Top 10 Movies that Changed Cinema the Most

The Top Ten

1 Star Wars (1977) Star Wars (1977) Product Image

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) Citizen Kane (1941) Product Image

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) The Birth of a Nation (1915) Product Image

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 Jaws Product Image

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) Pulp Fiction (1994) Product Image

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

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) The Great Train Robbery (1903) Product Image

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) Toy Story (1995) Product Image

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 Jurassic Park Product Image

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) Breathless (1960) Product Image
13 Iron Man (2008) Iron Man (2008) Product Image

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) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Product Image

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) Seven Samurai (1954) Product Image
16 The Matrix (1999) The Matrix (1999) Product Image

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) Metropolis (1927) Product Image
18 Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan Product Image

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) The Blair Witch Project (1999) Product Image

"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 The Dark Knight Product Image

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) The Jazz Singer (1927) Product Image
22 Avatar Avatar Product Image

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 The Avengers Product Image

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 Cannibal Holocaust Product Image
25 The Godfather The Godfather Product Image

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

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