The Shawshank Redemption


Don't even see where the doubt can come in. Everything is so clever, its just incredible. Cinematic masterpiece if there ever was one, I think this film achieved near perfection. Justice gets served and the showing of how being well mannered and thoughtful makes you grow on people, as Andy does with everybody in this film. Not only an amazing plot which throws many surprises at you, all leading to an ending which all eventually pieces itself together, showing off the intelligence of the lead character, but also one of the very greatest stories of friendship, between Andy and Red particularly, but all of those men together become like a family. Nothing will ever top this.

Ya this is a movie to which all other movies aspire to when it come to a dark drama and redemption or salvation stories. Though other movies on this list may have better dialogue, directing, and maybe better editing but the heart and soul of this movie make one feel the blood, sweat, and tears that the characters in this movie go through as they live their ill fated lives in prison.

Much like Schindler's List, this movie make you start feeling actual pain and sadness as the characters are met with trails that a normal human being would quickly start giving up on life if experienced.

It is a beautiful work of art. - masongilbert74

Brilliant script, brilliant actors, brilliant narrator (hello to you Morgan Freeman) None of that typical mainstream boy meets girl with a dilemma, this film is just beautifully shot and really captures the essence of the protagonist, whilst keeping the audience entertained and shocked every minute. The end revelation (no spoilers) makes the audience cheer, laugh and startled all at once. The brilliance of the writers, directors and excellent choice of actors. Also great to see that Tim didn't go crazy in Hollywood. Kinda sad but respect his choice. - skadoosh_007

The reason people love this movie, is that America is the underdog. That's who we are in our hearts. We are the underdog, we root for the underdog, we are all about a comeback story. And this is the best comeback story of all time. I must say this is a funny, tough choice. Forrest Gump, Shawshank, and Pulp Fiction all nominated for the best pic Oscar the same year. Tom Hanks is easily my favorite actor. Morgan Freeman is my second, he is God after all. "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright."

This movie is perfect! I have watched this so many times, and I never get tired of it! I am endlessly recommending it to all of my friends! The acting, story and visuals are all perfect and stunning! The movie will make you laugh, cry and make you wear a stupid little grin at the sheer inspiration that this movie has to offer! So many life messages and andy dufresne has to be one of the most legendary characters in any movie ever created! THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION!

The Shawshank Redemption is amazing. It has all the qualities that a movie needs to have. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are great together. The story is that Ellis Redding (Freeman) makes friends with warm-hearted Any Dufresne (Robbins) and they click. They have a friendship that gets them by day by day. But it's deeper that that. As the plot thickens, it gets better and better. With an ending that both satisfies you and leaves you wanting more, this piece of film history is one to be seen.

The godfather is so overrated it's not even funny, that's one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. But this movie had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, a true masterpiece, and an ending that will make you cry like a baby. - Alex12345269

may i say this is greatest movie of all time not your favorite most of the movies on this list are poor with poor actice, poor effects, poor story line etc...
top 5: the shankshaw redemption
: the godfather
: to kill a mocking bird
: lawrence of Arabia
: the dark knight - kirbox

Have no idea why this isn't #1. This movie has everything it is just perfect you never knew what was going to happen it kept you hooked the entire time and it has the best tale of all time. Also has the best narrating of all time and the best quotes of all time. - TheJPos

No movie will ever pull you into it like this does. There are no intense action scenes that has you on the edge of your seat, or obviously fake explosions and car crashes. But the calming, simple and extremely deep dialogue will just change the way you look at movies forever.

I hadn't watched this movie and I've seen many movies, from the godfather to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, star wars, you name it, I just watched it, I couldn't stop watching it. I was never so emotionally attatched into a movie in my life. Before this, my favorite movie was Gladiator (right below this one and The Godfather) but those movies have their not so amazing parts, this entire movie was perfect..

If I were to remake this movie, I wouldn't change a thing. The Shawshank Redemption is simply perfect. The acting, the script, the narrating, and everything about it was done brilliantly. Oh Morgan Freeman's voice is to die for.

Excellent movie, the story, the cast and everything was just perfect. Acting from all the actors was superb. People can watch it again and again. Its such a charm to watch it.. It highlight the life of people in prison and also gives very good message.

Such a great movie! The acting was brilliant and it left me speechless each time I watched it. I would always just think about it all after watching it. I normally think books are better then the movie but in this case the movie is really good and just a bit better then the book (the book was good too) this movie deserves to be number 1!

Great inspirational movie. When I'm down and out this movie always leaves me in a better place mentally. I always thought it was a shame it came out the same year as Forest Gump. I think time has let all know which was the better film.

Awesome movie. It had absolutely everything - Beautiful soundtrack, amazing acting, a story I will never forget and the best, most unique and unpredictable ending in the history of movies. This is and will always be the best movie I've ever seen.

plot, screenplay, acting, cinematography-everything is extraordinary... I can never forget the view of the Pacific followed by the comment "I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams"... will love to watch it again & again...

This is the single greatest movie of all time. I have never seen such good acting, directing, writing... Everything! Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman do such a fantastic job in this movie. It is a very emotionally gripping movie, and has possibly the best story of any movie ever.

I have it on vhs. I have it on dvd. I have it on bluray. When it comes on tv, I watch it. I have watched this movie hundreds of times, and it never gets old. IMDB rates it the best movie of all time, and I would have to agree.

Far and away the best movie ever. It has the best storyline ever and also the best narration of any movie ever. Gladiator for me is the second best for its story and cast. And how Forrest Gump is ahead of these is beyond me.

This film is the pinnacle of masterpiece story-telling and acting. These elements blended with the incredible soundtrack takes the viewer on a journey of emotions - leading to one of the most satisfying movie endings of all time.

This is the best movie of all time, no movie is better and no movie is likely to beat it in the future! Plot and story line planned out perfectly. At times you forget that it is a movie and you lose your ability to see through the acting, it takes over your mind like no other movie. Should be number 1!

OK I can understand the Godfather being above this but the Titanic?!? Come on. This could easily beat that out! This is a beautiful story without having any huge explosions and over the top romance. Should be #3 at least if not #2

Andy Dufresne is an iconic movie character; He is smart, sneaky and intellectual. The Shawshank Redemption is a legendary film which although was a flop at the Box Office, was a major success with the critics and some are even dubbing it "The Greatest Movie of All Time"

My favorite movie together with The Untuchables. I think its good acting, and a great story! I love to watch it... I think I have already watched it five or six times, but you never get tired of it. GREAT MOVIE EVER!