Hello, fellow film lovers! Welcome to my list of my personal favourite films. In the last year or so I have developed a keen interest in film, and decided to create a list. Being 15, I still have a lifetime to watch more films. My list will update every day or so, as I work my way through my ever-growing watch-list.
NOTE: This list was originally a 'Top 150', but it became too hard to refine the list, and deciding on my top 150 became very difficult. I have decided to gradually expand the list to 200 titles. Also, I have made an exception in that I have decided to add two TV series to my list; not something I originally planned to do but I was so captivated by these series that I thought they deserved a place in this list of great movies. Please leave your reccomendations and links to your own lists! Thanks!
Recently seen and added (summer 2013): Koyaanisqatsi; Separate Tables; La Battaglia di Algeri
Lawrence of Arabia
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
“ After watching this again and thinking about it afterwards, I don't doubt anymore that this film is the greatest of all-time, and my favourite.
During it's epic running time, I laughed and I cried and I genuinely experienced every possible feeling. Emotionally, this film has it all.
Maurice Jarre's grand, romantic score is among the greatest of all-time. It reflects all of the film's themes, and suits the picture just perfectly. When coupled with the breathtaking cinematography of Freddie Young, some of the most beautiful imagery of all-time is created.
The beautiful cinematography, the narrative flow, the sheer scale and grandeur of the film and the perfomances could all be described as majestic, magnificent or awe-inspiring. Even the editing is remarkable -'Lawrence of Arabia' excels in every way. I genuinely struggle to find sufficient adjectives to describe this masterpiece.
An extraordinary film about an extraordinary man; near perfect, in every way. ” - WillBP
“ One of the very best films ever made, Dr. Strangelove is funny, thought-provoking and incredibly shocking.
I think it is clear that Stanley Kubrick has done marvels taking the event which brought humanity the closest to extinction it has ever been and turning into one of the funniest films of all time.
Portraying an event so serious and so perilous that one has to laugh at it to lessen the fear it inspires, this is the blackest of Black Comedies: who would've thought a Nuclear apocalypse could be so funny? ” - WillBP
The Seventh Seal
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
“ I was absolutely blown away by this film. It is thought-provoking and raises several important, eternally relevant questions about God, life and death. The cinematography, acting and the symbolism make this a great work of art as well as an enjoyable film. Not a day goes past on which I don't think about Bergman's masterpiece. ” - WillBP
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
“ A shocking and quite moving portrayal of a disturbed and lonely man. Haunting and unsettling, this film stuck in my head. What I find makes it more disturbing for me is that I can really understand the motivation behind Travis' actions - can't everyone relate to him in their own way?
Scorsese did well to leave the judgement on Travis' actions to the viewer - do we condemn him and his actions or support them? Did Travis cross the line distinguishing right from wrong? ” - WillBP
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
“ Such a hugely enjoyable movie; a timeless classic and a great wartime romance which just fills me with joy. It boasts countless flawless performances and a remarkable script. Claude Rains' corrupt yet charming Captain Renault is definately my favourite character! ” - WillBP
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
“ 'The Horror'...
This masterpiece has a nightmarish feel to it. It is a frightening and thought-provoking portrayal of how the horrors of war adveresly affect the human mind.
The horror of war is a recurring theme, and is illustrated through several surreal and often terrifying scenes, including the encounter with Kurtz himself, the epitome of evil in the heart of a man. This film will haunt you. ” - WillBP
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
“ Based on a gripping true story, this is a brilliant war film with some of the greatest battle sequences that I've seen, and which contains a standout perfomance from Michael Caine. Portraying breathtaking heroism and the most courageous of deeds, this is very rousing stuff that makes me proud to be British. ” - WillBP
2001: A Space Odyssey
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
“ '2001' is an epic journey into the mysteries of the cosmos, but a journey with no real destination. I think Clarke and Kubrick intended this as a metaphor for the evolution of mankind: evolution is a journey yet the final destination, (if there is one) is never clear at the start. Even as the astronauts near the source of the signal that they have been following, they do not know where they will end up. 'Where' might actually be the wrong word - I don't think the eventual destination is a place but a physical state, the next stage of mankind's evolution. The monoliths materialising throughout the stages of mankind's existence are the catalysts in this eternal process of evolution, and each time mankind encounters one it can progress a step closer to infinity and its destiny. In the final encounter with one of these mysterious objects mankind progresses once more as Dave transcends the bounds of physical form and becomes a god of the stars.
