Top 10 Movies that Changed Cinema the Most

The Top Ten

1 Star Wars (1977)

Influential? Yes! You'd be hard-pressed to find a more influential film. However, it is not the most influential for cinema but for pop-culture itself. If this is the most influential film that changed cinema then surely the very film that influenced it "The Hidden Fortress" should be number 1. - DysenteryGary

The movie that defines summer blockbusters, Star Wars is probably the most iconic and recognized movie of all time. - NK1998

Star Wars is a legend. - Goku02

It didn't "change cinema", it just brought up a sycophantic fanbase and a bunch of crap movies after the first three. So sick of people praising this. - DCfnaf

It did change cinema, it become the most iconic movie franchise of all time besides James Bond. And you're complaining about the prequel trilogy? Just think how great the first three were. And the fanbase isn't terrible... at all. - PeeledBanana

2 Citizen Kane (1941)

When Citizen Kane came out, no one had ever seen the types of shots it used before and never really seen a story presented in such a way before. In the 30s and 40s, most films had basic cinematography and generally stuck to the film noir style. Citizen Kane proved that you didn't need a fantasy world or a grand event in order to make a compelling epic. This is a film that everybody in their life should see at least once. - phillysports

To be honest I think this list is pretty stupid. No one film can be the most influential as each film has its own merits and all the milestones didn't change everything. Having said that, if there was a most influential film, it'd have to be this one. Doubt you'll find many classics and masterpieces that weren't shaped in some way from this film. - DysenteryGary

The movie that brought the nonlinear storytelling and is considered by many as the best film ever. - NK1998

The thing is, as brilliant as it is, most of Orson Welles' work, including this movie, wasn't considered very good when initially released. Its praise came decades later, also there were many years of movie history before it.
That doesn't change it is one of the best movies out there. - Martin_Canine

3 The Birth of a Nation (1915)

As the first blockbuster ever, this movie is specially known for his innovative techniques and storytelling, unusual for the time. - NK1998

Before this movie, such storytelling was not common in movies. It was more just scenes before this one. - Martin_Canine

4 Jaws

The first major summer blockbuster. It's also the main reason why people are afraid of sharks. - phillysports

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5 Pulp Fiction (1994)

The movie that took the nonlinear storytelling and turned it into perfection, with the great monologues and violence, which led to a lot of filmmakers using that technique. - NK1998

6 A Trip to the Moon (1902)
7 The Battleship Potemkin
8 Psycho (1960)

Psycho popularized the twist ending. It pretty much set the standard for twists that movies like The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects are trying to live up to. In addition, the film was a landmark in terms of the violence and "sexual content" that can be showed on screen. - phillysports

9 The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Using unique and unusual camera work for it's time, this movie is considered as the first action movie, as well as the first western. - NK1998

10 Toy Story (1995)

No question here. The first computer animated film ever made and the arrival of one of the greatest film studios of all time. - phillysports

The first computer animated movie, and one of the greatest animated films ever. - NK1998

The first computer animated movie. It's also the greatest animated movie of all time (for me)

I try to watch this every week. I've nearly memorized it by now. - purpleyoshi98

The Contenders

11 Jurassic Park

This is one of the first movies to use CGI on a large-scale, laying the groundwork for future blockbusters. - phillysports

Probably the best Dinosaur film of all time. - micahisthebest

12 Breathless (1960)
13 Iron Man (2008)

It changed the industry for the worse in my opinion. The only real summer blockbusters you see these days are stale superhero movies and reboots. To emulate this point, in 2017 we will get:

The TENTH X-Men movie and the THIRD to specifically focus on Wolverine.

ANOTHER Power Rangers reboot

ANOTHER Guardians of the Galaxy movie

ANOTHER Spider-Man reboot

ANOTHER Thor movie

ANOTHER terrible Zack Snyder DC movie

I know that I might be alone on this one, but I'm just so sick of these superhero movies. All of them use pretty much use the same exact formula and are only made in order to make money. Which they do. They make BILLIONS of dollars each year and fool audiences into thinking that what they're watching is "smart" or "deep" when it's just a bunch of dweebs in silly costumes punching each other. Hollywood has milked this genre for far too long. What happened to originality in our movies? - phillysports

What about all the experienced movie critics who praise the movies? Stop acting like a know-it-all. - Tia-Harribel

The film that began the MCU, one of the most ambitious film undertakings in history. Translating an interconnected universe like that of marvel comics to a film series was no small undertaking, but Iron man proved with its tremendous success that it was indeed worth a shot. The rest is history. - Jackamalio

I don't even doubt it started some sort of movement in recent film history, and maybe in a few decades this will be a classic movie, who knows, but in my opinion, and that is not because I don't like the film, any movie of the 21st century is too young to fully see its impact. - Martin_Canine

I know what your thinking. but for me it's a million better than the avengers and it's tied with Guardians, Civil War, and The Winter soldier.

14 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

What a stupid list. Several of the films on here did not start anything. They only popularized it, which is not the same thing. Michael Jackson popularized music, but he didn't start music videos, stylish costumes, long songs, nor synchronized dancing.

