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There are certain movies that change your life, movies that in a particular moment of your existence have a great impact on your way of thinking, on personal growth and on your future choices. These are the same movies that are often unanimously considered great masterpieces in the history of cinema. Here is a list of some movies that could permanently change your view of the world.

Stand by me

The first of the movies that you change your life, especially if you are a teenager, is Stand by Me, by Rob Reiner. Writer Gordie Lachance reads a news article about a boy stabbed in a restaurant. Gordie remembers a youthful event when he, his best friend, Chris Chambers, and also two other good friends, Teddy Duchamp and Vern Tessio, traveled to locate the body of a missing boy near the Castle Rock, Oregon community. One-day weekend adventure in September 1959.

12-year-old Gordie’s parents mourn the death of older brother Denny and offer Gordie plenty of attention. While searching for the money he has hidden on his mother and father’s porch, Vern overhears his older brother Billy talking to his friend Charlie about the discovery of the missing boy’s body, Ray Brower, outside of town. Since it might draw attention to the fact that he and Charlie recently stole a car, Billy doesn’t want to report the body.

The four boys, truly hoping to become local heroes, decide to go in search of the body when Vern tells Gordie, Chris and Teddy what he has been listening to. After Chris steals his father’s gun, he and Gordie face off against local thug “Ace” Merrill as well as Chris’s older brother, “Eyeball” Chambers. Ace threatens Chris with a lit cigarette and Eyeball steals Gordie’s Yankees cap, which was a gift from Denny.

The four boys begin their journey. They are surprised on a private property by Milo Pressman and his dog, Chopper. They escape over a fence as Milo offends Teddy’s mentally ill father. Teddy tries to attack Milo, but is stopped by his friends. The four continue the journey, as Chris urges Gordie to realize his potential as a writer despite his father’s disapproval. When they cross a railway bridge, Gordie and Vern are surprised by an approaching train and jump off the tracks and save themselves by a miracle.

Stand by me is based on Stephen King’s 1982 novel The Body, as well as the title comes from the song by Ben E. King. Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and even Jerry O’Connell play 4 boys who, in 1959, go on an excursion to discover the remains of a missing boy. The film was chosen for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and also for 2 Golden Globes: one for Best Drama and one for Best Director.


The Truman Show

Another one of the life changing movies was made by Peter Weir. Truman Burbank is the unwitting celebrity of The Truman Show, a television show shot 24/7 via hundreds of hidden cameras and broadcast live around the world. Christof, the program’s creator and executive producer, seeks to record Truman’s authentic emotions and offer target markets an easily recognizable common man. As Truman was selected from birth following an unwanted pregnancy, Christof declares that Truman was embraced not only by the show, but by the “world” as well.

Truman’s hometown Seahaven Island is a complete set developed inside a huge dome, occupied by team participants and actors highlighting the advertising of revenue-creating products for the show. The elaborate set design allows Christof to regulate virtually every aspect of Truman’s life, including the weather. To prevent Truman from uncovering the truth Christof creates scenarios that discourage Truman’s need for exploration, such as the death of his father in a sea storm to instill aquaphobia in him, as well as continually broadcasting messages about the risks of travel as well as the benefits. to stay at home.

The film stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, a boy who grew up living a common life who, unbeknownst to him, appears on a TV show about him. The supporting cast includes Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Paul Giamatti and Brian Delate.

The Truman Show is a dystopian film that also uses the tone of comedy. It was initially a script by Niccol, influenced by a 1989 episode of The Twilight Zone called “Special Service” (written by J. Michael Straczynski). Unlike the completed film, it was more of a science fiction thriller, with the story set in New York City. Scott Rudin acquired the script and began production at Paramount Pictures. Brian De Palma was to direct the film before Peter Weir, making the film for $ 60 million – $ 20 million less than the initial price. Niccol rewrote the script while the staff waited for Carrey’s clearance. Most of the shooting took place in Seaside, Florida, a well-planned neighborhood located in the Florida Panhandle.

A Clockwork Orange

There is no doubt: A Clockwork Orange is one of the great drama movies that change your life. In a future Britain, Alex DeLarge is the leader of a gang of thugs: Georgie, Dim and Pete. One night, after getting drunk on the most drug-laden “milk”, they participate in a night of “ultraviolence,” which includes a fight with a rival gang. They drive to the estate of writer Frank Alexander and trick his wife into getting inside. They beat Alexander to the point of paralyzing him, as well as Alex raping Alexander’s wife while singing “Singin ‘in the Rain”. The next day, while he is absent from college, Alex is approached by the police officer who monitors him, Deltoid, who understands Alex’s faults in the events of the night before and warns him.

Alex’s companions share discontent over minor criminal activity and want high-yielding theft, yet Alex asserts his authority by assaulting them. Later, Alex invades the home of a wealthy “cat lady” and beats her with a phallic sculpture while his companions wait for him outside the villa. Hearing the alarms, Alex tries to escape but Dim smashes a bottle in his face, stunning Alex and letting the police catch him. Deltoid says the woman died of her injuries, and Alex is sentenced for murder to 14 years in prison.

Two years into the sentence, Alex eagerly accepts a deal to be a test subject for the Interior Minister’s brand new Ludovico method, a therapy to fix criminals within 2 weeks. Alex is tied to a chair, his eyes are wide open and he is filled with psychiatric drugs. He is therefore forced to enjoy movies of sex and violence, some of which are accompanied by the music of his favorite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Alex ends up being nauseated by the movies and, fearing that the technique will surely make him sick after hearing Beethoven, calls for an end to the therapy.

Two weeks later, the minister shows Alex’s recovery at an officials event. Alex is unable to react to an actor who ridicules and mistreats him, and ends up feeling bad when he wants to have sex with a topless woman. The prison priest complains that Alex has actually been deprived of his free will; the minister insists that the Ludovico method will reduce crime as well as alleviate crowding in prisons.

A clockwork orange is a dystopian film that uses disturbing and violent images to talk about psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, gangs of young people and even various other social, political and financial topics in a dystopian Britain in the near future. One of the great masterpiece of Stanley Kubrick.

Phantom of the Paradise

Cult film Absolute, unique, unforgettableSongwriter Winslow Leach is heard by acclaimed record producer Swan as Winslow plays an original composition on a set with a 1950s-style band, Juicy Fruits, which Swan created. Swan believes Winslow’s songs are ideal for opening “The Paradise” – Swan’s highly anticipated new opera house.

A month later, Winslow goes to Swan’s Death Records to sign the deal for his music, but is thrown out. Winslow acknowledges Swan’s plan to open Heaven with his music after he is hunted again. Winslow is sentenced to life in Sing prison and his teeth are also extracted and replaced with steel ones (a program to reduce infections among prisoners, funded by the Swan Foundation).

6 months later, Winslow learns that Juicy Fruits have made a successful record with his music with the complicity of Swan. A guard catches Winslow destroying record presses, sliding him and even falling face down into a press, which crushes and burns half of his face, also destroying his vocal cords.

Winslow attempts to kill Swan and his performers and nearly kills the Beach Bums (formerly Juicy Fruits) with a bomb while they are playing a version of Winslow’s song Faust. The ghost confronts Swan, who recognizes him as Winslow. Swan uses the opportunity to get Winslow to complete his songs by promising him that Phoenix will become the star of the show. The Phantom completes Faust, but Swan replaces Phoenix with a glam rock transvestite named “Beef” at the helm of Winslow’s Faust and puts Phoenix in a supporting role.

History is a blend of horror and musical from a series of European classics: Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, 1890’s Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray and Goethe / Christopher Marlowe’s Faust.

The film was a box office failure and at the same time also garnered unfavorable reviews, at the same time garnering appreciation for its songs and earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Over the years, the film has received much more positive ratings and has even become a cult movie.

