Top 15 Movies That Changed Cinema

7. Citizen Kane (1941)
Listed near or at the top of nearly every “best of” list, it’s how Citizen Kane heralded the birth of the independent filmmaking renegade that lands it on this list. Hot off the success of his War of the Worlds broadcast, RKO quickly snatched up Orson Welles with a two picture deal. The town was so hot for the young talent that Welles was able to get a $500,000 budget for his first pic with zero studio interference and final cut (unheard of for a newcomer). Wells responded like a true maverick filmmaker; he pushed the boundaries and broke the rules with numerous landmark innovations, becoming a trailblazer for future directing greats such as Coppola, Scorsese, and Tarantino, to name a few.


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