Cinema has a unique way of connecting with people. It is an enchanting fusion of different art forms. From breath-taking music to a mind-blowing frame to a stunning story, cinema has every bit of magic. It is not just entertainment, it has the power to change the course of history. It is possibly the most complex and powerful art.
The world of movies is quite big. The 20th century witnessed it becoming one of the richest industries. From an abundant collection, it is impossible to make a fair list of the best movies, even if it is just for high school students. However, the movies mentioned below are no less than great.
Let these movies open your eyes to new ways of thinking and feeling. Let it change you.
Masterpiece is the word. Filmed over a period of 12 years, Boyhood is a movie every single boy in the world could relate to. Richard Linklater, the wizard, has worked his full magic here.
Directed by: Richard Linklater
- Pather Panchali
A movie from the legend of Indian cinema. A story of poverty and life’s struggles set in an Indian village. The first of the Apu trilogy, Pather Panchali follows Apu and his elder sister Durga.
Directed by: Satyajit Ray
- The Breakfast Club
A detention class that turned out to be life-changing. Breakfast Club looks at the very minute details of each character and forms a unique bond between those different characters.
Directed by: John Hughes
Udaan is all about breaking those chains and following your dream. A powerful movie, Udaan deals with the hopes and struggles of an Indian boy.
Directed by: Vikramaditya Motwane
- Stand by Me
The film is based on Stephen King’s novella The Body. Four small-town boys embark on a hike to find the body of a missing boy. This is a movie where nostalgia plays a supporting role.
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Legendary filmmaker Ken Loach’s one beautiful gem of many. Based on Barry Hines’, A Kestrel for a Knave, the movie tells the story of 15-year-old boy Billy Casper who finds solace in training a Kestrel.
Directed by: Ken Loach
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A must-watch coming-of-age movie by Stephen Chbosky based on his novel of the same name. The plot revolves around struggling teenagers and their friendship.
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
- Children of Heaven
The acclaimed Iranian director has produced many classics. This heart-wrenching drama is about a brother, his younger sister, and a lost pair of shoes.
Directed by: Majid Majidi
- Dazed and Confused
Another fabulous film from Linklater. The movie follows several high school students on the last day of school in 1976. Ranked highly by various movie polls, Dazed and Confused has achieved a cult status over the years.
Director: Richard Linklater
- Dead Poets Society
An English teacher with an unorthodox way of teaching inspires his students through poetry. From Walt Whitman to Henry David Thoreau, Dead Poets Society digs deep to bring about a meaning to life.
Directed by: Peter
Cinema has immense power that it can break barriers and can go past boundaries. It can change your life and take you on a different path you have never even heard of. It can give you a purpose for life. It can set you on a course, just like dSAT, an assessment test every class X student
should write to discover themselves.