Top 10 Movies that Changed Cinema the Most


The Top Ten

1 Star Wars (1977)

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

Revolutionized Sci Fi films and was a benchmark film for cinema in general. - Jackamalio

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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

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 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

9 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) - Cartoonfan202

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

10 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

The Newcomers

? Batman (1989)
? Die Hard

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 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

14 Iron Man (2008)

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.

It shouldn't be on the list, there were many others comics based movies before, more successfull and better, it just started some marvel movie business company - dubbelvla

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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

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1. Star Wars (1977)
2. Jaws
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