Top 100 Movies on The Movie Scene

To be honest calling this a Top 100 movie list is wrong as in this list are some movies which would cause some people to question my sanity and some seriously popular movies don't even get a mention. But this list of movies basically sums up my movie likes, what sorts of movies dominate my viewing and from some noticeable absentees some genres which don't float my boat.

There are those on this list which are technically brilliant, others which are simply brilliant because of the connection they make and some which mean something special to me. As such there are westerns, a few musicals and romances but you won't see a huge amount of movies from the Sci-fi genre. But as with any Top 100 Movie List this one is prone to change as a new movie actually proves itself as being special or I watch one of the countless old movies I have yet to see.

100

12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men (1957)

96 mins     Drama      

Some of my favourite movies are those which can be defined as courtroom dramas, the powerful to and thro between lawyers as they try to outwit each other whilst pulling apart each other's case. There have been some terrific c...

99

An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember (1957)

110 mins     Drama, Romance      

"An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is with out doubt one of the most popular romantic movies of all time and in all fairness deserves the high praise it often receives. From the well designed storyli...

98

The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady (2011)

105 mins     Biography, Drama      

It was fascinating when "The Iron Lady" premiered on British TV as "Thatcher" trended on Twitter with the tweets varying from admiration for Britain's first female Prime Minister to venomous rants that basically wished she wa...

97

Chaplin

Chaplin (1992)

143 mins     Biography, Drama      

Bio-pics can often be one of the most disappointing genres when it comes to movies, either the story isn't that interesting unless you know them or the director has treated the storyline too commercially ignoring reality for ...

96

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club (1985)

94 mins     Comedy, Drama, Teen      

John Hughes wrote so many great movies in his time, directing a few as well such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Uncle Buck" but probably his most popular is "The Breakfast Club". The tale of 5 very different students who ...

95

Wall Street

Wall Street (1987)

120 mins     Crime, Drama      

Having just won an Oscar for Vietnam epic "Platoon" Oliver Stone entered the world of warfare once more, although a war which is more apparent to your average guy on the street with "Wall Street". A now iconic movie which too...

94

The Wrestler

The Wrestler (2008)

109 mins     Drama, Romance, Sport      

You could say that Mickey Rourke has had an eventful career, a movie star in the 80s, boxer during the 90s and then back again to being an actor. During that time he became known to be hard to work with, had drug issues and s...

93

Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life (1959)

125 mins     Drama, Romance      

Whilst director Douglas Sirk lived until the age of 89, passing away in 1987 he made his final Hollywood movie back in 1959 with a remake of "Imitation of Life". And it has to be said that if Sirk had planned for "Imitation o...

92

Let Him Have It

Let Him Have It (1991)

110 mins     Crime, Drama      

At 9am on the 28th January, 1953, Derek Bentley was hung for murder, or to be more specific for saying the words "let him have it, Chris" which were taken as an insightful command for Chris to shoot. But there lies the proble...

91

On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond (1981)

109 mins     Drama      

If you combine the cantankerous nature Of Clint Eastwood's Walt Kowalski in "Gran Torino" with James Stewart's charm that he demonstrated in various movies you would get Henry Fonda's grumpy but lovable Norman Thayer Jr. in t...

90

True Grit

True Grit (1969)

128 mins     Adventure , Drama, Western      

Great movies are those whose individual components all work from the acting, the story, cinematography, soundtrack and so on but more importantly they work together. That is the reason why "True Grit" starring John Wayne is a...

89

Walk The Line

Walk The Line (2005)

124 mins     Biography, Drama, Musical, Romance      

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash "Walk the Line" is the sensational biopic of the legendary Country singer, chronicling his life from his childhood, through meeting and falling in love with June Carter (Reese Witherspo...

88

Malena

Malena (2000)

109 mins     Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Romance      

"Malena" is not only a stunningly beautiful woman but also a stunning beautiful movie which sets hearts racings and tongues wagging. Starring Monica Bellucci as Malena and Giuseppe Sulfaro as Renato, "Malena" is a piece of br...

87

Love Me or Leave Me

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

117 mins     Biography, Drama, Musical, Romance      

Watching Doris Day's "Love Me or Leave Me" is a bit strange because it's a fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting who to be frank I know little off. But after the revelations which Doris Day made in he...

