The movies on this list are ranked according to their success (awards & nominations), their popularity, and their true greatness from a directing/writing standpiont.
1.The Godfather (1972)
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Awards: Won 3 Oscars
2.The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Awards: Nominated for 7 Oscars.
3.Schindler's List (1993)
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Awards: Won 7 Oscars.
4.Raging Bull (1980)
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
Awards: Won 2 Oscars.
Set in Casablanca, Morocco during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Awards: Won 3 Oscars.