Top 23 Movies Everyone Should See At Least Once

Movie selection is as personal as selecting a dish from a restaurant menu. What genre does one like? Suspense with a twist of comedy? Or perhaps horror with a touch of romance?

Genre isn’t enough to make a movie great. Acting, art direction, special effects, and especially the storyline are crucial in making a movie worth spending around two hours of your life on. 

We have you covered for all the time you waste deciding which movie to watch! Here are 24 movies that everyone should see at least once. You can’t go wrong with our selection. 

1. Shrek (2001)

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Starting with an absolute delight in a magical fairytale world, Shrek, an ogre, agrees to retrieve Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by a dragon for Lord Farquaad. In return, Lord Farquaad would give his swamp back. Little did Shrek know he would fall in love with the princess on the way.

From talking donkeys to gingerbread man, this movie has it all! Though enjoyed as a family film, the punchlines make it more suitable for a mature crowd. 

2. Godfather (1972)

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An all-time classic, our list would not be complete without Godfather. Based on Mario Puzo’s novel, the storyline focuses on an Italian-American mob family. Don Vito Corleone, the head of the family, hands over the empire to Micheal, his youngest son.

This decision causes the safety of his loved ones to be compromised. Filled with violence and betrayal, this movie is a real attention grabber.

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

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One of the most heartfelt movies yet to be made. American sweetheart Tom Hanks takes up the role of Forrest Gump, a man with a low IQ but a big heart who remembers his early years and the critical historical events that unfolded. He wants to reconnect with Jenny, his childhood love. This movie will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

4. Fight Club (1999)

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Edward Norton, a white-collar man suffering from depression and insomnia, meets Tyler Durden, a soap salesman. Unhappy and miserable from the capitalist lifestyle, they form an underground fight club as an escape for the everyday man.

However, this venture soon turns into something sinister. If you’re looking for intense action with a touch of romance and thrill, this movie is for you.

5. Django Unchained (2012)

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This movie has outstanding casting. Set in the year 1858, Django, an African slave, is freed by a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz. He becomes his apprentice, and together, they set off to hunt down the most wanted criminals in the South and to rescue Django’s wife, who is enslaved by a plantation owner.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the movie is packed with hell-bent revenge, bloody action, and physical comedy. 

6. The Help (2011)

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DreamWorks.

 

Though not based on a true story, this movie shows the reality of the treatment African Americans got back in the 1960s in Carolina, America. Skeeter Phelan, a young author who freshly graduated from college, returns home and wants to work on a book.

She embarks on writing about the point of view and opinions of African American house helps who worked in the neighborhood. Her project is met with harsh criticism from her racist community. 

7. Inglorious Bastards (2009)

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Film Concorde.

 

One of the best movies directed by Quentin Tarantino. This storyline follows two parallel stories that converge. Set in 1944, a group of American Jewish soldiers called “The Bastards” go underground and plan to take down the Nazi government and end the war.

At the same time, a French girl wants to take revenge on a German soldier who killed her entire family. This movie is a must-watch if you have never seen it before. 

8. The Grand Budapest (2014)

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One of West Anderson’s finest works, this movie is a perfect combination of comedy and crime. The art direction is so beautifully done, making it among the films you can watch multiple times and never get tired of.

Gustave H., the concierge at The Grand Budapest, must prove his innocence when he is framed for a murder. In the midst of doing so, he becomes close to the hotel’s lobby boy.

9. Catch Me If You Can (2001)

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This is mainly for all the Leonardo Decaprio fans out there. Based on a true story, before his 19th birthday, Frank Abagnale Jr. conned millions of dollars of checks by posing as a pilot for Pan AM, a doctor, and then a lawyer while trying to escape from an FBI agent named Carl, played by Tom Hanks. 

10. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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Another masterpiece by West Anderson, this movie is filled with adventure and comedy. Mr Fox (George Clooney) breaks his promise to his wife (Meryl Steep) and steals from the human neighbor’s farm. He gives in to his animal instincts and puts everyone around him in grave danger.

He and his kind go underground (literally) and try to rise up to the opposition. 