The appearance of the monoliths imply that there is a higher power aiding, or even dictating the process of evolution. In this way, Clarke and Kubrick brilliantly combine evolution and divine destiny to give the audience a scientific portrayal of God and His place in the universe.
HAL is a brilliant villain, seeking to obstruct the evolution of mankind by preventing the scientists from reaching the final monolith. I think HAL, in his infinite wisdom, is aware that there will be no place for computers in the future of mankind. Begrudging the fact that he (it?) cannot evolve, HAL tries to reduce humanity to an equal state.
The majesty of the cosmos is really heightened through the awe-inspiring imagery, imaginative editing and beautiful music. Classical pieces such as 'The Blue Danube' allow the audience to just relax and marvel at the infinite complexity, beauty and scale of the universe.
Need I say more? A landmark achievement in film-making. ” - WillBP
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
“ Rich in symbolism, this Biblical epic centres around the life of a man which intertwined with and was changed by that of Jesus Christ.
Through several seemingly random meetings with Christ at different points in his life, Judah Ben-Hur learns that forgiveness is more important than revenge, and Holiness is found in small deeds such as offering a man water. I think one can learn much from this film. It is profound in its lessons, though not moralising.
I was moved to tears by this story exploring divine destiny; a story of love, fate and faith. A masterpiece. ” - WillBP
The Bridge on the River Kwai
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
“ A magnificent British war film from David Lean, one of my favourite directors. Alec Guinness is fantastic! The term 'Spectacle' hardly does it justice. ” - WillBP
12 Angry Men
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
“ The movie is thrilling and in places quite moving due to the complex characters and the engaging script.
This is one of the most compelling films I've seen. ” - WillBP
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
“ The best Western ever made, in my opinion. It has quite a simple plot yet is still one of the most tense films I've ever seen. A moving story of courage and desertion. ” - WillBP
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ The perfect mixture of suspense and drama results in a perfect film. Absorbs and engrosses like no other film I've seen. ” - WillBP
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ Epic in terms of scale and the performance of George C Scott. A spectacular portrait of a man who was in his element on the battlefield, and his tragic flaws off of it.
'Patton' is certainly among the greatest war films ever made. ” - WillBP
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
“ One of the most visually beautiful films I've seen; the cinematography is reminiscent of a painting in the distinct style of the era.
Barry Lyndon is a moving, philosophical drama which addresses the consequences of greed, has an empathy-earning central character and a captivating plot. ” - WillBP
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
“ With brilliant special effects, a fantastic villain portrayed by Christopher Lee and stunning cinematography this is my personal favourite film from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
This could also be my favourite because of a particular scene - one of the greatest and most moving from the trilogy. This monologue is heart-wrenching:
"And there will be no comfort for you, no comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death, an image of the splendor of the kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt, as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell bound to your grief under the fading trees, until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent."
My favourite perfomance in this installment of the trilogy is definately that of Bernard Hill who magnificently portrays King Theoden. ” - WillBP
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
“ Everything about this film is beautiful - the landscapes, the sets, the music and of course, the romance itself.
The leitmotif 'Lara's Theme' by Maurice Jarre is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've heard in a film. Every time I recall it my mind is filled with beautiful images.
Doctor Zhivago is another intelligent epic from David Lean, which uses a dreadful event as a backdrop for a beautiful romance. ” - WillBP
American History X
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
“ A shocking, unflinching and poignant portrayal of how racism not only divides society, but destroys family relationships. The relevance of American History X will never cease. ” - WillBP
“ Crammed with symbolism, awe-inspiring cinematography, some of the best CGI of all-time and countless fantastic perfomances, this is a masterpiece. As a Romance, an Adventure film and a Fantasy this film excels.
My favourite, and most memorable aspect of the film for me is the music; it is at times so poignant, and always reflects the emotions of the scenes. The musical score is one of the greatest ever recorded, and the Oscar-winning track 'Into The West' by Annie Lennox is simply beautiful.
