21 Must Watch Epic Movies Most People Haven’t Seen

Some movies are worth seeing. It should be obligatory for all humans to be educated on some of the best cinematic creations ever made. As our contribution towards educating the human race about some of the best movies ever, here are 21 brilliant films that you need to watch.


What Dreams May Come

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What Dreams May Come is an epic fantasy, romance, and drama starring Robin Williams. If you have not seen this movie, why not? It depicts a man’s struggle to comfort and save his wife from beyond the grave. It is an emotional, magical rollercoaster, rated 7.0 on IMDB. 


The Thing

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

Originally filmed in 1982 and then remade in 2011, we recommend that you watch the original version of this movie. Everything about it is epic: the music, the set design, and the eerie tension. 

Starring Kurt Russell, the film is about a research team in Antarctica being hunted by a shape-shifting alien. With an IMDB rating of 8.2, you won’t be disappointed. 


The Cable Guy

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures.

This film could take the prize for one of the funniest movies ever made. Starring Jim Carrey as an unhinged, creepy cable guy who tries to buy friends with free cable, it is hilarious and a must-see. 



Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Originally filmed in 1960 and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this movie is renowned for being a cinematic work of art. It’s still rated 8.5 on IMDB. It was remade in 1998, starring Vince Vaughn, but the remake didn’t perform as well as the first film. 


Wonder Woman

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

The highest-grossing superhero origin film of all time, Wonder Woman, should be on your bucket list of movies to see. Gal Gadot takes the audience on an epic adventure, love, and loss journey. Rated 7.3 by IMDB and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a movie worth watching. 



Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

All we can say is that it is iconic when it comes to this film, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger at the peak of his career. This film does not disappoint. 

A group of soldiers are stalked through the jungle by a man-eating alien, and this is the movie from which Arnold’s famous line “Get to the chopper” comes. 


The Arrival

Photo Credit:Paramount Pictures.

Starring Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Forest Whitaker, this remarkable film is filled with intrigue, mystery, and suspense. The storyline follows a select group of linguists chosen to try to communicate with aliens who have landed on Earth. Cue, action, and a surprising twist. 


The Wedding Singer

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema.

Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this is a feel-good, funny movie set in the 1980s. Cue lots of 80s perms and Madonna-esque outfits. Barrymore and Sandler have a great on-screen chemistry that just works. With an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences clearly love this film. 


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Photo Credit: Focus Features.

This movie gives us romantic, tragic, comedy, and sci-fi vibes as it follows two people who had their memories of each other medically removed after a bad breakup. Starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, this movie is very smart and entertaining, and IMDB still rates it 8.3.


The Fog

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The original film, remade in 2005, is legendary and was Directed by John Carpenter in 1980. It is based on the story of some old ghost sailor pirates returning from the dead to avenge their stolen treasure. They return in the fog at sea. It is creepy, scary, and eerie; grab a cushion. 


The Terminator 

Photo Credit: Orion Pictures.

The first Terminator, made in 1984, epitomizes the iconic 80s Arnold Schwarzenegger era of sci-fi genius. Everything about this movie is epic, and for younger generations who may not have seen it, all we can say is, run, don’t walk. 


Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Starring Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman, this movie stands out as one of the best Dracula movies ever. If you are a fan of vampire movies, you need to watch this brilliant interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The casting, the set design, the costumes, and the prosthetics are all a yes for us. 


Photo Credit: Silver Pictures.

This movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as an ex-black ops agent whose daughter is kidnapped by a revenge-seeking gang. Schwarzenegger goes on a one-man mission to save his daughter at all costs. 



Photo Credit: Sony Pictures.

Starring Kate Beckinsale as a vigilante vampire embroiled in a generational war with wolves and other vampires, this action-packed fantasy thriller is still rated 7.0 on IMDB.



Photo Credit: 20th Century-Fox.

Famously Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Alien is the first of six movies in the series. It is a brilliant film that everyone should see just once. With an IMDB rating of 8.5, this movie is still impressing audiences more than 40 years later. 



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Filmed in 1942, this movie still receives accolade upon accolade and is reputed to be one of the best movies of all time. With a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, we advise you add this to your watch list. 


The Shawshank Redemption

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

It’s an epic movie that’s a renowned cinema classic; if you have not watched this film, you need to. With a 9.3 IMDB rating, this film stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two convicts who form a friendship during several years of incarceration and their fight for freedom. 

Back to the Future

Photo Credit:Universal Pictures.

Back to the Future, a 1985 movie, defined a generation. Starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, this film still entertains the next generation of movie fans with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  


Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures.

Sometimes, sequels are epic, and this one speaks for itself. Some even argue that Terminator 2 is better than the first film. Rated 8.6 on IMDB, this movie is a must-see. 


The Godfather

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, and Diane Keaton, The Godfather is the icon of icons. With a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 9.2 on IMDB, this film laid the foundations of what a good movie should be. Following the power struggles within the Mafia and its empire, The Godfather is bursting with brilliance. 


Captain Marvel 

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Released in 2019 and featuring a woman, Brie Larson, as Captain Marvel, this film added a new dimension to Marvel. The fact that Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law are in this movie helps, too. Great cinematography, excellent CGI, and some great acting. 

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Catherine Keating

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