Welcome to the second part of ‘My Top 50 Films Of All-Time‘. Without further ado, here we go!
36. Schindler’s List (1993) dir: Steven Spielberg
A horrific re-telling of the holocaust and the effect that Oskar Schindler had on the Jewish population at the time. It’s a beautifully shot film that is respectful without playing it too safe and features a magnetic performance from the villainous Ralph Fiennes.
35. Finding Nemo (2003) dir: Andrew Stanton
It’s very hard to resist the charm that this film has and it’s another stellar edition to the Pixar’s already gleaming filmography. With gorgeous animation and a hilarious voice performance from Ellen Degeneres this is one heart-felt and funny film.
34. Ray (2004) dir: Taylor Hackford
Although the film doesn’t really break the biopic formula, it works for one reason: Jamie Foxx. Foxx’s transformation into Ray Charles is a masterclass in acting and Ray Charles’ story is one worth seeing.
33. Dreamgirls (2006) dir: Bill Condon
Bringing musicals to the screen has always been difficult, but Dreamgirls is a brilliant example of how it should be done. Realistic performances, catchy tunes and excellent visuals won’t leave you cringing in your seat like some musical films.
32. Reservoir Dogs (1992) dir: Quentin Tarantino
This is no Dreamgirls… Tarantino’s debut feature demonstrated his flair for witty and smart dialogue and thirst for blood and violence that he would later start to perfect in Pulp Fiction. This is as cool as it gets as its ensemble cast, smart script and clever music make for a brilliant crime drama that would easily work just as well on stage.
31. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) dir: Chris Miller & Phil Lord
From the best directors of the present day, comes a highly underrated film that is funny for all ages and a rare animation film that actually cares about its audience. One of the most fun films I’ve ever seen that caters to all ages.
30. Monsters Inc (2001) dir: Pete Docter
Heart-felt and sincere without feeling mawkish, Monsters Inc is another animation masterpiece from Pixar. Well-suited voice performances from Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi and, as we’ve come to expect from Pixar, terrific animation is what gives this film its edge over other animations.
29. Wall-E (2008) dir: Andrew Stanton
From one Pixar film to another, Wall-E gets the nod ahead of Monsters Inc because it’s not just a brilliantly told story. Wall-E is a political statement on what the world is going to come to if we continue polluting like we do. This is something we don’t see as clearly in any of the other Pixar films, and it’s lovely to see them pushing the boundaries.
28. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) dir: Guillermo Del Toro
Whimsical, beautiful and sinister. Not words that are usually in the same sentence but Del Toro blends them together perfectly to make a movie that you won’t forget in a hurry. With a great script to match its stunning art direction, this is Del Toro’s finest work, but hopefully, there is still more to come.
27. Singin’ in The Rain (1952) dir: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
It’s hard not to smile at this film. It beautifully personifies everything that is right about cinema. It’s a joy of a film that has charming lead characters, infectious songs and feels a little bit magic.
26. Up (2009) dir: Pete Docter
It’s safe to say, I love Pixar. With its opening 10 minutes bettering what most films don’t manage to do in 90, Docter lifts the tempo for the audience to feel as though they are on the exact same as adventure as Charles Muntz in the film. Sweet and funny; if this doesn’t make you cry, then nothing will.
25. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) dir: Milos Forman
It’s Jack Nicholson and co’s performances that make this film what it is. Often funny, but also dark, the film treats mental illness with a respect without dumbing it down for audiences. It’s a delightful film, that raises a smile and a tear.
24. Let The Right One In (2008) dir: Tomas Alfredson
A film that can only be describes as a romantic horror. Alfredson has managed to cast two incredible lead child actors, while also keeping the atmosphere creepy and eerie. Beautiful in story and appearance, it’s an example that foreign films are just as good as films closer to home.