Wednesday, June 6, 2012

QUESTION: What is the best movie Ridley Scott has directed?

With Prometheus being released last week, to some mixed reviews, I thought it would be good to find out what people think Ridley Scott's best film is. He is a top class film maker and I hope that Prometheus was just a tiny blip. To be fair his visuals were still great but usually he does develop some kind of story as well. He has crafted some brilliant films, ones that have been duly awarded and in IMDB's top 250, so what I want to know is which is the best film directed by Ridley Scott? 5 choices below, add more if you want.

1. ALIEN - Ridley's first major theatrical release film which has stuck around on many people's top 10 list for years. Jaws in space, as he pitched it with the exceptional tagline: In Space No One Can Hear You Scream. Chilling.

2. AMERICAN GANGSTER - Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe star in Ridley's take on Frank Lucas, a drug dealer who smuggles drugs from the Far East and has become the heroin kingpin of Manhattan.

3. BLACK HAWK DOWN - Here he directs an all star cast in war torn Somalia. When US soldiers attempt to capture two top lieutenants they find themselves ambushed by heavily armed Somalians and have no way back to base. Ridley really can direct action.

4. BLADE RUNNER - Psychology at the highest level for Harrison Ford in Ridley's last attempt at sci-fi (except Prometheus of course). Humans and robots are one and the same in this overly analyzed film which is due a sequel in the upcoming years.

5. GLADIATOR - Russell Crowe again stars in this Rome epic as a betrayed General who finds himself going from leading their army to having his family murdered by the Emperor's corrupt son. He makes his way to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge and battles anything that stands in his way.

These are probably Ridley's finest pieces of work but there are others that could be pushed into his top 5. He has directed some fantastic actors and shown us some breathtaking visuals. It is just such a shame his latest film failed to hit these heights. Lets us know what your favourite Ridley Scott directed film is.


  1. I would have to go for ALIEN. Even more so now that Prometheus is being linked to it. What a way to start a career.

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