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Amy Martin

What films are considered to be the Top 5 of cinematic history?

1 - The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

In short, the Shawshank Redemption is a classic story of Andy Dufresne, a local banker who was wrongly convicted of the double murder of his wife and her lover. Sentenced for life to the dreaded Shawshank prison, the film follows Andy and his best buddy 'Red' (Morgan Freeman) through a torturous prison life, to come out on the other side.

2 - The Godfather (1972)

This is the epic tale of a 1940s New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire from rival families as the leadership switches from the father to his youngest son.

3 - Pulp Fiction (1994)

A name that everyone has heard before. Pulp Fiction is one of those classic 'must watch' movies.

Prizefighter Butch Coolidge has decided to stop payment on a deal he's made with the devil. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are young lovers and small time thieves who decide they need a change of venue. Meanwhile, two career criminals, Vincent Vega and Jules, go about their daily business of shooting up other crooks that are late on payments to their boss. While one is asked to baby sit their boss' dangerously pretty young wife, the other suddenly realizes that he must give up his life of crime.

4 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

In the last installment of his so-called Dollars trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed spaghetti westerns, Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed the Good, Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film's title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical western. The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts, claimed Leone. In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest. Immensely entertaining and beautifully filmed.

5 - The Dark Knight (2008)

When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the mob, they let the clown out of the box, the Joker, bent on turning Gotham on itself and bringing any heroes down to his level.

The second installment in 'The Dark Night' saga, and easily the best. From Heath Ledger's amazing performance as The Joker, to the intense 'interrogation' scene, the Dark Night has made movie history.

Do you agree with my list? Do you think that there are better movies made than the five listed? Comment below! :)


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