44: Seven Samurai – 1954
Directed by the one of the best directors ever in cinematic history, Akira Kurosawa brings the story of a poor farming town that is under oppression and siege from a group of bandits. After realizing that the town needs to do something about it or on the dreaded course to die, they consulted the old man of the town and decided to hire Samurai’s to protect them and get rid of the bandits.
For the casual movie goer, many people may not of heard or have any idea how much Kurosawa has influenced famous films and the movie industry itself. Seven Samurai is known as the first action film in movie history. It doesn’t stop there. Kurosawa films, like Seven Samurai has influenced George Lucas to make films outside of the landscape of tranditional media. For example, the movie Star Wars was influenced by Kurosawa’s film Hidden Fortress.
Kurosawa’s films influenced legendary film writer and drirector John Milius, who is one of the best screenplay writers of our time. His films were so good that if you watch the film Magnificant Seven that came out in 1960, 6 years after Seven Samurai, you will see the exact same film, the only main differences is Seven Samari uses Samurai’s versus cowboys.
Seven Samuari is a very methodic film that has so much meaning and is definitely one of the best films of our generation, Kurosawa is one of the best directors and is in the top 5 directors of all time.
43: Bonnie & Clyde - 1967
A young couple are in love named Bonnie and Clyde, and become one of infamous couple by become killers, bank robbers through the 1930’s. While robbing and plundering thorugh Texas with there gang, there violence and running from the law became there fame and there legendary story.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway who played the power couple Bonnie & Clyde took love, romatics, and made a question in morality in this very deep and reality of violent film. By mixing up the morality of right and wrong to sudden realize the ulitmiate demise of there reality and consequences of there wrecklessness. It was an interesting in the era this film came out, and yet showed the realism under the fight of the law.
42: The Treasure of Sierra Madre - 1948
In the mid 1920’s two Americans down on there luck hire an old prospector named Howard to go on a search through Mexico gold. This movie becomes very interesting with successes, mistrust, failures, and down right greed.
Staring Humphrey Bogart plays Dobbs, and down and out bum plays one of his best characters, as we see him go through different stages from nothing to obtaining success. However, Howard, the Grizzly Prospector helped made the movie pop. It was his performance, mixed with Bogart and directed by John Huston, a great legendary film in the making. Not only the acting gave justice to the film, but the plot and storyline brought the movie into being one of the best movies of our time.
41: Amadeus - 1984
An old man named Antonio Salieri who is a retired composer tries to kill himself due to his guilt and hatred towards Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart mixed with his love for his music. Salieri starts telling his story of when he met Mozart and his madness against him and God for having such ‘God like talent’ without effort.
Amadeus takes classic and famous composer and shows the dirty politics, back stabbing, and uphill battle through getting his music published and showing his talents to the world. While Mozart is rebellious and very prideful and have an issue of excessive spending, womanizing, and going against mold. The madness of the character Antonio Salieri looses his sanity and blames God because he had devoted his life to music couldn’t believe how Mozart could make such wonderful music. The actor Tom Hulce who plays Amadeus couldn’t have played a better role.
This film was like a symphony in storytelling which take hold of mental and political torture through the eyes of Antonio Salieri.
40: Dr. Stranglove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - 1964
During the tensions of the Cold War between the US and Russia, General
Jack Ripper from the US Air Force makes an executive order to drop a nuclear bomb on Russia. While the US is trying to stop the General Ripper who lost his insanity, and work with Russia, the story line because comical within its own story. The dialogue and interactions with the epic ‘War Room’ are legendary as both the US and Russia a they try to stop the B52 bomber, in which General Jack Ripper has the three item code to communicate with them.
This is one of the best cult classic films ever. It was a different feel from director Stanley Kubrick. With the insanity and quirks throughout the film to stop this B52 bomber, it is one of the best polictial satire we have seen on film. In a way, it brought the dark humor into a major situation at it’s time.