Arts & Entertainment

10 Classic Movie Themes With Examples

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 25, 2021 • 6 min read

What makes a movie great? The answer is not one particular thing. It is different elements all working together—from the plot, dialogue, and actors’ performances to the cinematography, soundtrack, and directing. These elements all work together towards a common goal: the deep, resonant feeling that helps the movie say something about the world or human nature. This is known as the film’s theme.