Top 10 best and Must watch English Movies in 20th Century
1. Clerks (1994)
This is a popular movie shows a day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. It is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film. The film Shot entirely in black and white. Clerks is the first of Smith’s View Askew universe film. There are nine scene breaks, signifying the nine rings of hell as in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Clerks was shot for $27,575 in the convenience and the film grossed over $3 million in theaters.
- Director:Kevin Smith
- Writer:Kevin Smith
- Screenplay: Kevin Smith
- Production company: View Askew Productions
- Stars:Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti
2. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
This is a popular 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The film is about a man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. Paul Newman is the hero and the film featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. The film is based on Donn Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. The film received favorable reviews and became a box-office success. This is described as the “touchstone of an era.” The quotation used by the prison warden in the film, which begins with “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” is one of the 100 most memorable movie lines ever.
- Director: Stuart Rosenberg
- Featured songs: Plastic Jesus, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, more
- Writers: Donn Pearce (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson)
- Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin
- Screenplay: Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson
Music director: Lalo Schifrin
3. Cemetery Man (1994)
This is a famous film in which the cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they rise from their graves as flesh-eating zombies. The cemetery custodian Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) grows tired of killing them. Town politicians won’t listen to him and he searches for love while defending himself from dead people. Then he falls in love with a beautiful woman (Anna Falchi) whose husband has recently died. Due to tragic interruption by zombies in this relation, Francesco goes to a a tailspin of madness and woe. His mentally handicapped assistant Gnaghi (François Hadji-Lazaro) whose interests include spaghetti and television, can speak only one word: “Gna.”
- Director: Michele Soavi
- Writers: Gianni Romoli (as Giovanni Romoli), Tiziano Sclavi (novel)
- Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi
- Music director: Manuel De Sica, Riccardo Biseo
4. Dumb & Dumber (1994)
It is one of the best 1994 American comedy film. This describes cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are the main stars. These two unintelligent friends from Providence, Rhode Island trip to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its owner. The story continues when they are pursued by a group of criminals who are after the briefcase. The film grossed $247 million at the box office.
- Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (uncredited)
- Producers: Charles B. Wessler, Brad Krevoy, Steve Stabler
- Writers: Peter Farrelly, Bennett Yellin
- Stars:Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly
5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead internationally known as Zombi. This is a top 1978 American independent action-horror film. The film deals with an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead. The phenomenon of unidentified origin has caused the reanimation of the dead and they pray on flesh. These incidents causes mass hysteria. During these incidents two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. This was the second film made in Romero’s Living Dead series.
- Director: George A. Romero
- Writer: George A. Romero
- Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger
6. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula or simply Dracula is a popular 1992 American romantic horror film. The story begins when Vlad Dracula turns into a bloodthirsty demon after his wife Elisabeta commits suicide. The film grossed $215 million on a $40 million budget. Dracula travels to London after finding out that his wife has reincarnated in the form of his lawyer’s fiancee Mina. The vampire comes to England to seduce Mina and inflict havoc in the foreign land. The famous song “Love Song for a Vampire” by Annie Lennox, in this film became an international hit.
- Director: Francis Ford Coppola
- Writers: Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)
- Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
7. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
A New York City doctor Dr. Bill Hartford (Tom Cruise), who is married to an art curator Alice (Nicole Kidman). His wife admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met and she once almost cheated on him. After this incident he pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery and becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. This 1999 erotic drama film is based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story). The film intakes $162 million at the worldwide box office.
- Director: Stanley Kubrick
- Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Frederic Raphael(screenplay)
- Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field
8. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
This is a great 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. A good-natured young introvert, Charles tries to discover his true love for Carrie. He attends the wedding of four of his friends and a funeral. The first wedding is that of Angus and Laura. The second wedding is that of Bernard and Lydia. The third wedding is that of Carrie and Hamish. The fourth wedding is ten months later in which Charles has decided to marry Henrietta. Carrie arrives and informs to Charles that she and Hamish are separated. Charles makes a proposal of lifelong commitment to Carrie, who accepts. Henrietta marries an officer in the Grenadier Guards. The film became an unexpected success with worldwide box office in excess of $245.7 million.
- Director: Mike Newell
- Writer: Richard Curtis
- Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet
9. Forrest Gump (1994)
This is a top 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. Forrest Gump is a kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama with a low I.Q. He joins the army for service where he meets Dan and Bubba. He is not intelligent but has accidentally been present at many historic moments. But his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran eludes him. The film won many award like Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Roth, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing.
- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Writers: Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)
- Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
10. Goodfellas (1990)
The film is based on a true story in which Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. Henry and his two unstable friends Jimmy and Tommy gradually climb the ladder from petty crime to violent murders. This is a popular 1990 American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorses. The film describes rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill (the first-person narrator in the film) and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. The film Made on a budget of $25 million and grossed $46.8 million domestically.
- Director: Martin Scorsese
- Writers: Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci