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When you start thinking about it, it's incredibly difficult to rate your all time favorite 100 films.  There are some movies we can watch over and over again.  These will always remain our core movies, but may not be in our top 100 for various reasons.  Hence, we've had to append another 100 or so films to our original top 100 list, which is work in progress.

 

We're very fond of adventure sea tales, yet it takes a whole raft of settings (no pun intended) to cater for our tastes in a modern world.  Some films we like because we first saw them when we were young and they remind us of special times, such as The Wizard of Oz at Christmas when a child.  Inevitably, a good new film will beat a good oldie, just because the special effects and shooting techniques are now so clever.  However, that is not always the case and sometimes the classic style that made an oldie an oldie, will never be repeated, such as the 39 Steps and Psycho.  We would have put King Kong in this category, but having seen the Dec 05 re-make we think this Kong with Jack Black and Naomi Watts is a masterpiece that finally tops the original - the last one didn't come close.  Mind you it cost a staggering $207 million to produce - the most expensive movie at that time (Dec 05).  Correct us if we're wrong. But today, $200 million dollars is not so staggering when you consider the $billion plus dollar returns of Harry Potter, Finding Nemo, Spiderman and Star Wars (Phantom Menace). It seems that the more you invest in production, the better the returns in the long run - especially if you create a classic.

 

 

 

What is your all time favourite film?

 

 

We seem to like popular films judging by the box-office earnings.  we're not that keen on horror or gangster films, unless they are stunning and superbly made, such as The Road to Perdition.  We prefer a bit of science fiction to stretch our imagination and ripping thrillers.  But, they have to be done well and be believable.  Then there is always a good court room drama, or a western (a dying breed).  True stories also work for us - they are sometimes the best of all, such as Seabiscuit and Erin Brockovich.  We're also romantics, although you'd never guess it from this list. Lastly, we really enjoy a good comedy, the more ridiculous the better - Naked Gun never fails to make us laugh. Depending on your mood, films like this can have you crying - Austin Powers too and Blades of Glory. 

 

Not that we've anything against a good remake, but we'd rather see more new stories made into films, even if this is more risky for film companies as investments. Fortunately, there are many good new books and film scripts written every year. So keep writing everyone and one day your story may make it onto celluloid.  Max.

 

 

  1. GLADIATOR - Russell Crowe - (2000, Ridley Scott) Joaquin Phoenix

  2. KING KONGNaomi Watts, Jack Black (Dir. Peter Jackson)

  3. MASTER and COMMANDER (2003)Russell Crowe

  4. TITANIC - Kate Winslett & Leonardo di Caprio

  5. SEABISCUIT - Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper

  6. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - Johnny Depp - P2 DEAD MANS CHEST  - Keira Knightley - Orlando Bloom

  7. ALIEN - 1, 2 & Alien Vs Predator - Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm & John Hurt

  8. TROY - Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana

  9. THE TERMINATOR (1984, James Cameron) 2 & 3 - Arnold Shwazenneger

  10. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY - Marlon Brando

  11. OVERBOARD - Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

  12. A PERFECT STORM - George Clooney

  13. HORNBLOWER - Gregory Peck

  14. BABE - James Cromwell

  15. JURASSIC PARK 1, 2 & 3 - Sam Neil

  16. DEAD CALM - Nicole Kidman & Sam Neil

  17. ZULU - Michael Cain & Stanley Baker

  18. THE MUMMY & MUMMY RETURNS  - Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo

  19. SPIDERMAN 1 & 2 Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

  20. THE THING - Kurt Russell

  21. CON AIR - Nicholas Cage

  22. RAMBO - First Blood - Slyvester Stalone

  23. THE DAMBUSTERS - B&W 1954

  24. THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Julie Andrews

  25. THE 39 STEPS - B&W - Richard Hannay 1935

  26. MAN ON FIRE - Denzel Washington

  27. LEON - Jean Reno

  28. WHAT WOMEN WANT - Mel Gibson

  29. BRAVEHEART - 1995,   Mel Gibson

  30. ROB ROY - Liam Neeson

  31. THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO - Gerard Depardieu

  32. THE PATRIOT - Mel Gibson

  33. PAYBACK - Mel Gibson

  34. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991, Jonathan Demme)  Anthony Hopkins 

  35. ERIN BROCKOVICH - Julia Roberts

  36. WAR OF THE WORLDS - Tom Cruise

  37. NATIONAL TREASURE - Nicholas Cage

  38. CATWOMAN - Halle Berry

  39. BATMAN - Michael Keaton and Christian Bale

  40. STAR GATE - Kurt Russell

  41. ROXANNE - Steve Martin

  42. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975, Milos Foreman)

  43. CAST AWAY (2000, Robert Zemeckis) Tom Hanks

  44. JAWS (1975, Steven Spielberg)

  45. BACK TO THE FUTURE 1, 2 & 3 - Michael J Fox

  46. UNFORGIVEN - Clint Eastwood

  47. THE WORLDS FASTEST INDIAN - Anthony Hopkins

  48. MEN OF HONOURRobert de Niro - Charlize Theron

  49. TREASURE ISLAND ( Come on Hollywood - waiting for a decent one )

  50. DISCLOSURE - Michael Douglas, Demi Moore

  51. MEDICINE MAN - Sean Connery

  52. THE QUIET MAN - John Wayne

  53. JAMES BOND - Goldfinger - all, latest first - Sean Connery  Daniel Craig Judi Dench  Mads Mikkelsen  Eva Green  Roger Moore  Pierce Brosnan (Babara Broccoli)

  54. CROCODILE DUNDEE - Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski

  55. PSYCHO (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) - Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

  56. WIMBLEDON - 2004 - Paul Bettany, Kirsten Dunst

  57. SHORT CIRCUIT - 1986 - Steve Guttenberg & Ally Sheedy

  58. THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT - Michael Douglas & Annette Bening

  59. WAR OF THE WORLDS - Tom Cruise

  60. MEET JOE BLACK - Brad Pitt

  61. THE LITTLE MERMAID - Walt Disney

  62. JUST LIKE HEAVEN - Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo

  63. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Walt Disney

  64. FAR AND AWAY - Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman

  65. PLANET OF THE APES - Charlton Heston

  66. OCEANS 11 - George Clooney

  67. CASABLANCA (1942, Micheal Curtiz) - Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

  68. PINOCCHIO (1940, Walt Disney)

  69. THE GREEN MILE - Tom Hanks

  70. DEATH MACHINE - 

  71. SLEEPY HOLLOW - Johnny Depp

  72. THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966, Sergio Leone) - Clint Eastwood

  73. ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES - Kevin Costner

  74. BEN HUR - Charlton Heston

  75. UNDER SEIGE - Steven Segal

  76. THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Julie Andrews

  77. FLY AWAY HOME - Jeff Daniels 1996

  78. SPEED - Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock

  79. ROBOCOP - 1987 - Peter Weller, Nancy Allen & Ronny Cox

  80. 20,000 LEAGUES BENEATH THE SEA - James Mason & Kirk Douglas

  81. LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD - Kirk Douglas & Yul Bryner

  82. PHENOMENON - John Travolta

  83. SOMETHINGS GOTTA GIVE - Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton

  84. TOP GUN - Tom Cruise

  85. PEARL HARBOUR - Ben Affleck

  86. APOLLO 13 - Tom Hanks

  87. DOLORES CLAIBORNE - Kathy Bates

  88. THE MASK OF ZORRO - Anthony Hopkins & Antonio Banderas

  89. FORREST GUMP (1994, Robert Zemechis) - Tom Hanks

  90. SUPERMAN 1 & 2 - Christopher Reeve

  91. 2001:SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Stanely Kubrick)

  92. THE STAR WARS TRILOGY (1979-1983, Irvin Kershner) - Harrison Ford

  93. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Steven Spielberg) - Harrison Ford

  94. THE MASK - Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz

  95. THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS - Steve Martin

  96. TRADING PLACES (1983, John Landis) - Eddie Murphy

  97. GONE IN 60 SECONDS - Nicholas Cage - Angelina Jolie

  98. FACE OFF - Nicholas Cage and John Travolta

  99. TRUE GRIT - John Wayne

  100. FRENCH KISS - Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline

 

 

 

100 is never enough - another 100 films +

 

 

 

OTHER FILMS OF NOTE

  1. PRETTY WOMAN - Richard Gere and Julia Roberts

  2. ATONEMENT - Keira Knoghtley and James McAvoy

  3. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

  4. TRADING PLACES - Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd

  5. FINDING NEMO

  6. 50 FIRST DATES - Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

  7. JUST LIKE HEAVEN - Reese Witherspoon & Mark Ruffalo

  8. NAKED GUN and Leslie Neilson

  9. AUSTIN POWERS and Mike Myers (all)

  10. MISERY - Kathy Bates

  11. THELMA and LOUISE - Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

  12. BILLY ELLIOT - Jamie Bell and Julie Walters

  13. RACE THE SUN - Halle Berry and James Belushi

  14. GHOST - Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore

  15. MINORITY REPORT (2002, Steven Spielberg) - Tom Cruise

  16. THE FUGITIVE - Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones

  17. THE FLY - 1986 Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis

  18. SCHINDLERS LIST (1993, Steven Spielberg)

  19. A CIVIL ACTION - John Travolta

  20. DIE HARD - Bruce Willis

  21. MARS ATTACK - Jack Nicholson

  22. OFFICER and a GENTLEMAN - Richard Gere

  23. AUSTIN POWERS - Mike Myers

  24. BLADES OF GLORY - 

  25. CHINATOWN (1974, Roman Polanski) - Jack Nicholson

  26. SEVEN (1996, David Fincher) - Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt

  27. WOLF - Jack Nicholson & Michelle Pfeiffer

  28. EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE - Clint Eastwood

  29. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)