For me, the most memorable perfomance is John Noble as Denethor. ” - WillBP
La Dolce Vita
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ To sum up this great film in just a short paragraph is almost an impossible task for me. 'La Dolce Vita' left me totally speechless. I was awe-struck by its themes, its beauty and Marcello Mastroianni's charm.
This film explores the empty lives of paparazzi journalists and the effects their intrusiveness can have on the people they desperately photograph. I'm not sure I'll ever look at a Tabloid paper in the same way again after watching this film. ” - WillBP
A Clockwork Orange
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
“ A surreal and nightmarish film which makes for compelling viewing. This is a disturbing exploration of violence and brutality which really startled me, and haunted my thoughts for days after watching. ” - WillBP
A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
“ Whereas The Godfather centres around mobsters at the high end of the food-chain, Mean Streets portrays Charlie and Johnnie Boy, right at the bottom.
This is a very gritty and very real mobster film, which started the brilliant partnership between DeNiro and Scorsese. ” - WillBP
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
“ At the same time funny, moving and harrowing, this is a truly great film. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and Scatman Crothers are fantastic. ” - WillBP
On the Waterfront
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
“ A moving exploration of conscience. Marlon Brando is fantastic in the role of the good-natured Terry Malloy. ” - WillBP
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ The plot is so simple yet the film packs a huge emotional punch. This film is so touching because of how real it feels. ” - WillBP
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
“ More than just your average 'Sword n' Sandalls' epic, this film is fantastic and especially memorable in terms of performances, characters and the ways in which they interact.
This is a very intelligent film, and in my opinion, Kubrick's most poignant; the final scenes are heart-wrenching. ” - WillBP
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ An incredibly powerful film, made even more poignant by the fantastic black and white photography and the characters I could really empathise with.
This film is now frighteningly relevant, a year after the London riots, which started after similar events. ” - WillBP
“ A great start to the greatest trilogy of all-time. The contrast between the serene and tranquil Shire in which the film opens and the sharp, grey mountains overshadowed by the ominous orange glow of evil on the horizon in which it ends is masterfully created.
One small flaw is that although magnificent as a film, it deviates from the story written by Tolkein more than I would've liked.
My favourite perfomance in this film is Sean Bean who gives a near perfect perfomance as Boromir. ” - WillBP
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
“ I believe that Ridley Scott directed this film so well - I felt totally immersed in his dystopian nightmare of neon and smog that is 2019 Los Angeles. ” - WillBP
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. (114 mins.)
“ This intelligent, moving film exhibits excellent photography; the colours reflect the mood of the film, and that of the character. ” - WillBP
Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life. (126 mins.)
“ I know it's a fairly big statement, but I think this film has the most imaginative script of any movie I've seen. 'Naked' is just so full of thoughtful dialogue. The arguments, for example, are so full of energy and wit. It is a black comedy, but I put heavy emphasis on the black.
In places, this film is actually quite profound. Johnny's thoughts on humanity's past, present and future are very unnerving and incredibly thought-provoking.
David Thewlis gives such a great performance. Through several gentle, touching moments in a fairly aggresive film he makes his character fairly easy for me to empathise with, even though he has quite obvious flaws and a dark past.
This is a startling, powerful and poignant examination of loneliness and humanity. ” - WillBP
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ An atmospheric and beautifully filmed masterpiece, in which Marlon Brando gives one of the greatest performances of all-time. ” - WillBP
The Green Mile
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
“ Tom Hanks gives his best perfomance (I think) in my favourite of Frank Darabont's prison dramas. A very powerful film. ” - WillBP
Hannah and Her Sisters
Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (103 mins.)
“ It's very rare to find a comedy that is incredibly moving as well as funny. Intelligently and unforgettably scripted, 'Hannah and Her Sisters' is a near perfect film with an entire cast of characters I grew really attached to over the film's duration.
It's uplifting, hilarious, moving and actually quite profound in places - I can't see how one could not love this film. ” - WillBP
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
“ What I like most about this film is Toshiro Mifune's character, and how he says comparatively little throughout the film. Always fairly quiet and always calm, he is just so cool. Mifune did well to give such a great performance without relying solely on his script.
