Good filmmaking isn’t all about dialogue and flashy scene work. The success and failure of an entire movie often rely on its overall shape. Here are 5 best movies that have the best structure.
1) Die Hard
Act one is all about the setup, act two is about the confrontation, and the final act is about the resolution of the problem. Each act sets up the next, each scene demands the one that comes after.
2) High Noon
The film is about the relentless march of time towards showdown this structural choice as brilliant as it is obvious. It builds, its ticking time bomb into its own runtime, but there’s something deceptively difficult about telling a story. The writers had structure this film not in how they framed and shown their scenes but in Will, Cannes lives.
Ajami plays with a cause and effect and how e interpret it. One moment showing us a chain of events that appears to be one way later complicating. It revealing it to be another way entirely it presents violence as something that could have been easily avoided until, it shows us the other links in the causal chain.
4) Citizen Kane
The film outright asks us about the mystery, and then it follows the reporter as he dies into the past to unpack. Along the way whatever the hell Rosebud means stops being important. It is about the shape of the journey from point A to the point B. It starts with the end and building towards the middle it removes the mystery of what and focuses on the mystery.
Irreversible uses the structure to a most devastating effect. It is at best difficult to watch. It beings with the ultra-violent revenge that many films might make their climax. And then it proceeds backward towards its brutal cause.