Once upon a time in America

A gigantic work on the great themes of life, a masterpiece by Sergio Leone, one of the movies that change your life forever. In 1933, three thugs search for a man named “Noodles”. They enter a Wayang cinema, where the owners run an opium den hidden inside the building. The Chinese warn Noodles, who is on drugs and remembers the deaths of friends Patrick Goldberg, Philip Stein and Maximilian Bercovicz. He remembers watching the police find their remains, Max was burned and unrecognizable. Noodles avoid capture and leave town.

In 1918, David “Noodles” Aaronson and his friends “Patsy” Goldberg, “Cockeye” Stein and Dominic are street kids on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They engage in petty theft in competition with a local thug, Bugsy. Max and Noodles become friends.

They put half of their earnings in a locker at the train station, giving the key to “Fat Moe”, a good friend not directly involved in their business. Bugsy eventually assaults the boys and shoots Dominic, who dies in Noodles’ arms.

The film is an Italian-American production created by The Ladd Company, Embassy International Pictures, PSO Enterprises and Rafran Cinematografica, and distributed by Warner Bros. Based on the Harry Gray novel The Hoods, it tells the lives of friends David “Noodles” Aaronson and Maximilian “Max” Bercovicz as they lead a team of young ghetto Jews who become prominent mobsters in New York City’s organized crime world. The film examines the themes of childhood friendships, love, desire, greed, dishonesty, loss, broken relationships, along with the rise of mobsters in American culture.

It was the last film Sergio Leone directed before his death five years later, and the first feature he had actually directed in 13 years. It is also the third film in the Once Upon a Time trilogy, which includes Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Giù la testa! (1971). The photography is by Tonino Delli Colli, the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. Leone initially envisioned two three-hour movies, then a single version of 269 minutes (4 hours and 29 minutes), but was encouraged by distributors to cut it down to 229 minutes (3 hours and 49 minutes). American suppliers, The Ladd Company, further reduced it to 139 minutes (2 hours and 19 minutes) and also repositioned the scenes in sequential order, without Leone’s participation.


8 1/2

Probably, in the opinion of many famous directors, the greatest cinematic masterpiece of all time. The most important of the movies that change your life and give you a new vision of the world. Guido Anselmi, a popular Italian director, is experiencing the “director’s block”. Stuck in its brand new science fiction movie that consists of subtly veiled autobiographical references, has actually grown weary of creative and marital problems.

As he tries to recover from his stress and anxieties at a luxurious medical spa, Guido questions a well-known critic to review his suggestions for his film, but the film critic discourages him from completing his project. Guido has recurring visions of an ideal woman, whom he considers crucial to his story. His mistress Carla wants to see him, but Guido puts her in a separate hotel.

Guido admits to his wife’s best friend, Rosella, that he wanted to make a film that was pure and truthful, yet he can’t find anything honest to tell. Carla surprises Guido, Luisa and Rosella outside the hotel, while Guido declares that he and Carla ended their relationship years ago. Luisa and Rosella deny it, and Guido slips into a fantasy world dominated by a hareem of women in his life, but a repudiated showgirl starts a riot.

Co-written by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano and Brunello Rondi, he is played by Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director who experiences stifled creativity as he attempts to shoot a legendary science fiction film. It is shot in black and white by cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo and includes a soundtrack by Nino Rota, with costumes and sets by Piero Gherardi.

8 and 1 ⁄ 2 won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design. It is also recognized as an avant-garde film and an extremely important classic. It is considered by many to be the most important film in the history of cinema. Certainly among the greatest and most significant movies of all time.


Life celebrated in his more poetic and grotesque form in another of Federico Fellini’s life-changing movies. In Borgo San Giuliano, a town near Rimini, the arrival of soft poplar seeds floating in the wind heralds the arrival of spring. As night falls, citizens go to the village square for a bonfire in which the Old Witch of Winter is ritually burned. Citizens play tricks on each other, set off fireworks, have fun with women, and make vulgar noises when the civic-minded representative lectures on the area’s history.

