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25 Best Classical Movies of All Time

In every era, some movies stay with you no matter how many great movies you see, there are some must-watch movies which live with us till last. These movies are usually called ‘classical movies.’ The more time passes by, classical movies age fine like wine. The list below includes some of the best classics of all time from Hollywood to Bollywood:

1. CASABLANCA

Casablanca | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
  • Director: Michael Curtiz

Plot

Set during the difficult times of WWII, Rick Blaine, owner of a cafe in Casablanca, decides to help his old flame Ilsa and her husband, Victor Laszlo in fleeing the country. The movie is iconic in its unique way. To watch this masterpiece, click here. It is one of the best classic movies of all time.

2. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Classical Movies of All Time
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal
  • Director: Blake Edwards

Plot

Adapted by Truman Capote’s novel, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a romantic comedy. Holly is a beautiful socialite and wants to marry a man who is rich and wealthy. Paul is a struggling writer who falls madly in love with Holly.

3. SOUND OF MUSIC

The Sound of Music | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
  • Director: Robert Wise

Plot

After the death of his first wife, Captain von Trapp raises his seven children with a military disciple. Things change when Maria, a young girl who is training to be a nun at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg. The musical comedy is a must-watch.

4. CITIZEN KANE

Citizen Kane | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Cast: Orson Welles, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorhead
  • Director: Orson Welles

Plot

This mystery drama revolves around the publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane’s last word that reveals some secrets and truths about his scandalous life.

5. THE GODFATHER

Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Diane Keaton
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Plot

One of the best movies of all time, The Godfather is a crime thriller based on the Italian American mob family of Don Vito Corleone. The series is based on Maria Puzo’s novel of the same name. It is considered Al Pacino’s best works. To watch this movie, click here.

6. TITANIC

Titanic | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Plot:

Plot

Titanic is a real-life adaption of the ship Titanic which sunk on April 15, 1912. Rose, who is from an aristocratic family, falls in love with Jack a common man, during her travel on the ship. The ship hits an iceberg killing almost 1500 people on board. The movie is an interesting watch to see how the tragic incident took place.

7. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

The Devil Wears Prada | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt
  • Director: David Frankel

Plot

Do not consider this movie less than a classic solely on its IMDB Rating. Not only this movie is a classic, but it is also very much relatable to the young adults of every generation. Andy, a young graduate who is aspiring to be a journalist, becomes an assistant to the merciless and ruthless Miranda Priestly, one of the biggest editors in the city in the world of fashion.

8. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Cast: Ralph Feiness, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan
  • Director: Wes Anderson

Plot

The story revolves around the concierge of a very popular hotel, a European ski resort, the Grand Budapest Hotel, Gustave H who is known for his best serving abilities and satisfy his women customers. After the death of his ex-lover, Gustave and his protege Zero, find themselves as recipients of a priceless painting and suspect in her murder. 

9. CASINO ROYALE

Casino Royale | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen
  • Director: Martin Campbell

Plot

If you don’t know who James Bond or 007 is, you will probably live under a rock! Casino Royale features James Bond on a mission to Madagascar after he acquires a license to kill. He learns that Le Chiffre finances terrorist organizations.

10.  MEMENTO

memento | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
  • Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie- Anne Ross, Joe Pantoliano
  • Director: Christopher Nolan

Plot

Leonardo sets on a mission to find the man who raped and murdered his wife. But it is not so simple as he suffers from untreatable memory loss, where he can’t even remember what he did 15 mins before. Although he can remember his life before the accident. The movie is a classic with Christopher Nolan’s flawless direction.

11. LEGALLY BLONDE

legally blonde | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson
  • Director: Robert Luketic

Plot

When Elle’s boyfriend leaves her for a smarter woman and goes to Harward, Elle takes admission to the same school to teach him a lesson. You must be wondering why this movie is classic? Well, you don’t love to see a badass woman, breaking stereotypes and inspiring many.

12. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

The Shawshank Redemption | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 9.3/10
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton
  • Director: Frank Darabont

Plot

After a successful businessman kills his wife and her lover, he is sentenced to two years of jail time in the toughest prison. But is it true that he killed both of them? Andy befriends Red, an experienced prisoner who has been in jail for 19 years. The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies of all time.

13. MUGHAL-E-AZAM

Mughal-E-Azam | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Cast: Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapor, Durga Khote
  • Director: K. Asif

Plot

Mughal-e-Azam is one of the best movies made in the Bollywood film industry. The movie is set in the 16th century that tells the story of Saleem, the heir of Emperor Akbar who falls in love with a commoner Anarkali. Some of the best ever-green songs are in this movie.