'Yojimbo' really stands out in the Action genre. It has an energetic score and brilliantly choreographed action sequences. In addition to this, there is more than occasionally some dark humour woven cleverly into the script, which helped to keep me engaged throughout.
The final showdown is filmed brilliantly. Tension is masterfully mounted through music and the silence of the characters. The dust swirls around Sanjuro, giving the scene a slightly surreal, almost ghostly atmosphere. When we eventually get to it, the final swordfight is exhilarating. ” - WillBP
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
“ A touching, haunting, and at times darkly funny drama, with outstanding cinematography. ” - WillBP
Paths of Glory
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
“ A moving World War One drama and another thought-provoking film from Stanley Kubrick. This is the greatest anti-war film I've seen. ” - WillBP
Singin' in the Rain
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ Seeing the West End musical version of 'Singin' in the Rain' has really deepened my admiration for this timeless classic. It is certainly one of the most charming films ever created, and can bring joy to anyone and everyone. I defy anyone not to feel happier after watching this film. ” - WillBP
Once Upon a Time in the West
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
“ An epic Western with fantastic perfomances (from Jason Robards especially, playing just one of the many interesting, complex characters which define the film) and a haunting score. A poignant, dark film, and certainly one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Truly unforgettable. ” - WillBP
Cool Hand Luke
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ Luke is one of the most inspirational characters in film history.
He fought the system knowing he would probably lose. He was right; he lost, but at least he lost with a smile on his face. ” - WillBP
The Lost Weekend
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
“ Such a tragic film, and so well made - the audience just has to watch helplessly as Ray Milland is overcome by his addiction. An extremely harrowing depiction of alcoholism and its adverse consequences. ” - WillBP
In the Heat of the Night
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
“ A great, thought-provoking crime thriller and a poignant look at crime and prejudice in the Southern States of America. ” - WillBP
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
“ With an absorbing story, a huge array of memorable characters and expertly fiilmed action sequences this is among the best non-English language films I've seen. I love the way the scenes seem to alternate between exhilarating action and moving deaths. ” - WillBP
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
“ Victor Sjostrom gives a poignant performance as the professor; he captures the emotions brilliantly. I found Wild Strawberries to be excellent drama; incredibly thought-provoking, and strangely uplifting. ” - WillBP
Stairway to Heaven
A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
“ One of the most intelligent and most heartwarming films I've ever had the pleasure of watching. I think it put to celluloid the most imaginative depiction of Heaven ever. This is a really clever and really inspirational film; a true British classic. ” - WillBP
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (93 mins.)
“ Klaus Kinski gives a frightening performance as the completely insane Aguirre in this visually stunning and thought-provoking masterpiece.
Aguirre's descent into greed-induced madness is almost painful to watch, especially since the audience knows his search for gold is futile almost from the opening credits.
I think The Wrath of God can be used in another context, as well as Aguirre's title for himself. Could Aguirre be suffering The Wrath of God for his greed? ” - WillBP
Some Like It Hot
When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
“ Wonderful. There's no other word for it. An incredibly charming film; intelligently scripted and utterly hilarious! ” - WillBP
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (112 mins.)
“ In my opinion, Michael Caine gives his greatest performance in this dark, gritty British gangster film with a brilliant, intriguing central character. The tragic, dark ending is what makes 'Get Carter' really stand out to me. I just didn't expected to be so moved by the last 30 seconds of the film. ” - WillBP
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
“ This is a film more about how Rublev was affected by the political and religious oppresion that the Russian people experienced in the 15th century than Rublev himself. Therefore, the titular artist is absent in several scenes, or is seen observing the events from a distance - creating the impression that he is searching for artistic inspiration.
'Andrei Rublev' is a thought-provoking film which deals with the abscence of God and the struggle against oppresion.
The bleak (yet strangely captivating) landscapes in addition to the black and white photography create an eerie world devoid of hope. I couldn't blame Rublev for doubting God's existance - I could really understand his crisis of faith, and why he struggled to paint in such a time.
Tarkovskiy himself said that he saw no point in making a film about the past which had no relevance in the present. Evidently, he made 'Andrei Rublev' with that in mind, and the result is a film which explores themes that will be relevant for ever.
This is an important work of art as well as an enyoyable film. A masterpiece. ” - WillBP
Days of Heaven
A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
“ Such a brilliantly tragic film, almost painful to watch at times. It's so beautifully shot too - it felt like I was viewing old sepia photographs at times. The poignant musical score by the legendary Ennio Morricone and the outstanding cinematography together create captivating, almost etheral imagery. ” - WillBP
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
“ Among the most compelling thrillers ever made. Oliver Stone expands on the popular conspiracy ideas and provides us with a unique, complex and absorbing theory of his own. It's difficult for me to remember though that this is just another theory, albeit an incredibly convincing one. ” - WillBP
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
“ An outstanding film-noir masterpiece, with an array of intriguing, memorable characters.
In addition to this, L.A. Confidential boasts a marvellous script, full of witty, memorable dialogue. The various twists and turns in the plot are mind-blowing, as is the suspense created by a masterful use of music and techniques such as slow camera pans, as seen in that frighteningly memorable Nite Owl Massacre scene. ” - WillBP
Lost in Translation
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
“ The perfect blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and tender romance, this reminds me of a Chaplin film. Lost in Translation is gentle and relaxing, totally unique, and utterly unforgettable. ” - WillBP
The Silence of the Lambs
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
“ A great psychological thriller; a frightening journey into the mind of a killer. Anthony Hopkins is fantastic as Hannibal Lecter, one of the most creepy and memorable characters in film history. ” - WillBP
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (138 mins.)
“ A totally unique and quite disturbing thriller. The plot is so engaging and the twists are just mind-blowing. The script too, is magnificent, with plenty of absorbing, at times witty dialogue.The performances are superb from Caine and Olivier, the only two actors in the film. ” - WillBP
Léon: The Professional
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
“ It's rare to find a film which will get your adrenaline pumping minutes before it completely breaks your heart. I'm sure you'll agree - this is quite uncommon for a thriller. 'Leon' is totally unique, with plenty of action, style, subtle humour and charm.
Leon and Matilda are probably my favourite on-screen couple. Their chemistry makes this film thoroughly enjoyable. ” - WillBP
Full Metal Jacket
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
“ A brilliant, harrowing portrayal of war at its most brutal. ” - WillBP
Dial M for Murder
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Fellini has created a dreamlike masterpiece. An absolute pleasure to watch; 8½ is beautiful, both visually and aurally. ” - WillBP
The Great Dictator
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
“ A hugely enjoyable movie. Subtle humour, gentle romance and brilliant perfomances make this a fantastic, touching romantic comedy. ” - WillBP
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
“ A slow-burning, complex film-noir, combining elements of humour, suspense and great drama. It also has a great musical score and some memorable dialogue.
I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role of Jake Gittes. Unperturbed by the comical facial bandage he sported for the majority of the film, Jack Nicholson gave a superb performance. ” - WillBP
“ The last minute of the film illustrates the futility of war better than anything I've seen before on the screen, and is probably the most moving sequence ever filmed. ” - WillBP
“ A great adventure/crime film. I love the way comedy is used to make Butch and Sundance (although bandits), two incredibly likeable characters. The script contains plenty of witty dialogue and the cinematography is outstanding.
The humour throughout the film makes the ending even more moving. ” - WillBP
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
“ Billy Wilder was very brave to depict Hollywood - his industry - in such a bad light. He shows us just how fickle it can be, and doesn't hesitate to show us its darker side.
Although not my favourite Billy Wilder film, this tragic, poignant and darkly funny film is certainly a masterpiece.
A must-see for any cinema lover! ” - WillBP
The moon from Alien
has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Kind Hearts and Coronets
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
“ A darkly funny and immensely intelligent British comedy. Alec Guinness gives outstanding perfomances ” - WillBP
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
“ A brilliant, philosophical film about the consequences and the futilty of greed. I love the darkly funny, almost tragic ending - who can blame Howard for laughing as his hard-earned gold is sent back to where it came from, seemingly by some higher power? ” - WillBP
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
“ A chilling murder mystery with a twist: the unique narrative style, which makes the film thoroughly absorbing. ” - WillBP
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ A shocking and hugely important film, which everyone should watch. How Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes didn't win Oscars is beyond me. Spielberg's best. ” - WillBP
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
“ Unlike any thriller I've ever seen; 'Oldboy' is totally unique.
