Call me Bronte - the ultimate film geek.
I watch far too many films - anything from psychological thrillers to comedies to kids films to horrors. The only genre of films I don't really watch is rom-coms because, if we're honest, they're all the same.
I thought it was about time to devise a film of the top five films that you HAVE to watch. These have been carefully selected and are all just absolutely brilliant. They're not in order because I just can't decide which is the best.
I've also included the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) rating - although I don't necessarily agree with all of them, it's usually a pretty good stance on how good the film is.
Without any further ado - here they are;
Frank Lucas: "This is my home. My country. Frank Lucas don't run from nobody. This is America."
Bronte's Rating: 9/10
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Release Year: 2007
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
Plot: This film is based on the true story of drug lord Frank Lucas. Set in 1970s America, the film follows Richie Roberts (Crowe), an honest and dedicated police officer, trying to bring down the dope empire Lucas controls.
Review: The film is an emotional and thrilling journey. The attention to detail through each part of the heroin smuggling to selling was incredible whilst still not making the film 'uncomfortable' to watch. I also love the soundtrack, the choice of music fits the film, the era, the country... absolutely perfectly. One of the best soundtracks of all time without any shadow of a doubt.
Colin Sullivan: "What Freud said about the Irish is: We're the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis."
Bronte's Rating: 9.2/10
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release Year: 2006
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Plot: A confusing one! The two main characters are both undercover. One is an undercover cop within the Irish Mafia and one is a member of the Irish Mafia undercover as a cop. As you can guess, it gets quite messy as the truth gets closer and closer to being uncovered.
Review: The actors for each character in this film were chosen perfectly. Although it can be hard to follow with the amount of characters and the immense detail of the plot, this film is full of surprises and twists - it leaves you guessing right until the end. PLUS, it's such a quotable film - who doesn't love that?
THE GODFATHER PART II (only if you've watched the original The Godfather first - or you won't understand it and it won't be as good)
Vito Corleone: "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse, don't you worry."
Bronte's Rating: 9.3/10
IMDB Rating: 9.1/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Period
Release Year: 1974
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
Plot: The film has a double story line. It recalls the early life of the previous Don, Vito Corleone, in the 1920s as well as portraying the life of Don Michael Corleone, as he expands the Corleone empire to Hollywood, Cuba and Las Vegas.
Review: Everyone knows The Godfather films are legendary but in my opinion, the second is the best. It's as if someone created a formula to create my perfect film and it came out with this. Gangsters, sophistication, twisted plots, drugs, shooting, love, family, Italian men? WOW. If I was a 14 year old girl, I'd be #TEAMCORLEONE.
Sonny Koufax: "I know this is the right thing because I would die for this kid just so he won't feel one ounce of sadness."
Bronte's Rating: 8.9/10
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 (WHAT A JOKE)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family Film
Release Year: 1999
Director: Dennis Duggan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adam
Plot: Sonny (Sandler) adopts a child in order to show his girlfriend that he isn't the lazy loser that everyone seems to think he is. After that fails to impress, he tries to give the child back but after various events, Sonny ends up fighting for the child he once didn't care for.
Review: Every one that watched this film must have had goosebumps at one point. I'm not normally a huge fan of these kind of films but it was so heart-warming, funny and serious all in one. It's so worth watching, words can't explain. And who doesn't love Adam Sandler?
William Somerset: "People don't want a hero. They want to eat cheeseburgers, play the lotto and watch television."
Bronte's Rating: 9.3/10
IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Release Year: 1995
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey
Plot: The film follows a wise and calm detective and his new associate, a total rookie, as they try and chase an intelligent and psychopathic murderer as he uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.
Review: I remember the first time I watched this film, I thought it was THE BEST FILM EVER. I think Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are both incredible actors that have both, in this film, been given the perfect roles to suit their acting styles. You will not be able to guess the outcome of this film if you sat and thought about it for weeks - it really is amazing.
So, there you have it. The five best films ever. Buy them from HMV, bid on them on eBay, illegally download them off some dodgy site, watch them on Netflix - I don't care. But whatever you do, make sure you watch them!