Top 7 must Watch Films for Students

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Posted: September 05, 2019

If you chose a career in the film industry and are just about to start your education, there are some preparations you must sort out before you begin. Every person who studies film should use this medium of entertainment to build on his skills early in the process. That being said, there some movies every film student should watch before or during his film education.

Whether you plan to study cinematography, directing, special effects or animation, these are the seven movies you should cross off your to-see list

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

This movie represents the dawn of cinema as we know it. At that point, it was all just  about learning and experimentation. However, this is one of the greatest films created from that period, exploring various art forms and illusions.

Georges Melies, the person behind this film, saw the movie world as dreams and illusions. He made 100 movies before this one, but this is where he truly excelled.

This might even be one of the movies you get to watch in film school as an assignment, which brings us to another point. One other skill you must work on before you start your film journey is writing. You can always get help with movie, creative direction, and even help with nursing assignment, but still – most film-related professions will require at least some decent writing skills from all students.

A Trip to the Moon is inspired by the work of Jules Verne. It chronicles a group of astronomers who visit the moon, where they find aliens and are faced by imminent danger. They manage to escape from it, emerging as heroes.

Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is one of the most viewed films in history for many reasons. One of them is the amazing cinematography style. The shots in the film are exceptional and make unique use of space. This is one great movie not only because of the interesting plot and the relationships between characters, but also to learn from and enjoy. The symbols intertwined throughout the movie make the meaning of the entire piece. It’s definitely something to study!

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

My third choice on the list of top films for film students is a classic. Kubrick is quite the genius on screen, but this is the movie that earned him the most fame. It’s an anti-war critique of the society, and a truly underrated one for that matter! You’ll have so much fun analyzing the anti-war elements, the dialogue, mis-en-scene, and the positioning of the characters.

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is one of the most popular movies of all time. It’s a trilogy everyone, particularly film students, should watch. It has influenced the culture in unseen ways and as a result, it turned into three unique, but equally interesting movies to watch.

This is one of the films every film student should see because of the features and effects included. If you wish to learn from an amazing director and see true finesse in the ending of a film, you should definitely watch all three of them. The movie was made several decades ago and yet, the effects are exceptional!

Schindler’s List (1993)

If you’ve never seen Schindler’s List, you’re missing out on a lot. The plot is quite interesting and the movie has enjoyed tremendous popularity since it was aired. However, what I’m most interested in are the shots in the movie. They are what I’d call pure perfection.

When you watch this movie, pay attention to the details. The use of light, texture, color, shadow, and space is brilliant. Each context is approached differently from a professional cinema point of view. These elements are what enrich the meaning in the film and are the reason it won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

 Apollo 13 (1995)

Apollo 13 is considered the peak of Tom Hank’s career. But, it’s much more than that. This movie about NASA’s mission features an amazing story and even better film effects. Also, it is one of the few top-rated movies based on non-fiction books. Back in 1994, the book named Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 was first published and led to the creation of this masterpiece.

Battle Royale (2000)

A movie for the new generations, Battle Royale is actually a Japanese film that speaks of politics and corruption in the world. It’s a brilliant movie for those who want to learn more about politics, but it also has amazing film symbolism shown through the use of death, suicide, false idealism, weaponry, gender, violence, etc.


The cinema world is one of the most creative, versatile fields you can choose to study from. If you wish to pursue a career in cinematography, you need not only to educate yourself, but also make use of everything you’ve learned. It requires great attention to detail and freedom to use all the creativity you have.

Do you have what it takes to become a great professional in the film industry?


Author’s bio:

Connie Elser is a masterful screenwriter and currently a professor at a film academy in Europe. She has two passions – one for writing and one for films. Thanks to her two Master’s degrees in both literature and film, she’s considered quite the expert in the field.

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