By Joshua Weigert
October 17th, 2020
As the title suggests, this is the ultimate top 10 movie list of all time. It is scientifically proven that this list is objective truth, similar to the scientific proof that a boy can be a girl and a girl be a boy. A lot of careful thought and mathematical calculations were put into the creation of this list.
*Be advised that the thoughts and opinions presented on this movie list is that of the writer alone and does not represent the opinions of PROOF Blog as a whole. *
10. Inception (2010)
Christopher Nolan. Does anything else need to be said? Nolan has a habit of creating beautiful and thought-provoking films that keep your eyes glued to the screen. This particular film blew my mind when teenager Joshua first watched it. The concept of controlling dreams and dreams within dreams within dreams was wild to me. Leanardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Cillian Murphy are only a few of the stellar cast in this film. If you haven’t seen it yet, what the heck are you waiting for?
9. Jurassic Park (1993)
Dinosaurs. Lots and lots of dinosaurs.
This Steven Speilberg film centered around a dinosaur island park that experiences some, uh, issues. The visual effects, story, and moral arguments about life makes this film one of the most universally loved films of all time. The movie score is also fantastic.
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
Another Steven Spielberg film makes this objective and scientifically proven top 10 list. This film centers around Oskar Schindler, a German businessman/industrialist during 1940’s Nazi Germany. Although initially motivated by profit, Schindler gradually becomes more and more concerned for his Jewish workforce’s well-being. This film stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley, who all put in stellar acting performances in this masterclass of a movie.
7. 1917 (2019)
This WWI film changed the game when director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins decided to film this movie looking like a single continuous take. The style puts you in the trenches with two soldiers trying to get a message to the commander of a battalion several miles away, calling off a planned attack that would surely get the entire company killed. The acting from the two relatively unknown actors was superb, and the soundtrack was excellent. Go check this film out if you haven’t already.
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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This film, another from Spielberg, was every guy’s dream. What’s not to love about exploring rough lands, fighting Nazi’s, searching for ancient secrets, and getting the beautiful girl? This film’s charm led to 3 other Indiana Jones films, although all but 1 (Indiana Joens and the Last Crusade) could not measure up to the original movie in the series. There’s not much more I can say about it besides it’s incredible.
5. Forrest Gump (1994)
” Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Truer words have never been spoken, Mr. Gump. This film centers around a mentally disabled man named Forrest and his life story. Although disabled, Forrest was able to join the army, become a ping pong champion, start his own business, become a multimillionaire, run across America, and invest in an up and coming fruit company named Apple. What’s your excuse?
4. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
All three films in the series are phenomenal. However, the first film is the best. The story has orcs, magic, elves, sword fighting, and scary zombie guys. Don’t be discouraged, ladies; it also has some sweet gold jewelry! The movie’s score alone makes it an instant top 10, while the stellar cast and visuals bring the viewer into the land of Middle Earth.
3. The Prestige (2006)
Did you think I was only going to add one Christopher Nolan film to this? HA!
Nolan’s best work, the Prestige centers around two competing magicians as they try to one-up the other. There is obviously a lot more to the story, but I’m not trying to get into spoilers, just in case you haven’t watched it. The storytelling and acting is the top echelon of film making. The film actually gets better and better the more you watch it, as you notice something new every time. I can’t stress this enough, if you haven’t seen this film, GO WATCH IT.
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Well, another Spielberg film. This time, it’s his best one. Saving Private Ryan is the undisputed king of war films. The visual effects, cast, acting, story, and emotions of this film are second to none. The film is about a band of soldiers in WWII whose mission is to locate and bring back Private Ryan. It really is that simple, but not so simple at the same time. Tom Hanks’ portrayal of the leader is the best of his career, and that says a heck of a lot. This film is a masterpiece on every level. It’s the reason people go to the cinema.
1. Gladiator (2000)
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Alright folks, there it is. The OBJECTIVELY best movie of all time. Gladiator has it all: Swords, blood, acting, score, lions, barbarians on fire. It has it all. The film centers around a former Roman General turned slave and his quest for vengeance against the new Roman Emperor. Who would think an Aussie actor like Russell Crowe would become the greatest Roman Character of all time? We also can’t forget about Joaquin Phoenix and his performance as Commodus, the antagonist that makes everyone’s blood boil. Aside from the acting, visuals and story, this film boasts the best movie score of all time. Hans Zimmer is known for dozens of top tier movie scores, but this is his best. “The Battle” and “Now We Are Free” are pieces of music one can listen to for the rest of their lives.
Now that you’ve gone through the top 10 best films of all time, what do you think? I’d also like to remind you that there isn’t any dispute about this list’s validity. The science is settled, and you’re a bigot if you disagree.