Movies have been a great source of inspiration and influence since the time the first movie was made back in the 1890s, although it was nothing more than a collection of shots. Since then, movies have played a great role in shaping up societies, in bringing people together, and in inspiring countless people.
The movies that we have included in the list below may not be the greatest movies of all time, but they have certainly had a massive amount of influence after their release.
- Top 10 most influential movies of all time:
2001: A Space Odyssey (by Stanley Kubrick )
This movie happened to change the face of the cinema via its amazing audiovisual communication and the incorporation of various elements of science fiction, pop culture, and a lot more all into one. It also did a successful job at predicting a number of future devices and technologies that we use today.
8½ (by Federico Fellini )
This movie is considered as a big masterpiece by Fellini. This film basically clears out how tough it is to make films. This movie is more like an ode to the cinema itself while examining the creative minds and artistic geniuses in the world of filmmaking.
The Birth of a Nation (by D. W. Griffith )
This movie is considered one of the most groundbreaking works of all time. Even that would be an understatement. In this movie, Griffith made use of some wonderful technical innovations and narratives that were never used before. Hence, changing the face of the cinema forever.
Un Chien Andalou (by Luis Buñuel )
This movie happens to be the first of its kind in the world of surreal films and happens to be one of the most popular works of its time. It is more like a diverse collection of shots and clips with no actual plot to them. It made use of a number of technologies that would later change the world of filmmaking.
Diary of a Country Priest (by Robert Bresson )
Being a masterpiece by Bresson, this film further went on to provide inspiration to Scorsese for the production of Taxi Driver. When this film was released the first time, it was highly praised for the protagonist’s performance. This film presents an uncomfortable yet unforgettable view of isolation, pain, misery, doubt, and despair.
The Godfather: Part II (by Francis Ford Coppola )
There is no doubt that this is the first ever sequel to a film that was actually respected and well loved by many. In fact, it was this movie that normalized the idea of sequels. In other words, this movie is considered the greatest gangster movies of all time.
The Kid (by Charlie Chaplin)
This movie is a very powerful reflection of the love that exists between a son and his father. Indeed, this movie changes a lot of perceptions that people tend to have about a father and son’s relationship. This movie was one of the earliest works in the drama genre that had an unforgettable impact.
Nosferatu (by F. W. Murnau )
This movie happens to be of the very first adaptation of Dracula on the cinema. Before this, there was not enough cinematography done on vampires. This made it one of the most highly impacting horror movies of all time. Indeed, it is a treat for classic horror lovers.
Psycho (by Alfred Hitchcock )
This movie is considered as the first modern film by Hollywood. It depicts sexuality, violence, and the point where both of this crossover. The result was a groundbreaking work that turned out to be one of the best slasher films of all time acting as an inspiration for more to come.
Seven Samurai (by Akira Kurosawa )
This movie happens to be one of the earliest action movies as we see today. It features a drama that is about trust, honor, loyalty, teamwork and a lot of bravery.