The 30 most striking movies I've ever seen.

I have to say that this list isn't about the movies I consider the best. This is a list of movies that I consider striking by being magnificent, heart-pounding and exciting. I include epic, sci-fi, action and suspense movies.
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Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Amazing! It is just the most exciting movie I've ever seen. Especially the Chariot Race. ” - jaws_3991
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Powerful and indescribable. Gone with the Wind took my heart away. The epic story, the romance, the drama and the unforgettable performances made me consider it the best movie ever made. ” - jaws_3991
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Unquestionably a master piece. It really made a big change in epic cinematography. The most spectacular in this film is greatness of its realization, just as David Lean knew how. And do not forget Peter O'Toole playing as T.E. Lawrence, the best achieved. ” - jaws_3991
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ I will never see something like this again. This movie really describes how cruel and cold the Holocaust was. It is realistic and touching, like the movies I adore. ” - jaws_3991
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ This is my favorite movie. I think that Star Wars wasn't conceived in the 1970's. Seems that it was created in an unknown place during a different time to make us forget our troubled daily life that sometimes we would like to forget. ” - jaws_3991
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ This one is as good as the books, or even better. Peter Jackson impressed us with the last of the Lord of the Rings series. It has great action sequences, that's the most thrilling in the film. ” - jaws_3991
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The first time I saw it I was quiet confused. I had to analized it after that. It was the first movie that made me think. After understanding it I kept watching it all over and over again. It is like a space poetry. It's artistic and matchless, and one of the last greatest space opera pieces. ” - jaws_3991
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Many places, a great story, and John Wayne. When you talk about a western where he performances, you know that it is a real classic. I consider this movie striking for its action sequences, the places that appear in it and the mixture of southern american people after civil war, with typical mexican people and native civilizations. I like movies where different cultures are put together. ” - jaws_3991
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Cold, magnificent, and matchless. The Godfather has memorable quotes and scenes I will never forget. This is more than a movie, it's an undescribable experience because takes me to places and moments I would have liked to live. ” - jaws_3991
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
“ This movie is fantastic and unforgettable. One of the most beloved stories of all time. It has spectacular scenes, especially the Bike Chase and the Ride in the Sky. ” - jaws_3991
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Another sci-fi classic. It is artistic and exciting. Nothing comes any closer to it. Nobody will never forget Darth Vader confessing Luke that he is his father. "I am your father" is one of the most unforgettable quotes ever said. ” - jaws_3991
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ It could be the best movie of all time. The screenplay is the best ever typed, and the performances are impeccable. What makes this movie great is its story and the powerful scenes like Ilsa leaving Casablanca or several of the moments at Rick's. ” - jaws_3991
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Powerful and magnificent. During the last twenty years I think there have been a few good movies. And this is one of them. ” - jaws_3991
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ The best action film. Raiders of the Lost ark is good and entertaining. There is a lot of action in it. From the beginnig to the end. Fantasy, action and history shape the good plot in the movie. Because just a hero is not good enough to complete an action movie. ” - jaws_3991
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Passion, history, and action. Most of the things I like in a big movie. ” - jaws_3991
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ It came in the right moment. For me this movie, besides telling a great story, has one of the best screenplays ever typed. Also great action sequences. ” - jaws_3991
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ It was my favorite movie when I was a child. And created my obsession for dinosaurs. I will never forget it and will never stop loving it, because deserves it. There weren't many good sci-fi films during the 1990's. ” - jaws_3991
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
“ Scary and overwhelming. There wasn't nothing more outrageous at that time. ” - jaws_3991
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ It is what was meant to be. With this one a path to greatness started, defined by Peter Jackson's skills. ” - jaws_3991
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ With this film, a trip to greatness and injustice is perceived as one of the most magnificent David Lean's films. ” - jaws_3991
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ There wasn't anything so spectacular since Star Wars. Although movies haven't changed at all, Avatar shows that something great could be done with special effects, but not with screenplays or performances. Anyway, I liked this movie for the well-done action sequences, even if they were done in a computer. ” - jaws_3991
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ It might be old as most of the movies I have listed. But for me it's exciting and spectacular. Although it lasts more than three hours, I enjoy watching it. What I like the most is when Moses parts the Red Sea. I think that everybody remembers that scene from the film. ” - jaws_3991
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ This is maybe the most extraordinary Alfred Hitchcock's film. The musical score is great, James Stewart is great, and the story is great! It's good beacuse you go from a spanish square, to an amazing city. From a forest, to the sea. The vertigo effect is amazing, I really feel like if I suffered vertigo, too. And the greatest scene in the film; James Stewart kissing cheating Kim Novak in the beach with the waves crashing at the shore. ” - jaws_3991
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ I felt a good sensation after watching it because this movie is great. The special effects are great, I could say that even better than Star Wars' effects. Richard Dreyfuss is one of my favorite actors of all time, and he really delivered in this movie. So did Steven Spielberg as director. ” - jaws_3991
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Rude and terrifying. I even feel afraid of talking about it. But anyway, it's good. ” - jaws_3991
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
“ Another buried treasure. Dancing with Wolves is another great tolerance epic and western movie. The story is touching. ” - jaws_3991
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Certainly better than the remake. This movie caught me because is thrilling and amazing at the same time. Norman Bates is great, I like the scene where he is washing his hands stained with blood, that really is chocolate. And do not forget the murder in the bathroom, there is nothing more lurid than being killed while you are taking a good shower. ” - jaws_3991
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I don't know why I love this movie, but I do. Travis Bickle and his mental disorder are strange but good in the movie. The musical score, composed by Bernard Herrmann, is great. And the scene where Travis goes to save Iris I just can't get it out of my head. This is an unprecedented movie. ” - jaws_3991
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Another unforgettable movie directed by Steven Spielberg. I think it's great, and real because is cruel. ” - jaws_3991
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ I love this movie for two reasons. The dark story, that is amazing and lurid, and Hannibal Lecter, the soul of the film. Anthony Hopkins really reincarnates the murderer described by Thomas Harris. I will always like this movie and, especially, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. ” - jaws_3991