1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The first part of the action science-fiction thriller pushed the Arnold Schwarzenegger on the A-list Hollywood names, while it is the continuation of strengthened on top of the same, and James Cameron became one of the biggest directorial names of science fiction. Without a doubt, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is the best part of the film series, the Terminator and one of the best films of the genre ever made. For his role in this film, Arnold Schwarzenegger has earned $ 15 million, even though he spoke only 700 words of dialogue. It turns out that every word Arnie was worth $ 21,429.
2. Lord Of The Rings (2001)
The fantasy adventure, film by Peter Jackson, the first in the trilogy Lord of the Rings, based on the similarly titled novel by JRR Tolkien. Jackson began work on the project in 1995, and it was originally conceived as a two-part adaptation of Tolkien’s works. During the next six years, the project has expanded to three movies filmed in 15 months in New Zealand.
The cast of The Lord of the Rings often had to travel by helicopter to different locations for shooting different scenes. Since he is afraid of flying, actor Sean Bean during the shooting of a scene where they crossed over the snowy mountains, every morning had to start from the bottom to the top on the ground, dressed in his suit, while at the same time helicopters flew above him with his colleagues inside.
3. The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
The story of the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The controversial movie that was directed by Mel Gibson who has stirred the world public and a religious community with too detailed scenes of the torture and crucifixion. Those who defended it said if that violence was censored the movie would be just another conventional religious film in the style of old Biblical movies. The strange thing is, in an interview in his magazine Newsweek, the actor who played Jesus, Jim Caviezel, said that he had survived a lightning strike while shooting “Sermon on the Mount.”
4. Thelma & Louise (1991)
One of the most famous titles in the early nineties of the last century, “Thelma and Louise” by famous director Ridley Scott is still the best example of processing serious issue with seemingly trivial film language. When movie appeared in theaters, it immediately started an avalanche of criticism from men because of sexist approach.
Despite of that George Clooney auditioned five times for the role hitchhiker JD in this film. In the end the role was given to Brad Pitt, and it can be said that it was crucial for his further career advancement. Among others who were considered for that part there were several more future and already successful movie stars: Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Alec Baldwin.
5. Jurassic Park (1993)
When we talk about the big blockbusters first associations is always “Jurassic Park”. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, this more than a spectacular achievement of Steven Spielberg is the perfect combination of computerized animation and creative writing that certainly forever changed cinema and in 1993 when it appeared, completely won over the world.
However, a giant mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex was not always working well during the shooting of the movie, so that in many times (especially when it rained) meant that the dinosaurs would move uncontrollable by itself and would make loud sounds that scared members of the team, who were in some cases even screaming in fear.
6. Titanic (1997)
Titanic by James Cameron was the first film in history that earned more than a billion dollars. Also, a record of 600 million profit only in US theaters was beaten by the same director when Avatar came out. Titanic still holds the record as the only film that stayed on the top of the cinema charts as much as 15 weeks. Among many interesting things about this move we chose one. When Kate Winslet found out that she would have to pose naked in one scene in the movie, she decided to immediately show her bust to Leonardo DiCaprio so she would break the ice and reduce tension before the recording of the famous scene itself.
7. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is a film from 2013, based on the true story about Jordan Belfrod, the so-called “The Wolf of Wall Street”, which by his 26 birthday has become a multimillionaire, earning thousands of dollars per minute, and ten years later ended up in jail owing damaged clients $ 110 million. Directing for this criminal biography was done by Martin Scorsese, who was also the producer of the film along with Leonardo DiCaprio.
The legendary scene in which the character played by Matthew McConaughey pounding himself in the chest in the rhythm and humming a song, originally was not in the scenario, but is was added at the Leonardo DiCaprio’s suggestion, who noticed that McConaughey had the same ritual before the start of their scenes, so he could relax and better mentally prepare for acting.
8. The Hangover (2009)
The film’s director Todd Phillips is behind this hilarious comedy that shows the consequences of the crazy weekend in Las Vegas. Although the genre of the film is essentially a comedy, in it we have the elements of a thriller and action. The script for this movie was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Although it is not rare that in movies and TV shows characters are missing teeth, Ed Helms for his role of Stu in the first Hangover did not need the help of a computer or makeup to cover up his missing one. The thing is that the tooth that he lacks in the film, he lacks in real life also as it has never grown so he has artificial one in that place.
9. E. T. (1982)
Great family sci-fi adventure from 1982, which won all generations, ET is the winner of four Oscars and 38 other awards. The concept for E.T. was created when Spielberg created his imaginary friends after the divorce of his parents. When he stopped the production of the film Night Skies, Spielberg met screenwriter Melissa Mathison, whom he hired to write the screenplay for ET. The film was shot during the autumn 1981 in California with a budget of 10.5 million.
When he was released, the film became a huge hit, earning $ 435 million, taking off Star Wars from first place of financially most successful films of all time. Interesting part – the favorite alien’s face was made on the basis of the famous scientist Albert Einstein, poet Carl Sandburg and dog breed pug!
10. Pirates Of Caribbean (2003)
Fantasy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean in 2003 has become one of the most profitable films of all time and won several highly successful sequels (the latest should arrive in theaters in 2016). The most recognizable role from the film was Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, who despite its excellent roles and transformations remains the most recognized precisely for his role in this film. You cannot imagine anyone else in that role? Well, if Robert De Niro did not think that the film is set to be a disaster we would see him instead of Johnny today.
11. Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis is the famous German silent science fiction film directed by Austrian director Fritz Lang. It is considered one of the great classics of cinema. The film was produced in Germany at the time of the Weimar Republic, and its running began in 1927. It was the most expensive silent film ever made that stood about 5 million Reich marks (today’s equivalent of about 200 million dollars).
To film “Metropolis,” Fritz Lang has invested tremendous effort in the production which lasted very long for that time – 18 months. The script, written together with his wife Thea von Harbou, was extremely complex and spoke about the activities located in the future in which clashed capitalism and communism. This movie was one of Hitler’s favorite films.
12. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
British writer Roald Dahl was already a famous writer of short stories and screenplays when he began writing novels for children by which he is remembered. He had written fourteen and some of them became recorded children’s films. The most famous one is his novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by which it was recorded a dozen films and TV series, but the most famous one by Tim Burton. His second most famous film is 1971 “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, also nominated for an Oscar, but for the music, which was directed by Mel Stuart. Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the movie, never acted in any film after, but become a veterinarian.
13. The Hobbit (1985)
Although for everyone first association on the word hobbit is Peter Jackson’s adaptation from 2012 of Tolkien’s book The Hobbit that is not the first movie that was filmed on that subject. Russians have made their version of “The Hobbit” back in 1985 and is available on YouTube. In this version the whole story is told in 71 minutes. Of course it has been done on a drastically smaller budget and it is made as children movie.