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Bored of bingeing the same films on your list here’s a heterogeneous variety of mix which will you help you gain better understanding of cinema and its art. There are films that have never been able to have a box office hit and a no star cast but have an appeal to the society and leaves an impact on us. This list may have some classics, some that are totally unknown to you , some ordinary and possible even bad films. So if you’re a movie buff dive right in for a new list of movie binge-

Dennis Villeneuve

director of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Arrival’ recommends movies according to his unique perspective he says –

“Which movie is the best one … “There Will Be Blood” or “No Country for Old Men” (both from 2007)? Strange question. I’m driven by the impact these movies had on me then, and still today. Time is the ultimate judge.

There are specific shots that went directly through my skull, like a bullet spreading particles of my brain on my walls. Like the shot of Daniel Day-Lewis baptizing a baby with oil, making “There Will Be Blood” an instant new classic. I felt the same way watching the Coen brothers’ opus “No Country for Old Men.” The image of the policeman’s boots making dark marks on the floor as he is being strangled by the nightmarish killer, portrayed by Javier Bardem, has haunted me since then.

The deer being killed in slow motion by a car in “A Prophet” (2010) remains one of the most powerful cinematic shots of the last decade. But is it better than following Scarlett Johansson in a pool of darkness in “Under the Skin” (2014)? Apples and oranges. Lists are for grocery stores.”

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Director, “Rush Hour,” “Hercules”

These are his personal top 3 picks.

1.‘The Kid Stays in the Picture’ (2002)

One of the greatest documentaries ever made. At the time, it was groundbreaking for Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein’s use of taking still photographs and bringing them to life. The film made me dream and was a story of survival of one of the greatest living producers.

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2. ‘The Pianist’ (2002)

It will go down in history as one of the greatest Holocaust motion pictures ever made.

The Pianist Poster

3. ‘The Hangover’ (2009)

A reflection of my love for Todd Phillips as a filmmaker. He is not only brilliant at comedy, but he also has a complete understanding of the audience .

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Srijit Mukherji-


He posted a complete article on the film companion page with a list of 40 handpicked movie. we are

Scent of a Woman (1992)

Director: Martin Brest

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Between stunning one liners, comebacks and a potentially life changing final monologue about amputated spirits, Al Pacino as the visually challenged, caustic and cynical Lt Cl Frank Slade puts in such a powerhouse performance that it takes the film to another level. His masterclass in acting combined with his delicious chemistry with the fumbling greenhorn in Chris O Donnell makes it a film for all seasons from which one can actually imbibe life’s lessons. Favourite sequences? The introduction scene, the family dinner, the Ferrari & the cop, attempted suicide and of course, the school hearing at the end.

Main Azaad Hoon (1989)

Director: Tinnu Anand

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Very few language remakes have the distinction of being better than the original. In my view, Main Azaad Hoon not only is better, but overshadows Meet John Doe by light years, not country miles. Amitabh Bachchan’s performance as the redoubtable Azaad who becomes an accidental messiah for the masses, an emblem of a social uprising with subtle nuancing and big heart is unforgettable. Few scenes with stay with me forever – the apple scene, the scene where he is overcome with emotions and can’t address the farmers who have gathered to hear him. And of course his dramatic monologue with the minister Sudheer Pandey which ends with the question “If you can’t give your people a glass of clean drinking water even after 40 years of independence, what else can you give?”

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Anurag Kashyap

In an Interview Kashyap spoke of these 2 dark comedy –

Ek chaalis ki local 

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A comic thriller about two people who miss the last local train at 1:40 am and how missing of their train changes their course of life forever.


Sanjay M. Khanduri (as Sanjay M Khandduri)

Jaane bhi do yaaro

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Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.


Kundan Shah

Here are some of great movies of 21st century in general-

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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Quentin Tarantino’s latest jaw-dropper bumps Kill Bill: Vol 1 off the list in gloriously irreverent fashion. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a fading western star and his mutt-loving stunt double in this relaxed and loving roast of bygone Tinseltown.

The Dark Knight (2008)

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The only comic book movie to make the cut is Christopher Nolan’s genre masterpiece: fatalist, bracing and forever the legacy of Heath Ledger, posthumously awarded an Oscar for his terrifying performance.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Rarely has summer lust been so headily captured as in Luca Guadagnino’s breakout Italian romance. Transformative leads from Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer captured the collective imagination; Michael Stuhlbarg gently grounded realities.

There are many such other films existing in the cinema world that influence people in many ways. Some of them help you get through your crisis by relating with your state of feelings. Some just make you feel good with their great messages, others educate you. There are many instagram handles that help you understand movies better [email protected] , @humansofcinema etc.


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