15 Best Hollywood Movies of all Time (IMDb Rating): The Dark Knight, Forrest Gump, Inception and More

The Hollywood film industry has given us several amazing films that have managed to leave a strong impact on the audience. Here in this article, we will be talking about 20 Hollywood films that are the best of all time. These movies are not just preferred by Americans but people all over the globe love these films. This list has a wide variety of films ranging from all the different genres including romance, action, crime, thriller, drama, science-fiction, or any other genre. We will also be talking about each of these films in detail giving a quick description of their plot, cast members, duration of the film, release date, directors, producers, genre, where to watch the film, and much more. Continue reading this article if you want to incorporate some amazing films into your watch list.

List of Best Hollywood Movies

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Movie Name IMDB Rating
The Shawshank Redemption 9.3
Godfather 9.2
The Dark Knight
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 9
Schindler’s List 9
Pulp Fiction 8.9
Forrest Gump 8.8
Goodfellas 8.7
Saving Private Ryan 8.6
The silence of the lambs 8.6
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope 8.6
The Departed 8.5
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark 8.4
Braveheart 8.4
Citizen Kane 8.3
Casablanca 8.2
Gone with the wind 8.2
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 8.1
Titanic 7.9
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 7.9


The Shawshank Redemption 

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the classic drama and crime-thriller ever produced in the Hollywood film industry. The movie features an intense theme, where a man named Andy Dufresne gets arrested for the alleged murder of his wife and his lover. Andy, a successful banker’s life goes upside down when he is sentenced to life imprisonment at Shawshank Prison, but no-one had the idea that he would become the most unconventional prisoner of all time.

Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore.

Release Date: September 23, 1994

Duration: 142 minutes

Genre: Action and Crime

Director: Frank Darabont

Producer: Niki Marvin

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos.


Godfather, the 1972 released Action-crime American movie stars one of the most famous Hollywood actors of all time, Al Pacino in the lead role of Michael. The story’s prime focus is put on the Corleone family, when Don Vito, who happens to be the head In Charge of the mafia business decides to handover his precious empire to his youngest son Michael things start to take a drastic turn. Little did Don Vito know that his decision would put the lives of his loved ones in extreme danger that even he himself would not be able to face. Having received an IMDB Rating of 9.2, Godfather is considered one of the classics in the American Cinema and has always been praised by the audience for its incredible storyline and the performance of the actors.

 Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton.

Release Date: 24 March 1972

Duration: 175 minutes

Genre: Crime and Action

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Producer: Albert S. Ruddy

Where to watch: Netflix


The Dark Knight


The 2008 released Action-Adventure film coming from DC’s Extended Universe. The Dark Knight is a continuation of the Batman Franchise, and the movie features Christian Bale playing the character of Bruce Wayne Ak Batman. After Gotham city crimes experience an assault from the hands of Gordon, Dent, and Batman. The bad people hire Joker to take revenge on Batman, the psychotic mastermind makes it his goal to bring Gotham city to its knees by eliminating their Saviour Batman. The movie was a blockbuster hit and is considered one of the most successful DC banner films.

Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman.

Release Date: 18 July 2008

Duration: 152 minutes

Genre: Action and Adventure

Director: Christopher Nolan

Producer: Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, and Christopher Nolan.

Where to watch: Netflix


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a fantasy and adventure film released in the year 2003. The movie is a sequel to The Lord of the Rings franchise and was critically acclaimed by the audience for its brilliant plot and the visual effects shown in the film. The movie revolves around the upcoming battle which was prepared by the former Fellowship members. Meanwhile, the franchise’s other main characters including Frodo and Sam were heading towards Mount Doom to end the One Ring. The duo followed Gollum, having no understanding of the path that he would lead them to. It is a good movie and is simply perfect for all the fantasy lovers out there.

Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, and Sean Bean.

Release Date: 17 December 2003

Duration: 201 minutes

Genre: Fantasy, adventure, and action

Director: Peter Jackson

Producer: Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos.

Schindler’s List 

The 1993 released War and drama film titled Schindler’s List is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time due to its incredible storyline, the performance of the actors, and the overall written screenplay. A German Industrialist named Oskar Schindler, who also happens to be a member of the Nazi party tries to protect his Jewish employees. He became aware of the ongoing propaganda going against the Jewish and how they were persecuted by the Nazis in Poland.

 Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, and Embeth Davidtz.

Release Date: December 15, 1993

Duration: 195 minutes

Genre: War and Drama

Director: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, and Branko Lustig.

