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The Many Movie Motifs that Never Go Away: what ARE the ‘Top’ Themes of Most Movies?

by James Murphy

Meta Description: A theme is the idea of any movie and it is the reason behind making films. Get to know about the 5 most popular movie themes with their examples.

5 Most Popular Movie Themes with Examples

From family drama to gambling in the latest online casinos, movies are made on various themes. A theme is the idea or purpose of the movie. It is the whole reason why movies are made. All the elements in the films are regulated by the theme. Still, some people don’t know what theme is when they go to watch a movie. This blog post will give you insight into the most popular themes with examples.

Love

Love themes arose in the middle of the 20th century. The movie Titanic is built around the theme of love. The feeling of love gives you energy and makes you want to do nice things. Jack saves Rose when she attempts suicide. A bond is forged between them as Jack is invited by her into the first class. Rose’s mother tries to keep them apart as they both fall in love. Their passionate romance becomes a struggle for survival and Jack risks everything for his lover.

Good Vs Evil

Almost every movie has this theme somewhere in their plotline. The main theme of The Lion King is good Vs evil. The struggle between good and evil in this movie is very real. Here, good means respect from all forms of life and bad means total disregard from everything except yourself. At the beginning of the movie, the good king Mufasa tells us that the animal kingdom exists in a delicate balance and only a good king takes care of the balance. Eventually, the kingdom is taken by Scar and all the good goes away.

Death

Certain types of movie themes lend themselves to certain genres. The American romantic fantasy thriller Ghost is built around the theme of Death. The plot of the film centres on a young woman in jeopardy, the ghost of her murdered lover and a psychic who assists him in saving her. The movie is a perfect balance of laughs and tears. A sparkling funny script and a clever fantasy about ghost make this film a superior blockbuster romance.

Humanity Vs Technology

For film-makers, the future has always been a fountain of creative possibilities and endings. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a perfect example of this. The plot centres about a tribe of hominids that are driven away from their water hole by a rival tribe. The film is a journey through outer space and it is also a journey through cinematic space. The film conjures the future by making you see through its vision of the future. It is one of the most iconic sci-fi films and it continues to amaze and inspire other film-makers.

Coming of Age


The Harry Potter series is a perfect example of this theme. The film is about Harry Potter who is famous in the wizarding world and doesn’t know it. Harry grows beyond depending on older people in the school. The little boy steps into an adult role when he becomes a leader of the Army. With the death of Cedric and Sirius, he loses innocence and gains a better understanding of the world.

 

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