86

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa (2006)

98 mins     Action , Drama, Sport      

Thirty years and a lot of history has come to pass since Sylvester Stallone brought the iconic character of perennial underdog Rocky Balboa to our screens. Since then he has twice become world champion, fought over 80 profess...

85

The Matrix

The Matrix (1999)

136 mins     Action , Adventure , Sci-Fi      

What if the world as we see it doesn't really exist, instead what we see, what we are is just a stream of 1s & 0s in a binary world. That is the seed of thought which "The Matrix" sows as it takes us on an action fuelled jour...

84

Casino

Casino (1995)

171 mins     Crime, Drama, Thriller      

In the world of film making, there is no such thing as a dead cert; even the best directors and actors have made some seriously terrible movies. But the closest thing you can get to a sure bet, is the pairing of Robert De Nir...

83

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood (2007)

158 mins     Drama, Thriller      

I'm not surprised that "There Will Be Blood" won 2 Oscars; I am surprised it didn't win more despite being nominated several times. There is no other way to put it "There Will Be Blood" is truly a magnificent movie, engaging,...

82

Rope

Rope (1948)

80 mins     Crime, Mystery, Thriller      

Whilst Alfred Hitchcock was best known as the master of suspense he was also an experimental director. "Rope" saw Hitchcock again revisit the idea of a single location movie but he also experiments with long takes which make ...

81

The Aviator

The Aviator (2004)

170 mins     Biography, Drama      

Mention the name Howard Hughes and I would bet most people will say he was an eccentric millionaire who ended up a recluse. And to some degree that is true and is certainly how his life ended, but Martin Scorsese's "The Aviat...

80

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday (1953)

118 mins     Comedy, Drama, Romance      

Roman Holiday: Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck star as the young princess and the American reporter who fall in love whilst dashing around Rome on a scooter...

79

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

112 mins     Comedy, Romance      

What can you say about a movie which regularly features in the top half of almost every important top 100 movie list other than it is great. "The Philadelphia Story" is without a doubt a brilliant movie a 5 out of 5 which des...

78

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

117 mins     Drama      

It's not very often these days that I see a trailer for a film which manages to grab my attention so much that not only do I want to see the film but I also want to hear what everyone else has to say on it. The film in questi...

77

Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights (1997)

155 mins     Drama      

"Boogie Nights" starring Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham and Julianne Moore could have so easily turned into a glorified soft porn movie as it tries to delve into the shadowy careers of those involved in the adult movie industr...

76

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker (2008)

126 mins     Action , Drama, Thriller, War      

Oscar winning movie "The Hurt Locker" is a movie which is brave for being different; it looks and feels different to the norm but then manages to bring in some mainstream elements to make it a commercially acceptable movie. A...

75

Philadelphia

Philadelphia (1993)

125 mins     Drama      

Has there ever been another film in the history of movie making to have challenged so many people to confront their own prejudices and ignorance. Dealing with the highly provocative subject of homosexuality and AIDS, "Philade...

74

The Hustler

The Hustler (1961)

134 mins     Drama, Sport      

Starring Paul Newman and Piper Laurie "The Hustler" for some is a great movie about the game of pool. For me it is a great movie about a character, his flaws and his demons which stop him from being as great as he can be. Yes...

73

All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

89 mins     Drama, Romance      

I hate referring to a movie as a melodrama as it paints this picture of being overly dramatic and soapish and whilst Douglas Sirk's "All That Heaven Allows" is known as a top melodrama it doesn't do it justice. Whilst on face...

72

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

120 mins     Drama, Romance      

9 times out of 10 I dislike the more recent movies which get an inordinate amount of praise, those which seem to be extolled by everyone and their dog with out really appreciating what makes a great movie, which explains why ...

71

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

137 mins     Action , Sci-Fi, Thriller      

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is one of those rare examples where a sequel is as good if not better than the original. Credit where it's due "The Terminator" was a pretty spectacular movie considering the small budget and so w...

70

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

134 mins     Action , Adventure , Fantasy      

So we come to "Return of the Jedi" what for a long time was the final "Star Wars" and the movie which not only gave us the cuddly Ewoks but also gave us Carrie Fisher in that bikini. But that is me being distracted because wh...

69

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

124 mins     Action , Adventure , Sci-Fi      

As a child "The Empire Strikes Back" was my least favourite of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, although trust me I still loved it. Now I never contemplated why that was until I watched it again many years later and that is ...

68

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

121 mins     Action , Adventure , Fantasy, Sci-Fi      

Writing a movie review of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" some 35 years after it came out actually sounds pretty pointless especially when it must be one of the most often watched and well known movies in the history of ...

67

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful (1997)

116 mins     Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Romance, War      

Life is Beautiful (La Vita bella) is an Italian film, which has English subtitles, but before you stop reading dismissing this as something you wouldn't watch, I urge you to read on. The film is set during the Second World ...

66

The Sting

The Sting (1973)

129 mins     Comedy, Crime, Drama      

Director George Roy Hill reunites the pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford for their second movie together "The Sting". Telling the story of con artists Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) who...

65

Some like it Hot

Some like it Hot (1959)

120 mins     Comedy      

"Some like it Hot" is one of those movies where the stars aligned themselves to deliver one of the funniest movies in cinema's history. From the direction of Billy Wilder, the simple farce, the comedy and the performances fro...

64

Singin

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

103 mins     Comedy, Musical, Romance      

There is a very good reason why "Singin' in the Rain" is such a popular movie and it's not just because being a musical it has numerous memorable and iconic song and dance scenes. It's popular because by the time the last big...

63

Mask

Mask (1985)

127 mins     Drama      

"Mask" is based on the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), an American teenager who since childhood has suffered from a rare bone disease which has left his face horribly disfigured. Despite predictions from the doctors...

62

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver (1976)

113 mins     Drama, Thriller      

It's March 28th 1977 and Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" is nominated for 4 Oscars, but somehow this magnificent movie left empty handed beaten to the Best Picture Award by "Rocky". It's a moment in history which many fans of...

61

Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves (1990)

181 mins     Adventure , Drama, Western      

There was a time when the western was a big part of the movie scene, but then something happened and during the 70s and 80s the western went out of fashion and the western movie scene pretty all but dried up. Since then there...

60

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting (1997)

126 mins     Drama      

What is most surprising about "Good Will Hunting" is not so much that co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the movie, but the fact that despite being a rather run of the mill storyline it is a surprisingly good movie. Th...

59

Unforgiven

Unforgiven (1992)

131 mins     Western      

"Unforgiven" is one of those movies where people like to look for subtext, the deeper meaning of it all. As such there are theories about it being a movie which takes a swipe at politics, a movie which subtext is about gun co...

58

Stand by Me

Stand by Me (1986)

89 mins     Adventure , Drama      

"Stand by Me" is a very simple movie, it is the journey of four boys who go in search of a dead body and along the train track they follow they learn more about themselves, growing up in the process. Yes "Stand by Me" is a co...

57

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

95 mins     Biography, Drama, TV Movie, War      

Three things came to mind whilst watching "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" and the first is that there is no denying that the Irena Sendler story and what she did in helping Jewish children escape the Warsaw Ghetto dur...

56

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

181 mins     Drama, Musical      

There are good musicals and great musicals but few musicals deserve the title of epic but "Fiddler on the Roof" deserves to be known as an epic musical. The sets, costumes, music, lyrics, characters and performances are all b...

55

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

111 mins     Drama      

Once in a while, the Hollywood movie machine manages to get it right and make a decent movie which is gritty, realistic and does not shy away from the truth. Mike Figgis' "Leaving Las Vegas" starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabet...

54

One Flew Over the Cuckoo

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

133 mins     Drama      

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest stars Jack Nicholson in one of his most iconic roles as R.P. McMurphy who fakes mental illness to get out of jail, but life in a mental hospital under the icy glare of Nurse Ratched (Louise Fle...

53

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

132 mins     Drama, Sport      

Despite being a boxing movie, a genre which I enjoy, "Million Dollar Baby" was not a boxing movie I had planned to watch as the thought of watching Hilary Swank box did not appeal one little bit, even if it did also star Clin...

52

Psycho

Psycho (1960)

104 mins     Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller      

Whilst there have been many influential horror movies made over the years there are two which are undoubtedly the most influential, John Carpenter's "Halloween" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". And in an amusing way it is Alf...

