5) Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Directed by David Lean in 1962, “Lawrence of Arabia” is one of the truest examples of an epic. This film is one of my fathers favorite films and since I was very young we would watch it together, and soon it became one of my favorites as well. The film depicts the true story of a British officer during WWI, T.E. Lawrence, while stationed in Middle East during the war. Not only is the story compelling but the visuals are absolutely stunning. The acting of Peter O’Toole as Lawrence is also just as unforgettable.
4) Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
Having first watched “Aguirre: The Wrath of God” in a high school film study course, I was instantly hooked. The look and feel of the film that the director, Werner Herzog created is simply amazing. The story, which follows a Spanish expedition of conquistadors on a deadly mission on the Amazon river, makes for one of most engrossing films I have ever seen. The imagery in “Aguirre” is something that makes this film a classic, and even was a part of the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.” The amazing acting performance of Klaus Kinski as the head conquistador, named Aguirre is another noteworthy aspect of the film.
3) Children of Men (2006)
Personally I feel that, “Children of Men,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron in 2006, is one of the most underrated movies of the 2000’s. Even though I am not a big science fiction fan, the dystopian future that is the setting for this film, is not over the top and does not take anything away from the story. Set in the year 2027, when humans can no longer conceive children, the film follows the story of Theo, a man on a journey to save the future of the human race. With amazing performances from Clive Owen and Michael Caine, it is no wonder “Children of Men” has gained a cult following.
2) City of God (2002)
When I first watched this film on my own during one summer vacation during high school, I immediately replayed the DVD. This kind of film was something that I had never seen before. This movie was also one of the first foreign films I had ever seen and is what really sparked my interest in film as more than just a way to pass time. The film chronicles the crime and violence of the favelas in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The result is a brutally honest yet artistic story. This is definitely a film to check out for your self.
1) No Country for Old Men (2007)
The most recent film on my list, “No Country for Old Men.” based on the book by Cormac McCarthy, will in my opinion go down in history as a classic. My list definitely needed to have a film by the Cohen brothers, and “No Country for Old Men” is probably my favorite Cohen brothers flick (though “Fargo” and “Miller’s Crossing” could easily be on this list as well). The story depicts the journey of three men, Llewelyn Moss a hunter who comes across a stash of drug money while hunting, Anton Chigurch a serial killer hell bent on getting the money from Moss, and Sheriff Bell the county Sheriff who tacks both Chigurch and Moss across Texas. I like everything about this film, the acting is amazing, the story is thrilling and engaging, and the directing is superb.