The school under fascism is a boring sequence of facts recited by professors of different levels of interaction and skill. When not called upon to solve math problems or recognize unknown historical details, all Titta and her fellow students can do is joke or skip class. When Titta confesses, she has the ability to avoid informing Don Balosa of his masturbation and to attempt to seduce Gradisca, an attractive woman, as the priest is more interested in flower arrangements.

Titta’s friend, Ciccio, daydreams of being married to his Aldina, with the big face of Mussolini. Due to his past as an anarchist, Titta’s father, Aurelio, is interrogated and forced to consume alcohol and castor oil.

In the summer season, at noon, the family sees Uncle Teo (Ciccio Ingrassia), Aurelio’s brother, forced into an asylum. (“I want a lady!”). A dwarf nun and 2 attendants finally solve the problem.

The title of the film is a Romagna expression a m ‘arcôrd (“I keep in mind”). The title then came to be a neologism of the Italian language, with the meaning of “nostalgic evocation”. Titta’s character is undoubtedly based on Fellini’s childhood companion, Luigi Titta Benzi from Rimini. Benzi remained and in close contact with Fellini throughout his life. Titta’s sentimental education is representative of Italy’s “abandonment of principles”.

The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for two other Oscars: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Fellini Roma

Among the movies that change your life, this is the most visionary, the most anti-narrative and the one that comes closest to the great pictorial art. An unforgettable and timeless fresco, one of the greatest figurative journeys of the 20th century. Federico Fellini tells about his youth in Rome. The film opens with a long traffic congestion towards the city. When there, scenes are shown about Rome during the fascist routine in the 1930s and 1970s.

A young Fellini (Gonzales) moves into a lively Roman apartment populated by uncommon people (including a Benito Mussolini impersonator) and run by a sick and overweight lady. He goes to 2 brothels – one run down and packed and the other extravagant and trendy – and apparently falls in love with a street woman who works in the last one. Various other Rome attractions are revealed, consisting of an inexpensive vaudeville theater, streets, passages, and an ancient catacomb with frescoes that are destroyed by the fresh air soon after excavators discover them.

One of the most famous scenes portrays a solitary elderly noblewoman holding an extravagant liturgical parade for a cardinal and other visitors with nuns and even priests sporting all kinds of particular attire. The film ultimately ends with a team of young bikers riding straight into town and a melancholy scene of actress Anna Magnani, whom the film crew meets on the street and who would die a few months later.

Rome, also known as Fellini Rome or Federico Fellini’s Rome, is a 1972 autobiographical film that describes the move of director Federico Fellini from his native Rimini to Rome as a young man. It is a tribute to the city, shown in a series of loosely linked episodes, set during Rome’s present and past. The plot is really non-existent, and the only “character” to assert itself is Rome itself. Peter Gonzales plays the young Fellini, and the film generally uses non-professional actors.

The Seventh Seal

A life-changing movie of Bergman. Disillusioned knight Antonius Block and his cynical squire Jöns return from the Crusades to find the plague-ravaged nation. The knight runs into Death who challenges him to a game of chess, thinking he can survive as long as the game continues. The chess game they start goes on throughout the story.

The knight and his squire pass a caravan of artists: Jof and his wife Mia, with their newborn son Mikael and actor-manager Jonas Skat. Waking up early, Jof has a vision of Mary and Jesus, which he tells Mia that she smiles in disbelief.

Block and Jöns explore a church where a fresco of the Danse Macabre is repainted, and the squire berates the musician for conspiring in the ideological enthusiasm that led to the war. In the confessional, Block informs the priest that he wants to take “a significant action” after what he now sees as a useless life. After revealing the chess strategy that will save his life, the knight discovers that in reality behind the priest is hiding the Death he spoke to. As he leaves the church, Block talks to a girl who has been burned at the stake for confiding in the devil. He believes she will surely inform him of life after death, only to find out that she is insane.

