Although many films provide a welcome diversion from daily life, there are several that go far further by immersing spectators in fantastical or romantic worlds. Movies in this genre often include fantastical elements like extraordinary protagonists, antagonists, or both, as well as incredible deeds that violate the rules of science. These are mind-blowing films that leave the audience believing that there’s always something around the corner.
The Green Mile (1999)
The film takes place in the 1930s and recounts the narrative of a gang of corrections officers at Cold Mountain Prison who are responsible for watching over the inmates waiting to be taken to the chair. John Coffey is a new convict who has been thrown into the spotlight for the alleged rape and killing of two siblings. John may be large and strong, but he is also very shy and mild-mannered, and he quickly steals the hearts of the officers, particularly Paul, who starts to ponder that he is not guilty. As time passes, Paul and the other officers see John Coffey perform a succession of bizarre and seemingly magical acts. To top it all off, he has the ability to read people’s minds and revive the dead. Paul begins to have doubts that John hasn’t committed the act for which he is being charged and decides to look into the matter more.
Seven Samurai (1954)
The movie takes place in Japan during the 16th century, exposing a period of societal turmoil and widespread poverty. The villagers of a small town employ a team of samurai to keep robbers from robbing their harvests on a daily basis. The peasants’ captain went out to recruit a sympathetic samurai. He calls upon the competent samurai Kambei Shimada, who offers to assist them in assembling a fighting force. The samurai show up there and start getting the peasants ready for the fight. When criminals threaten a hamlet, they train the residents to defend themselves. In order to protect their families and their harvest from the oncoming robbers, Kambei and the peasants will have to join forces.
The Godfather (1972)
“The Godfather,” largely considered to be among the best movies ever made in the United States, follows the rise and fall of the Corleone household, a criminal syndicate that had a foothold in the Big Apple throughout the 1940s and 1950s. As the plot progresses, the Corleone clan becomes entangled in a vicious battle with other factions. Michael assumes control of the clan’s activities and rapidly demonstrates that he is a merciless and cunning boss, eager to resort to any method to safeguard the ones closest to him and their commercial assets. Michael’s estrangement from his loved ones grows as his level of brutality and carnage increases. His need for vengeance consumes him, and he’ll do anything—even sell his values—to keep his loved ones and his illegal enterprise safe.
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)
The movie takes place at a time when America was thrown into the middle of a violent Civil War and centres on three men’s quest to unearth a legendary hidden wealth. One, “The Good,” a gunslinger, teams up with another, “The Ugly,” a wanted outlaw. Along the way, Blondie turns in his interim partner for the big prize and later helps bail him out of custody. On the other hand, Bad is a vicious assassin who’s also after the loot. An unknown stranger has paid him to track down the treasure and eliminate any competitors. As they get closer to the wealth, the three men are drawn into a web of bullet-flying confrontations and deceit. The three guys have a last encounter in a graveyard, and it’s a nasty, memorable firefight.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Marcello, a reporter for a popular publication, serves as the movie’s protagonist, and we watch as he experiences Rome’s opulent nightlife. He devotes himself to smoking, gambling, and having consensual amorous relations with a number of ladies, especially his sweetheart Maddalena. Marcello is becoming more disenchanted by the hollowness and shallowness of the individuals he associates with as he deepens his involvement in this society. Essentially, he wants his life to signify something to someone. This masterpiece is a timeless classic whose subjects are still relevant today. The work is moving and timely because of the depth with which it delves into the human experience and the quest for purpose in a seemingly empty universe. This is a must-see for fans of Italian Neorealism and/or experimental filmmaking.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Of course! No movie list is ever complete without mentioning one of Tarantino’s masterpieces. The movie’s plot is laid out in a manner that isn’t sequential, or, in layman’s terms, there are many different stories going on at once. In the first scene, two assassins are riding in a car together and having a philosophical discussion about their profession. Their rich and threatening employer has sent them a mystery suitcase to retrieve. The movie’s numerous narrative strands are delivered in a disjointed, non-chronological sequence. The film’s unconventional design keeps viewers interested and curious about what will transpire next. When it comes to non-linear narrative, Pulp Fiction is unrivalled. Quentin Tarantino’s creativity is on full display in this film’s unconventional design, which plays with viewers’ expectations of how a movie should be put together.