If it was a list of the greatest movies ever made, I am pretty sure this film would even have cracked the top 10. And rightfully so, it sits at number one position in this list, much like how the actual ship was at the time of its existence. Yes, epic romance disaster film Titanic is at number 1 on our list of the 10 legendary films that turns 20 in 2017. Directed by James Cameroon and starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bernard Hill Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner and Bill Paxton, this film hit the theatres on December 19, 1997. Revolving around the true story of the sinking of RMS Titanic during its ill-fated maiden voyage and a fictitious love story on the ship between two people of different social classes; the film received 14 Academy award nominations, a record that it holds with the 1950 film All About Eve. It eventually won 11 Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Visual effects, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Song, Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Film Editing. Its feat of winning 11 Oscars has been matched by only two other films in the history of the award – the 1959 film Ben-Hur and the 2004 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The only three categories it failed to win were Best Actress in a Leading Role (Winslet), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Stuart) and the make-up artists. AFI included the film in its multiple lists – at number 25 in “100 Years… 100 Thrills”, at number 37 in “100 Years… 100 Passions”, at number 14 in “100 Years… 100 Songs (My Heart Will Go On), at number 100 in “100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes (“I’m the king of the world!”) and at number 6 in “Top 10 Epic Films”. Its soundtrack by James Horner has become one of the most famous soundtracks in the history of cinema, selling over 30 million copies and making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. The song My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion won three Grammy awards and sold 18 million copies, thereby becoming the eighth best-selling single by an artist in history. It also ranked at number 21 in VH1’s list of “100 Greatest songs of the 90s”. Overall, the film won over 90 awards and an additional 47 nominations from various award-giving bodies around the world. Besides, it was also not only the highest-earning film of the 1997, but it was also the first film to the reach the billion-dollar mark and initially earned over $1.84 billion, a record that was only broken by Cameroon’s 2009 film Avatar. The film was re-released in 3D on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the 100 years of the ship’s actual sinking and again it was re-released in December 1, 2017 for the 20th anniversary of the film. It now has a box-office collection of $2.18 billion, and is the second film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide and is now the second highest-earning film of all time. It was also the most expensive film ever made at the time with a budget of $200 million. It has since been selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Surely, watching this film is an experience which can never be matched. Spectacular and extraordinaire is what I can say! A cinema lover can only dream of making such an epic saga and for audiences, its everything and more one can ask for.
Well, there you go! Which of these 10 films have you watched and which one is your favourite among them. Let us know your opinions in the comment section below. We value them. Also, don’t forget to check our list of the 10 legendary films that turns 50 in 2017.