I’ve always had a fetish for movies with voice-over narrations. To me, it is the most compelling and effective technique used in storytelling. In many ways, the voice lets us pierce into the mind of the character. Voice-over narration, while being told from the perspective of the narrator, gives us a clear picture of the story. Having said that, it could also turn out to be the most annoying distraction that hampers the entire viewing experience of the film when overused or could render the movie ineffective when not used proficiently. This article takes a look at the list of top movies with voice over narrations. You can some of these narrative movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Billy Wilder’s stylish noir tells the story of a faded silent film star and her strange, bizarre relationship with an unsuccessful screenwriter. The film features one of the best uses of voice-over narrations in cinema as Joe (Played by William Holden) narrates his story and the events leading to his death. With a voice that is immensely powerful and truthful, Holden’s voice-overs guide us into his mystical past life with Norma Desmond as the film explores the themes of love, lust and desperation.
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9. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Steven Spielberg once described Stanley Kubrick as, “a chameleon who never made the same picture twice.” And there couldn’t have been a better description of the man. With every film, Kubrick created a universe of his own; with every film, he challenged his audiences with complex, unconventional narrative structures. ‘A Clockwork Orange’ is one of the few instances where Kubrick stuck to a conventional voice-over narrative. Kubrick draws us into his disturbing dystopian world through Alex DeLarge’s eerie voice-overs, making it impossible for us to look away from the film for the slightest moment. The film is told from Alex’s perspective as his character goes through a plethora of complex emotional and psychological changes while Kubrick ensures his connection with the viewers via the voice overs.