Movies to watch

Your Guide to Good Movies to Watch

We here at Cinema Paradiso are, without a doubt, proper film buffs. We certainly have no shortage of good films to watch. In fact, you could binge nonstop and never crack the surface. We’ve searched through all the latest titles, bringing you a list of great movies to watch.

The Best Movies to Watch

So, what are the top films to watch, exactly? The greatest movies of all time? The real trailblazers? Our pick of top rated movies to watch includes an extensive range of films, from horror and adrenaline-pumping action to highly-regarded classics produced by the best writers and film directors in the industry.

What Makes a Good Movie Good?

It’s a huge, million-dollar question that can’t possibly be answered. Judgement comes down to personal taste – there’s a whole lot more to a good movie than meets the eye. Why do some stand the test of time whilst others swiftly lose their worth? Here are some ideas on what we think makes a good movie.Pleasant/engaging characters. Characters are crucial in any storyline. At the end of the day, you’re giving a whole two hours of your time – that’s precious in today’s rat race, right? The protagonist (or hero) needs to elicit the response, “I understand them” or “that could be me.” If we don't like the central character of the film, then it won't stand up very well.A clear theme. Top movies to watch need to tell the audience something, whether it’s that you need to love yourself and others, that killing is bad and lying is wrong.Simple plot. An over-elaborate plot doesn’t make for a good film to watch at all. Plot can make or break today’s cinema.Likeable ending. The finale is vital. Countless films have been ruined because of a dreadful ending. It needs to put a good lid on the rest of the film.That said, there are a few films that are popular with almost everyone…

Universally Great Films to Watch

Most of us have experienced walking into the cinema, then walking out feeling like a different person. Films have the potential to inspire and shape our decisions about life. Let’s look at some universally nice movies to watch…

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)

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    148 minutes

    Possibly not one of the nicest movies to watch, but rather one of the best indie films or thrillers, for sure. This iconic movie features a stellar cast, timeless dialogues and endless pop-culture references from 1950s movies to 1970s cars and hairstyles. As for the soundtrack, it’s a mix of rock and soul – you’ll never be able to listen to any one of the songs featured in the film without thinking of Pulp Fiction.

    Director:
    Quentin Tarantino
    Cast:
    John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Braveheart (1995)

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    170 minutes

    If you’re on the hunt for a great movie to watch, this is it. Mel Gibson both starred and directed this epic film illustrating William Wallace’s war for Scotland’s freedom from English rule. The battles are vicious and graphic whilst the dialogue is inspiring. As for cinematography and soundtrack, they’re second to none. You’ll actually find yourself wanting to coat your face in blue and yell, “FREEEEEEDOM!” until your voice hurts.

    Director:
    Mel Gibson
    Cast:
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
    Genre:
    Action & Adventure, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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    136 minutes

    The story of two men who form a friendship during long-term prison sentences, Shawshank is no doubt one of the greatest movies to watch. Who doesn’t love Morgan Freeman’s narration? As for the plot and dialogue, it’s superb as is the soundtrack.

    Director:
    Frank Darabont
    Cast:
    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
    Genre:
    Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Princess Bride (1987)

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    95 minutes

    A very nice movie to watch indeed, a true love story. It has everything, a flourishing romance, adventures, revenge and even a pirate. Happily, after things go wrong with the lovebirds, they also get better, and in the end, they find their way to each other. It’s arguably one of the best classic rom-com movies to watch.

    Director:
    Rob Reiner
    Cast:
    Cary Elwes, Willy DeVille, Mandy Patinkin
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Comedy, Romance
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    DVD, Blu-ray

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