14. PYAASA

Pyaasa | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Cast: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha
  • Director: Guru Dutt

Plot

Vijay is a poet who writes about the poor and poverty-stricken population. Due to this very reason, no publisher publishes his work. But when he falls in love with Gulabo, a prostitute, things change. She publishes his poems making them believe that Vijay is dead.

15. PAKEEZAH

Pakeezah | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Cast: Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Ashok Kumar
  • Director: Kamal Amrohi

Plot

The plot of a wealthy man falling for a prostitute was a common one back in the 70s. This movie also features Sahibjaan, a courtesan, who is eager to get out of the brothel that she was bought up in. When a wealthy man Salim Ahmed Khan falls in love with her, things change for both of them.

16. ARADHNA

Aradhana (1969) | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Farida Jalal
  • Director: Shakti Samanta

Plot

Two lovers Arun and Vandana elope after they fall in love. But soon, being a pilot, Arun soon dies in a plane crash. Since their marriage was never finalized, Vandana finds herself being pregnant with Arun’s child. She decides to give the baby away in an orphanage and works as a nanny at the couple’s home who adopts her son. This movie has some of the best songs that were ever composed.

17. SHOLAY

Sholay | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan
  • Director: Ramesh Sippy

Plot

When the infamous bandit, Gabbar creates damage in the village of Ramgarh, retired policeman, Thakur Singh, hires two ex-convicts, Jai and Veeru to put a full stop on Gabbar. Sholay was a path-breaking movie in the Bollywood film industry.

18. ANAND

Anand (1971) | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
  • Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal
  • Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Plot

Seeing the poverty-stricken people and incurable diseases presiding around Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee, he struggles with it. While treating his cancer patient Anand, he decides to write a book on him and his wish to live life to the fullest. The movie gives a very strong message of living life to the fullest without any regrets.

19. CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Cast: Kishore Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar, Madhubala
  • Director: Satyen Bose

Plot

After thinking that the woman he loved leaves him for a wealthier man, Brijmohan cautiously stays away from women. He advises the same to his younger brothers Manmohan and Jagmohan. But everything changes when both the brothers fall in love.

20. MOTHER INDIA

Mother India (1957) | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Cast: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar
  • Director: Mehboob Khan

Plot

Radha and Shamu are two poor people who took a loan for their wedding. But they are unable to pay the loan back to the moneylenders. This movie portrays the socio-economic difference that still prevails in our country. Mother India is still regarded as a revolutionary movie in the industry.

21. GOLMAAL

Golmaal | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Cast: Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Bindiya Goswami
  • Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Plot

Bhavani Shankar despises his employees from pursuing their hobbies. He catches Ramprasad, one of his employees during a hockey match. Ramprasad comes up with a lie that he has a twin who is nothing like him. The movie is majorly based on the concept of Slapstick comedy.

22. ANDAZ APNA APNA

Andaz Apna Apna | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Cast: Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Paresh Rawal
  • Director: Rajkumar Santoshi

Plot

Amar and Prem are from two middle-class families residing in a small town. The two head off to win over Raveena, an NRI millionaire who is in search of a husband. But things change when the local gangster Teja ruins their plans.

23. DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAAYENGE

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Movie | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher
  • Director: Aditya Chopra

Plot

Raj and Simran meet in Europe during their trip. They both fall in love and wish to marry each other. But Simran’s father gets to know about their affair and takes her to Punjab to marry her off to his best friend’s son. The movie was such a hit that it was running for 25 years in Maratha Mandir.

24. DIL CHAHTA HAI

Dil Chahta Hai | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Cast: Amir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khaana, Preity Zinta,
  • Director: Farhan Akhtar

Plot

Akash, Sid, and Sameer are three best friends who navigate the hurdles of life. Akash has a playboy kind of attitude who doesn’t believe in the concept of love. Sameer is the confused one who is confused about almost every decision in life. Sid acts as a bridge between the two friends who is more mature and understanding. This movie was way ahead of its time and is still relatable to many.

25. CHAK DE INDIA

Chak De! India | Classical Movies
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Sagarika Ghatge, Vidya Malavde
  • Director: Shimit Amin

Plot

After Kabir Khan loses to Pakistan in World Hockey Championship, he is being accused as a traitor when his photo of shaking hands with the Pakistan captain goes viral. To prove his ability and clear his name, he becomes the coach of the Indian Woman’s Hockey Team and helps them win the World Championship.

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