Top Ten Movies that Most Transformed Film Into What It is Today

Movies are some of my favourite things ever. The pleasure of sitting on the couch in the basement with some chips and my family, turning on the TV and enjoying an evening seeing a story unfold on the screen is possibly unbeatable. Movies have really evolved over the years, too. They used to be freaking 2 minutes long, with no sound or color, and usually it was just a tiny clip of a couple people walking around. Now they can be up to three hours long with amazing special effects you wouldn't believe! In short, movies are amazing, and their arc in both effects, style, and genre is amazing. But what movies should we give credit for making these changes happen? Here I'll list ten that definitely deserve credit for changing the style of film. Enjoy!
The Top Ten
1 Toy Story

This is probably the most revolutionary film for CGI aside from westworld.

Killed 2D animation pretty much. Now a lot of kids movies are 3D computer animated nowadays.

2 Marvel's The Avengers

I think this film also proves that you don't need your top selling comicbook heroes to make a great superhero movie.

This film proved people are open to see more than :Spider Man, Fantastic 4 or theX Men in the case of Marvel or more than Batman and Superman in case of DC.

This film showed film producers that people want to see more of the Marvel heroes which are not so well known.

Every studio and his dog is gunning for their own shared universe movie franchise pretty much because of the success of this movie.

3 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
4 Star Wars

Star Wars wasn't exactly close to first, but on this list it is literally above the first movie ever, so that should tell you just how vital it was for newer movies to be what they are. Star Wars was quite a risk. Back when it was released, it cost a lot of money to do all of these special effects. But, it was successful, and that movie inspired many others after it and gave birth to the most successful franchises in movie history. Star Wars started a new type of genre, popularizing space action with aliens and all of that, and I don't need to tell you just how revolutionary it was. I doubt films today would have much special effects or sci-fi violence, because Star Wars showed how visually appealing and impersonal in a good way that it is. Another super appealing thing about movies like star wars is that the makers don't really have to try and be accurate with history or the real world or anything. It's in a different universe! You can make literally anything and everything possible there!

5 Iron Man

People tend to forget that this was the seed that started the shared movie universe.

Nobody in back in 2008 knew that of all the superhero origins movies that had been made up to this point, this would be the one that would make that fanboy dream become a reality.

And now, for better or worse, shared universes are fairly standard franchise fare!

Can you believe that the "I am Iron Man" from the movie Iron Man was unscripted?

6 Road to Perdition
7 Avatar

This movie really changed the way movies are when it got so much money

8 The Dark Knight

After this movie released, filmmakers started making films darker like Superman, Hulk, Spider-Man, and the Justice League.

Well, it was definitely more with Batman Begins and Casino Royale that this trend started but ok

9 Forrest Gump
10 The Green Mile
The Contenders
11 Saving Private Ryan
12 The Polar Express
13 Cast Away
14 Casino Royale

The shady, grittier James Bond. Very good screenplays in this whole series. Daniel Craig was perfectly cast, and whomever takes on this role next will have some big shoes to fill. Yeah, I think it changed my whole concept of James Bond...

Also, it's so good because they decided to make a darker version of the once corny Bond, and now everything's darker since critics love it. Think of The Dark Knight

And hence came the reboot of franchises. Batman Begins kicked it off but Casino Royale codified the reboot trend.

15 Spider-Man

Iconic superhero movie. The superhero movie that started the huge Hollywood trend of superhero movies. It has heart, action and soul

16 Dr. No

Ever wondered why movie franchises were a thing for the last 60 years or so? It can all be traced back to Dr. No.

17 Batman (1989)
18 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Hilarious. Never seen a comedy where a comedian trolls people yet never gets caught or breaks character.

19 The Wizard of Oz

There really just couldn't be another film in first place. Nothing really comes close. The Wizard of Oz started and popularized the genre of fantasy which movies wouldn't be the same without at the same time as popularizing color film. It's possible that without the Wizard of Oz, which was released in 1939 (basically the start of the second world war, that's how old it is), and wasn't the first movie with color in it but the first one that became famous. The regular world part of the movie is all black and white, but when they enter the magical land of Oz, everything turns to color! People started associating color film with something kind of magical, so people wanted color movies after that, and eventually it transitioned to almost all color. Plus, movies like Star Wars or other famous fantasy ones would have just been laughed away at if it hadn't been for the Wizard of oz, which proves just how important that can be.

20 The Matrix

This 1999 movie completely revolutionized the science fiction genre, and for good reason. The amount of power in the fact that our future could end up as the events from the movie is extraordinarily big, and this movie did that, with the real life possibility that AI could have taken over the world and put us in this fake world, which was taken from the impending threat of Artificial intelligence. Also, the enormous amount of violence inspired later movies such as John Wick to go to the extreme. This movie branched the old Star Wars sci-fi level into two, with it leading the second side.

21 Psycho

What movie do we have to thank for popularizing Horror as a genre and gifting us with classics like Halloween, The Shining, and Friday the 13th? Psycho, "the first ever slasher film". Psycho was so surprisingly insightful and successful that it branched off into one of the top (though a very different) types of genres. The infamous scene from this risky movie really paid off. Putting an audience's nerves on edge and making them jump, plus the dreaded anticipation music, may seem like something bad to you, but is actually what people wanted, and movie wouldn't be the same without this film. Alfred Hitchcock, one of the best and smartest directors of all time, took a huge risk making this, but it sure paid off. Wasn't the first ever "scary" film, but it sure started the "slasher" movies.

22 Jaws
23 King Kong (1933)

Ever wonder why almost every major action blockbuster these days has tons of unrealistically huge destruction, usually due to even more unrealistic monsters or other things like so? You can thank the first ever King Kong movie, from way back in 1933, for that. The movie wasn't exactly a good one like many of the other ones on here, but it certainly was popular. The monster in it and its sheer power and the amount of terror surrounding it as a threat made things like it extremely popular in the future. Things that destroy in enormous quantities and don't feel remorse, which makes the audience not feel remorse? Think of the death star. Thanos and his gauntlet. Godzilla himself. There's always some immeasurably powerful creature nowadays! Anyways, this may not be a great development in movies, but it was a big one.

24 The Godfather
25 Back to the Future

This revolutionary and famous science fiction movie changed film thoroughly. It started an enormous new craze using one very important element - time travel. There was a time travel movie here and there before Back to the Future, as would be expected, but after Back to the Future time travel exploded in film. Now many famous movies and even movie series have changed to include more time travel elements in them, because this movie executed the whole "don't be seen, don't change anything" scenario. We have it to thank for new and famous time travel movies like Avengers: Endgame. Give it a 95% chance that endgame wouldn't include time travel if it weren't for this movie.

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