1. Book of Eli (2010)
Top of the list, no question. A film that combines martial arts and theology would not seem like the premise of a good film. But Denzil Washington is so good in this movie, and the storyline is jaw-droppingly good, I just love love love this film. If you are a Christian, you should watch this film. If you’re not a Christian, you can still enjoy this film, but don’t miss what it’s about.
2. Seeking a friend for the end of the world (2012)
I stumbled across this film one night, and it instantly became something I loved. It’s the only romantic comedy in my list, and usually this sort of thing would not interest me in the slightest but Steve Carrell is brilliant in this film. The storyline is an asteroid is about to hit earth and everyone is given a couple of weeks notice. People start leaving their jobs, and having affairs, and basically doing what they’ve always wanted to do. Best line in the film is when one of the characters brings heroin to a party and as this bunch of middle-class suburbanites start doing drugs one guy shouts to the DJ “Put some Radiohead on. I want to do heroin to Radiohead.” Now that is a funny line.
3. Shadowlands (1994)
The story of the life of C.S.Lewis and the journey he takes as his wife Joy dies from cancer. Of course it’s a great film, the lead role is perfectly filled by Sir Antony Hopkins. If you don’t cry watching this film, you need to go to the doctor and check that you have a heart.
4. Amazing Grace (2006)
A biopic about a hero of mine – William Wilberforce. The man who helped abolish the slave trade befriends the writer of the song ‘Amazing Grace’, John Newton who is expertly played by Albert Finney. The film also features two of my other favourite actors – Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Gambon.
5. Good Will Hunting (1998)
My dad took me and brother to watch this back in 1998 when I was 16. Since that day I’ve watched it dozens of times and it never gets boring. Basic synopsis is a young guy from a poor neighbourhood turns out to be a mathematical genius.
6. The Burbs (1989)
The only real comedy in my top 10 surprisingly. Tom Hanks stars in this very stupid, but very funny comedy about a group of neighbours who thing the newest neighbours to move in have killed the old man at the end of the street and have buried his body in the garden. Hilarity ensures. Star of the film is a character called Ricky Butler played by Corey Feldman. One of those films perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon.
7. The Fighting Temptations (2003)
You only need to watch this film for one reason – the soundtrack. Yes the storyline is a bit cheesy, but the soundtrack is unbelievable with the biggest gospel singers appearing in the film. Think of it as Sister Act on steroids. The best thing about this film however is the star role played by Beyonce. If you don’t enjoy hearing Beyonce sing gospel music then you need your ears removing.
8. Waterworld (1995)
When it first came out it was the most expensive movie ever made – and it shows. I know a lot of people panned it but I have always really enjoyed watching it, if for no other reason that enjoying the unexpected comedy partnership between Dennis Hopper and Kevin Costner – the baddie vs the goodie. I also like a movie that has a clear beginning, middle and end. And in this movie the end is brilliant.
9. The Godfather II (1974)
Always been a fan of this genre and there are many great films out there. This one I believe is the best of them and the best of the Godfather trilogy in my opinion. Cannot watch this film enough. Brilliant.
10. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
It had to be in the top 10 right? I don’t usually follow the crowd on, well anything really, but there’s no doubt this is a brilliant film. The best part is when Andy Dufresne the main character puts the record player on across the whole prison playing a piece of music from The Marriage of Figaro. Every time that scene comes on the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It’s touching.
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Finding Forrester (2000)
- Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
- East is East (1999)
- Cube (1997)
- No Country For Old Men (2007)
- The Passion of the Christ (2004)
- Anna and the King (1999)
- Scarface (1983)