DVD Rental – Top 10 Favourite Films

Favourite FilmsWith some highly anticipated, potential mega-hits coming out this summer, including Alien semi-prequel Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises, along with the recently released Avengers Assemble, we thought we would find the Top 10 Favourite Films of All Time, as voted by our readers.

We expected some people would dodge the obvious and somewhat clichéd classics, like Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia and, of course, Piranha 3D. We didn’t expect such a great mix of movies, with horror, comedy, action and romance all getting a look-in.

Yes, the big winner is perhaps expected, but there are some surprises in there, and we think it shows the continued diversity of both modern cinema and the UK’s own film fanatics.

So without further rambling, here is the list, counting down from 10.

10. Blade Runner

Ridley Scott’s revolutionary sci-fi smash-hit, based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, saw Harrison Ford’s Deckard chase down replicants in a dystopian future. Rutger Hauer gave Han Solo a sound hiding, and Sean Young was great as reluctant replicant Rachael.

9. Alien

Ridley again, and with his success rate for sci-fi it seems guaranteed that upcoming Alien prequel-of-sorts Prometheus should be a classic. This 1979 game-changer is often credited with revolutionising the heroine character, as well as introducing the surprise-shock ending which has become a stalwart in horror. And who could forget that famous chest-burster scene? Grim.

8. The Goonies

The Goonies, helmed by Superman and Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner, featured a young Samwise Gamgee (also known as Sean Astin) and friends trying to find the lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie. You wouldn’t need three guesses to work out that Spielberg is heavily involved behind the scenes in this charming family adventure.

7. The Notebook

This surprise entry doesn’t so much tug at the heartstrings, as yank at them incessantly whilst showing you pictures of kittens. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams do the unrequited, forbidden love thing, then mum gets angry, then the two separate for years only to stumble upon each other, both faced with a great decision to make. But who is telling the story?

6. Crash (2004)

Not to be mistaken with Cronenberg’s mid-nineties gag reflex test of the same name, Crash is an inventive, compelling and beautifully crafted examination of racial prejudices, told through several intertwining stories set in Los Angeles. It really is a modern classic; funny, gripping, engaging, unpredictable and original, Paul Haggis’ movies is simply a must-see, with stellar performances from the likes of Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe and Thandie Newton.

5. The Godfather

The only shock here is that this movie isn’t closer to first place. Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and James Caan deliver performances to match the epic nature of arguably the best gangster movie of all time (although many believe The Godfather Part II is in fact the superior effort). Pacino’s Michael Corleone reluctantly accepts the task of heading up ‘the family’, following an attempt on dear old dad’s life, and what follows is an incredible story where love, loyalty and violence clash relentlessly. Look out for those oranges.

4. Dirty Dancing

Perhaps as much to do with the soundtrack as the actual film, Dirty Dancing performs very well on our list, and this 80s’ favourite set in the 60s captured that coming-of-age in the summertime feeling. Jennifer Grey stars as sheltered teenager Baby, who takes more than a shine to Patrick Swayze’s amusingly-named Johnny Castle. Needless to say, they do a lot of dirty dancing.

3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

James Cameron proves, without question, that you can make a sequel that surpasses the original. The Terminator, which saw a cyborg sent back through time to kill the mother of the leader of the human race, was a lively, entertaining brutal slab of action, but Terminator 2 was a whole new breed of movie.

Packed with great lines, groundbreaking effects, stunning action and a brilliantly contrasting hero and villain double act with ultra-butch Arnie against Robert Patrick’s streamlined, shape-shifting T-1000, this film was a belting smash-hit worldwide. The drama was intense, the visual were immense, the one-liners offered great relief and the climax at the lead works was pure popcorn perfection. Absolute class.

2. Forrest Gump

Released to worldwide acclaim in 1994, this award magnet saw Tom Hanks play the eponymous character, a well-meaning, kind-hearted man with below average intelligence whose life has taken him through the heart of an incredible array of famous events. His own compelling personal story is intertwined along the way, as he meets and falls in love with Jenny, cares for his dying mother, meets his son and runs a very, very, very long way. For three years. Random.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

No one can deny this epic story’s claim for top-spot. Stephen King’s short story tells of a man, Andy Dufresne, wrongly accused of his wife’s murder, put away for life, who discovers his skill with numbers can make him a few useful friends on the inside. Andy, portrayed with perfect balance by Tim Robbins, contends with so much; the sickening, violent advances of the Sisters, as well as brutal treatment from the warden and his screws, not to mention the maddening tedium of prison and the bitter taste of his wrongful imprisonment.

Andy is able to survive and even thrive at times, thanks to his trust in hope, close friendship with Red, played by the ever-awesome Morgan Freeman, a little help from a big poster. A stunning score, riveting performances, fluid direction and a breathtaking story all make for possibly the greatest film of all time. Our readers certainly think so.

One Response to “DVD Rental – Top 10 Favourite Films”

  1. charlotte riddell says:

    I cant believe that there is no room on this list for titanic! or any of the lord of the rings films! also, the notebook should be in the top 3!

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