Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
I’m not a cine reviewer; I’m not a cine critic and I don’t even rate cinemas either. What I like about cinema is it can be bizarre, classic, normal and romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.
So, I am listing below some of my all-time favorite cinemas, out of that numerous cinemas I have seen so far and enjoyed them watching.
Now everyone’s tastes are different, so I make no guarantee you will enjoy watching them, as much as I do, however, I do suggest that you should watch them.
So go ahead and take a look…
- Name of the movie: Citizen Kane
Date of release: 5th September 1941 (USA)
Duration: 119 min
Storyline: Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his last utterance.
Casts: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Comingore
Director: Orson Welles
- Name of the movie: Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thief)
Date of release: 13 December 1949 (USA)
Duration: 93 min
Storyline: A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.
Casts: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola and Lianella Carell
Director: Vittorio De Sica
- Name of the movie: Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries)
Date of release: 22 June 1959 (USA)
Duration: 91 min
Storyline: After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to face the emptiness of his existence.
Casts: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson and Ingrid Thulin
Director: Ingmar Bergman
- Name of the movie: Meghe Dhaka Tara
Date of release: 1960 (India)
Duration: 126 min
Storyline: It is the story of the beautiful daughter of a middle-class refugee family from East Pakistan, Neeta, living in the outskirts of Calcutta under modest circumstances. Neeta sacrifices everything for her family, including her personal happiness, her money, and her health, while her achievements are hardly ever recognized by the people around her.
Casts: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee and Niranjan Ray
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
- Name of the movie: 8½
Date of release: 25 June 1963 (USA)
Duration: 138 min
Storyline: A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
Casts: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée andClaudia Cardinale
Director: Federico Fellini
- Name of the movie: Ultimo tango a Parigi [Last Tango in Paris]
Date of release: 7 February 1973 (USA)
Duration: 136 min
Storyline: A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middle-aged American businessman whom lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex.
Casts: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and Maria Michi
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
- Name of the movie: Sonar Kella [The Golden Fortress]
Date of release: 27 December 1974 (India)
Duration: 120 min
Storyline: Mukul is a young boy who is said to be able to remember events of his previous life. He stays up late into the night and draws sketches that he claims are of battles he had seen. His father decides to take him to Dr. Hajra, a parapsychologist, for treatment. After listening to his descriptions of deserts and peacocks, Dr. Hajra guesses that the place Mukul describes might be in the deserts of Rajasthan, a state in western India. Mukul also mentions that he lived in the Golden Fortress (Sonar kella), though he can’t explain what this means, and that their house had lots of gems. Dr. Hajra decides to take Mukul on a trip to Rajasthan hoping this may shed deeper light into such parapsychological phenomenon, as well as help cure the young boy.
Casts: Siddharta Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Kushal Chakravarti, Kamu Mukherjee, Ajoy Banerjee and Haradhan Bannerjee
Director: Satyajit Ray
- Name of the movie: Sholay
Date of release: 15 August 1975 (India)
Duration: 188 min
Storyline: After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture him.
Casts: Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Amitabh Bachchan and Amzad Khan
Director: Ramesh Sippy
- Name of the movie: 36 Chowringhee Lane
Date of release: 29 August 1981 (India)
Duration: 122 min
Genre: Romance Drama
Storyline: After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a tom cat for company. She is thrilled when a former student, Nandita Roy, looks her up and also brings her boyfriend, Samaresh Moitra, to her flat. Samaresh is an author and likes the solitude of Violet’s flat, and would like to write his new novel there, to which Violet readily agrees to. He likes her antique record-player and she gives it to him as a gift. She hopes she has become part of a family again. It is Christmas time and Violet would like to bake a cake and visit Nandita and Samaresh to surprise them. But is a surprise that awaits her when she reaches her destination.
Casts: Jennifer Kendal, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Debashree Roy
Director: Aparna Sen
- Name of the movie: Ijaazat
Date of release: 1987
Duration: 128 min
Storyline: Mahendra is in love with Maya and would like to marry her. But Maya is a woman of the 20th century, who does not believe in marriage, but would like to continue having a relationship. Mahendra’s family pressures him into getting married, and he finally gives in and marries another woman by the name of Sudha. But Mahendra is unable to get Maya out of his mind, and his marriage with Sudha fails, and ends up with a formal separation. Years later, Mahendra and Sudha meet at a railway station, and both do remember each other, and share their experiences after their separation. There is one shocking experience that Maya does not share, but which Mahendra will find out soon.
