10 Movies That Changed Filmmaking Forever

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The universe of cinema keeps on changing from time to time. However, a few changes are so dramatic that they need to be discussed in detail. Such events entirely changed the way the industry used to operate.

Starting from the silent movies to the black and white movies to the action-filled, VFX-oriented, large-scale movies, we have crossed many paths. Still, so many changes are taking place and we cannot say anything about what the future has to bring to us.

Yet, whatever is right in front of us is quite fascinating and gives us a hint of a very bright future for filmmaking. So, keeping it in mind, a few of the Hollywood movies completely changed the game for other directors.

Today, we are going to have a look at 10 of those movies that had a great impact on the entire filmmaking industry. Let’s begin!

Avatar (2009)

Avatar was released in the year 2009 and since then, Hollywood has not seen any turning back. The hype before the movie was released was epic. When it finally released, the viewers realized that it is definitely something from the future.

It depicted blue people with excellent 3D image effects, transporting us into somewhere in the next century. Before Avatar, the directors had no faith in 3D technology. Nonetheless, Avatar changed the way the filmmaking industry used to think. Now, 3D is a norm in film industries.

Jaws (1975)

The year 1975 saw an amazing, breathtaking and thrilling movie “Jaws”. It was termed as Spielberg’s masterpiece. It consisted of all the elements that one could think of in dreams only. It was a blockbuster on its own. Plus, it ruled the charts for a very long period of time.

The storyline, the suspense element, the characters, the story setting, the music, everything stole the charm from the other movies that released with it. Everything was so perfect that this movie showed a new path to the movie directors. It actually made the impossible turn into possible.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

It is not easy for any moviemaker to depict an artificial environment, giving a sense of reality to the viewers. However, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was that one movie that did exceptionally well in order to transform a pseudo environment into a real one.

Plus, the movie was extremely praised and well-received by the critics due to its amazing storyline. For the very first time, motion capture technology was implemented in the movie. It was a gamble. But, at the end of the day, it turned out to be a great success. The cinematic effects and the animations were beautiful to the core and definitely upped the ante for the director’s counterparts.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project might not be on your list of favorite horror movies. But, the movie managed to do something that was never achieved by any other movie. So, basically, the director implemented the found footage sub-genre so flawlessly that it opened a great many avenues for the Hollywood moviemaking industry.

The movie is so different to watch because it shows the perspective coming right from the actor himself/herself. The actors of the movie used to hold the cameras themselves which made us enter into the world of reality. It gave us the idea of something happening in real. So, as a horror movie watcher, witnessing an event right from the perspective of the actor, it was definitely a spine-chilling experience for the moviegoers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

This epic trilogy of Peter Jackson not only fascinated the audiences with its unique portrayal of fiction. Rather, the fantasy movie was able to pull many Academy Awards, leaving everyone shocked and awestruck.

The movie gave out a serious message to the whole world that the movies need not be original in order to be logic-oriented. The movies can be fantasies and still be able to pull a huge audience with a message delivered ultimately.

So, it became a movie that depicted an elf, hobbits, a few dwarfs, and a group of people trying to throw a ring in the volcano. It was a mesmerizing movie, portraying several astonishing sets that carried us into the world of fiction.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

The entire Harry Potter Series carries a legacy of its own that cannot be neglected at any cost. The movies were meant for children. But, it not only melted the hearts of children. Rather the movie was capable of pulling something extraordinary from every segment of the audience.

J.K. Rowling needs to be praised for giving us this amazing work of fiction. She is an inspiration for the entire moviemaking industry. The aspiring writers and directors look up to her in order to extract some sort of motivation.

The dedication of J.K. Rowling despite having a hard time is worth-mentioning in such times of dejection. Thus, if you need to become someone big, you need to read about her so that you can somehow match her charm.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Directed by John Hughes
Shown from left: Judd Nelson (as John Bender), Emilio Estevez (as Andrew ‘Andy’ Clark), Ally Sheedy (as Allison Reynolds), Molly Ringwald (as Claire Standish), Anthony Michael Hall (as Brian Ralph Johnson)

The Breakfast Club was capable of creating an entirely different genre which engrossed young people. It was a coming-of-age movie that matched the sentiments of an entire youth. The movie still lives up to the expectation of people and is watched by several new movie watchers. In order to be entertained, you can watch this movie and thank me later!

The movie was praised because it was a lighter attempt at disclosing the story of each of the characters. The take was really subtle, sweet, yet very effective. It showed the right path to the youngsters to not judge a book by its cover.

It made a special place in the hearts of viewers and they came out of the cinema, hoping to watch something similar in the future. So, it definitely opened the doors of an emotional journey, a comedy revolution, and a fine-stitched ending, combining them into one whole.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

You must have read the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But, it finally got converted into a movie in 1937. It attracted all kinds of audiences and not only kids. The movie was different for the moviemaking industry because it was a first-ever feature-length animated film.

At that time, the movie managed to earn approximately $75 million and remained in the cinemas for a very long period of time. People had to wait in order to get the movie’s ticket. Such was the hype of it!

The movie released merchandise alongside the movie which was very crucial for the marketing of the movie. The soundtrack of it was perfect and suited nicely to the merchandise also. People could buy the merchandise from the outset of the film’s run.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane is one of those movies that you can find on the list of “Top 10 movies of all time”. The movie is top-rated for every right reason. The movie is well-received due to the antics of the director; Welles.

Welles was determined enough to pull something big and make a name on his own. He earned a lot of fame right at a young age which is just a dream for a number of aspiring directors. The drama/mystery movie hooked the audiences for 1 hour 60 minutes, proving that Welles had the guts to become a new ace director.

It won an Academy Award for Best Writing which was also done by Welles himself. He brought several innovations into moviemaking and gave a strong message of revolution to the whole filmmaking industry.

Justice League: The Snyder Cut (2021)

We are fully aware of the fact that the movie has not released yet. But, from whatever innovation that is coming from the movie’s front, we can easily say that this film is going to revolutionize the entire movie industry. It will be an epic change for the filmmaking industry and all of its sub-domains.

The director of the movie has attached several ambitions to this project and he expects them to come true, no matter what happens. The movie has packed several surprises for the audiences which would only be unraveled when finally it appears on the big screen.

Zack Snyder seems extremely excited due to this project that is going to be huge for the filmmaking industry. The diehard fans are still trying to catch the hidden revelations. But, it is getting too hard day by day. So, wait for it guys. I am sure there will be something in the movie that will be worth your wait!


So, here we have come to an end of the list that showed you the greatest movies that managed to change the entire film industry due to their innovations, the technology incorporated, and the exceptional spirit of each and everybody that worked for the above-mentioned movies.