Every so often, a film comes along that resets the standard for it’s genre so i decided to list down the greatest ever in each of the categories based on the awards and user votes from multiple sources to eliminate any bias.
Category 1: Action
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard actually did change the standard for it’s genre. Literally, it will blow you through the back wall of the theater! “New York City Detective John McClane has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his wife. Unfortunatly, it is not going to be a Merry Christmas for everyone. A group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber is holding everyone in the Nakatomi Plaza building hostage. With no way of anyone getting in or out, it’s up to McClane to stop them all.” This film has all the necessary ingredients to qualify it as a great action film.All you have to do is see it for yourself.Particularly well done is the performance of Alan Rickman as the chief villain,Hans Gruber.You can come up with good arguments for many action films as to which is the best all time,and this one is no exception. Well done. It was voted greatest action movie of all time by both Entertainment Weekly and music channel MTV2, and the best disaster movie by Channel 4.
Category 2: Animation
Spirited Away (2001)
This is not a piece to just entertain, the creator has put his own feeling and I believe life experience and the fear always buried in children’s mind into it. It is a comely tale that express the creator’s thoughts in some way, whilst shining as a attractive animation piece with so many details that you might have ignore if you were careless. It is a rich story and I can see the efforts creators put into it in many spots and frames. “In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.” It is the highest-rated anime film on Anime News Network’s Top 500 anime list (and is ranked as fifth-best anime overall, including TV series & OVAs).
Category 3: Comedy
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Stanley Kubrick’s first and only comedic masterpiece is still the finest ever made. Plot is about “an insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.” I love everything in the movie: the brilliant acting, sensational script, flawless direction, and even those quirky visual effects. Not only was this film hilarious, it was a breakthrough for the entire film industry when first released. In addition to it’s amazing satirical basis, the film also played a major role in how films were advertised and marketed… as if Peter Seller’s performance wasn’t enough! The sets were also very convincing and just plain great! So realistic in fact, that the FBI almost investigated how they got the B-52 Bomber replicated to near perfection! ‘Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ is an obvious best comedy. It’s also another milestone in film making and another reason to be astonished when looking at the work of Stanley Kubrick. It is the highest reviewed comedy movie at Rotten Tomatoes.
Worth Mentioning in this Category is also Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Category 4: Comic/Superhero
The Dark Knight (2008)
Christopher Nolan’s second bundle of joy “The Dark Knight” exceeded all of our expectations! With the success of 2005’s reboot of the Batman franchise, they took what was already established and expanded it, amped it up, and gave a deeper, darker and brooding story that is more gripping and the suspense is likely to catch you of guard several times throughout. “Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known only as the Joker, as it drives each of them to their limits.” Even better, the fight sequences are vastly improved and feature more brutal and bone crushing combat than “Begins” in addition to new technology at Batman’s disposal. Also worth mentioning is screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, who gives the film an added frosting to an already delicious cake. Simply put, The Dark Knight is totally more bad ass than “Begins.” The action is great, and the plot is more deeper and engrossing. It is #1 on the Movie Review Query Engine’s list of the best comic and superhero movies.
Category 5: Crime/Gangster/Drama
“The Godfather” is a huge piece of film entertaining, involving sentiment, nostalgia, filial affection, pride, integrity, loyalty, corruption, honor, betrayal and crime… Within weeks of its release, it was clearly a blockbuster, a cinematic phenomenon, an exquisite Mafia epic with outstanding performances. Coppola got everything right, creating a landmark in American cinema. Shorn of its gangster trappings, The Godfather is sprawling and soap-operatic in tone. The sprawl is appropriate to its origins as a novel by Mario Puzo, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Coppola. “The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.” The Godfather is one of the few films in which I personally did not find any significant weakness even after many viewings. The Godfather’s influence has been so big through the years that elements of it can be found in virtually every “organized crime film” nowadays; almost every comedy featuring a gangster in the last few years has spoofed something in The Godfather. The Italian-American old mobster a-la Don Vito Corleone has become one of the most established figures in the public’s imagination. The Godfather certainly doesn’t need my recommendation. The film is universally considered one of the best of all time, and the performances by Pacino and Brando alone is the stuff of legends. It was selected as the best gangster movie ever by the American Film Institute during their 10 Top 10. It also tops the Rotten Tomatoes list of the best drama movies.
