Who will feature this time as I count down 100 movies you should see before you die. Next in the list is numbers #89 – #85.
#89 – Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
If you have rarely dabbled into foreign language film then I strongly suggest you give this one a view. With beautifully choreographed martial arts (credit to choreographer Yuen Wo Ping) against the stunning backdrop of ancient China, Ang Lee fused together a masterpiece filled with emotion and set pieces to rival any action adventure.
This is a visual experience, the rules of gravity are defied as opponents scale walls and leap between buildings. Winner of four Academy awards including Best Foreign Picture, you’d be mad to miss out!
Year Released: 2000
Directed By: Ang Lee
Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zizi Zhang
#88 – The Sixth Sense
Child Psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) attempts to help a young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who claims he can communicate with spirits who do not know they are dead.
With one of the most talked about endings ever, The Sixth Sense has definitely earned its way into this list by being one of the best psychological horrors ever. Haley Joel Osment gives a magnificent and chilling performance as Cole, the young boy who can “see dead people,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Rather than the ‘slasher’ and ‘gore’ horrors around the market today, this focuses on your imagination to create genuine fear, if you are not a fan of horrors then please just give this a watch, as the performances and emotional storyline will have you hooked. A commercial success taking just under $700m worldwide, M. Night Shyamalan has yet to top this film and it doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon.
Year Released: 1999
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
#87 – The Terminator
The movie that kick started Schwarzenegger’s’ career and pushed James Cameron into Hollywoods most wanted. Biehn is intense as Reese and helps the audience with the time travelling plot as the film occasionally relents from the action.
A human looking cyborg assassin is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). The Terminator (Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to find and terminate the future mother of John Connor. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back to stop it.
Arnie is perfect as the soul-less, violent, killing machine and we witness one of the most famous lines in cinema history; ‘I’ll be back.’
This movie has it all, great action, romance and the CGI for its time was great. Let’s not forget the memorable score composed by Brad Fiedel.
Do not miss out on this stellar Sci-fi action movie that spawned one of the most successful franchises ever.
Year Released: 1984
Directed By: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
#86 – Groundhog Day
What would you do if you could live the same day over and over again?
TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is unhappy to be covering the annual Groundhog festivities in the small town of Punxsutawney for the fourth year running and makes no effort to hide this fact. However when he awakes the next day he discovers it is Groundhog day again and then again and again… no matter what he does he cannot escape this loop. He begins to care for others when he realises this could be his fate forever and tries to win the heart of his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell).
An original and fun movie that doesn’t get old, largely down to the great script and performance from Murray as the cynical weatherman who grows throughout the film and becomes a far more likeable man by the end. You will not regret watching this!
Year Released: 1993
Directed By: Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
#85 – The Lion King
Lion Prince Simba is born to King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and is told he will take over the Pride Lands when he dies. Evil uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) angered by this plots to kill both so he can take over the throne. Simba runs away, filled with guilt that he caused his father’s death and befriends Timon the meerkat and Pumba the warthog along the way. As time progresses Nala, Simba’s childhood friend finds Simba and explains woo the Pride Lands have changed under Scar.
The highest grossing hand-drawn film in history, is also one of the best-loved that has come out of the Walt Disney studios. In an age where 3D and computer graphics rule, it is refreshing to look back at this and still see its popularity sky-high. With so many loveable characters it is easy to see why this was so successful, recently re-released on DVD and in high definition Blu-Ray, it seems there is no stopping this cartoon classic.
The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score (by Hans Zimmer) and Best Original Song with “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John and Tim Rice.
Year Released: 1994
Directed By: Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
Starring (voices): Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones