Something special about certain films makes them stand out as flawlessly perfect in the hearts of fans. These movies transcend time and trends, leaving a permanent mark on audiences of all ages. Here are twelve films that members of an online community have voted for as perfect.
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
“I’ve always thought Terminator 2 is quite perfect”, comments one user. It’s hard to argue with this sentiment. James Cameron’s sci-fi action extravaganza redefined the genre and set new standards for visual effects. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic portrayal of the Terminator and groundbreaking CGI has impacted audiences worldwide.
2. Tremors (1990)
This cult classic has earned a dedicated fan following, despite not having taken the box office by storm upon its release. The mix of horror, humor, and friendship in the face of giant underground creatures has made it a beloved favorite. A user shares that it’s the perfect recipe for a delightful movie watch, especially on a cozy, rain-soaked day.
3. Jaws (1975)
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, a gripping thriller about a giant great white shark terrorizing a small beach town, remains an undisputed classic. The film’s ability to maintain tension and create fear without showing the shark until much later is a testament to Spielberg’s directorial prowess. It remains a ‘good’ film for one member after thirty years.
4. The Shining (1980)
This is a chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, directed by the master of suspense, Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson’s portal of the deranged Jack Torrance and the “Here’s Johnny!” scenes have become iconic in the horror genre. The film’s eerie atmosphere and unsettling imagery have solidified its position as one of the greatest horror movies ever.
5. Back to the Future (1985)
This time-traveling adventure-comedy is a testament to the genius of Robert Zemeckis and the magnetic performance of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. With a brilliant screenplay and cleverly woven narrative, this continues to captivate audiences of all generations. “It’s literally studied in film classes all the time for its screenplay and exactly matches this criterion,” shares a user.
6. The Dark Knight (2008)
Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight is hailed as a masterpiece, primarily due to Heath Ledger’s unforgettable performance as the Joker. The film’s dark and gritty tone and intense storytelling have elevated it to a level rarely achieved in superhero films.
7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
“Amazingly faithful to the book.” This chilling psychological thriller, directed by Jonathan Demme, earned critical acclaim and became one of the few horror films to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Dr.Hannibal Lecter is iconic, and Jodie Foster’s performance as Clarice Starling is equally impressive.
8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is a fantastic tale of friendship, hope, and redemption set within the walls of Shawshank State Penitentiary. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman deliver exceptional performances that emotionally resonate with audiences.
9. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
This courtroom comedy, starring Joe Pesci as an inexperienced but determined lawyer, brings a refreshing twist to the legal genre. The courtroom drama is perfectly balanced with humor, making it an enjoyable and unique cinematic experience.
10. Amadeus (1984)
“I show this to my music appreciation students, meaning over my career, I’ve seen it maybe…two or three dozen times. Never gets old, and every once in a while, I’ll notice some new detail to appreciate.” With captivating performances, stunning visuals, and an unforgettable score, Amadeus remains an unrivaled classic for music and movie lovers.
11. Spotlight (2015)
“Every scene, every performance is just spot on. Even the minor roles — some played by real victims -— are outstanding.” Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight tells the gripping true story of the investigative journalism team at The Boston Globe that exposed the Catholic Church’s cover-up of harassment.
12. Clue (1985)
Based on the popular board game, Clue is a hilarious and clever film with multiple endings. It revolves around a group of eccentric guests invited to a mansion for a dinner party by the enigmatic Mr. Boddy. The film’s wit, humor, and stellar cast have become a beloved cult classic.
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