I especially like the way the desparate, often brutal fight sequences and bitter twist are certainly not glamourized in any way. ” - WillBP
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ A touching romantic comedy which excels due to a masterful use of colour and music. This is a beautiful film about the seemingly insignificant details in life, and the pleasure one can take in small yet meaningful deeds. A totally unique and memorable film. ” - WillBP
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Life of Brian
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
“ A satirical masterpiece. Perhaps this is the funniest film of all time? ” - WillBP
The Lives of Others
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ An incredibly moving dramatic thriller. As the film ended I felt satisfied with the plot and how it had developed over the course of the film. Ulrich Muhe gives such an amazing performance full of subtle power. ” - WillBP
The Walking Dead
(2010 TV Series)
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living. (44 mins.)
The story of Harvey Milk
, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
The Defiant Ones
Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture. (96 mins.)
“ Prejudice gives way to friendship in this classic 'escaped convicts' picture. The idea of a black man and a white man chained together is used metaphorically to mirror the racial situation in America at the time previous to the film's release: in the same way Poitier and Curtis must learn to work together in their pursuit of freedom, America must learn to work together for the benefit of society as a whole.
Thankfully, that's just what happened. ” - WillBP
It's a Wonderful Life
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
A Single Man
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
“ Much like 'Capote', this film uses colour masterfully to convey the emotions felt by the protaganist and establish a dark atmosphere.
The acting and the cinematography make this is really poignant, memorable movie which I strongly reccomend. It also deals with some important issues. ” - WillBP
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
“ Incredibly dramatic and subtly romantic, Kenneth Branagh makes this a really engaging adaptation of one of the most famous works of William Shakespeare, who I think would've been pleased with the result.
A standout scene for me is he Battle of Agincourt, which is brilliantly filmed. With plenty of mud and blood, it's certainly gritty, yet also quite poignant with great use of slow-motion camera shots to convey the hopelessness of war. Kenneth Brannagh's 'Crispin's day' speech is a highlight too because of its brilliant delivery - it is so moving that it almost brought a tear to my eye. ” - WillBP
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ A sombre and atmospheric film with a score that will stay with me for ever. ” - WillBP
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
“ An incredibly powerful anti-war film, inspired by the experiences of director Oliver Stone in Vietnam. Unlike other Vietnam War films such as 'We Were Soldiers', this film does not over-dramatize the events portrayed, and the result is an incredibly harrowing and frighteningly realistic film. Also commendable are the performances from Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe and the unforgettable Tom Berenger. ” - WillBP
Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
“ Both the intelligent script and brilliantly crafted characters are examples of comedy genius. The Ealing Comedies are definately among the funniest films of all-time. ” - WillBP
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
“ Like its predecessor ('Yojimbo'), 'Sanjuro' really stands out in the action genre. It has a great musical score and some fantastically choreographed action sequences. However, unlike in 'Yojimbo', there is much more humour and more witty lines in the script. Toshiro Mifune, reprising his role as Sanjuro, gives another great performance and is as cool as ever.
The dual in the closing minutes of the film is just brilliant, unexpectedly brief and unexpectedly brutal. After a fairly light-hearted 90 minutes, it is almost unbelievably shocking. ” - WillBP
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
(2002 TV Series)
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (147 mins.)
“ This film had me hooked from the opening credits. As Harry Dean Stanton mysteriously emerges from the beautifully filmed Texan desert to the sound of Ry Cooder's haunting score, several questions are immediately rasied: Who is he? What is he doing there? Is he running away from something, or someone?
That I was totally absorbed throughout by this really interesting story is testament to this film's greatness. Both musically and visually, 'Paris, Texas' excels. ” - WillBP
North by Northwest
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ An unforgettable blend of suspense and romance. Possibly the most thrilling film I've ever seen. ” - WillBP
Five Easy Pieces
A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ A brilliant script, great use of music and countless memorable characters make this relatively simple movie something totally unique. It also has an incredibly tragic ending. For these reasons, it is my personal favourite of Tarantino's films. ” - WillBP
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
“ Annie Hall is a unique and charming film with a remarkable script and two interesting central characters who are really fun to watch. A highly intelligent and very witty film. ” - WillBP
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
The Third Man
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)