Whether movies are a part of us or we are a part of them, at times, it is hard to tell. We both derive something from each other; laughter, tears, life, you name it. So, it is suffice to say, had it not been for us, the movies would not be made and had not the movies been made, life, as we know it, would not be the same. Sure, some movies deserve ‘exit-during-the-interval’ kind of ratings. However, there are others, which are worth watching, probably, for zillion times. Be it an experienced movie buff or one in the making, here is a selection of movies, which one must watch:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Nominated for five Oscars, it was considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. The film is about a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others. His imminent suicide on Christmas Eve is intervened by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody.
Do Bigha Zameen (1953): Directed by Bengali film director Bimal Roy, Do Bigha Zameen is an important film in the early parallel cinema of India. It is considered a trendsetter as it is based on a socialist theme, close to the heart of every Indian.
Mughal-e-Azam (1960): K. Asif directed this historical epic, which follows the love affair between Mughal Prince Salim and Anarkali, a court dancer. Salim’s father, Emperor Akbar, disapproves of the relationship, which leads to a war between father and son.
Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam (1962): Based on a Bengali novel, by Bimal Mitra, it looks into the tragic fall of the haveli-dom and feudalism in Bengal during the British Raj. Simultaneously, it explores a platonic friendship between a beautiful, lonely wife of an aristocrat and a career-driven low-income part-time servant.
Annie Hall (1977): This romantic comedy, acted and directed by Woody Allen, tells the story Alvy Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with Annie Hall. It is said, Annie’s character, played by Diane Keaton, was specifically written for her.
Gol Maal (1979): This Bollywood comedy movie was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and became a ‘Mega Hit’ as it reached the top spot in 1979 because of its box office collections. It is a love story that remains a favorite among the audiences. It is regarded as one of the finest comedy films of Indian Cinema.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ (1983): Known for being the dark satire on the rampant corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, news media and business, watch this movie for its ensemble of cast that includes Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Easily, it is the greatest jailbreak story ever told. The film may not have had done well at the BO but it received multiple award nominations and good reviews for its realistic appeal.
Milk (2008): An American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The King’s Speech (2010): Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.
For movie buffs, ‘zillion’ is just a number. They do not judge a movie by its trailers. They sit until the very end only to go home and write a detailed criticism of the movie for the benefit of the others. These movies would make perfect all-occasion gifts for you movie freak loved one.