What makes a great movie great?
Is it that it has a great story? Great characters? Is it that the cinematography is beautiful? Is it that each actor is giving a great performance? Is it that the soundtrack is top notch? Well, the answer is — yes. Yes to all of this. And I know, that doesn’t really help if you’re actually trying to find out what elements make a movie great, because clearly — something will be great if everything about it is great.
However, Simon Cade of DSLRguide is helping to make the whole concept of what a “great” movie is a little easier to understand by defining specific elements that can be found in the majority of history’s most revered films.
Cade breaks it down thusly: (He also breaks down all of these elements into more specific concepts, like “conflict”, “plot”, and “dialog” for the script, which you can study more effectively here.)