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Ridley Scott Films - Ranked

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People who added this item 6396 Average listal rating (4347 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.5
Gladiator (2000)

A true epic. I love this film. Everything from Ridley Scott's grand scale and vision, to Russell Crowe's masterful performance. The beautiful soundtrack, the dazzling cinematography and the heartbreaking, yet cheerful story. It's a film that never fails to entertain or emotionally engage me. I'm with it all the way through. I cheer with the Roman audience when Maximus succeeds and tears nearly arrive when his demise is a fact.

Gladiator is a masterpiece. It is without any doubt one of my favourite films of all time. Which is probably why I liked Scott and Crowe's similar Robin Hood so much?
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People who added this item 1715 Average listal rating (1034 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Robin Hood (2010)

I'll just say what everyone should be thinking; Robin Hood is one of the most underrated films of all time. I can't wrap my head around it. The mediocre critical reception and that it's now generally overlooked and forgotten. It might not be the good, old jolly Robin Hood and his merry men, but it's nonetheless a true epic in scale. In many ways its a new Gladiator. Entertaining, darker and wonderfully acted. And the music. Wow. Great!
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People who added this item 2026 Average listal rating (1276 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

An outstandingly crafted and well-acted crime drama that resembles those classic gangster films. American Gangster is gritty, thoughtful and immensely entertaining.
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People who added this item 4471 Average listal rating (3041 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
Alien (1979)
In many ways you could think of Alien as Jaws in space. It manages to keep and maintain suspense in the same way as Jaws do, and it releases tension just as successfully when we finally get to see the alien. "Less is more" works brilliantly here, letting us just suck in the atmosphere. The alien is, by the way, perhaps the most awesomely designed monster in film history.

My only problem with this film lies in the ending, which I've always meant is not anywhere close to being as good as the rest of the film. It's a huge anticlimax. I get that that's probably the only way that she could beat the "invincible" alien, but that the alien is basically just lying there asleep ruins the ending for me. It's lazy writing, if you ask me.
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People who added this item 980 Average listal rating (709 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Martian (2015)
Visually pleasing, emotionally effective, edge-on-your-seat thrilling and quite funny. The Martian is a damned fine sci-fi film. You might never truly fear for Matt Damon's life, as he's stranded on Mars, but Ridley Scott injects this film with so much energy and life that one can't avoid grinning throughout the film.

The film is naturally bolstered a lot by Damon's excellent performance, and one is heavily reliant to get under his skin in order for huge parts of this film to work. This works exceptionally well, as he's extremely likeable.
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People who added this item 2036 Average listal rating (1357 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)

You can spend ages debating whether it is a prequel or not. The references to Alien is most certainly there. But it should still be able to stand alone as one film. Which it does, even if it does raise several unanswered questions. Questions that might be addressed in possible sequel. That is unfortunately one of Prometheus flaws. There are some things that doesn't make sense, and while it is sometimes fine keep some things in the dark, I feel a bit cheated eventually. Particularly the opening raises a lot of questions.

If I am to address some of Prometheus other flaws, I need to move slightly into spoiler territory. Because there are some plot holes or just lack of logic that annoys greatly. For instance, Michael Fassbender puts some alien-stuff into Logan Marshall-Green drink, for some reason. This is turning him into some alien, but before that he have sex with Noomi Rapace. She gets pregnant (despite that she says she is unable to get pregnant), and is somehow already three months on the way. She panics and performs an intense surgery to get it out. It's an alien infant with loads of tentacles. She just leaves it in the surgery room, and doesn't give it any more thought. No one does. No one seems to give any thought about it. She just operated out an alien! Then there is the thing that certain characters could use some more development, instead of just being alien food. But that is to be expected I guess.

Despite all this, Prometheus is an excellent blockbuster and is so far the best film of the year. To begin with, the visuals are so awesome that I'm on the edge of having an orgasm. It's a visual triumph. The photography is beautiful, particularly in the opening scene, where the camera floats above the landscape. It's superbly designed. Everything in it looks great. The design of the aliens, the suits, the ships, the landscapes and the small little details. Everything is carefully constructed into perfection. Ridley Scott proves again that he is a perfectionist when it comes to the technical aspects of filmmaking. Even the 3D looks phenomenal, and this is perhaps one of the best uses of the technology that I have witnessed.

Noomi Rapace is proving herself to be a very skilled actress and her role in Prometheus shows how wasted her talent was in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. She does with great skill avoid to fell into trap of trying to recapture the same thing that Sigourney Weaver did in Alien. Instead she creates a whole different character, who's not as heroic as Weaver's Ripley. Instead she is much more fragile and there are scenes who shows her very high acting qualities. Like the mentioned surgery. Still, she is not the one who owns every scene she is in. That's Michael Fassbender as David the android-thingy. His screen presence is nothing but magnetic.