Casts: Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah and Anuradha Patel
- Name of the movie: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso [Cinema Paradiso]
Date of release: 23 February 1988 (USA)
Duration: 155 min
Storyline: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist.
Casts: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale and Antonella Attili
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
- Name of the movie: Mississippi Burning
Date of release: 27 January 1989 (USA)
Duration: 128 min
Storyline: Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Casts: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe andFrances McDormand
Director: Alan Parker
- Name of the movie: Pushpak
Date of release: 1988
Duration: 125 min
Storyline: A silent movie about an unemployed young man.
Casts: Kamal Hassan, Amala and Tinnu Anand
Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
- Name of the movie: Agantuk
Date of release: 21 November 1992 (Japan)
Duration: 120 min
Storyline: A well-off Indian family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman’s long lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves as he regales them with stories of his travels, tales that are at odds with their conventional middle class perspective on the world.
Casts: Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar and Utpal Dutt
Director: Satyajit Ray
- Name of the movie: Forrest Gump
Date of release: 6 July 1994 (USA)
Duration: 142 min
Storyline: Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.
Casts: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise
Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Name of the movie: The English Patient
Date of release: 15 November 1996 (USA)
Duration: 162 min
Genre: Romance Drama
Storyline: At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Casts: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe
Director: Anthony Minghella
- Name of the movie: The Truman Show
Date of release: 5 June 1998 (USA)
Duration: 103 min
Storyline: An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
Casts: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris and Laura Linney
Director: Peter Weir
- Name of the movie: Boys Don’t Cry
Date of release: 1999
Duration: 116 min
Storyline: The story of the life of Brandon Teena, a transgendered teen who preferred life in a male identity until it was discovered he was born biologically female.
Casts: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton, Alison Folland, Alicia Goranson, Jeanetta Arnette, Matt McGrath, Rob Campbell
Director: Kimberly Peirce
- Name of the movie: Fight Club
Date of release: 15 October 1999 (USA)
Duration: 139 min
Storyline: An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.
Casts: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter
Director: David Fincher
- Name of the movie: Todo sobre mi madre [All About my mother]
Date of release: 16 April 1999 (Spain)
Duration: 101 min
Storyline: Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.
Casts: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes and Candela Peña
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
- Name of the movie: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain [Amelie]
Date of release: 25 April 2001 (Belgium)
Duration: 122 min
Storyline: Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
Casts: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz and Rufus
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- Name of the movie: A Beautiful Mind
Date of release: 4 January 2002 (USA)
Duration: 135 min
Storyline: After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.
Casts: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly
Director: Ron Howard
- Name of the movie: Safar e Ghandehar [Kandahar]
Date of release: 24 October 2001 (France)
Duration: 85 min
Storyline: After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.
Casts: Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai and Ike Ogut
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
- Name of the movie: Chicago
Date of release: 24 January 2003 (USA)
Duration: 113 min
Storyline: Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn’t going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Casts: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere
Director: Rob Marshall
- Name of the movie: The Pianist
Date of release: 3 January 2003 (USA)
Duration: 150 min
Storyline: A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Casts: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann and Frank Finlay
Director: Roman Polanski
- Name of the movie: Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Date of release: 10 October 2003 (USA)
Duration: 111 min
Storyline: ‘The Bride,’ was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, lead by her lover ‘Bill.’ Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill’s child, ‘The Bride’ decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, and on the day of their wedding was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, ‘The Bride’ wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby.
Casts: Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Daryl Hannah
Director: Quentin Tarantino
- Name of the movie: The Aviator
Date of release: 18 February 2005 (India)
Duration: 170 min
Storyline: A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.
Casts: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett andKate Beckinsale
Director: Martin Scorsese
- Name of the movie: Tsotsi
Date of release: 23 December 2005 (South Africa)
Duration: 94 min
Storyline: Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.
Casts: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano andIsrael Makoe
Director: Gavin Hood
- Name of the movie: Niwemang [Half Moon]
Date of release: 14 December 2007 (USA)
Duration: 107 min
Genre: Musical Drama
Storyline: Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he sets out for the long and troublesome journey in a derelict bus, denying a recurring vision of his own death at half moon. Halfway the party halts at a small village to pick up female singer Hesho, which will only add to the difficulty of the undertaking, as it is forbidden for Iranian women to sing in public, let alone in the company of men. But Mamo is determined to carry through, if not for the gullible antics of the bus driver.
Casts: Golshifteh Farahani, Ismail Ghaffari andFarzin Sabooni
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
… and this list will further be extended in near future.