Movies You Need to Watch to Understand Everything

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Without question, the greatest movie ever made, The Godfather is a must see.

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Without question, the greatest movie ever made, The Godfather is a must see.

In my quest to become a famous writer/director, I’ve recounted some of the most prolific movies I’ve seen that have had an impact on me and others, and to have witnessed these movies, you’ve witnessed history in the making, for these movies are some of the biggest in pop culture.

Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks delivers an emotional performance as Forrest Gump, a grown man with the mind of a child from smalltown Greenbow, Alabama, who, through no effort of his own, becomes a world famous ping pong player, a decorated war hero, a rich shrimp boat captain, but in his mind, he only strives to show that he does know how to love.

Good Morning Vietnam – In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ, played by Robin Williams, begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. Even in the height of war, he strives to become a better broadcaster and world famous at the same time.

The Godfather – Released in 1972, The Godfather tells a dark story about a father (Marlon Brando) turning his high dollar mob over to his son, played by Al Pacino. Indisputably, one of the greatest movies ever created, The Godfather is a must watch.

Pulp Fiction – Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta play mobsters who become entangled in the affairs of diner robbers and professional boxers. A cast chalk full of amazing actors and actresses, the rousing story and emotional blank areas creates a suspenseful film that will surely have you itching for more.

Star Wars – The astral melodrama Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977. Follow Luke Skywalker as he longs to leave his desert home and join the rebellion against the vicious empire.

Field Of Dreams – Build it and they will come, they being baseball’s most legendary players. An Iowa farmer, played by Kevin Costner, puts his family through a financial roller coaster in pursuit of building a baseball field where he’s meant to be planting corn.

The Breakfast Club – The Breakfast Club is a tale of overcoming diversity among your peers, learning to accept others, and seeing other viewpoints of life as you watch the inevitable drama erupt between bad boy Judd, the spoiled Claire, eccentric Allison, nerdy Brian, and pretty jock Andrew as they sit through a Saturday detention together. All of the ups and downs, and the emotional payoff at the end is sure to have you throw you fist into the air.

Back to the Future –  Michael J. Fox plays an arrogant teen who dreams of being a rockstar and driving a fancy Toyota Tacoma, but when his friend Doc, played by Christopher Lloyd, creates a time machine, he finds himself 30 years in the past, and it’s his job to make sure his parents end up together, before he gets “Thanosed” by time.

Monty Python – In a low budget take on King Arthur’s quest by God to collect the holy grail, wacky roadbumps and unexpected antics lead to a very funny telling of a classic story, and a cultural phenomenon, that after its theatrical release, made so much money, because of its lack of a budget.

Stand By Me – After the death of a close friend, an author recounts a childhood adventure to find a dead body. Through ponds infested with leaches, and being chased down by a train, the kids finally reach their destination, only to be encountered by some tough looking teens. A movie that teaches the importance of friendship, Stand By Me has always seemed to be the movie that brings together all different kinds of people.

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