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.

2 Marvel's The Avengers

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

This film showed that people are open to seeing more than Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, or the X-Men in the case of Marvel, and more than Batman and Superman in the case of DC. It demonstrated that audiences want to see more of the lesser-known Marvel heroes.

Every studio and its 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 being the first movie, but on this list, it is literally above the first movie ever. That should tell you just how vital it was for newer movies to be what they are.

Star Wars was quite a risk. When it was released, it cost a lot of money to create all the special effects. However, it was successful and inspired many others after it. It gave birth to one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Star Wars started a new genre, popularizing space action with aliens and more. It was revolutionary. Films today owe much to Star Wars for its special effects and sci-fi elements. The movie showed how visually appealing and impersonal (in a good way) sci-fi could be.

Another appealing aspect of movies like Star Wars is that the makers don't have to be accurate with history or the real world. It's set in a different universe! You can make anything possible there.

5 Iron Man

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

Nobody back in 2008 knew that of all the superhero origin movies made up to that point, this would be the one to make that fanboy dream a reality. Now, for better or worse, shared universes are standard franchise fare.

6 Road to Perdition
7 Avatar

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

8 The Dark Knight

After this movie was 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 okay.

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. The screenplays in this whole series are very good. Daniel Craig was perfectly cast, and whoever takes on this role next will have big shoes to fill. I think it changed my whole concept of James Bond.

It's so good because they decided to make a darker version of the once corny Bond. 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 films. It has heart, action, and soul.

16 Dr. No

Ever wondered why movie franchises have been 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. I've never seen a comedy where a comedian trolls people yet never gets caught or breaks character.

19 The Wizard of Oz

There couldn't be another film in first place. Nothing really comes close. The Wizard of Oz started and popularized the fantasy genre, which movies wouldn't be the same without. It also popularized color film.

Without The Wizard of Oz, released in 1939 (at the start of the Second World War), color films might not have become as popular. It wasn't the first movie with color, but it was the first one that became famous. The regular world part of the movie is in black and white, but when they enter the magical land of Oz, everything turns to color!

People started associating color film with something magical, and the demand for color movies increased. Eventually, color became the norm. Movies like Star Wars or other famous fantasy films might have been dismissed without The Wizard of Oz, proving its importance.

20 The Matrix

This 1999 movie completely revolutionized the science fiction genre for good reason. The idea that our future could end up like the events in the movie, with AI taking over the world, was a powerful and thought-provoking concept.

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, leading one of those new branches.

21 Psycho

What movie do we thank for popularizing horror as a genre and giving us classics like Halloween, The Shining, and Friday the 13th? Psycho, "the first ever slasher film."

Psycho was so insightful and successful that it branched off into one of the top genres. The infamous scene from this risky movie paid off. Putting an audience's nerves on edge and making them jump, along with the dreaded anticipation music, was exactly what people wanted. Movies 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 paid off. It wasn't the first "scary" film, but it certainly started the "slasher" genre.

22 Jaws
23 King Kong (1933)

Ever wonder why almost every major action blockbuster today features huge destruction, usually due to unrealistic monsters? You can thank the first King Kong movie from 1933 for that.

The movie wasn't exactly good like many others on this list, but it was certainly popular. The monster and its sheer power, along with the terror it induced, made similar themes popular in the future. Think of the Death Star, Thanos and his gauntlet, or Godzilla. There's always some immeasurably powerful creature nowadays!

This may not be a great development in movies, but it was a significant one.

24 The Godfather
25 Back to the Future

This revolutionary and famous science fiction movie changed film thoroughly. It started a new craze using one very important element - time travel.

There were time travel movies before Back to the Future, but after its release, time travel exploded in film. Many famous movies and series now include time travel elements because this movie executed the "don't be seen, don't change anything" scenario perfectly. We have it to thank for new and famous time travel movies like Avengers: Endgame. There's a 95% chance that Endgame wouldn't include time travel if it weren't for this movie.

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