Top 15 Movies That Changed Cinema

4. Winchester '73 (1950)
You’re probably wondering why an obscure Western is so high on this list. The fact is, we actually wanted to put it higher. In 1950, James Stewart (one of the biggest stars in the world) realized that he could make more money if he broke his studio contract and made the unheard of move to become an independent. Universal immediately jumped on the chance of having the star in their new film but couldn’t afford his asking price. Being the visionary that he was, Stewart had his salary tied to the gross of the film. This quickly became the standard practice and continues today.


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