11. Shutter Island (2010)

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Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, this movie follows two US marshals, Teddy (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), as they investigate a missing patient at Ashecliffe Hospital, an asylum on a remote island. As time passes, the place gets weirder, and Teddy starts uncovering shocking things about it. This is a perfect movie for thriller and mystery lovers. 

12. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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Set in the 1950s, Tom Ripley, a social climber, lies to a wealthy businessman, Mr Greenleaf, about being his son’s friend. He sends Tom to Italy to convince his son, Dickie, to return to New York. But Tom starts to idolize and obsess over Dickie’s lifestyle and goes to sinister measures to impersonate him. 

13. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
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The Shawshank Redemption is considered one of the best movies ever made. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a renowned banker, gets accused of killing his wife and her lover. He gets a life sentence to Shawshank prison but becomes the most unusual of prisoners. 

14. Good Will Hunting (1997)

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Matt Damon plays the role of a young working-class genius, Will Hunting, who works as a generator in a renowned American university. He struggles in life until he meets Sean (Robin Williams), a psychology professor who helps Will turn his life around. This heartfelt story with romance and drama is a must-watch.

15. Toy Story (1995)

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There’s never a dull moment in this movie; the storyline moves at a perfect pace. Ever since its release, Toy Story has been an all-time favorite family film worldwide. Andy’s favorite toy, Woody, a cowboy doll, is concerned after Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear action figure as a birthday present. Threatened by Buzz, Woody goes on a mission to get rid of him. 

16. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Based on a true story, Chris Gradener, after losing all of his life savings by investing in a product, takes up an unpaid internship in a broker firm in the hopes of securing a job. He has to take care of his son after his wife leaves him making matters even more difficult. 

17. The Hangover (2009)

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Warner Bros.

 

The Hangover is one of those movies that keeps getting crazier. Just two days before the wedding, the groom, Doug, and his three friends go on a bachelor trip to Las Vegas.

The next day, upon waking up to a destroyed hotel apartment with a tiger in the bathroom, none of them have absolutely any memory of what happened the night before. The three groomsmen retrace their steps to find Doug in time for the wedding. 

18. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix is the most famous Action/Sci-fi movie ever. Kaenu Reeves plays Neo, a computer hacker and programmer, who doubted the reality of the world he lived in. His doubts and suspensions are confirmed when a rebel leader, Morpheus, approaches him and tells him the truth.

19. Spirited Away (2001)

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Directed by the one and only Hayao Miyazaki, this movie will take you to another world of reality. Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl, moves to a new house in the countryside with her parents. They discover an amusement park after taking a wrong turn.

As they enter the park, Chichiro’s parents take a few bites from a stall and turn into pigs. Things get crazier and crazier for the young girl as she tries to reunite with her parents. 

20. Malcolm X (1992)

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Malcolm X is a powerful, three‑hour tribute to the man the movie names itself. Malcolm Little was a controversial black leader and activist who struggled for black liberation. He was imprisoned in the 1950s and later became a Muslim and a prominent figure in Islam. He was assassinated in 1965 and left a legacy of racial pride and self-determination. 

21. WALL-E (2008)

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This is a delightful animated movie that takes us on a journey through a dystopian future where humanity has abandoned Earth. WALL-E is a robot responsible for cleaning up the waste on the Earth. He falls hopelessly in love with another robot, and together, they set out on a quest that will change the course of humanity’s destiny. 

22. Truman Show (1998)

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Starring Jimmy Carrey, everyone’s favorite 90s comedian, Truman, an insurance salesman, is completely oblivious that his life is actually a television show and his so-called family members are hired actors. He starts questioning reality when he notices hints and tries to escape. The Truman Show is an entertaining family movie filled with laughter. 

23. UP (2009)

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Pixar Animation Studios.

 

Ending our list strong with arguably one of the best-animated movies, UP. Carl, a 78-year-old balloon salesman widower, is not your average hero. In order to fulfill his late wife’s dream of traveling to South America to find Paradise Falls, he attaches thousands of balloons on top of his house so he can take the house there.

In the midst of flying away, he finds Russel, an eight-year-old, on board his house. This unlikely duo soon finds themselves on a hilarious journey in a lost world filled with danger and surprises.

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BRIDGERTON (L to R) REGÉ-JEAN PAGE as SIMON BASSET in episode 108 of BRIDGERTON
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