We’ve reached Part 8 in our list of 100 movies to see before you die. Who will feature this time as we countdown, this week we have a few surprises…
#69 Rambo First Blood
The first part in the Rambo series is by far the best, before he became the go to man to wipe out every army on the planet, he was a regular war vet who finally snaps when abused by local Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and his police force.
This film like Rocky is Stallone’s crown jewel, why do you think his recent sequels have done so well… it’s largely down to the fact that we as an audience care for his characters.
When he heads for the surrounding hills for cover you really get the sense that this is a trained killing machine who knows exactly what to do in this situation. Richard Crenna as Rambo’s former Commanding Officer, Colonel Samuel Trautmann is also a treat in what is a thrilling experience. An action movie that cemented Stallone as one of the top macho men of the 80’s First Blood is a must for all film fans.
Year released: 1982
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy
#68 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Quite simply put, a masterpiece of a comedy. With memorable characters, cameos and lines you can recite over and over in all kinds of situations, Anchorman is easily the best comedy from the last decade.
Will Ferrell has never quite managed to beat his performance as news anchor Ron Burgundy and his support cast do a terrific job joining in on the heavily improvised scenes which helped create comedy gold.
With the recent news that there will be a sequel (Anchorman Sequel Announced) it seems the lure of reprising his character was too much for Ferrell and the studios. You will not regret choosing to watch Anchorman, we dare you not to laugh!
Year released: 2004
Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Christina Applegate
#67 Sin City
Tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller’s popular comics, the film explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
A visually stunning adaption of the popular comic book novels, Sin City is a work of art. The use of colour against the black and white only emphasises the beauty of the cinematography, this truly is a graphic novel in motion.
The cast is terrific from the brutish Mickey Rourke, sexy Jessica Alba and grotesque Elijah Wood all deliver in the intertwining violent tales across Basin City. Although this film may be a particular taste, it is definitely worth visiting with so many intriguing characters. Sin City deservedly takes a place on our list.
Year released: 2005
Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantiono
Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett
#66 Children of Men
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
A film which has some of the best camera work and cinematography including a number of breathtaking single shot sequences. Director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) has experimented with this technique before and it really enhanced the viewing experience in Children of Men.
Clive Owen stars in what is probably his best role to date as Theo the man tasked with transporting the refugee to safety, based upon the novel The Children of Men by P.D. James, this is one film you should definitely make the time to see.
Year released: 2006
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore
#65 The Great Escape
Based on a true story Steve McQueen is joined by a talented cast including Richard Attenborough, James Garner and Charles Bronson. Coming in just shy of 3 hours run time, you become totally immersed in the plot for these brave men to find their freedom.
A triumph of a movie that has stood the test of time, it is almost customary to watch this over the Christmas period. Everybody must have seen this in their lifetime and everybody can remember that famous motorcycle scene. Oh, lets not forget the tune either…
If you are one of the few yet to experience The Great Escape, then do yourself a favour and watch it!
Year released: 1963
Directed by: John Sturges
Starring: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Garner