Iconic & Timeless Movies


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Even when it seems like new, more popular movies are coming out every other day, some films stand the test of time and are still popular today. Movies like The Godfather, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz are perfect examples of this.

The Godfather, made in 1972, is a classic mob story. Based on Mario Puzo’s book, Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the movie, adapted it into a trilogy, propelling Al Pacino, Marlon Brandon, and Robert DeNiro into their inevitable fame. The trilogy follows the storyline of a mafia-consumed family while they discover the lure of mob life, the challenges of raising a family, and family drama. Despite the Restricted rating, fans all over the world love it, making the movie worth a total of almost 135 million American dollars. The makers say that The Godfather helped to rid America of stereotypes against Italians, and helped to “Italianize America.”

A favorite among families, The Sound of Music has been around since 1965, much older than The Godfather. This major hit starred Julie Andrews playing Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Georg von Trapp, with the director of the movie being Robert Wise. He explained that he believes The Sound of Music became such a success because “…it tells a true story in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. This story touches your heart. The main roles are played mainly by children, and the city of Salzburg provides an unforgettable backdrop.” In the musical, Maria, who is deciding whether or not to become a nun, finds a job as a governess for a big family. She develops a motherly sense of love for the children and their widower father, Captain von Trapp. The captain is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he refuses since he is strongly opposed to the Nazis. The Sound of Music contains several singing and dancing bits, with catchy songs that kids love. Earning a total of five Oscars, seventeen other awards, thirteen nominations, and over 286.2 million dollars, parents and children alike are still obsessed with it.

Especially popular among children, The Wizard of Oz is a fantasy tale of witches, wizards, dreams, and utopian worlds. The main character, Dorothy Gale, and her dog, Toto, are carried away in their house to the magical Land of Oz by a tornado that tears through Kansas. To find her way back home, Dorothy is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City in order to meet the Wizard of Oz. Along the route, they encounter a Scarecrow in desperate search of a brain, a Tin Man pining for a heart, and a Cowardly Lion yearning for a sense of bravery. In order to gain his assistance, the Wizard requests that they bring him the Wicked Witch of the West’s broom. Said to be the most-watched film ever by the Library of Congress, The Wizard of Oz appeals to such a wide audience because of its simple yet deep values and the representation of the search for those values. Being such a popular movie, it has earned a gross sum of over 30 million U.S. dollars. The movie additionally won two Oscars, thirteen other awards and has received ten other nominations for awards.

With the rapidly increasing popularity of newer movies, it’s easy to forget the older gems of the silver screen. However, some movies, like The Godfather, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz, make themselves remembered, no matter how old they may be.