51

Jaws

Jaws (1975)

124 mins     Action , Thriller      

Forget about the animatronic shark for a moment and the less than spectacular sequels one of the most amazing things about "Jaws" is that it is a PG. This is a movie which as a child I watched and to put it bluntly scared the...

50

Rocky

Rocky (1976)

119 mins     Action , Drama, Sport      

Although "Rocky" is by no means the best boxing movie ever made, it is still one of the most famous and harks back to a time when Sylvester Stallone was better known as an actor, rather than just another action hero. On top o...

49

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man (1952)

129 mins     Drama, Romance      

Director John Ford and legendary actor John Wayne collaborated on a fair few movies, many of those being memorable westerns. But it is in fact "The Quiet Man" a romantic drama, an almost quirky comedy which really stands out ...

48

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

115 mins     Action , Adventure      

There were swashbuckling heroes before, there have been swashbuckling heroes since but Indiana Jones remains one of the best swashbuckling heroes we have ever seen on the big screen. And it's not just the character as the mov...

47

The Graduate

The Graduate (1967)

105 mins     Comedy, Drama, Romance      

When it comes to iconic movies "The Graduate" is right up there with the best, so much so that even those who have never seen it will know about it and the infamous line "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me". With its c...

46

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day (1993)

101 mins     Comedy, Romance      

I doubt I am alone when saying that "Groundhog Day" is my personal Groundhog Movie, a movie I could watch every single day without growing tired of the story, jokes and Bill Murray's sardonic weatherman. There is very little ...

45

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

110 mins     Adventure , Crime, Drama, Western      

Paul Newman taking Katherine Ross for a bike ride to the sounds of "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" one of the many iconic scenes from the equally iconic "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", a regular in people's top 100 ...

44

Raging Bull

Raging Bull (1980)

129 mins     Biography, Drama, Sport      

There are some who rate "Raging Bull" as the greatest boxing movie of all time which to be honest is a little misleading. It's misleading because "Raging Bull" is a very different sort of boxing movie, it may have some great ...

43

Notorious

Notorious (1946)

101 mins     Romance, Thriller      

The first time I watched Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious" I thought good movie but what's all the fuss about, why do so many people rate it as one of Hitchcock's best. It forced me into watching it again to try and work out why...

42

Stagecoach

Stagecoach (1939)

96 mins     Action , Drama, Romance, Western      

To fully appreciate, to truly understand exactly how good and how important John Ford's "Stagecoach" is you really need to have watched the westerns which came in the years before. You see prior to "Stagecoach" westerns had b...

41

Il Postino: The Postman

Il Postino: The Postman (1994)

108 mins     Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Romance      

For those who tire of watching the banal norm which is mainstream Hollywood should check out the wealth of great cinema which comes from Italy, in particular the touching and fun "Il Postino" from 1994. Directed by Michael Ra...

40

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954)

112 mins     Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller      

In the 2nd of their 4 movies together James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock give us the fascinating "Rear Window". James Stewart stars as L.B. Jefferies who is confined to his apartment having broken leg, forced to pass time by ...

39

Fort Apache

Fort Apache (1948)

125 mins     Western      

For those who only care about whether a movie is entertaining or not should know that "Fort Apache" is entertaining on the simplest level. It features some good performances, has moments of action as well as comedy and whilst...

38

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

160 mins     Crime, Drama, Thriller      

There are a lot of good courtroom dramas, ones which manage to get you gripped by the powerful legal battles along with an element of intrigue as to what will happen. But "Anatomy of a Murder" starring James Stewart is not ju...

37

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (1994)

142 mins     Comedy, Drama, Romance      

I've watched "Forrest Gump" more times than I care to remember, I know the story of by heart, I know the dialogue and of course those quotes which became part of every day speak, I even know when the next gag is coming long b...

36

The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch (1969)

139 mins     Western      

The western genre often comes under a lot of stick for being cheesy and mass produced especially westerns from the 50s and 60s and to be honest there was a lot of b-movie westerns. But in amongst the masses of westerns there ...

35

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

101 mins     Adventure , Family, Fantasy, Musical      

Usually when a movie has had several directors it spells out disaster, a jumbled mismatch of styles and ideas but then "The Wizard of Oz" is the exception to the rule as despite working its way through various directors and a...

