Film is arguably the art form that evokes the most emotions. And great films are those that move audiences most. They generate a deep connection between moviegoers and the story.
While 24/7 Wall St.’s list of 100 best movies of all time attempts a more impartial approach of aggregating and averaging critic and audience reviews, these reviews were no doubt influenced by the films’ emotional appeal.
The 100 best films span all genres and tell stories of romance, determination, fear, money, success, failure, freedom, loss, truth, and other themes.
Each motion picture is unique and may excel at different aspects, yet all of these films will most likely be remembered for all time.
A film can transcend images on a screen to something much greater. Its power lies in its ability to emotionally connect the audience with the story.
From its beginnings in the late 1800s, through greater developments in the early 20th century, the motion picture’s evolution continues to astound us.
Cinema has produced great auteurs, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, and Billy Wilder. Hitchcock, Chaplin, and Wilder are all immigrants who achieved lasting acclaim for their work. Hitchcock landed seven films on the list, while Chaplin and Wilder each had five. American-born directors are well-represented with Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, John Ford, and Martin Scorsese, all of whom had three movies on the list.
Every great movie has a great story, and how many of these movies were made often is a great story itself. Often, they’ve got their own drama worthy of performances. In the end, the films achieved their goal of making it to the silver screen, and a slice of immortality.