1. The Shawshank Redemption – 1994
This film proves that character is the most important element in a good story. If someone talked you through the plot of this film they would run out of things to say after 2 minutes, yet the film holds me throughout. Great performances right across the cast and it manages to have a happy ending without laying on the cheese.
2. Blade Runner – 1982
Dark, dystopian, enigmatic. This film has so much detail and is at the same time so very simple. I like the way it blurs the line between good and bad and is happy to be much more subtle than Hollywood usually allows.
3. This is Spinal Tap – 1984
Classic, spoof rockumentory. I know people who still don’t realise that Spinal Tap were a fictitious band. Mini Stonehenge, puking before gigs and amps that go up to 11, this film has it all.
4. The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
It was a toss up between this and the original. Star Wars was great and seeing it in the cinema was a moving experience, The Empire Strikes Back is a much darker film and I feel it is stronger for it. The trio could have been one of the greatest in history if Lucas hadn’t screwed it all up in the third film by having annoying teddy bears running around all over the place.
5. A Bridge To Far – 1977
Sad I know but as the commander of an airborne unit this has to be on my top ten. It is still a great film.
6. Its A Wonderful Life – 1946
A Must see for every Christmas.
7. The Godfather – 1972
This was another example of where number one and two of a trilogy go head to head, again almost too close to call. This time I opt for number one, if only to balance Star Wars.
8. Pulp Fiction – 1994
Such a coooooooool film. It was a toss up between Pulp Fiction and its UK half brother Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, pulp got it because it came out first.
9 Babbette’s Feast – 1988
My one arty-farty film. Very slow moving compared to most of the others, a film with big silences and a completely unknown cast. This is a fantastic movie and I would advise you all to see it.
10. Casablanca – 1942
What can I say?