Influential movies in film history

Motion picture is one of the most unique forms in the art history. Like other kinds of art, movies attract cinima-goers  with a variety of excellent masterpieces. It can be seen that cinema has experienced a long history for ages. In this article, we will have chances to discover nine films that changed the filmmaking the history of movies forever. 


“Blair Witch Project” (1999)

Mentioning about films that changed how movies are made, we cannot miss “Blair Witch Project”, an American horror film. Although it was made on a shoestring budget with no professional actors or even a script, “Blair Witch Project” successfully made the viewers’ hair stand on end. The movie tells the story of three student filmmakers who got lost while filming a documentary about a local legend. They were nowhere to  be found and their video and sound equipment was discovered a year later.


Every scene is drenched in dread



“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

“Pulp Fiction” is a Quentin Tarantino’s typical movie with violent scenes. Its content seems to be simple, but you must watch it several times to fully understand deep meaning. The film was reviewed to be revolutionary in joining the arthouse with the cinemaplex. The film was nominated for seven Oscars and awarded the Palme d\’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.


Pulp Fiction is a crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino



“Eraserhead” (1977)

Like “French New Wave”, the name “David Lynch” is popular with classic horror movies. His first film “Eraserhead” was one of the first surrealist masterpieces to gain worldwide fame. It is about a man getting lost in a mysterious city. The story continues with terrifying happenings when he has to care for a bizarre baby in a hotel room.


“Eraserhead” was ranked No. 14 on the list of “The Top 50 Cult Films”



“The Godfather” (1972)

“The Godfather” is around the Corlene crime family. It does not focus on explaining what is good or bad, but finds out the reasons for their behaviors. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, it is still listed in Top 250 favorite movies of all time. Besides, “The Godfather” won three 1973 Oscars for Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay.


“The Godfather” is a American gangster-drama film



“The 400 Blows” (1959)

Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” is the first film of French New Wave, an artistic movement inspired from the Hollywood formula. French New Wave is characterized by tracking shot, jumbled narrative and absurdity.


The movie follows the story of Antoine Doinel who is thought by his parents and teachers to be a trouble maker.



“Seven Samurai” (1954)

Akira Kurosawa was one of the first Eastern directors to make considerable impression on American viewers. Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” is around farmers that hire seven samurai to defend their village. As one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, its several techniques have become important ones used in current action films.


“Seven Samurai” is a Japanese film edited and directed by Akira Kurosawa



“Citizen Kane” (1941)

Citizen Kane” is not only the best film ever but also a revolution in filmmaking. Director Orson Welles was reported to use combining deep-focus photography, directional sound, overlapping dialogue and a fragmented narrative to make viewers experience as they did in the real world. The film focuses on Kane’s adventure to discover the meaning of the word “Rosebud”, which is also his last word before dying.


The main character is based on American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.



“The Birth of a Nation” (1915)

The film epic “The Birth of a Nation”, directed by D. W. Griffit, is about before and after the American Civil War. It was regarded to be the highest-grossing film of the silent film era. It can be said that the movie pioneered revolutionary techniques and narrative achievements.


“The Birth of a Nation” may be best remembered for its overt racism as well as misrepresentation of the Reconstruction



“A Horse in Motion” (1878)

In fact, “A Horse in Motion” is not considered as a movie because during the two-minute film, viewers only see a horse gallop. However, it is really a significant revolution. This was the first time motion scenes had been shown to public.


“A Horse in Motion” marked the appearance of a new form of art



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