34

Halloween

Halloween (1978)

91 mins     Horror      

Like so many others my introduction to horror came at the hands of John Carpenter's "Halloween" a movie which I wasn't old enough to watch when it was originally released back in 1978 but like so many teenagers ended up manag...

33

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

162 mins     Action , Drama, War      

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and also Matt Damon "Saving Private Ryan" tells the story of how Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) having lead one of the assaults on Omaha beach during the D-da...

32

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

135 mins     Drama, Thriller      

I never would have thought that I would find a biopic on the life of a mathematician enjoyable, interesting, thrilling, moving, education and finally absolutely brilliant, but that is exactly what "A Beautiful mind is". Direc...

31

Inception

Inception (2010)

148 mins     Action , Adventure , Sci-Fi      

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is too clever by half, in fact it is frustratingly clever because just when you think you've got it sussed and think you know which dream with in a dream you are in it friggin' looses you again...

30

The Great Escape

The Great Escape (1963)

172 mins     Action , Adventure , Drama, Thriller, War      

It may have once been a regular feature of TV schedules but "The Great Escape" still remains a great movie. Featuring a list of big stars such as Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson as well a...

29

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday (1940)

92 mins     Comedy, Drama, Romance      

It would be a fair judgement to say that great movies never grow tiresome, you can watch them time after time and still get as much out of them as you did the very first time. Howard Hawk's "His Girl Friday" is one such movie...

28

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

229 mins     Crime, Drama, Mystery      

Watching "Once Upon a Time in America" is a daunting task, partly because at 11 minutes shy of 4 hours it takes up a sizeable chunk of your day. But it is also daunting because in those 229 minutes there is so much detail tha...

27

Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

175 mins     Western      

I like a good western and I have watched a lot of good westerns and a few great ones as well but Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" is in another league and quite possibly the greatest western ever made. It may hav...

26

The King

The King's Speech (2010)

118 mins     Biography, Drama      

As someone who's not a fan of period dramas and someone who found history a bore during school "The King's Speech" would not be the sort of movie I would seek out unless someone told me to watch it. The thought of watching a ...

25

For a Few Dollars More

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

132 mins     Western      

In 1964 Sergio Leone gave us his vision of what a western should be with "A Fistful of Dollars" a reworking of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo". Whilst small in scale "A Fistful of Dollars" was a brilliant movie, full of style and ...

24

Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

102 mins     Comedy, Romance      

Considering when originally released back in 1938 it was a flop it's kind of ironic that now "Bringing Up Baby" is held in such high esteem as one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made. And to be honest it deserves the...

23

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

197 mins     Drama, Romance, War      

For those who like to think of cinema as an art form then David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" should be a crowd pleaser, a piece which should be looked upon, sucked in and discussed till the light fades. From the snow covered lands...

22

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

110 mins     Drama, Thriller      

Over the years there have been various movies which have taken us behind the scenes of the showbiz world be it the music industry or the movie industry. Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" is without a doubt one of the best whe...

21

Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon (2008)

122 mins     Drama      

I wasn't even 2 years old when Richard Nixon was forced to resign the American Presidency due to the Watergate scandal. As such when "Frost/Nixon" came out with its fictionalized account of the ground breaking interview betwe...

20

Aliens

Aliens (1986)

137 mins     Action , Adventure , Sci-Fi      

As a sequel to the already impressive "Alien", James Cameron's "Aliens" is an extraordinary movie which is as good if not better than its predecessor. What makes it extraordinary is the fact that whilst it is an action movie ...

19

Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)

102 mins     Drama, Romance      

It's widely accepted that "Casablanca" is a great movie, as of writing it happily sits in the top 20 of the imdb top 250 movie list and has had page after page written about it, be it the actual movie or what went on behind t...

18

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

119 mins     Drama, Mystery      

"Citizen Kane" is one of those movies which because of its high profile anyone who is serious about movies should watch. But it is also a movie which is hard to review when it is over 70 years since it came out because it is ...

17

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

129 mins     Drama      

1939 was a very impressive year when it came to movies; there was "The Wizard of Oz", "Goodbye Mr. Chips", "Gone With The Wind" and probably one of my favourite movies from that era "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". An extremel...

