The 10 Most Important Films of All Time
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A Trip to the Moon (1902)
The film by Georges Méliès was the most complex film of its time and the first to use stop motion. It was one of the first fantasy films in a time of realism.
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
From cross-cutting, to double exposure, the film employed many techniques never used in film previously. Also, it had the first infamous chase scene.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Griffith changed cinema with this film. As controversial as the subject matter was, it was a technical achievement and established modern cinema.
The Jazz Singer (1927) (1928)
The first talkie. This film shook up Hollywood with the implementation of sound. Silent films, as well as everyone and everything associated with them, were soon cast out into the cold.
Disney would stick with this format of animation and writing for almost six decades until Toy Story was released in the 1990s.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
MGM's Wizard of OZ was a technical achievement in every aspect of film making at the time. It was also the first modern fantasy film.
Seven Samurai (1954)
A movie that almost every director has acknowledged as a major influence on their career in some way.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Another technical achievement, Kubrick's film would influence every major motion-picture employing special effects following 1968.
The birth of the blockbuster.
Toy Story (1995)
Traditional animation has become an art form of the past due to Toy Story. The first of many Pixar masterpieces, the film's technical aspects may always overshadow its excellent story and voice casting.
Without these films, cinema would be different today, or it may not even exist.
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