Here’s the list of the best classic movies of all time. Nothing can ever become a classic unless it is the best of its genre or if it ever gets old, here are the movies which stay the best of all time: When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Pulp Fiction (1994), Psycho (1960), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
10. When Harry Met Sally…
When Harry Met Sally… (1989) is a classic romantic comedy movie directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
The story follows Harry and Sally two graduates meeting five years after, on the flight. Sally is dating Joe Harry’s neighbor, and Harry is engaged. They become friends, forcing Harry to reevaluate his point about the impossibility of male-female friendships.
- Initial release: July 21, 1989 (USA)
- Director: Rob Reiner
- Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
- Music by: Marc Shaiman, Harry Connick Jr.
- Budget: 16 million USD
- Box office: 92.8 million USD
9. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction (1994) is a classic movie in the comedy-crime genre, directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman.
The plot tells several criminal stories, a series of incidents intertwines the lives of two Los Angeles mobsters, a gangster’s wife, a boxer, and two small-time criminals.
- Initial release: September 10, 1994 (South Korea)
- Director: Quentin Tarantino
- Story by: Quentin Tarantino
- Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel
- Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames
- Featuring song: Misirlou
- Budget: 8–8.5 million USD
- Box office: 213.9 million USD
8. 9½ Weeks
9 1⁄2 Weeks (1986) is an erotic romantic drama movie directed by Adrian Lyne. The film is based on the 1978 memoir of the same title by Ingeborg Day. Starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.
The story follows Elizabeth is a New York City art gallery employee who has a brief yet intense affair with a mysterious Wall Street broker.
Their passion is strong, Elizabeth starts to realize that John is not sharing any part of his life besides sex. She must make a decision about what she wants from their relationship.
- Initial release: February 21, 1986 (USA)
- Director: Adrian Lyne
- Based on: Nine and a Half Weeks by Ingeborg Day
- Starring: Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger
- Music by: Jack Nitzsche
- Budget: 17 million USD
- Box office: 100 million USD
Psycho (1960) is a classic psychological horror-thriller movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It is based on the 1959 novel of the same title by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.
The story follows an encounter between on-the-run embezzler Marion Crane and shy motel proprietor Norman Bates, a private investigator, Marion’s lover Sam Loomis, and her sister Lila investigate the cause of her disappearance.
- Initial release: June 16, 1960 (New York)
- Director: Alfred Hitchcock
- Based on: Psycho by Robert Bloch
- Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
- Music by: Bernard Herrmann
6. Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) classic Western movie directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. It is based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone.
The story takes place in During the Civil War, two men, Blondie and Tuco, form an alliance while looking for treasure. They must also outwit Angel Eyes, an outlaw who wants to plunder the riches for himself.
- Initial release: December 23, 1966 (Italy)
- Director: Sergio Leone
- Based on: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone
- Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè
- Music by: Ennio Morricone
- Budget: 1.2 million USD
- Box office: 25.1 million USD
5. The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects (1995) is a classic mystery thriller movie directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, and Kevin Spacey.
The story follows the interrogation of Roger Kint, who is one of the only survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles. Kint tells an interrogator a convoluted story of events that led him and his criminal companions to the boat, and of a mysterious crime-lord known as Keyser Söze.
- Initial release: July 19, 1995 (France)
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak
- Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey, Suzy Amis, Benicio del Toro
- Music by: John Ottman
- Budget: 6 million USD
- Box office: 34.4 million USD
4. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump (1994) is a classic comedy-drama movie directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same title by Winston Groom. Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Sally Field.
The story follows Forest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man several. Forrest Gump, witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century the United States.
- Initial release: June 23, 1994 (Los Angeles)
- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Based on: Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
- Music by: Alan Silvestri
- Budget: 55 million USD
- Box office: 683.1 million USD
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is a classic fantasy adventure movie directed by Peter Jackson, based on the 1954 novel The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
The story follows Frodo, a young hobbit who has found the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron, begins his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.
Film series: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).
- Initial release: December 10, 2001 (United Kingdom)
- Director: Peter Jackson
- Based on: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
- Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan
- Music by: Howard Shore
- Budget: 93 million USD
- Box office: 887.9 million USD
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 classic drama movie directed by Miloš Forman, based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. It Starring Jack Nicholson and Randle McMurphy.
The story follows McMurphy who faked insanity In order to escape prison labor, In the hospital, he must rise up against a cruel nurse, Ratched.
- Initial release: November 19, 1975 (USA)
- Director: Miloš Forman
- Based on: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, William Redfield
- Music by: Jack Nitzsche
- Budget: 3–4.4 million USD
- Box office: 163.3 million USD
1. The Godfather Film series
The Godfather is an American film series that consists of three classic crime drama movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Italian American author Mario Puzo.
The story follows the trials of the Italian American mafia Corleone family whose patriarch, Vito Corleone, rises to be a major figure in American organized crime. His youngest son, Michael Corleone, becomes his successor. The Godfather is seen by many as one of the best classic movies of all time, while The Godfather Part II is viewed as one of the best sequels in movie history. The series is heavily awarded, winning 9 out of 28 total Academy Award nominations.
- Director: Francis Ford Coppola
- Based on: The Godfather; by Mario Puzo
- Film series: The Godfather
- Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy García, Eli Wallach,
- Joe Mantegna, Sofia Coppola, Marlon Brando
- Music by: Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola
- Budget: 73–74.2 million USD
- Box office: 430.9–512.4 million USD