16

West Side Story

West Side Story (1961)

152 mins     Crime, Drama, Musical      

Whilst I wouldn't say I am a musical connoisseur I do enjoy watching musical extravaganzas and I've watched some which are brilliant others which are better forgotten but "West Side Story" pretty much tops everything. To expl...

15

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

171 mins     Action , Adventure , Western      

In 1964 Sergio Leone gave us the raw but impressive "A Fistful of Dollars", the next year he built on that with "For a Few Dollars More" giving us a glimpse of what was to come. And what was to come came in 1966 with what is ...

14

Gladiator

Gladiator (2000)

164 mins     Action , Drama      

"I'm not watching some historical rubbish" were the words a friend said when I invited them to watch Ridley Scott's "Gladiator". "That was absolutely brilliant" or words to that effect were what I heard after I forced them to...

13

High Noon

High Noon (1952)

85 mins     Western      

John Wayne is reported to say that "High Noon" was "un-American" as it was an allegory about people in Hollywood failing to make a stand against the House of Un-American Activities Committee. And whilst for those who are awar...

12

The Searchers

The Searchers (1956)

119 mins     Adventure , Drama, Western      

The Searchers: John Wayne stars as Ethan Edwards in John Ford's western about a man's 5 year search for his niece (Natalie Wood) having been abducted by Comanches...

11

Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur (1959)

212 mins     Action , Adventure , Drama      

Here are two facts that you may not realise about the MGM epic "Ben-Hur"; firstly it wasn't the first movie made from the fictional story of Judah Ben-Hur and secondly despite being an astonishing 212 minutes long is actually...

10

It

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

130 mins     Drama, Thriller      

It's a Wonderful Life: James Stewart stars as George Bailey who thanks to Clarence the angel gets to see what life would be like if he had never been born...

9

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night (1934)

105 mins     Comedy, Romance      

Over the years there have been many movies that deliver a romantic comedy about a forced antagonistic relationship which slowly melts into romance. But you need to go back to the 1930's and Frank Capra's "It Happened One Nigh...

8

Goodfellas

Goodfellas (1990)

146 mins     Crime, Drama, Thriller      

There are a lot of gangster movies but only a handful are great and one of those is Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas". With a cast boasting the talents of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino i...

7

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

155 mins     Drama, Foreign      

Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" is quite simply a stunning movie, an Italian movie which is so well crafted that the language never poses a barrier. But its greatness is more than just its ability to communicate with t...

6

Alien

Alien (1979)

117 mins     Horror, Sci-Fi      

I was far too young back in 1979 to watch Ridley Scott's "Alien" and it wasn't until the start of the 90s that I finally managed to watch his sci-fi adventure/ horror. That didn't stop it leaving a lasting impression on me as...

5

Schindler

Schindler's List (1993)

195 mins     Biography, Drama      

I am half tempted just to tell you to watch "Schindler's List" rather than even attempt to review it because whilst I can put into words what I watched getting across how that affected me is not so easy. The thing is that I h...

4

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind (1939)

238 mins     Drama, Romance, War      

I honestly can't think of many movies that are nearly 4 hours long which once you've finished watching you want to watch again straight away. But that is what you get with "Gone with the Wind" a movie which is spectacular in ...

3

The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

200 mins     Crime, Drama      

Rule of thumb, sequels tend to suck, but there are the rare exceptions and probably the best exception is the stunning "The Godfather: Part II" a movie which is almost the equal of "The Godfather". And how did Francis Ford Co...

2

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

142 mins     Crime, Drama, Thriller      

It's strange to think that when "The Shawshank Redemption" was released back in September 1994 it was only a moderate hit, yet now it is classed as a classic which features in countless top movie lists and has since gone on t...

1

The Godfather

The Godfather (1972)

175 mins     Crime, Drama      

"The Godfather" is for me, and to be honest many, the greatest movie ever made, it is the movie that if I was told I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life I would chose. The reason is that it is the most complete...

Please support The Movie Scene by telling your friends and sharing this page:

Twitter Facebook Google LinkedIn Tumblr

Follow The Movie Scene

Follow The Movie Scene on Twitter Like The Movie Scene on facebook Join The Movie Scene on Gplus Subscribe to The Movie Scene's RSS