The 20 Best Warner Bros. Movies of the 20th Century

From Casablanca to East of Eden, here are 20 of the greatest films Warner Bros. Studios released throughout the 20th Century.

BY Someone, PUBLISHED Nov 9, 2023

Since the early age of Hollywood and American cinema as we know it today, Warner Bros. has been one of the leading production companies in filmmaking. Founded in 1923, the studio has been creating some of the most beloved, wild, and big-budgeted pictures ever released. Their innovation and continued desire to put out bigger and better movies have kept them at the forefront of the film industry for 100 years. While they shoot all over the world, the Warner Bros. Studio lots are located in Burbank, California, and Leavesden, South East England. Most recently, the studio released Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Due to incredibly diligent marketing and extreme anticipation, the film was a huge success, grossing over $1 billion (so far) at the global box office.

The 20th Century was an especially exciting time for Hollywood. Looking at the evolution of the film industry from 1901 to 2000, the technological advancements made in their field could not be more impressive. One thing that did remain the same, though, was a fierce desire to tell engaging and exciting stories on the screen. From golden-age classics such as Cool Hand Luke and Dirty Hairy to modern-day favorites like The Shawshank Redemption and The Matrix, there is a wide variety of incredible films. Here are 20 of the best Warner Bros. movies released in the 20th Century.

20. Se7en

In 1995, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman teamed up to star in David Fincher’s crime/mystery film Se7en. This Warner Bros. film was one of the most unexpectedly captivating and thrilling pictures to be released in the 90s. The story follows a retiring detective and a new transfer, played by Freeman and Pitt respectively, who come together to solve a series of thoroughly planned out and terrifying murders. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey also play incredible roles in this must-see movie.


19. The Shawshank Redemption

Another Morgan Freeman film and arguably one of the most impactful and epic movies from the 1990s is The Shawshank Redemption. The incredible story follows two inmates serving life sentences in prison, who find true friendship and learn to live a meaningful life in their cage of a world. Andy and Redd’s relationship is inspiring and gives us all hope that even in the most unlikely of situations we should always have hope and look for the best in humanity. Although this Warner Bros. film was made in 1994, it is just as relatable today as it was the day it was released.