What Makes a Great Film

Bryant Hodson
Jan 10, 2018 · 5 min read

“Great Film” Criteria for Average Moviegoers

Was Entertaining

Was Comprehensible

Played Out As Advertised

Featured Favorite Actors/Actresses

Had Sentimental Appeal

Was Family-Friendly

Or Was Fascinatingly Vulgar

“Great Film” Criteria for Critical Moviegoers

Plot Was Intact

Illusion Was Intact

Made By People Whose Work I Respect

Has an Interesting Making-Of

Was Beautifully Orchestrated

My Criteria for a “Great Film”

Art, Not Just Entertainment

Had Question Marks, Not Just Periods

Had Layers of Meaning

Was Relevant and New

Examples of Great Films (to Me)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Metropolis (1927)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Spirited Away (2001)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Straight Story (1999)
Vertigo (1958)
Interstellar (2014)
Paths of Glory (1957)

What’s your criteria for a great film? What am I missing? Leave a comment!

Bryant Hodson

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More than just a pixel-pusher, but, I admit, they can be fun to push. Designing UX, Pixel Art, Films, and Books. Interested in the future, inspired by the past.

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