1. Forrest Gump (1994)
This inspirational film directed by Robert Zemeckis tells the story of ‘stupid child’ Forrest Gump, who keeps fighting throughout his life. Gump is a soldier, football player, and table tennis player. He becomes rich by making money through shrimp fishing. The director also deliberately links Gump with Ping Pong Diplomacy and the Watergate Incident. After it was released, this film won 6 Oscar awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
2. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
This is a biographical film that lasts for four hours. Why does it have such a prestigious historical reputation? It tells the story of two friends, David ‘Noodles’ Aaronson and Maximilian ‘Max’ Bercovicz, who are Jewish gangsters in New York City, and focuses on their triumphs and struggles as they fight to survive. This must-see film is one of director Sergio Leone’s best works.
3. Schindler's List (1993)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film is based on historical events during World War II. It tells the story of a German entrepreneur named Oskar Schindler, who does not hesitate to sacrifice his wealth so he can save Jews from the Nazis. At 195 minutes long, it is primarily filmed in black-and-white. The ideas it depicts, the plotline, and the music are all masterfully presented.
4. Life is Beautiful (1997)
Like Schindler's List, it is also based on events during World War II, but this film is about family. When an Italian Jewish father and son are sent to a concentration camp, the father uses a good-natured lie to protect his son. He tells the child that they are playing a game. At the end, although the father is killed by the Nazis, his son has a ‘beautiful’ life.
5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
A movie ranking at the top of IMDb’s Top 250, Shawshank Redemption is a prison drama. Its protagonist Andy Dufresne is a successful banker who is imprisoned due to a false murder conviction. He lives a relatively good life in prison, building a library and helping the warden launder money. Almost twenty years later, he escapes, reports the warden to the police, and flees to Mexico to live with his friend Red.
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