Filmmakers put in a lot of thought when it comes to naming a film. They have to make sure the title sounds interesting enough to bring in the audiences, while also not giving away the obvious in it. And the first thing that sticks with any film’s title is its starting alphabet, which in more ways than one, becomes its distinctive feature. With that, we bring together a list of fifteen must see movies that begin with the alphabet D.
14. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
When a fresh-out-of-college Andy lands a job with a fashion magazine in New York, she doesn’t believe her luck. But when she starts assisting the snooty editor of the magazine, she realizes that working for a fashion magazine is far from what she had imagined it to be while learning journalism. Featuring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt in lead roles, the movie was a refreshing take on the glam world, laced with ample doses of comedy, which appealed to the masses.
13. Darkest Hour (2017)
With six nominations at the Academy, the British war film, starring versatile actor Gary Oldman, as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is based on real-life events, when Churchill had to face the darkest hour that would change the course of history of Great Britain. With a superlative performance from an actor, who is known to get into the skin of the characters he portrays, Gary Oldman’s interpretation of one of the most despised statesmen in world history is something to watch out for in the political drama movie.
12. Doctor Strange (2016)
When celebrated neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange realizes he is rendered physically challenged in an accident, unable to use his gift of healing, he turns to the ancient mystic arts to nurse himself back to health, eventually becoming a sorcerer and saving the world from a looming threat. Benedict “Sherlock Holmes” Cumberbatch played the quirky, new Marvel anti-hero with aplomb and quickly made his way into the list of most loved DC/Marvel superheroes.
11. Despicable Me (2010)
When a brainiac criminal and an ambitious super villain Felonius Gru tries to pull off the greatest heist in the whole of universe, his three adopted daughters, who he uses as his bait, keep getting in the way of his work. The animated movie, which entertained the entire family with its clean humour and impressive visuals, paved the way for two more installments and is best remembered for giving the world the pill-shaped, odd creatures called the Minions!
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10. The Day Of The Jackal (1973)
One of the greatest political thrillers of all time, the suspense British-French film, which narrated the fictitious account of numerous real-life murder attempts on French President Charles de Gaulle, is a cult classic that keeps you guessing till the end. Nominated in several categories at the Oscars, BAFTA and Golden Globes back in the day, ‘The Day Of The Jackal’ had won one BAFTA for film editing.
9. Dirty Harry (1971)
Starring seasoned actor Clint Eastwood donning a cop’s hat, the film evoked negative response from feminists, citing that his character was overly glorified, while other critics were of the opinion that Eastwood had done a commendable job. He played a loose cannon cop, who goes all out to bring a criminal to the book, disrupting lives of the public in the process. The crime thriller is one of Eastwood’s most recognized characters.
8. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
When Ron Woodroof discovers he has contracted the highly stigmatized HIV, he starts looking for drugs that can help him live longer. But due to its local unavailability, he starts smuggling a banned drug and also illegally selling it off to those suffering from the same condition, thus establishing a buyer’s club. Matthew McConaughey played the lead role in the biographical film and also won an Oscar, along with Jared Leto, who played a transwoman in the movie.
7. Deadpool (2016)
The year 2016 had a surprise package in the form of a superhero movie ‘Deadpool’ featuring Ryan Reynolds as the ultra-suave anti-hero, clad in latex, with a morbid sense of humour. Out to avenge Ajax for putting him in a situation worse than hell, Wade Wilson takes on the identity of Deadpool – the foul-mouthed mercenary-in-red, who would stop at nothing. The wisecracking superhero instantly became everyone’s favourite.
6. Dead Poets Society (1989)
At an all-boys prep school, an English teacher, also an alumnus, apart from teaching English, encourages his students through poetry to break free of all the stereotypes and live a life on their own terms. The Robin Williams starrer, which inspired Bollywood to make ‘Mohabbatein’, is a fine film that proved Williams was more than just a funnyman!
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5. Dunkirk (2017)
A British, American, French and Dutch co-production, directed by Christopher Nolan, the historically accurate film, with little dialogues, is a war film that showcased how in real life the Allied Forces were trapped in Dunkirk during World War II, with no way to escape. With a long list of names in the cast, Hans Zimmer’s score keeps you on the tenterhooks, as you relive the horrors of war in the suspense film. The movie has eight nominations pending at the upcoming Oscars.
4. Donnie Darko (2001)
The sci-fi supernatural thriller had a long list of actors in the cast along with an odd storyline, which went on to gain a cult status amongst fans and an 8.1 rating on IMDb! Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the movie also featured names like Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone and followed a teenager’s Doomsday-related prophesies, which initially people think are hallucinations, eventually warming up to his idea. Considered as one of young Jake’s finest performances, the film still manages to give us the goosebumps!
3. Die Hard (1988)
When ‘Die Hard’ came his way, after some big names shot down the offer and made him an overnight action star, Bruce Willis, was only known for playing comedy roles on the small screen. In the film, he played a Los Angeles cop, who returns home to celebrate Christmas with his wife, only to realize she, along with her colleagues, has been held hostage by a German crime lord atop a building. The movie which spawned a number of sequels was greatly appreciated for Willis’ and Alan Rickman’s performances.
2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Featuring Christian Bale as the caped messiah of Gotham, Christopher Nolan’s third installment in the Batman trilogy also saw Tom Hardy as the superhero’s arch nemesis. When Gotham city doesn’t need the caped crusader anymore, Batman goes into oblivion, until Bane brings the city to its knees and Batman out from hiding. The last one in the franchise, the film broke quite a lot of records and scored favourably positive reviews at the box office.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
What is Chris Nolan’s Batman movie without mention of the Joker? ‘The Dark Knight’ is just that and more! The highest grossing film of the year 2008, which garnered more attention because of the antagonist’s portrayal of a baddie than the hero’s, the second installment in the Batman franchise won several accolades and award nominations. A film with a repeat value, Heath Ledger’s intimidating Joker and Christian Bale’s unruffled Batman made for a great visual delight.
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