List-making is a hobby no movie-buff can take lightly. And when it comes to movies, there is nothing really bigger than Hollywood. Not only is it the biggest movie industry in the world in terms of revenue but it is also the oldest. Some of the Hollywood’s best movies were made between 1930s-1960s. It was during the period that Hollywood movies’ best makers like Charlie Chaplin, John Ford, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, John Huston, and Orson Welles were at the heights of their creative powers.
The period that followed also saw very many master filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Sidney Lumet, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Aurthur Penn, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, etc. who have made some unforgettable cinematic gems. These gems need to be savored and cherished but most importantly catalogued. So, for a movie-buff, it is really a lifelong job to maintain his/her list of best Hollywood movies. The list, of course, evolves with exposure and time. A young cinebuff’s best Hollywood movie today is bound to be different than his/her all-time Hollywood best movie last year and so on. But as the cinebuff’s grows his/her choices tend to acquire an air of rigidity and so his/her top Hollywood movies list gradually settles down.
The history of motion pictures can be traced back to the year 1885 when the Lumiere Brothers started conducting private screenings of projected motion pictures in the world’s major cities such as London, Paris, and New York. Since then motion pictures have come a long way. The movies that the Lumieres screened and the movies that we watch today are as one would expect poles apart. If we look at the history of moviemaking we would come across a name called D.W. Griffith. It was Griffith who pretty much established the rules that drive the making of motions pictures. I am referring to the rules of continuity and without making it too technical let me put it this way that these are the rules that make the movie watching a nigh seamless experience. The rules which mainly deal with editing and cinematography dictate how films should be shot, cut, and arranged. Although, there rules are just the guidelines, the proper execution of these rules give the filmmakers a better control over things and prevent them from going awry. Some of the best known Hollywood classics adhere to these rules and cine-buffs would vouch that these films still succeed in holding their sway on the viewer.
So today we would put on a cine-buff’s hat and try and zero in on the best movies Hollywood has produced over the last hundred years or so in the order of their chronology.
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