Here’s my Top 10 Movie list – in no real order – 10 out of the many movies that in some way or another I consider to be (my) must-see classics:
- TO SIR, WITH LOVE (1967) – starring Sidney Poitier *[ this IS actually my #1film! ] Dealing with issues of racism, sexism, class struggles & coming of age – this film – starring a young, powerful, refined Sidney – this film reminds me greatly of my own schooldays in England during the late 1970’s. It gets me EVERY time.
- FARGO (1996) – directed by The Coen Brothers, starring William H. Macy & Frances McDormand. This is dark humour at its finest.
- SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) – starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis. Classic comedy, Beautiful Marilyn.
- LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) – Yes! A rom-com! A British, Hugh Grant, Xmas-time rom-com.
- LEON:THE PROFESSIONAL (1994) – a Luc Besson film, and Natalie Portman’s first role starring alongside Jean Reno (the soft-hearted assassin) and Gary Oldman (the drug-addled cop with NO heart).
- TRAINSPOTTING (1996) & T2 TRAINSPOTTING (2017) – Scottish drug addicts, by way of the original Irvine Welsh novel. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremer, Robert Carlyle, and Johnny Lee Miller. Directed by Danny Boyle, this is as harsh, brutal, as lean and mean as it gets – while still having frequent humorous moments.
- CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) – a lovely romance, framed within a truly beautiful martial arts movie. Directed by Ang Lee & starring Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, and Ziyi Zhang.
- BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001) – a cast of many, many fine actors in a film about a very bad day for some US troops in the Somalian conflict, directed by Ridley Scott.
- DUNKIRK (2017) – directed by Christopher Nolan & starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, and Cillian Murphy. Brilliant direction, acting, cinematography, effects, and pacing – a triumphant effort by Mr. Nolan.
- THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) – directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Andre The Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Billy Crystal, RobinWright, Chris Sarandon, Fred Savage, Peter Cook, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, and Carol Kane in one of the most endearing films ever made! It seems like it’s made just for kids, but, trust me, it isn’t – it’s smart, witty, funny, has action sequences, pirates, swordplay, a real-life giant(!), magic, loss, redemption, and – of course – TRUE LOVE, and some of the most quotable lines you’ll ever hear in any film!
So… I managed to cull it down to 10 of my absolute favourite films – the films that resonate with me, the films I can watch over and over and never grow tired of.
Now, it must be said that these are only 10 that I pulled from a starting list of about 50!
Everybody has a list like this – some shorter, some longer – what are your favourite films ever made?