While it is not as tense or terrifying as Alien, Scott has still managed to create a suspenseful film. He does steadily allows the tension to build slowly and when he finally decides to unleash it, hell is definitely loose. Everything takes a turn for the chaotic and intense. The atmosphere is dazzling, the action is intense, the sound is brilliant, the score is majestic, it's a visual spectacle and despite it's flaws, it is always teasing my curiosity. I want to know more and I want to know it now. I'm hoping for a sequel, because this is one of the most interesting universes in film history.
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People who added this item 1357 Average listal rating (868 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3

Nicolas Cage is wonderful. Walking the thin balance between playing it normally and chewing the scenery. It works brilliantly. Besides that, Matchstick Men is clever fun.
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (263 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5

Prometheus didn't get the fondest reception when it came out, and over the years, it seems that less and less people actually like it. I still like it, and I think that Alien: Covenant is slight step down from what Prometheus offered. My issue is that Covenant feels like a collusion between two worlds. That being Ridley Scott's Prometheus idea and the philosophical themes that film brought with David and the ideas of creation and so forth, and the studio wanting to show us more of the alien. The alien is cool and it provides some tense moments. The plethora of blood and even some nudity is very much welcome.

So Covenant is essentially just not quite there. It's a visceral masterpiece for sure. The cinematography and production design is top-notch and the visual effects are as great as one would expect from a major Hollywood release. It's just in the story department the film is limping. I would like the studio to either let Ridley Scott go all in for his Prometheus idea, or just hire someone to do a full-blown Alien film.
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People who added this item 2475 Average listal rating (1612 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7

Not the biggest fan of these type of war films, but I enjoyed this one quite a lot. An engaging and emotional experience.
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People who added this item 2326 Average listal rating (1481 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2

I don't remember a lot from it, but I swallow these films quite easily.
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People who added this item 3137 Average listal rating (1969 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hannibal (2001)

While being superbly acted and entertaining, Hannibal just doesn't live up to the expectations set by The Silence of the Lambs or even Red Dragon. The problem lies mostly in the filmmakers tendency to focus more on the violence surrounding this characters as opposed to his intellect. Which is ultimately the trait that makes Hannibal fascinating.
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People who added this item 4180 Average listal rating (2733 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Blade Runner (1982)

Aside from some outdated technological equipment, Blade Runner holds up extraordinarily well in the visual department. It looks gorgeous. The special effects, art direction and cinematography that have been used in order to build this dystopian sci-fi world is quite simply top-noth. So is the music from Vangelis. Which is why it's such a shame that, aside from on a technical level, I can't appreciate Blade Runner.

It's a film that heavily deals with visual immersion and themes, more than action and suspense. Which I'm totally fine with. The problem is that besides admiration of the visuals, I don't care about anything else and to be very simplistic, I find the film to be boring. This has nothing to do with me lacking the attention for a film like this, as I've seen and enjoyed plenty of films that moves much slower than Blade Runner. The problem is that I don't find the story or its themes emotionally gripping, and thus, I'm left with very little.
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People who added this item 1073 Average listal rating (671 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Body of Lies (2008)

Body of Lies is not necessarily a bad film. It's competently made and well-acted. The problem lies however in how insanely bland, dull and forgettable it is. Is there really anyone who remember this film? Can't imagine even DiCaprio or Russell Crowe fans remembering this.
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People who added this item 449 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Counselor (2013)

You can't blame anyone for getting excited about a Ridley Scott film with names such as Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz attached to it. Which is why it's so incredibly disappointing to see that the film failed to deliver. It's a slow film that fails to be interesting in its overly written dialogue, and it's not visually creative enough to compensate for the lack of thrills.

This is Cormac McCarthy's first shot at a screenplay, and this film should be shown as an example of how writing screenplays for films are very much different as opposed to writing books. Film is visual art. The Counselor feels like someone is reading from a book.
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People who added this item 852 Average listal rating (538 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Legend (1985)
Terrible. Tim Curry saves it from getting the lowest score, as he is wonderfully over the top. While the effects and make-up is excellent, this film is drowned in Ridley Scott's vision. This is an adventure that is too dark for it's own good, there is no fun or charm in it. The characters are completely uninteresting , there is no one you can relate to. There is no good hero here, I don't care if the good triumphs over evil. And when I feel like that in a genre film like this, there is something wrong.

The film features Tom Cruise in one of his first roles, but you don't really notice him. He is the film's hero, but he is drowned in all the effects and in the big production that nearly anyone could have played him. Scott doesn't manage to bring out the "hero" in him, because he is to focused in creating the fairy tale universe. But he does the mistake of focusing to much of the darkness. Creating a film that there is no fun in. A film that will probably scare the young viewers, and is too childish for the rest.
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Posted: 7 years ago at Nov 23 18:09
Alien and Blade Runner are my favorites of his.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jan 24 10:47
Never like Robin Hood one bit, it's almost as though he ran out of ideas so he took elements from other epics and mash together.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 12 19:41
I honestly did not think that Body of Lies was that terrible. I rather enjoyed the film. Nevertheless, I agree with most this list-sans Robin Hood.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 12 21:00
He's made some great movies! Still need to get round to watching Robin Hood and Prometheus.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 0:18
i've like all those movie's on this list.Legend is a good movie but it was made for young teenagers and Mia Sara was a beauty in it and the voice of Tim Curry as the prince of darkness is awesome. the worst movie's must be White Squall (1995) G.I jane (1997) and 1492 : conquest of paradise (1992) but one of my favorite is missing on your list is first movie The duellist (1977) who's very good one
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 13 18:46
Alien, Blade Runner and Blackhawk Down were my favorites (5 stars all) but honestly, I love every one of these! One of my favorite directors!

Great list!!!!
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 22 17:33
lol, your top two would be my bottom two.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 22 18:21
Lol, your bottom two would be my top two!

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