Where to watch: Netflix


Pulp Fiction


Pulp Fiction is one of the classic Crime-drama films of all time. The movie was released in the year 1994 and received so many complimentary reviews from the audience for the integrated storyline and the performance of the actors. The movie features a bunch of criminal incidents in the underlying world of crime in Los Angeles. The movie features the intertwined lives of the gangsters of the city, a mobster’s wife, and two petty criminals. The overall direction of the film was well-praised, and it managed to make a box office profit of 213.9 million dollars. 

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, and Bruce Willis.

Release Date: October 14, 1994

Duration: 154 minutes

Genre: Crime and Action

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Where to watch: Netflix

Forrest Gump 

Forrest Gump is a romance and drama film that was lived by the audience for its brilliant storyline and theme. The movie features the titular character, Forrest who happened to be a man with a low IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of 75 who had joined the US Army and now in the present day was recollecting his memories. Forrest found himself in the middle of a key historical event when taking a deep insight into his life and his memories. Now aiming to be reunited with his lover Jenny. 

Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field.

Release Date: July 6, 1994

Duration: 142 minutes

Genre: Romance and Drama

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, and Steve Starkey.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos.


Goodfellas is a crime drama film released in the year 1990. The movie’s main cast revolves around the central character Henry Hill and his goal to attain the highest glory in the world of crime. Being one of the petty criminals in the mean streets of New York, a young Henry Hill along with his friends Jimmy and Tommy starts his quest to become one of the feared gangsters.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino.

Release Date: September 19, 1990

Duration: 146 minutes

Genre: Crime and Drama

Director: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Where to watch: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play.

Saving Private Ryan 

Saving Private Ryan stars the famous actor Tom Hanks in the lead role of Captain Miller. During the Normandy invasion of World War 2, a group of US soldiers was assigned the task of searching for Private James Ryan. The soldiers’ attempts were so desperate that they even went beyond the enemy lines to catch the paratrooper, whose brothers were also killed in action. Saving Private Ryan is an incredible war and drama film that was immensely liked by the audience. 

 Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore.

Release Date: July 24, 1998

Duration: 170 minutes

Genre: war and drama

Director: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, and Gary Levinsohn.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos


The Silence of the Lambs



The silence of the lambs is considered one of the horror-thriller classic films released in 1991. The movie features the crimes of a psychotic serial killer who had been hunting female victims but, in the attempts, to catch this madman, Clarice Starling who happened to be an FBI agent asked for help from a Hannibal Lecter who also happened to be a psychopathic serial killer and former psychiatrist. This movie is a perfect blend of mystery, crime, and thrill.

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, and Ted Levine.

Release Date: February 14, 1991

Duration: 118 minutes 

Genre: Horror, crime, and thriller

Director: Jonathan Demme

Producer: Kenneth Utt, Edward Saxon, and Ron Bozman.

Where to watch: Prime Video

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope 


Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is a 1978 released science-fiction film coming from the Star Wars franchise. The movie was a massive hit and managed to make an overall profit of 775.8 million dollars. In this movie, Princess Leia is kidnapped by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker in the attempts to save Princess Leia forms a team with Jedi Knight, a pilot and two droids to fight off the violent and deadly Galactic Empire.

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness.

Release Date: May 25, 1977

Duration: 121 minutes

Genre: Science-fiction, action, and adventure.

Director: George Lucas

Producer: Gary Kurtz

Where to watch: Disney Plus Hotstar


The Departed


The Departed is a 2006 released crime-drama American film featuring a bunch of famous Hollywood faces including Leonardo Dicaprio, Vera Farmiga, and Jack Nicholson in the lead roles. This movie revolves around an undercover agent and a mole in the police department trying to identify each other, the two were constantly counter attacking each other to save themselves from the dangers of the authorities. Not only this while trying to protect and recognize each other the duo also infiltrates an Irish gang.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin.

Release Date: October 6, 2006

Duration: 151 minutes

Genre: action, crime, and drama

Director: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Gianni Nunnari, and Graham King.

Where to watch: Netflix


Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark 


Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 released action and adventure film. This time, the famous archeology professor ventures out to lay his hands on the biblical artifact known as the Ark of the Covenant. In his attempts to capture the artifact, Indiana Jones comes under the raider of Renee and the troops of the Nazis. This, trying to fight against all the possible odds, Indiana makes it his sole purpose to get ahold of what he seeks.

Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, and Denholm Elliott.

Release Date: June 12, 1981

Duration: 115 minutes 

Genre: Action and adventure 

Director: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Frank Marshall

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos.


Braveheart is a 1995 released war and drama film. William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson) tries to take revenge for the death of his bride. King Edward I of England killed William’s wife a day after their marriage, this burnt a raging fire within William, and he set out to take revenge on the King along with his clan. The movies elaborate on the revengeful plan of a Scottish Rebel and his sole purpose to kill King Edward I. 

Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, and Catherine McCormack.

Release Date: May 24, 1995

Duration: 178 minutes

Genre: war and drama

Director: Mel Gibson

Producer: Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr., and Bruce Davey.

Where to watch: Prime Video

Citizen Kane 

Citizen Kane is a 1941 released Mystery and drama film. The death of a publishing business tycoon named Charles Foster Kane caused a series of chaos among the reporters and the investigators. Trying to find the hidden meaning behind his last words, which happened to be ‘Rosebud’, leads to some other deeper and conflicting revelations about his scandalous life.

Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, and William Alland.

Release Date: September 5, 1941

Duration: 119 minutes

Genre: Drama and Mystery

Director: Orson Welles

Producer: Orson Welles

Where to watch: HBO Max and it could also be rented or purchased on Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.




Casablanca is a 1942-released romance, drama, and war film featuring an intense love story. The movie is set during the period of World War 2 when a nightclub owner named Ricky Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca helps his former love interest named Ilsa and her current husband, but things take a scandalous turn when Ilsa’s past romantic feelings for Rick starts coming back and their dead love starts blooming again. 

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre.

Release Date: January 23, 1943

Duration: 102 minutes

Genre: Romance and Drama

Director: Michael Curtiz

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Where to watch: Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple Tv.


Gone with the Wind


Gone with the wind is one of the classic romantic films of all time with the perfect hints of drama and war. The movie was released in the year 1940 and has still managed to stay on the top charts of one of the best Hollywood movies of all time. The star cast of the film includes one of the few famous Hollywood actors including Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. The movie is set during the times Civil War and Reconstruction when a clever and manipulative woman named Scarlett O’Hara starts a scandalous affair with a roguish man in South America. Their affair caused turbulence in society and was not accepted by the people, fighting against all odds the lovers kept their love alive.

 Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland.

Release Date: December 15, 1939

Duration: 221 minutes

Genre: Romance and war

Director: Victor Fleming

Producer: David O. Selznick

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 

The film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is based on the novel of the same name given by L. Frank Baum. This musical fantasy managed to win the hearts of the audience with its innocence and even after so many years still manages to top the charts of the best Hollywood films. The story features a young girl named Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) who has been whisked away to the magical land of Oz along with her dog, Toto. Going along the yellow brick road to meet the Wizard in the Emerald City, Dorothy meets several new friends on her way. She meets a scarecrow that needed a brain, a Tin Man looking for a heart, and a cowardly lion looking for courage. Thus, embarking on the journey to meet the wizard who can help her get back home, Dorothy helps his newly met friends. 

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, and The Munchkins.

Release Date: August 25, 1939

Duration: 101 minutes

Genre: Musical Fantasy

Director: Victor Fleming

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy

Where to watch: Prime Video


Titanic is one of the classic romance films of all time, featuring a heart-breaking story of Rose and Jack. Rose, belonging to an aristocratic and rich family falls in love with Jack, who happens to be a poor artist, the duo found love while away on the grand ship named Titanic. Fate brought the two lovers together, but it was quick enough to separate them. A giant iceberg caused the shipwreck which resulted in the death of thousands of passengers boarded on the ship. Jack gave up his life to save Rose from the frosting cold. This epic love story has managed to melt the hearts of millions and is considered as one of the most romantic films of all time.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, and Bill Paxton.

Release Date: December 19, 1997

Duration: 195 minutes

Genre: Romance and Drama

Director: James Cameron

Producer: James Cameron and Jon Landau.

Where to watch: Disney Plus Hotstar

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial features an alien who was left behind on the planet Earth by his fellow aliens and was saved by a young boy named Elliott. Elliott tries his best to protect the Alien from the perils of the outside world and keeps him hidden. While the entire task force was out hunting for the alien left behind, Elliott and his other siblings summoned up the courage to protect their new friend and looked for a way to send him back to his planet. The movie is an emotional work of art and depicts the attempts of the youngsters to hide the alien and in the meantime displays a strong affection and a newly formed bond. The audience loved the film for its interesting storyline, and it happens to be one of the most interesting and highest grossing science-fiction and adventure films.

Cast: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, and Drew Barrymore.

Release Date: June 11, 1982

Duration: 114 minutes 

Genre: Science-fiction and Adventure

Director: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

We hope that this list made it easier for you to pick a movie you want to watch in your free time, and we hope you have a wonderful time watching it as much as we had suggested them to you.

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