The Top 10 Modern Film Masterpieces Everyone Needs To See

Amy Adams in Arrival
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According to Redditors, these ten modern masterpieces are visually stunning, thought-provoking, and emotionally powerful. From gritty realism to mind-bending science fiction, these films push the boundaries of cinema and explore the complexities of the human experience.

1. The Father (2020)

The Father is a drama film starring Anthony Hopkins as Anthony, an older man who begins to lose his grip on reality as he struggles with memory loss.

The film explores the theme of dementia and its impact on the person suffering from it and their loved ones. Florian Zeller directed and also wrote the screenplay.

2. The Florida Project (2017)

The Florida Project is a drama film set in the shadows of Disney World. It stars Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, and Bria Vinaite. The story follows a precocious six-year-old and her friends whose summer of fun is threatened by their irresponsible parents and the possibility of eviction. Sean Baker directs it.

3. Arrival (2016)

Arrival is science fiction. Denis Villeneuve directed the film. The film’s cast includes Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.

The story follows a linguistics professor recruited by the military to help communicate with extraterrestrial visitors who have landed on Earth. The film explores themes of communication, humanity, and loss.

4. The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse is a psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers, starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

The story follows two lighthouse keepers who become stranded on a remote island and begin to experience strange, supernatural occurrences. The film explores themes of isolation, madness, and the power of the human mind.

5. First Reformed (2017)

First Reformed is an American drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader and stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried. The story follows a small-town pastor embroiled in a faith crisis after a parishioner’s family tragedy. The film explores grief, guilt, and the nature of religion.

6. Gravity (2013)

Gravity is a science fiction film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film follows the story of two astronauts who are left stranded in space after the destruction of their spacecraft and their struggle to return to Earth.

7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a drama film. Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fail directed this film. Jonathan Majors and Danny Glover star in it. This movie is the story of a young boy, Jimmie, who returns to the house his grandpa built in the heart of San Francisco, only to find that his home is no longer his own.

8. The Joker (2019)

The Joker is a psychological thriller directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix. The film is a standalone origin story of the iconic DC Comics villain, the Joker.

It tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a struggling comedian who descends into madness and becomes the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, and F. Murray Abraham.

The film is set in the fictional European country of Zubrowka. It follows the story of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel, and his protégé Zero. They become embroiled in a murder mystery involving a priceless painting. Many noted the film is visually stunning. 

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10. Knives Out (2019)

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Knives Out is a mystery film directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. The film follows the story of a detective, Benoit Blanc.

Blanc is called in to investigate the death of a wealthy patriarch of a dysfunctional family and the various suspects in the murder case, each with their motives. Critics widely praised the movie for its clever storytelling and an all-star cast.

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is there another modern masterpiece more deserving of a spot on this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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