decide whether a Hispanic young man is guilty of murdering his father. The jury, the “12 angry men”, are faced with a choice: do they send this boy to his death or to freedom?

All men vote for guilty, except one, clearly an outcast, the more rational of the group.

They have many discussions and gradually more people vote not guilty, except one who has a personal vendetta against the boy.

Despite the fact that it is a black and white picture, it was entertaining and has an unconventional conclusion.


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