Sir Ridley Scott has one of the most storied filmmaking careers, with quality films to be found in every decade since the 1970s. Best of all, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. His drama series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, recently debuted and is receiving great reviews.
In May, we will see the release of Alien: Covenant. With such an expansive filmography, we thought it would be wise to do a rundown of Scott’s best movies.
8. Matchstick Men (2003)
One of the funnier films in Scott’s career, Matchstick Men is a great comedy about the relationship between a neurotic con man (Nicolas Cage) and the daughter he’s just now meeting (Alison Lohman). Also featured in a supporting role is the always dependable Sam Rockwell.
7. American Gangster (2007)
The rise and fall of real-life drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) with detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) on his trail is chronicled in Scott’s epic story of crime and its effects.
6. Gladiator (2000)
So far the only Ridley Scott movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Gladiator inspired a new wave of historical epics in the “sword-and-sandal” genre. It also cemented Best Actor winner Russell Crowe as a bonafide movie star.
5. The Martian (2015)
With The Martian, Ridley Scott returned to space but avoiding any troublesome aliens. Instead, this adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel is focused on the rescue of Matt Damon’s astronaut, a Martian by accident. It’s a moving testament to the power of determination and teamwork on a global scale. The Martian went on to grab seven nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
4. Black Hawk Down (2001)
Speaking of stars, the casting of this film, about a U.S. military raid in Somalia, was prescient in how much rising talent is present. Featured in the chaos are Tom Hardy, Eric Bana, Hugh Dancy, Ty Burrell and more. However, this isn’t a movie about star power but about showing the toll that combat takes on everyone involved.
3. Thelma & Louise (1991)
A road drama about two friends (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) might not seem like the obvious choice for the director of Alien and Blade Runner, but Ridley Scott proved just how capable he was with Thelma & Louise. Bonus: it also helped to make a star out of Brad Pitt.
2. Blade Runner (1982)
Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? fused together noir and sci-fi seamlessly to create an unsettling and fascinating dystopian world. We just hope that the upcoming Blader Runner: 2049 lives up to our anticipation.
1. Alien (1979)
“In space, no one can hear you scream” goes the iconic tagline for this iconic sci-fi horror film. The confines of spaceship Nostromo are the perfect claustrophobic environment for the titular creature to wreak havoc, while Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is the perfect sci-fi heroine.by