CinemaScoop: These 20 Movies Are Some Of The Best We've Ever Seen

From making us laugh our guts out, getting us teary-eyed to making us question the very meaning of our existence, movies and their characters have had a profound impact on our lives. We have run across America with Forrest Gump, cooked ratatouille with Remy, loved whole-heartedly with Naina, and escaped the four walls of 'room' with Ma.

While it is nearly impossible to list all our favourite movies, we have tried picking up a mix of 20 best movies that left an impact on us. Read on and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Requiem For A Dream

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Director Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller deals with loneliness and delusion and uses drug addiction as the vehicle to get the point across. Its visual imagery will stay with you long after and the whole sensory experience is something we'll be forever grateful for.

PS - The movie isn't available on any streaming platform right now. Be on the lookout, as titles keep refreshing on all platforms. Or you could ask a friend for a We Transfer, maybe.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Netflix

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey play dramatically different characters in this sci-fi flick, who fall in love with each other. And we fall in love with them. From acting to the screenplay, the movie ticks all check-boxes and leaves you grappling with the questions of memory, love, and relationships.

Amercian History X

Netflix

It's been over 20 years since this film's release but the problems of racism and far-right politics that it so aptly depicts, continue to haunt us to date. Edward Norton is absolutely mesmerising in this one.

Rang De Basanti

Netflix

A.R. Rahman's unforgettable music score, the cast's youthful exuberance and chemistry, and patriotism that drove a generation forward combine to make this Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film a modern classic. 

The Lunchbox

Netflix

Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui lead this romantic drama that is simple, unique, and so very charming. They don't make love stories like The Lunchbox every day.

Wild

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Based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir of the same name, Wild is a free-spirited journey of self-discovery that kept us engaged with its powerful performances and gorgeous cinematography. Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern's Oscar-nominated performances deserve a watch. 

Inside Out

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This super creative Pixar movie takes place inside an 11-year old girl's mind and deals with stuff we always tend to run away from - emotions. Pixar's visuals are, as usual, stunning and we recommend keeping a tissue box handy while watching this one. You'll need it.

Piku

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Road trips are always fun to watch and when you have storytellers like Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi at the helm, you know it's going to be a journey to remember. Watch it for the light humour and very relatable family drama.

Udaan

Netflix

Udaan introspects teenage dreams and anxiety in the face of authoritarian structures and is relatable on many levels. The movie is elevated by Amit Trivedi's genius music score, which simpy put, is unforgettable.

Barfi!

Netflix

Anurag Basu hits all the right notes with Barfi!. The music and locations are spectacular, the acting is believable, and the whole drama just fills your heart.

Goodfellas

Netflix

Set in New York City's mobster world, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is one of our favourite movies from this veteran filmmaker and Joe Pesci's performance alone merits a mention for this one.

Spotlight

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Another biographical drama, Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016 and is a no-nonsense story of how the Boston Globe investigated and uncovered the rampant child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The storytelling is so taut that you wouldn't be able to take your eyes off it.

Mustang

Amazon Prime Video

Mustang depicts the taboos and suppression that five orphaned sisters face while growing up in an ultra-conservative Turkish village. Its five main leads are endearing and their chemistry is a treat to watch.

Margarita With A Straw

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Kalki Koechlin's National Award-winning portrayal of a rebellious student afflicted with cerebral palsy drives this story of self-discovery and acceptance. The screenplay is fantastic and the treatment is very humane and empathetic.

Aligarh

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Aligarh is engrossing from the first scene and Manoj Bajpayee's performance as a homosexual professor, who has his right to equality and privacy violated, is one of the best in recent cinema history. His pain and his shy smile will live with you for a long time.

Tumbbad

Amazon Prime Video

If you love horror films, then Tumbbad has to be on your list. It gives you the scares, plays with your mind, and we had a tough time going to the kitchen for water after this one. True story.

Django Unchained

Netflix

This slick Western film by Quentin Tarantino is funny, dark, and a very important movie depicting slavery and racism in America. Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson steal the show in this one.

The Fighter

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A family drama set in the backdrop of boxing, The Fighter is based on the real-life story of boxer Micky Ward and the performances left an indelible mark on us. The movie's inherent authenticity is what sets it apart from other underdog stories.

PS - The movie isn't available on any streaming platform right now. Be on the lookout, as titles keep refreshing on all platforms. Or you could ask a friend for a We Transfer, maybe.

Haider

Netflix

An adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this Vishal Bhardwaj movie is bold and courageous. There's no dressing up of Kashmir's political turmoil in Haider and Bhardwaj ekes out fantastic performances from Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan, and Kay Kay Menon. The music score is fabulous, too.

Volver

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This Spanish melodrama about mortality, incest, forgiveness, and redemption is absolutely gripping from the first scene. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and it'll also make you realise the absurdity of life. Penelope Cruz kills it with her performance in this one.