Whether you are in a chilling mood or you are feeling lonely, movies always play their part in keeping you entertained. If you are a movie buff like me, you always keep trying to reach out for newer stories to unfold. Always looking out for recommendations from friends and movie sites to see the movies that are must watch. We all understand that filmmaking is an art. It takes several components to fit together beautifully to give you a good film. We are discussing best movies that start with alphabet “S”. On account of several perceptible reasons, we have opted to keep “Superman”, “Spiderman” and “Starwars” series out because everybody knows that most of them are excellent movies and would occupy up most of the places on our film list.
1. Schindler’s List (1993)
The film is about a German named Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by offering employment to them at his factory during the course of World War II. The film not only shows Schindler’s empathy but also significantly highlights the horrors of war. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and acted by Liam Neesam and Ben Kingsley. Schindler’s list is 3hr 17 min long and hard to watch for many in the present time where everybody wants entertainment in small packets. The movie, however, is one of the masterpieces of Steven Spielberg that has been shot in black and white to give a dark theme. Liam Neesam and Ben Kingsley have done great roles. The film has won 7 Oscars and has won 78 other awards and 44 nominations.
2. Seven Samurai (1954)
A small village which was disturbed by bandits, approach an old samurai master for help who gathers a group of seven to help them. They teach them how to defend themselves. Akira Kurosawa is a master director. He made a film just post the war with a limited budget and limited resources having such detailed depictions of every character. The direction, the acting and the progression of the film keep you glued till the end. The film has been nominated for 2 Oscars and has won 5 other awards and 6 nominations.
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The 90s decade gave us some of the most wonderful servings of cinema. Directed by Steven Spielberg and acted by Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, it is a war film. The movie had some of the most grueling war scenes in the first half. The movie reflects how a war is in reality. The story is about saving a soldier and bringing him back from behind enemy lines who had lost all his brothers in war and still continued to fight. That was a really daunting task that British soldiers took. The picturization of the story is beautiful. The acting performances from Tom Hanks and Matt Damon are top notch. The film has won 5 Oscars and 74 other awards and nominations. These tempting facts must inspire you to watch Saving Private Ryan.
4. Se7en (1995)
Another movie from the 90s, which is a cult classic. Directed by David Fincher and acted by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, it is a crime mystery drama. the film is about two detectives who are catching the trails of a serial killer whose is making a prey out of those, who have committed one of the seven deadly sins. It is like one of the most hardcore movies of crime and mystery genre. The movie is not just about murders but also about the thought process that both the detectives had in their mind about the society and their differences on the same. The move also does not have an ordinary ending where everything is set straight in the end. The acting performances are wonderful. Brad Pitt had a chance to come out of his pretty boy’s character frame and delivered a serious performance. Kevin Spacey also shone in his role of the sick tormented criminal. The film has been nominated for Oscars and has won 25 other awards and nominations. The movie is dark and acting is stupendous to watch.
5. Spirited Away (2001)
It is probably one of the best animation movies ever made. Well conceptualized and a fascinating story makes you wonder about the level of imagination involved. The story is about a little girl trying to rescue her parents out of a ghostly town. Her journey, however, goes through a lot that will put you in awe. Every character in the film had some meaning and the whole story has been beautifully weaved around a message about protecting the ecosystem. It also touches various human elements like greed, filth, care, and love. The story is very simple but the execution is scintillating. The film has won an Oscars and has won 56 other awards and nominations.
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6. Scarface (1983)
“Scarface” is about a person who cares for nothing in order to satisfy his deepest and darkest desires.Directed by Brian De Palma and acted by Al Pacino, it is a crime drama. It may be considered as an Al Pacino Show, No doubt due to an extraordinary performance by him. A moving acting role that creatively portrays a ruthless, greedy, lustful drug dealers psyche. It is an almost three-hour long gangster movie which won’t let you disappointed because it has the thrill, the action, and few brilliant gunfights. The entire film has a dark mafia arrogance in it whether it is the attire of the characters or the language used in the film. The film has been nominated for 3 Golden Globes and 4 other nominations.
7. Silver Lining Playbook (2012)
The movie Silver Lining Playbook is about a character, Pat, who is bipolar and faced mental illness acted by Bradley Cooper. The struggles in a dysfunctional family and dealing with the mental disorder of one of your own is really tough. If you haven’t experienced anything like this you should watch this movie. Jennifer Lawrence also acted beautifully in the role of a depressed woman, Tiffany, trying to get out of it. We also get a glimpse of Robert De Niro who is excellent as ever. The subject matter of the film is what makes it special. The film has won an Oscars and has won 88 other awards and 145 nominations.
8. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of the Fleet Street (2007)
Benjamin Barker who had his life ruined by an evil judge Turpin returns to London seeking revenge and finds his as his friend in the mission. Directed by Tim Burton and acted by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, it is a Drama, Horror Musical. Tim Burton’s comical sense along with Johnny Depp’s exhilarating dark marvelous shade is what makes this movie worth watching. Being a musical, it is a wild, amusing and unusual pick. Depp and Bonham Carter are both excellent in their roles. The music is quite fine and dark humor is also effective. The film has won an Oscars and has won 33 other awards and 77 nominations.
9. Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island movie revolves around two U.S. Marshalls who are in find for a missing patient on an island, which has been designed as a shelter for the most violent and disturbed mental patients. Agent Teddy Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Played by Mark Ruffalo) try to uncover the mysteries of Shutter Island which later takes an unimaginable turn. Although people believe it is a Martin Scorsese marvel, in my personal opinion it is the acting excellence of Leo and the beauty in the plot, what makes this movie so intriguing. It is a type of movie that challenges your intellect and touches you with a bit of shock and horror. The film contains sequences of flashbacks and dreams which leave the audience wondering if it’s a reality or a dream. The film was the winner of the Teen Choice award in 2010 and has won 9 other awards and 62 nominations.
10. Source Code (2011)
Captain Colter Stevens who was killed in war in Afganistan, had his body recovered by the Government officials and is being used to track a bomber in a train using a program called source code. With the 8 minute time frame to find the bomber, Captain Colter finds it difficult tracing the bomber. However the program runs several iterations in a virtual reality where those 8 minutes are repeated again and again to find the bomber. The acting performance of a troubled, confused and perplexed Jake has been stupendous. The film has won 1 award and 8 nominations.
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11. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Jamal Malik is a young man sitting on hot seat of an Indian television show “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” and is only a question away from winning a million dollar when he is arrested by the police on suspicion of cheating. Jamal Malik who used to live in slums was sort of self raised and brought up and did not have any schooling or college education. As such, reaching to the final question was improbable and which resulted in a belief that he was cheating. After he was inquired upon by the police, he started explaining how he got his answers correct. Every question asked from him was a part of life that he had lived and the memories of them only had the answers in themselves. His story about bonds with his brother and search for his lost girlfriend is shown in a unique Indian color. The movie is really touching if you can understand the basic value and emotion behind each circumstance that led to an answer. The film has won 8 Oscars and has won 144 other awards and 126 nominations.
12. Sully (2016)
After a failure of the plane engines, Captain Sulleberger or Sully became a national hero as he landed the airplane on Hudson river and with absolutely no harm to even a single life. All passengers on board were safe and it made him a hero. But how the events turned out later and how Captain Sully held his composure even after an emotional breakdown is whats inspiring. The true meaning of experienced hands and self-belief is the hidden message in the movie. Tom Hanks has given a rock-solid performance again. The film has been nominated for Oscars and has won 12 other awards and 33 nominations.
13. Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Directed & acted by Stephen Chow, it is a comedy flick. If you believed that a comedy or a kung fu film can not be on the list, well it is a combination of both humor and kick-ass kung fu. A broke miserable Shaolin master who wants kung fu to be popular and use his skills to do something that makes things work out for him. He is met by a retired soccer coach who advises him to play soccer and form a team. He gathers all his broke brothers who also possess same kung fu expertise to make a superhuman team that goes on to win a soccer tournament arranged by the antagonist in the film. The film is really entertaining and you will absolutely love it. The film has won 12 awards and 14 nominations.
14. Spotlight (2015)
This film is based on true events. The film centers how the Boston globe started out investigation a priest in child abuse case and were shocked to find out more and more cases, more victims and more priest. The actual incidents took place around 2002 when these reports first came in however despite the presence of the evidence the whole matter was covered up by the police, law makers and the church itself. The movie is one of the best drama of the year and you should watch it to feel the sensitivity and anxiousness involved in the matter. The film has won 2 Oscars and has won 119 other awards and 138 nominations.
15. Saw (2004)
Saw was a very small budget twisted horror film that was beautifully wrapped with dark mysterious flavor. The film begins with two strangers waking up abducted, chained in a putrid restroom having a dead body lying in between them who had apparently shot himself in the head. They get engaged in a game of life or death unfolding various mysteries involved from both of their lives. Then there is a madman clown who is operating everything and detectives are trying to chase him own. The film had an element of shock attached in it which got the movie such popularity. The film has won 8 awards and 10 nominations.
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