This is the end of my top 50 favourite films of all time, this is my top 10!
#10 ~ Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock, 1958
Hitchcock’s masterpiece and one of the greatest film’s I’ve ever seen! great performances from James Stewart and Kim Novak. It has a brilliant twist which even my mum didn’t see coming!! Overall a great thriller with one of the best score’s of all time!
#9 ~ Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino, 1994
“SAY ‘WHAT’ AGAIN!” One of the most quotable films ever! and one of the most re-watchable. It gets better every time I watch it. The film also has one the greatest cast’s ever assembled with Sam Jackson, Travolta, Thurman, Rhames, Willis and Tim Roth. The second feature film from my favourite director Quentin Tarantino, and undoubtedly his best!
#8 ~ The Godfather: Part 2 – Francis Ford Coppola, 1974
The companion piece to Coppola’s masterpiece and arguably better than the original. I call it a companion because to call it a sequel would be an insult! the film acts as a prequel, following Vito’s (Robert de Niro) rise in power, and as a sequel, Following Michael’s (Al Pacino) growth as the Don of the Corleone Family. Outstanding performances that won De Niro an Oscar and excellent direction that won Coppola an Oscar too!
#7 ~ 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick, 1968
One of Kubrick’s many masterpieces and one of the most visually stunning films of all time! The effects, especially for it’s time, blow’s every other Sci-fi film out of the water! Many Critics and movie fan’s alike still dismiss this film for it’s complexity, but Kubrick didn’t make the film for people who haven’t got the attention span beyond CGI action film’s, he made it for people who appreciate film and it doesn’t hold your hand and tell you everything, it makes you think instead!
#6 ~ Taxi Driver – Martin Scorcese, 1974
The single greatest character study of all time, follows Travis Bickle, an insomniac, Vietnam Veteran who gets a job as a Taxi Driver, who want’s to clean all the ‘scum’ of the streets. A tale of revenge follows as Travis rescues a teen prostitute and fights back against the pimps, Junkies and the drug dealers. A brilliant and intriguing film that features great performances from Robert De Niro and arguably the greatest performance from a teenager (Jodie Foster) ever!
#5 ~ The Big Lebowski – The Coen Brother’s, 1998
The funniest film ive ever seen! I literally quote this film every day! I’m a huge fan of the Coen brother’s and this is my favourite and definitely one of the best from them! Funny characters and great performances from Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, easily the best in their careers! Obviously it pulls of the Coen Brothers specialty brilliantly (quirky plot’s that no one could have came up with apart from them) one of the most re-watchable films ever I definitely recommend!
#4 ~ The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan, 2008
The Dark Knight is by far the greatest comic book movie of all time, and that is a fact not an opinion, it’s perfect. The camera work and cinematography depict shots that have layers of meaning. Heath Ledger gives one of the greatest performances ever seen as the Clown Prince of Crime, and a performance that is monumental and notorious! It keeps the same gritty tone and violence as it’s predecessor ‘Batman Begins’ while offering an original and fresh storyline, Nolan also introduces some more fan favourite villains that will please any comic book fan! it really doesn’t get any better than this!
3 ~ The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola, 1972
Along with Citizen Kane, The Godfather is widely considered the greatest film of all time, and for good reason. Brilliant storytelling, outstanding performances from Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan and excellent direction and cinematography. Its one of the most in depth and ‘below the surface’ Movies of all time, due to hidden meanings, symbolism and foreshadowing. The Godfather is an incredible experience.
#2 ~ Apocalypse Now – Francis Ford Coppola, 1979
My personal favourite Coppola film that blew me away the first time I saw it. Another outstanding, but short, performance from Brando that keeps me revisiting it multiple times. The Vietnam setting is stunning, claustrophobic and slightly eerie. The use of sound helps with this and the editing is some of the best. It is most definitely a psychological depiction of what soldiers lives were like during the Vietnam war. It still holds up almost 40 years a later.
#1 ~ The Shawshank Redemption – Frank Darabont, 1994
The greatest film I’ve ever seen. It has always been my favourite ever since I first saw it. Its a feel good movie that outlines prisoner’s lives with mesmerizing cinematography from Roger Deakins and the best score I’ve ever heard from Thomas Newman. I’ve seen it countless times and it never fails to make me smile with one of the most satisfying endings ever put to screen! The interaction between Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman is believable with down to earth performances that make you feel warm inside! The Shawshank Redemption will always be my favourite, no other film will make me feel like how I do for this one. I most definitely recommend it 100000000/10. I have done a full in-depth review of the film so check that out!