Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Warner Bros is one of the greatest Hollywood studios and is celebrating ninety years this year.

So we take a look at some of the studio's best movies during that time - and boy are there plenty to choose from.

- The Harry Potter Franchise

Warner Bros has been behind the biggest franchise of all time as the studio brought J.K. Rowling's much loved novels to the big screen.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released back in 2001 and saw Daniel Radcliffe take on the role for the first time - it was to be a part that made him a star.

Philosopher's Stone was a box office smash as it grossed in excess of $974 million at the global box office; it was the biggest movie in the franchise until Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released.

Eight movies were released between 2001 and 2011 and the franchise grossed a whopping $7.7 billion.

Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates were the directors who brought these eight movies to the big screen during that time.

- Casablanca

Casablanca remains one of the greatest love stories of all time and is now regarded as one of the most iconic movies ever made.

The movie was based on an unpublished stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison and saw Michael Curtiz in the director's chair.

The movie is set in unoccupied Africa during the Second World War and follows Rick Blaine who comes face to face with a former lover.

He is torn between his love for her and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled city so he can continue his fight against the Nazis.

This sweeping and romantic epic was not the huge hit that you would have expected when it was released in 1942 but since then it has gone on to be held in the highest regard.

It it the movie that Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will forever be remembered for.

- The Dark Knight

There have been some fantastic superhero movies in recent years but there are not many that top The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight was the second film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and saw Bruce Wayne come face to face with The Joker.

Christian Bale reprised the role of Wayne while Heath Ledger took on the role of The Joker - a move that was controversial until everyone saw the actor's performance.

The Dark Knight was released to critical acclaim in 2008 and went on to gross over $1 billion at the global box office.

Many felt, and I include myself in this, that the film should have picked up a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Ledger was recognised however as he won the Best Supporting Actor gong.

The Dark Knight remains one of the greatest superhero films of all time and is the benchmark against which all other films in this genre are compared.

- The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon was another Warner Bros/Humphrey Bogart collaboration and it hit the big screen in 1941.

Directed by John Huston the movie was based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett.

The film saw Bogart take on the role of private detective Sam Spade who has dealing with three adventurers who are looking for a priceless statuette.

The Maltese Falcon is widely regarded as one of the greatest film of all time and it was one of the roles that really shot Bogart to superstardom.

- Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde is one of the greatest American crime dramas of all time and was released back in 1967.

The movie was directed by Arthur Penn and saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway take on the title roles.

Bonnie and Clyde was a groundbreaking and landmark movies as it broke many taboos; it presented sex and violence in a way that had never really been seen before.

This movie paved the way to allowed filmmakers to be more open when tackling violence and sex on screen.

The movie was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. While it may have missed out on the Best Picture gong the film did win Best Supporting Actress for Estelle Parsons and Cinematography for Burnett Guffey.

- The Exorcist

Warner Bros was also paved the way in the horror genre as well when The Exorcist hit the big screen in 1973.

The movie was directed by William Friedkin and was based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty.

The Exorcist follows the possession of a young girl and her mother's attempts to help her daughter by bringing in a priest to perform an exorcism.

The Exorcist is still widely regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time - it was also the first horror film to be ever nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

The movie was nominated for ten Oscars in all and picked up two; Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing.

- Argo

And Warner Bros continues to enjoy film success as Argo is the latest film to taste Oscar success.

The film saw Ben Affleck back in the director's chair for what was his third movie behind the camera - he also took on the central role of CIA operative Tony Mendez.

Argo is based on a true story and follows Mendez as he tries to get six U.S. diplomats our of Tehran, Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979.

From the minute the movie appeared on the festival circuit it was a critical smash. Affleck's direction was heavily praised and everyone was stunned when he failed to pick up a Best Director Oscar nomination.

But the disappointment was short lived as the film dominated the awards season and picked up the Best Picture Oscar.

Other fantastic Warner Bros movies include The Artist, Inception, A Clockwork Orange, Deliverance and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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