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The best films of Ridley Scott’s career

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As of today, audiences can finally see Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, which is one of my favorites of the year so far. Moreover, it’s a return to form for Scott, who has been on a bumpy road for quite some time. I had been all but ready to write him off as a director, but he’s certainly gotten back in my good graces here. That got me thinking about the best movies of his career. He’s made over 20 flicks over the years (without a Best Director win incidentally, despite a handful of nominations), but below you’ll see what I feel to be his ten best, including The Martian, of course. Enjoy!

Here now are Scott’s ten best, at least according to yours truly:

10. Hannibal – Not a great film, by any stretch, but there’s a silly bit of fun to have with this sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. Scott stepped in for Jonathan Demme and gave returning player Anthony Hopkins room to ham it up. It’s not his Oscar winning performance, nor anything close to it, but it’s enjoyable in its own way. If nothing else, it looks beautiful.

9. G.I. Jane – A slightly underrated title that doesn’t fully become much more than a Demi Moore star vehicle, it still has its heart in the right place. I do wonder if this would have been better liked had it come out these days instead of when it did…not that it matters that much. Scott would do better work with military characters later on (see below in this list), but this is far from a bad flick.

8. The Duelists – Scott’s first film is about as different as anything else he’s made since. Closer to Barry Lyndon than his own work, the young director is paying homage to Stanley Kubrick every which way that he can. At times it does seem more like an impression than an homage, but it does work far more often than not. One of his least seen works, it’s well worth checking out.

7. Gladiator – This movie is a bit on the overrated side to me, especially considering the fact that it won Best Picture, but Scott’s direction is excellent, Russell Crowe is strong, and it’s a throwback to a type of movie Hollywood rarely made anymore. His other attempts at this sort of thing (Kingdom of Heaven and Exodus: Gods and Kingd) would fall flat, but this one was definitely a success.

6. Matchstick Men – Easily the most underrated flick of Scott’s career, it’s a caper that’s a ton of fun and features one of my favorite Nicolas Cage performances. The duo of Scott and Cage might not immediately make you see stars, but trust me when I say that they bring out the best in each other. It’s one of his last “small” films, but it’s one of his top tier outings as well.

5. Blade Runner – To some, this is one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. I wouldn’t go quite that far, but it is one of Scott’s best for sure. Harrison Ford’s other iconic sci-fi turn is here, of course, though Scott and his dystopian vision is the true star to me. I don’t consider it to be the masterpiece that many do, but it’s undeniably a fantastic and impeccably made movie.

4. Thelma & Louise – In some ways, this flick doesn’t fit in with the rest of Scott’s filmography, as it’s one of his few female centric ones. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis make it soar though, so while Scott never really returned to making this sort of a movie, it’s evidence that he can do it if he wants, and do it well. If you’ve never seen it, definitely give it a look…

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3. The Martian – The inspiration for this piece of course is one of my favorites of 2015 so far. I’ve already raved about Scott’s direction, Matt Damon’s acting, and Drew Goddard’s script adaptation already, so consider this a final reminder to make it your business to see The Martian. Scott is back, and back with a vengeance folks, so be sure to support this one!

2. Black Hawk Down – One of the great war movies of the past few decades (and possibly of all time), Scott make battle a bloody and visceral experience like few others can. While you can argue that the characters aren’t particularly memorable, it’s pretty much the only complaint that I have about this one. It’s not his masterpiece, but honestly…it’s not the far off to me.

1. Alien – Perhaps the best horror flick ever made, this haunted house in space tale is just perfectly made. Scott’s masterpiece, it also launched one of the more popular sci-fi/horror franchises of all time. Sigourney Weaver and Scott took a simple premise and made this a terrifying and unforgettable experience. It’s phenomenal, no two ways about it for me.

Be sure to check out Scott’s newest film The Martian, in theaters everywhere right now!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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