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 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 ...more

The impact this movie had on cinema is unrivalled. It started a franchise with such a huge fan following and high expectations that even the most hated films(episodes 1,7,8 and 9) of this franchise grossed more than A BIlLION dollars...

And everyone thought the Clone Wars made starwars bad! The sequels trilogy makes the prequels watchable! Revenge of the sith was kinda good though

Surely, no one can forget their 1st time seeing it. It did indeed open up the sci-fi/adventure genres to endless possibilities, and pushed ahead the need for advancements in CGI. Industrial Light and Magic comes to mind, another George Lucas co-operative that revolutionized modern film making.

2 The Wizard of Oz

I'll tell you a story about the history of color films: The Wizard of Oz is not the first color nor Technicolor film because a lot of people may have not seen color live-action videos that were made before The Wizard of Oz. There were even colored films in the 1900s but were painted by hand. Next in the 1910s, 20s, and early 30s, people mixed red and green onto film. While the skin color worked, it looked poor as it only had skin color, red, green, and nothing else. After that, when Cyan, Yellow, and Purple were mixed together with Red, Blue, and Green, it looked more real and that was called Technicolor. A notable (short) film that was in Technicolor in the early 30s was Flowers and Trees, a Silly Symphonies cartoon by Walt Disney. There were even some live-action movies that had the same color techniques before The Wizard of Oz, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Technicolor has inspired more color techniques despite Technicolor now being discontinued for film.

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.

Outstanding list, top to bottom...
Yes, the list should start with this classic, there's no denying its significance, and its production value is almost unfathomable for its time.

Live Action movies might actually not have even been around right now if it weren't for this movie! Deserves first place.

3 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.

The vision, the score and of course Hitchcock's twisted grasp of terror. Done by anyone else, I dare say this film is long since forgotten. Its his ability to plant the antagonist firmly in our collective pysche, to somehow innately know and reach each one of us on a primitive level, to tap into the terror we all inherently know at a sub conscious level. Genius. The apex of the pyschological thriller.

Even though I'm not a huge slasher movie fan, I have tremendous respect for Psycho. It's brilliant film that keeps you edge.

First horror movie ever.

4 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.

This movie invented an entire genre, and was revolutionary for special effects.

5 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

6 The Godfather
7 Jaws

Such an intense film

8 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.

I can understand Iron Man is here, but this movie at top 10 is ridiculous.

9 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.

10 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This should be top three

Best movie of all time.

The Contenders
11 Roundhay Garden Scene

You may be wondering, what in the world is this and why is it so high on the list? If you are, I don't blame you. So I'll tell you why Roundhay Garden Scene is so important. Simple: It was the first film/video/movie ever made and released in theatres, done by someone you may have heard of called Thomas Edison! It was extremely short, only like a minute long or something, and if you want to know more, go and search it up! The full movie is in a really short YouTube video, and it's pretty bad in quality but imagine those first few people seeing it and how amazed they must have been! It's quite impressive to see moving people on a screen! So of course this is extremely inspirational as every single movie ever made after that, millions, probably, is a branch of that one short piece of film. Still, I didn't put it in first because while it really did a good job of giving film a starting point, it wasn't really one that people look back to and say 'hm, people walking in circles in a garden! ...more

12 Road to Perdition
13 Citizen Kane

This film is held in high regard, I personally find it boring, but I guess it must of had a major impact on the movie industry.

This should be a hell of a lot higher up. Top 5 surely.

14 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?

15 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.

16 The Green Mile
17 Metropolis

Ever wondered what the first ever science fiction movie was? Metropolis is definitely the movie we have to thank for that. This ancient movie came out way back in 1927, and it didn't have huge box office success, or go down in history as a famous movie, but it sure started off possibly the most popular genre in history. Inception, Star Wars, The Matrix, Back to the Future, Interstellar, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and so much more are branches of this original sci-fi film. The plot wasn't super strong, and the sci-fi elements weren't either, but boy did it get future filmmakers thinking.

Standard viewing for any sci-fi fan. As you say, it's the vision beforehand that is the real genius here. You may want to check out "Dark City", a film that is a direct homage to this German masterpiece.

18 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.

19 Gone with the Wind

Gone With the Wind is literally the most successful movie of all time. At least, it's the highest grossing movie, but only adjusted for inflation. That alone would make it a movie that later ones look up to for movie-making tips. But there was so much more in this old and famous movie that made it a huge factor into what movies are like today. Firstly, the costumes! Historical films wouldn't be as careful about making the costumes look so accurate if it weren't for this amazing movie. Also, the amazing visual shots without CGI. Back then, CGI wasn't a thing, so this decided to use a different tactic. Those amazing sky shots and sunsets? Those were literally hand painted. Future movies, at least before CGI, followed in its example and did the same.

20 Avatar

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

21 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.

22 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.

This should definitely be in top 10.

23 Batman (1989)
24 Saving Private Ryan
25 The Polar Express
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