This needs to be higher

The first full length animated movie and the first disney movie.
Enough said. - NK1998

15 Seven Samurai (1954)
16 The Matrix (1999)

I knew this was gonna be in here, but actually, there was an anime movie called Akira that inspired this. - Mcgillacuddy

The wachowski brothers used some innovative technology combined with a creative story and great choreography, that led to a lot of immitations. - NK1998

17 Metropolis (1927)
18 Saving Private Ryan

Before this movie, WWII movies used to be little more than glorified action movies that happened to take place in a real conflict. Saving private Ryan was the first successful film that showed the true nature of war in all its horrors; blood, gore, and the brutal reality of war are all put on full display in this grungy, solemn epic. WWII movies and war films in general were changed forever by this film. - Jackamalio

19 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

"Cannibal Holocaust" was first success film using "found footage film technique" - dubbelvla

The movie that popularized the found footage film technique, which was also used in later films such as "Cloverfield", "Paranormal Activity" and "Project X" - NK1998

20 The Dark Knight

It was one of those films that honestly made my stomach turn while I watched this movie. - Mumbizz01

Its aGood Movie

21 The Jazz Singer (1927)
22 Avatar

Beside JP and The Blair Witch this should be in the TOP 3 at least.

JP had the CGI, Blair Witch had the fake documentary, Avatar has the real 3D.

If even you you didn't like it you have to agree with that no movie showed you the 3D that Avatar showed.
7-8 years passed and it's visual is still the best of all the time. ( by the way after Avatar people started creating more "3D" movies.. )

23 The Avengers

Everyone's trying to make a shared cinematic universe now.

It's impossible to deny how much Avengeres has revolutionized the superhero movie genre. - Jackamalio

24 Cannibal Holocaust
25 The Godfather

You can never compete with the greatest movie of all time.

26 Sleeping Beauty

Actually changed it for the worse instead of better.

I hate this movie, sorry guys - TwilightKitsune

"Actually changed it for the worse instead of better."
-By that, I mean nearly bankrupted Walt Disney Studios and influenced the quality of the films for decades to come (xerography) until The Little Mermaid. It's not a bad film, far from it; the reason it initially underperformed at the box office was an overblown budget ($6 million in 1959 dollars).

27 Halloween (1978)
28 Alien

great film

29 300

This movie brought forward the so-called summer blockbuster season by 2 to 3 months. Since 300 we have had an assortment of blockbuster level movies coming out in the so-called dumping ground period of March/April including Fast & Furious, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Fast Five, The Hunger Games, Batman V Superman, Furious 7, Deadpool and most recently Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast.

To put this into perspective, 10 years ago the only other notable movie that came out in the April/May period was Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright's follow up to his cult classic Shaun of the Dead (also a Spring release) which did fine but wasn't the almighty blockbuster we see clogging up the Spring period now

30 Shaun of the Dead
31 Fantasia

First film with stereophonic sound, period.

32 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

First time special effects were so good you stopped thinking they were effects

How is Sleeping Beauty more Game-changing than this?

33 Raiders of the Lost Ark

This Masterpiece would be higher! If it weren't for The Sleeping Beauty Fangirls!

34 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I recommend this to anybody who is sick and tired of superhero movies. Great cast, fantastic musical score, and it's pretty realistic, grounded, and violent for a Marvel movie. It has a 70s spy thriller vibe going for it. there should be more superhero movies just like this one.

35 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This should be higher. Even though there were previous fantasy films that won awards including Jurassic Park and Star Wars (1977). but unlike those 2 I mentioned this one won best picture! But sadly the academy despises us, Geeks! so nowadays movies like this no matter how well-made they are including films like The Winter Soldier and The Jungle book (2016). Well in the special Effects department. But I hope Logan at least, gets Nominated.

36 Animal House

The movie that gave us the rowdy comedy movie. After this we had a whole bunch of adolescent shenanigans in such movies as Porky's, Revenge of the Nerds, right up to the likes of American Pie, Superbad and The Hangover. - jezza0

37 Jackass: The Movie

Imagine Candid Camera on a much bigger scale.

This gave us the mockumentry, hidden cameras used to disguise the movie as a documentary/reality show. Without this we wouldn't have had Borat or the Dirty Sanchez Movie. - jezza0

38 Scarface
39 X-Men

This arguably is the reason why we now have superhero movies clogging up the summer move schedule.

40 Moulin Rouge

Recently there was a re-emergence of the musical film. This is the movie that kickstarted the new wave of musical movies.

41 The Fast and the Furious

This field our addiction of summer blockbusters going a million miles an hour.

42 Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

The first movie ever created: obviously influential.

43 Ben-Hur (1959)
44 Zootopia

Great movie. Really great one. But sorry, it won't change cinema. Because it actually brings nothing new. It just delivers what has been done before on an exceptionally great level I have hardly seen before. - Martin_Canine

45 Spider-Man 2
46 Finding Nemo
47 Akira
48 Casablanca
49 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
50 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
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