We’ve already gone past half way in the list and hopefully you’ll agree there are some cracking films in the the first two parts. But it’s getting closer to the business end of the list, so here is part 3:
23. Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) dir: Shane Meadows
Dark and twisted, Meadows creates an engaging psychological thriller with an excellent Paddy Considine at its centre. It’s gritty and dirty in its look, which gives the audience a sense of dread throughout. A real creepy, intelligent indie flick.
22. The Dark Knight (2008) dir: Christopher Nolan
Often billed as the best superhero movie of all-time, Nolan re-invented the superhero genre and showed that DC films could be just as good as Marvel. It’s a really dark look at the comics, which gives the film a well-needed sense of realism. And need I say anything about Heath Ledger’s Joker?
21. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) dir: Edgar Wright
Zany, energetic and hilarious are just a few adjectives to describe this 2010 movie. Cera fits the part of Pilgrim excellently and the eye-popping visuals really add to Wright’s quick and sharp direction. It’s a film that manages to be impressive on almost every level.
20. Shaolin Soccer (2001) dir: Stephen Chow
Who doesn’t want to see a Chinese comedy film about kung-fu brothers playing football? As silly as it is clever, this is a classic Stephen Chow picture, with brilliantly choreographed fight numbers, humour that can produce fits of laughter and a whimsical, almost fairy-tale-like feel to it.
19. Memento (2000) dir: Christopher Nolan
This is one to wear your thinking cap for. Nolan has managed to do what many directors have failed, which is create a film that is very complex but not too complex for it not to make sense. Guy Pearce gives a strong central performance to compliment in what could be one of the best screenplays of all-time.
18. Ed Wood (1994) dir: Tim Burton
Arguably Burton’s best film, Ed Wood gives us a showcase for Johnny Depp’s talent in comedy and drama. Served up with Martin Landau’s Oscar-winning portrayal of horror film legend Bela Lugosi, we have an electric, formula-breaking biopic that is far better than anything Ed Wood ever made.
17. Pulp Fiction (1994) dir: Quentin Tarantino
Many people highlight the film’s screenplay as the reason this film has become one of the best ever made. But, there are many reasons for that. Tarantino shows us his talent for picking actors to play his well-written characters more than ever in Pulp Fiction. Its time-hopping frame works perfectly and makes its 154 minute run-time just fly by.
16. The Raid: Redemption (2011) dir: Gareth Evans
As film critic Mark Kermode once said, ‘This is a musical. A musical with punches’, which is a perfect way to describe the fluidity and song-like nature of the action in this Indonesian non-stop action thriller. With some of the best choreographed fight scenes in film history (courtesy of Welsh director Gareth Evans), The Raid is enjoyable and tense while making the audience really feel every punch.
15. The Imposter (2012) dir: Bart Layton
The only documentary on the list, Layton’s The Imposter is just as tense and gripping as the best of Hollywood’s thrillers. Using real-life interviews and excellent reconstructions, it’s hard to not care about this unique story, which is so eerie and creepy.
14. Forrest Gump (1994) dir: Robert Zemeckis
This heart-warming, timeless story of a very unique individual never fails to charm the pants of its viewers. Tom Hanks gives a brilliant performance with real fragility and truth, alongside an excellent supporting cast. Following the life of Forrest Gump is a real delight for all ages.
13. Gravity (2013) dir: Alfonso Cuaron
Ever felt like going to space? Well, this is probably the closest you’re going to get. Its astonishing visuals have an immersive quality that has never quite been achieved in any other film. In the middle of all of its technical glory are two unbelievable performances from George Clooney and Sandra Bullock with the latter earning an Oscar nod. It may be a simple story but it’s hard not to watch this sci-fi epic without having your heart in your mouth.
12. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) dir: Isao Takahata
Set in the final months of World War II, Takahata’s war epic features animation which is almost as gorgeous as its story. It’s a heart-breaking tale of two young boys surviving in the war. A beautifully poetic masterpiece from Studio Ghibli which will almost definitely leave you with a tear in your eye.
11. My Neighbour Totoro (1988) dir: Hayao Miyazaki
1988 was clearly a good year for animation studio ‘Studio Ghibli’. Even though Totoro may not be as hard-hitting as Grave of The Fireflies, it still packs an emotional punch. Miyazaki brings emotion and sensitivity to a touching and funny story that’s often compared to the best Pixar works. It’s cute and suitable for all ages without watering down any of its sometimes tough to watch content.