In a deserted city, Jöns meets a mute servant who has been raped by Raval, a theologian who 10 years earlier had encouraged the knight to join the Crusades and is currently also a thief. Jöns kidnaps the servant and they go to town. There, Skat is lured by Lisa, partner of the blacksmith Plog. The program of the artists’ scene is interrupted by a procession of flagellants led by a preacher who speaks to the citizens.

The knight and the squire are joined by members of Jof’s family and also by a repentant Plog. Block enjoys a picnic of milk and wild strawberries that Mia has collected and also proclaims: “I will carry this memory in my hands as if it were a bowl filled to the brim with fresh milk … And this will be an indicator. appropriate – it will certainly be enough for me. “

Block welcomes Plog and the actors to shelter from the plague in his castle. When they meet Skat and Lisa in the woods, she returns to Plog, while Skat thinks about a suicide, full of remorse. As the group proceeds, Skat climbs a tree to spend the night, but Death shows up below and knocks down the tree.

Meeting the condemned woman, Block asks her to summon Satan so that he can question him about God. The lady claims that she actually did, but the knight only sees her horror and gives her herbs to soothe her pain as she is placed on the pyre. .

Set in Sweden during the Black Death, it tells the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) and a game of chess with the personification of Death (Bengt Ekerot), who is actually interested in taking his life away. Bergman developed the film from his play Wood Painting. The title refers to a passage from the Apocalypse, used both at the beginning of the film and once again at the end, starting with the words “And when the Lamb opened the 7th seal, there was silence in heaven for space. half an hour “. Right here, the concept of silence refers to the “silence of God”, which is one of the main reasons for the film.

The seventh seal is considered a masterpiece of world cinema, as well as one of the greatest movies of all time. It made Bergman a world-famous director, with many scenes that became famous thanks to tributes, critical ratings and parodies.

Wings of Desire

One of the movies that change your life because it reveals, in a simple way, great esoteric themes. In a Berlin divided by the Berlin Wall, 2 angels, Damiel and Cassiel, roam the city, unheard and unseen by its human citizens. Damiel and even Cassiel actually existed as angels; they were in Berlin before it was a city, as well as before there were human beings of any kind.

Among the Berliners there is an old man named Homer, who imagines an “impressive of peace”. Cassiel follows the old man as he tries to find the then demolished Potsdamer Platz in an open field and discovers only the graffiti-covered wall. Although Damiel and Cassiel are pure observers, visible only to children and also incapable of any interaction with the physical world, Damiel begins to love a deeply lonely circus trapeze artist named Marion. She obeys herself in a campervan in West Berlin, until she gets the news that her group, Circus Alekan, will close. Depressed, she dances alone to the rhythm of the songs of Crime & the City Solution and moves around the city.

At the same time, star Peter Falk shows up in West Berlin to shoot a film about the city’s Nazi past. Falk was once an angel, who, having tired of always observing and never experiencing, gave up his eternal life to end up being a participant in the world. He meets Marion in a dream and is shocked when Falk senses her presence and tells him about the pleasures of human life.

The film is about invisible angels who inhabit Berlin and pay attention to the ideas of its human citizens, calming the afflicted. Even though the city is densely populated, many individuals are isolated or separated from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, loves a lonely and attractive trapeze artist, played by Solveig Dommartin. The angel chooses to become a human to ensure that he can experience human sensory pleasures, ranging from the pleasure of food to touch, so that he can find human love with the trapeze artist.

Influenced by the art showing angels visible around West Berlin, at the time surrounded by the Berlin Wall, Wenders and author Peter Handke wrote the script for the film with a German and French co-production. The film was shot by Henri Alekan in both color and sepia black and white, the latter used to represent the world as seen by angels. The cast consists of Otto Sander, Curt Bois and Peter Falk.



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