1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Andy Dufresne is a hotshot banker. His wife gets murdered and he is found guilty although he did not commit the crime. As the convict, he is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in a tough prison. At the prison, he deals with everything so wisely like he has been there for a long time. He doesn’t tell anybody about him being innocent. He makes many friends, among them, an old inmate named Red becomes his best friend. With the help of experienced Red Andy adapts very easily. Any helps the warden and makes a masterplan for his escape. It’s been the number one rated movie on the IMDb Top 250 list for a long time.
Director: Frank Darabont
Producer: Niki Marvin
Writer: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore
2. The Godfather (1972)
An old man “Don” Vito Corleone, New York mafia boss overseeing his daughter’s wedding. His youngest son Michael is a World War II marine, just came from the war to attend the wedding. Vito Corleone feels being the head of the crime clan at his age is getting tougher. Vito doesn’t want his family to be part of it anymore but it is not that easy. Mob kingpin isn’t happy to let one of the most powerful families go legit. A very powerful rival wants to sell illegal drugs who need help from Vito. Vito refuses to do it which begins a mob war against mafia families.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Writer: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
This movie tells the story of Vito growing up who then comes to New York in the 1910s, contrasting the life of him and his son. Later he becomes one of the most powerful mafias. He expands his crime syndicate empire to places around the country and the world other than New York. In the meantime, he tries to keep his family and relationships intact.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Mariana Hill, Lee Strasberg
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
Batman has been keeping a tight control on crime in Gotham City with the help of Lieutenant James Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent. Then a vile psychopath comes to the spotlight who calls himself ‘The Joker’. He throws Gotham City into chaos. Batman struggles to keep up against him and it becomes personal. They attack each other as the story goes on.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producer: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven
Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman
5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
A Puerto Rican boy is on a trial for the murder of his father. After concluding the closing arguments of the trial 12 jury members of the trial must deliver the final verdict. A guilty verdict means death for a teen. As the jury members try to reach a unanimous decision, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case and he has a point. Confusions arise as the night goes on. IMDb Top 250
Director: Sidney Lumet
Producer: Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose
Writer: Reginald Rose
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden