THE TOP TEN Best films for watching over and over
The best most watchable films in my opinion. The list is by no means exhaustive but it's a start. I'd probably need a top 50 in truth.
Dark, moody and oozes atmosphere. It still looks and sounds beautiful. This is a classic that asks what it is to be human. A wonderful film. Rutger Hauer's scene at the very end alone makes the whole thing worth watching. It makes you feel transported to a totally different place.
The insanity of war portrayed by the story of a mission to assassinate a rogue officer turned "deity" in the midst of the Vietnam war. Visually stunning twist on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in which lines between right and wrong within the context of war are heavily blurred.
Great movie on many levels. Ultimately about the effects that one person's life can have other people's lives. It is beautiful, tragic, funny and strangely uplifting in its own way. In many respects it feels like the story was written around the soundtrack - it is musically fabulous.
Hannibal Lector without all the super powers that were given to him in Silence of the Lambs (still a great film). A superior 80's crime drama that has a thumping rock soundtrack and is just a cracking good watch. A million times better than the remake Red Dragon. You really feel that you get to know Will Graham and Francis Dollarhyde as their opposite characters start to merge.
James Cameron's best film (despite of Avatar's fabulous effects). This Sci-Fi classic wins through with it's ability to stoke all the major human emotions whilst taking us on a roller coaster ride for survival at the same time. Many have attempted copies and all have failed. Greatness.
The dream team pairing of Pacino and De Niro does not fail us. Michael Mann's strongly characterised crime epic is an audiovisual treat not to be missed. Every time I watch I am so desperate for the bad guy De Niro to get away from the driven Pacino. It makes so many so many supposedly good crime movies since look like bad re-runs of TJ Hooker. Great story, great cast , great music and cinematography make the nearly 3 hours whizz by.
Vampires as they should be. No capes or bats just a ferocious blood lust. This is so much more than a vampire flick. This is the film that Twighlight is still saving up to be. A love story, road movie, grisly horror and a hint of western that is compelling to watch. The occasional B Movie feel only adds to the atmosphere generated by mid-west landscape and the haunting sound track.
Densel Washington and Morgan Freeman's finest hour. The whole film is stirring stuff. The great acting and sweeping battle scenes are façade for underlying emotions. Yes there are some cheesy bits but I defy anyone not to have a lump in their throat during so many moments of this film.
An epic that deserves to be in any list. The acting is only surpassed by the scale of the story telling. Every emotion is explored but ultimately the story is about the human right to freedom. All the actors are fabulous, Lawrence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, Herbert Lom and even Tony Curtis is good. The portrayal of utter defiance in the pursuit of freedom by Kirk Douglas upstages all. The grim determination in spite of impossible odds that is so evident in Douglas's face is some of the best acting I have ever seen. Not a dry eye in the house for the end scene either!
Dances with Wolves
Costner's finest hour. Avatar was a blue faced remake of this story of a loner turned native in a foreign land who ends up fighting against his own destructive kind. Sweeping and breathtaking visually with a classical soundtrack well deserved of its Oscar.
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