Category 6: Fantasy/Adventure
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
They saved the best for the last. At this point everyone has come to know and love all of the characters, and the stakes have become tremendously high. Kingdoms are at their knees, and the only two characters who can save the day are getting weaker and weaker “Because eye of the enemy is moving and the former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.” This was a good ending, and I can see why Frodo did what he did. He, and us the audience, have gone through an incredible ordeal and I think we needed that 20 minute linger. When the battle is over, and the celebrations have ended, there is a sad emptiness felt. The films spanned over 3 years, there have been the extended cuts of course, but after that, it’s all over. Peter Jackson gave us an ending that was both appropriate and admirable. As whole, the Lord Of The Rings is a phenomenon. An absolute phenomenon. Much more than just movies. They have a universal appeal and have touched the hearts and imaginations of millions. It is #1 on the list of the top rated fantasy titles at the Internet Movie Database.
Category 7: Romance
They had a date with fate in Casablanca! What can I say about this film that hasn’t been said in over 60 years since its release. Is it a great film? Yes. Is it a showcase for Bogart? If not, than what else. Was Bogart the coolest guy to ever live? Absolutely. Casablanca is a different kind of love story, more likely to infect rather than effect. She almost makes me believe it every time. When she says, “You’re very kind.” Bergman was more than just beautiful. And with Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre, cinema magic was created. Every time we watch this film, it’s like it was made just yesterday. And that’s why it is timeless. I’m still trying to figure it out. And ts rated #1 of its genre almost everywhere. It was voted the top romantic American film on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Passions list, and is currently #1 on the top rated romance titles at the Internet Movie Database.
Category 8: Horror/Thriller
The Exorcist (1973)
In late 1973 and early 1974, women and men were lined up for blocks. People were known to become ill watching it. Some fainted. Some ran out of the theater in tears. There were reports of people having to be institutionalized, and at least one miscarriage was attributed to viewing it. No, it wasn’t a Rolling Stones Concert. It was a film called The Exorcist. Never have I seen a film matched in shock, terror, writing, or performances. This isn’t a horror movie. The film itself is both a moving and terrifying drama that takes a realistic look at what would actually happen if a young girl were possessed in modern America. William Peter Blatty’s script is amazing, bringing depth to the characters, and presenting the mystery of faith that they all deal with. Is Regan possessed? Is she insane? And most importantly, Is there a God? In the course of two hours, we see a sweet and innocent young girl become a cross masturbating, head spinning, murderous, creature. We see a successful actress overcome skepticism to save her daughter, and we see a brilliant psychiatrist struggle with his devotion to God as a priest. It is is ranked among the top AFI’s Top Movies, was voted scariest movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Movies.com, and by viewers of AMC.
Worth-Mentioning in this genre is also Psycho (1960) , this Alfred Hitchcock classic tops AFI’s list of the 100 most thrilling American films, and the top rated horror titles at the Internet Movie Database.
Category 9: Science Fiction
What is the most resilient parasite? An Idea! Yes, Nolan has created something with his unbelievably, incredibly and god- gifted mind which will blow the minds of the audience away. The world premiere of the movie got top notch reviews worldwide and has scored maximum points of its category! Now the question arises what the movie has that it deserve all this? “In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.” Inception is the kind of film that reminds us why cinema will never die. It is rated as number #1 in its genre and #3 movie of all times in all categories by Internet Movie Database.
Worth Mentioning in this category are many in this world of Sci-fi, like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Aliens (1986), Back to the Future (1985) .