Ridley Scott is one of the best and what sets him apart is his production of movies, at a rate of one to two per year and his openness to exploring different genres. While not every venture into every genre has been a triumph the diverse range makes his filmography captivating and worthy of exploration and analysis.
1 'The Last Duel' (2021)
The Last Duel features a cast consisting of Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Interestingly both Damon and Affleck collaborated as co writers on the screenplay, with the Oscar nominated screenwriter Nicole Holofcener. Ridley Scott directs this epic that showcases battle scenes, thought provoking themes and a gripping climax expertly crafted throughout the entire film.
Despite its strengths and overall quality The Last Duel unfortunately faced challenges at the box office. Factors such as the impact of COVID 19 and unfavorable timing for an epic release could have contributed to its underperformance. Additionally it is worth noting that this movie can be confronting at times and requires viewers to engage with content. However it offers commentary on issues even today and stands as one of Scotts most captivating and masterfully delivered works.
2 'American Gangster' (2007)
Another film worth mentioning in this context is American Gangster (2007). While stories set in a period crime/drama genre are often associated with Martin Scorsese's expertise Ridley Scott proves his ability to excel in creating movies.It's worth mentioning that he accomplishes this without it feeling like an imitation of Scorsese. There may be some surface similarities. Those who appreciate films, like Goodfellas and Casino will likely find American Gangster captivating well.
3 'The Martian' (2015)
While 'The Martian' falls under the science fiction genre it deviates from the horror and death centric themes typically associated with Ridley Scott's sci fi films, like those in the Alien series. It's worth noting that Sean Bean's character actually survives in this film, which is quite unusual considering his tendency to meet ends in other movies. Enough, 'The Martian' even managed to secure the title of "Best Comedy" at the Golden Globes although that decision was met with mockery.
4 'Black Hawk Down' (2001)
Ridley Scott has a penchant for depicting wars and large scale conflicts set centuries or millennia ago but 'Black Hawk Down' takes a different approach. This paced war film is based on events from 1993 and follows the story of a U.S. Military raid in Mogadishu that resulted in a Black Hawk helicopter being shot down within enemy territory.
5 'Thelma & Louise' (1991)
'Thelma & Louise' a road movie leaves viewers with mixed emotions while also delivering an empowering message. Its bold and unforgettable ending is undoubtedly its aspect but there is so much more depth to the film, beyond that climactic moment.
The story revolves around two women who form a bond as they embark on a journey across America evading the authorities after defending themselves by shooting a man. Their connection deepens as they navigate through the heart of the country.
Another example is "Gladiator" (2000) which narrates a captivating tale of a man seeking vengeance after being betrayed witnessing the murder of his family and being enslaved to fight as a gladiator, for the entertainment of spectators.
7 'Alien' (1979)
The original Alien is a classic that goes beyond being one of the sci fi movies ever made. Its status as a film is so ingrained in our culture that we often overlook its brilliance despite its seemingly straightforward storyline.
8 'Blade Runner' (1982)
When Blade Runner first hit theaters it didn't receive the recognition it deserved. However over the years its reputation has grown exponentially solidifying its place, among the revered films of all time. Set in an atmospheric version of Los Angeles in 2019 the story revolves around Rick Deckard, a blade runner tasked with tracking down renegade replicants who seek to extend their limited lifespans.