#64 12 Angry Men

A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

An outstanding film that takes place at the conclusion of a trial and solely in the jurors room as they decide the verdict, it speaks volumes that the majority of this film is played out in one room, yet it will have you gripped until the very end. It goes to show you don’t need explosions or chase sequences to make a tense scenario.

12 Angry Men has an exceptional script and actors who deliver which makes this essential viewing.

Year released: 1957
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam

#63 City of God (Cidade de Deus)

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Another foreign film (Portuguese with subtitles) we highly recommend you see, based on true events and characters who live in poverty-stricken slums in Rio de Janeiro. City of God is an edge of your seat experience and the characters are played convincingly by young and unknown actors.

The film has a unique style and is beautifully shot, if you are yet to make an effort with foreign films then give this one the chance it deserves.

Year released: 2002
Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino, Alice Braga

#62 Black Hawk Down

123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily armed Somalis.

This is warfare at it’s most realistic, like Saving Private Ryan it could be considered tough viewing but you can’t ignore the presence this film has in the genre. Ridley Scott has an ensemble cast at his disposal but they don’t detract from the horrific true story this is based on.

If ever a war movie made you feel like you were there on the ground with these men, then this is that movie. A masterpiece in cinematography, editing and score make this an experience.

Year released: 2001
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner

#61 Casino Royale

In his first mission as a 00 agent, James Bond must stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the world’s terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro.

Quite possibly the daddy of all reboots, not only did they give the franchise a much-needed kick up the backside, they grabbed it by the balls and turned it up a notch. The casting of Daniel Craig as Bond caused uproar at first but once the film was released his critics were silenced. Gritty and yet more Bond like than some of the drab installments we have seen over the years, Casino Royale was a fine return to form.

Director Martin Campbell deserves great credit for this film and it was a shame he was not involved in Quantum of Solace. Casino Royale is up there as one of the best Bond films of all time.

Year released: 2006
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green

#60 Monty Python and the Holy Grail

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.

Featuring great talent and a ridiculous plot this has to go down as one of the top comedies of all time, only the Monty Python comedy troupe could have pulled this off. From killer rabbits to the black knight this will have you in stitches from start to finish.

Just like The Life of Brian, The Holy Grail is utterly barmy which is what makes it so great.

Year released: 1975
Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman

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