15 Iconic Movies That You Should Watch At least Once

Over the years, a large number of movies are released every day in the world. Anyone who isn’t too attached to watch movies will face a hard time following up with the trend. But watching these iconic movies will cover up for the unseen.

Iconic movies are comparatively less in number, but they are increasing as the quality of approach is increasing day by day. You don’t have to search multiple pages to build a list. We have brought together the list of best iconic movies to look out for.

15 Iconic Movies That Everyone Should Watch

1. The Godfather (1972)

  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan.
  • IMDb Rating: 9.2/10

With a perfect Metacritic score of 100, The Godfather stands as one of the best underworld and gangster-themed movies, that is still considered iconic due to the extraordinary acting and thrill. No matter how many times you’ve seen this old movie, the action and thrill will set you back to watch more.

You can watch The Godfather on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

2. 12 Angry Men (1957)

  • Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam.
  • IMDb Rating: 9.0/10

A detective story where a man is on the jury for murdering his father and the varied opinions of the judges make it interesting to watch. It’s not easy to predict the killer, which will make you more invested in the film than usual.

You can watch 12 Angry Men on Amazon Prime.

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

A unique blend of crime, comedy, and drama is expected as several people come together, although unknown gets related in some way or the other. It is fun to watch as the uncalled and bizarre situations will keep you entertained throughout the movie.

You can watch Pulp Fiction on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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4. Inception (2010)

  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Christopher Nolan has a different mindset altogether. In this movie, one of the stars has mind-reading abilities while they are asleep. He is given an unusual task of planting ideas, which filled the movie with suspense and thrill around every corner.

You can watch Inception on Amazon Prime, Google Play Movies, and Netflix.

5. Forrest Gump (1994)

  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

The unbelievably beautiful performance of Tom Hanks in the movie is sure to win your heart. The storyline is one of a kind as well, with the journey of two lovebirds from their childhood and how they come closer to each other without even trying (although countries apart).

You can watch Forrest Gump on Netflix, YouTube Movies, and Amazon Prime.

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6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

A criminal is sent off to a mental institution where the Nurse exploited him and the other patients for her own pleasure and superiority. This maltreatment isnt going to work forever as all of them band together to go against the injustice they are facing.

You can watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on Amazon Prime.

7. Seven Samurai (1954)

  • Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

A simple yet iconic movie of all time where unemployed samurais are appointed to save the poor village from the notorious bandits. It set a landmark in motion picture history.

You can watch Seven Samurai on iTunes and Amazon Prime.

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8. Psycho (1960)

  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Get ready to creep out as it is one of the creepiest movies, which is an inspiration to many horror filmmakers. The story seemed simple; with a man owning a hotel and having problems with his dominating mother. By the end of the movie, you will have your mind blown with the revelation.

You can watch Psycho on Amazon Prime and YouTube Movies.

9. Casablanca (1942)

  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

A World War II setup; that introduces an owner of the nightclub in Morocco, which serves as a getaway to America for many refugees. He faces an agonizing offer for helping his former lover and her husband to escape the Nazis. Will the grudge comes in between, or he will help them unconditionally? Watch the film to know their complete story.

You can watch Casablanca on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Google Play Movies.

10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

  • Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

A Sci-fi movie that brawls out the theory of supercomputers and humans in the distant future. The race of obtaining the monolith is conducted; whoever gains it first – wins the race, and gets the opportunity of evolving further.

You can watch 2001: A Space Odyssey on Amazon Prime.

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11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

  • Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Dive into the fantasy world with a girl who must prove her royalty as a princess by surviving three hideous tests and also be able to see her actual father. In reality, she lives with her sadistic stepfather and is taken to a different world with the help of a fairy.

You can watch Pan’s Labyrinth on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

12. Some Like It Hot (1959)

  • Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

This comedic film remains one of the best as the male leads got changed into females to perform in an all-female band. The recent mob attacks have instilled fear in them, but the love of performing on stage never faded, thus desperately attempting to get into the business.

You can watch Some Like It Hot on Dailymotion and Amazon Prime.

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13. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

  • Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

The slavery of black people was prevalent in the pre-civil war era in the United States. The movie goes through the same timeline where a black person is abducted and sold into slavery. A story of despair and hope to get freed from all the miseries.

You can watch 12 Years A Slave on YouTube Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

14. Gone with the Wind (1939)

  • Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Another great film around the Civil War era, where the love story of a manipulative woman and a rogue man is flourished through various means.

You can watch Gone with the Wind on Amazon Prime and YouTube Movies.

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15. The Third Man (1949)

  • Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

The Third Man is quite a catch for a movie, even though it has been released back in the 1950s. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) visited Vienna, only to find out that his old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles) is dead. Not convinced by the reasons for the mysterious death of his friend, he takes up the job of investigating himself.

You can watch The Third Man on Amazon Prime.

FAQs on Iconic Movies

1. Name the best movies of all time.

The best movies of all time are:
– The Shawshank Redemption
– Schindler’s List
– The Godfather
– Pan’s Labyrinth
– It’s a Wonderful Life

2. What are the most popular movies of all time?

The most popular movies of all time are:
– La La Land
– Avatar
– Dunkirk
– Inception
– Moonlight

3. Name some of the most interesting movies of all time.

The most interesting movies of all time include:
– The Shawshank Redemption
– The Godfather
– The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
– The Silence of the Lambs
– Shutter Island