Films Through the Decades

We all love checking out the biggest of the big blockbuster films that come out each year, but how many have you actually seen? I decided to compile a list, a list of a few of the most popular films throughout the decades. It was quite a decisive moment when I had to decide which decade to start from but I landed on the 50’s. So here it is, some of the biggest films throughout the decades!

1950’s

  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

A classic film and classic musical which songs will never get old. Singin’ in the Rain follows famous actor, Don Lockwood and his silent film production company as they make the difficult transition into sound.

  • 12 Angry Men (1957)

Cleverly set in a single location, 12 Angry Men is about a jury, a jury of, well, 12 men. The case is of a young boy who was arrested for the murder of his father and 11 jurors find him guilty, but one does not. The single juror fighting for his innocence attempts to suede the other one by one. Pictured below.

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1960’s

  • Psycho (1960)

Possibly one of the most memorable films of all time. A woman named Marion Crane steals $40,000 dollars and flees her home town, ending up at Bate Motel in Fairvale, California. What she doesn’t expect is the motel is run by Norman Bates, a young man under the domination of his mother.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

It can easily be said that this is one of the most revolutionary films of all time. Back when this was released, there was nothing else like it around and the first of its kind. 2001: A Space Odyssey is all about humanity setting off on a quest with intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000 after finding a strange and artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface. Picture below.

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1970’s

  • Jaws (1975)

If you somehow obtained an irrational fear of sharks, I wouldn’t be surprised if this film is the reason why. Steven Spielberg directed this epic tale of a local Sheriff, marine biologist and an old seafarer teaming up to hunt down the great white shark that has been wreaking havoc.

  • Star Wars (1977)

Episode IV: A New Hope, the very first film made in what is one of the most influential film series. Luke Skywalker joins forces with the Jedi Knight and works with a pilot named Han Solo, his sidekick, Chewbacca and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle ship. All the while, trying to save Princess Leia from the evil, Darth Vader. Pictured below.

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1980’s

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

I can easily say that Indiana Jones has one of the best film scores and theme song. Harrison Ford stars as the archaeologist and adventurer, Indiana Jones, who was hired by the United States government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazi’s. Pictured below.

  • E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

A story between human and alien that doesn’t end in mass destruction. E.T. follows a young boy who builds up the courage to help a friendly alien escape earth and return to his home world.

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1990’s

  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Before I say anything else, Anthony Hopkins was absolutely terrific in this film as Dr. Hannibal Lector. Jodie Foster portrays a young FBI cadet who must confide with an incarcerated and manipulative killer to get his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)

A cult classic starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis follows the two hit men from the mob, a gangster’s wife, a boxer and a couple of diner bandits whose lives intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. Pictured below.

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2000’s

  • Memento (2000)

One of the best edited films and telling of a story. Christopher Nolan writing and directing a story of a man who suffers from short term memory loss but creates a system to keep this from being an obstacle as he searches for the man who killed his wife.

  • The Dark Knight (2008)

One of the most popular DC heroes, Batman, goes up against one of his many arch-nemesis’, The Joker. Christian Bale and Heath Ledger star opposite each other in this film about saving the city of Gotham from havoc. Pictured below.

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Of course, there are many, many more incredible films from each of these decades but I had to keep the list short. However, below I will list a few more honourable mentions which deserve to be here.

Honourable mentions

  • West Side story (1961)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • Schindler’s List (1993)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • Children of Men (2006)

After reading the list/s above, let me know if you agree, or disagree, with any I’ve mentioned. Also, I would like to know what your favourite films are from both these decades above and years earlier than the 1950’s!

Live Long And Prosper – E

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