This will be the first of four parts, as it would be a very long article if I didn’t split it up, but I hope you enjoy my mini reviews of all the films, the reviews will get slightly longer as we get into the top 10.
Before we start, I’d like everyone to bear in mind that this is my list and these are my opinions, but I’d love to hear what your favourite films are in the comments. Also, this is almost definitely gonna change by next week but I’ve tried to pick films that would best represent my film taste.
So, let’s begin!
50. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) dir: The Coen Brothers
Funny and whimsical, this film features some great music and a trio of excellent leading performances from George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson and John Turturro.
49. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) dir: Terry Gillam
Some may find its lightning fast pace a problem but this trippy movie features a lot of funny moments and one of Johnny Depp’s best performances as Hunter. S. Thompson.
48. Full Metal Jacket (1987) dir: Stanley Kubrick
The first half is hilarious because of R. Lee Ermey’s performance as Gunnery Sargeant Hartman but the film quickly takes a dark turn and the rest of the film is a tense and raw look at the Vietnam War.
47. All is Lost (2013) dir: J.C. Chandor
A one man showcase for the talents of Robert Redford who proves that he can still engage viewers even at the ripe old age of 77. Redford on a boat alone for 105 minutes, and it’s brilliant.
46. Back to The Future (1985) dir: Robert Zemeckis
An 80’s classic which is funny, engaging and still holds its own against many of today’s sci-fi comedies.
45. Superbad (2007) dir: Greg Mottola
Superbad’s sincere ending and character interaction is what distances the film from your average teen gross-out comedy. It also managed to launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Emma Stone. Not bad, eh?
44. United 93 (2006) dir: Paul Greengrass
This is one tense movie. It’s gut-wrenching at its climax and almost feels like a documentary in places because of the realism Greengrass gives to the film.
43. City of God (2002) dir: Fernando Meirelles
It has the energy of a Hollywood blockbuster and the drama of a Shane Meadows film. This low-budget Brazilian crime drama is so engaging because of the detail of its characters and the brilliant script by Braulio Mantovani.
42. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004) dir: Michel Gondry
Complex and emotional, Eternal Sunshine features a pair of excellent performances from Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet who brilliantly compliment Charlie Kaufman’s strange yet awesome script and is a masterclass in editing and cinematography.
41. Kick-Ass (2010) dir: Matthew Vaughn
Exciting and original in an already saturated superhero film market, Kick-Ass is an example of perfect casting in a movie… and it’s also so bad-ass it’s unbelievable.
40. The Big Lebowski (1998) dir. The Coen Brothers
Another entry for The Coen Brothers, this cult classic never fails to entertain thanks to its hilarious script and excellent performances from John Goodman and Jeff Bridges.
39. Dazed and Confused (1993) dir: Richard Linklater
With so many characters, you would’ve thought this Linklater coming-of-age comedy would be confusing, but it’s far from. A simple and joyful film that celebrates youth and is literally like hanging out with old friends.
38. Inside, I’m Dancing (2004) dir: Damien O’Donnell
I understand that a comedy about disability doesn’t sound like much fun. But this Irish independent gem perfectly balances comedy with drama and features two fantastic performances from Steven Robertson and an early James McAvoy.
37. Prisoners (2013) dir: Denis Villeneuve
Featuring some stellar performances from its well-assembled ensemble cast, Prisoners has twists and turns around every corner and some brilliant direction from Villeneuve makes for a sombre and eerie beauty.