  30. BRIDGET JONES DIARY - Rennie Zellwegger

  31. LADY IN RED - Julia Roberts

  32. THE MASK - Jim Carrey

  33. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

  34. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946, Frank Kapra) - James Stewart

  35. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939, Victor Fleming) - Judy Garland

  36. ET -  Richard Dreyfus  (1977 Steven Spielberg)

  37. DIE HARD - Bruce Willis

  38. A MAN CALLED HORSE - Richard Harris

  39. BORN FREE - 1966

  40. PRETTY WOMAN - Richard Gere and Julia Roberts

  41. THE AVIATOR - Leonardo di Caprio

  42. SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC

  43. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963)

  44. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG - Dick Van Dyke

  45. WATERLOO BRIDGE - Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor

  46. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - David Niven and Kim Hunter

  47. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990, Kevin Kostner)

  48. FREE WILLY

  49. THE AWAKENING - Charlton Heston

  50. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - Steve Martin and Michael Caine - Comedy

  51. MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985, George Miller)

  52. LOLITA (1997, Adrian Lyne)

  53. WALL STREET (1987, Oliver Stone)

  54. ROCKY (1976, John Avildsen)

  55. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994, Frank Darabont)

  56. STIR CRAZY - Gene Wilder and Richard Prior

  57. TWELVE MONKEYS (1995, Terry Gilliam) - Bruce Willis

  58. WESTWORLD - Yul Bryner

  59. FLIPPER - Paul Hogan

  60. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990, Tim Burton) - Johony Depp

  61. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)

  62. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, David Lean

  63. KING KONG - Faye Wray B&W 1933

  64. OUT OF TIME - Denzel Washington

  65. ROBOCOP

  66. MOBY DICK - Herbert Melville's tale of a whale that gives as good as it gets.

  67. THE ROAD TO PERDITION - Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig and Paul Newman

  68. TRANSFORMERS - 

  69. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

  70. REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) - James Stewart

  71. THE HULK - 2003  Eric Bana & Jennifer Connelly

  72. AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999, Sam Mendes) - Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

  73. THE SHINING (1980, Stanely Kubrick) - Jack Nicholson

 

 

CARTOONS OF NOTE

  1. THE LITTLE MERMAID

  2. SHREK

  3. FINDING NEMO

  4. TOY STORY

  5. THE LION KING

  6. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

  7. DUMBO

  8. DONALD DUCK

  9. MICKEY MOUSE

  10. ICE AGE

 

 

FILM COMPANIES

 

 

Amblin Entertainment | Carolco | Castle Rock Entertainment

Columbia (Sony Entertainment) | DreamWorks | Metro Goldwyn Mayor

Miramax | Paramount (a Viacom company)

Pixar | RKO Pictures | Tristar Pictures | Twentieth Century Fox | United Artists

Universal Pictures | Walt Disney

 

 

 

TELEVISION COMPANIES

 

 

ABC | BBC (the) | CBS | ITV | SKY | NBC

SOAPS: BROOKSIDE | CASUALTY | CORRIE | EASTENDERS | EMMERDALE | HOLBY

NEIGHBOURS | THE BILL

 

 

 

DIRECTORS

 

 

TOP 25 DIRECTORS | GEORGE LUCAS | JAMES CAMERON

JERRY BRUCKHEIMER | STEVEN SPIELBERG

QUENTIN TARANTINO | GORE VERBINSKI | PETER JACKSON | PETER WEIR

MARTIN CAMPBELL

 

 

 

So, what makes a good film?  A film is a story told in such a way that it captures the imagination.  It may also be informative as a portrayal of a particular human characteristic or event - love, strength, skill.  Hence, you need a good story to begin with and this is where it gets complicated.  But, before we get lost in storylines, you also need great actors.  People who can breath life into a script.  Then you need great production, and this starts with directors and producers.  Producers, recognise they have a good story and put all the ingredients together; actors, locations, special effects and finance.  Directors, turn words on a page into pictures, then paste them together to keep the story moving.  It is an art.  It is also an expensive art where the rewards are well worth the investment, provided you have that something special to begin with.

 

There are still so many good films to be made.  New stories will always come along to inspire a film.  Equally, some good old films need remaking, and that is the reason why the list above is forever changing.  

 

I hope one day some brave soul will tell my story.  The story of an inventor from England with a vision to build a solar boat.  At least if this story is not told in my lifetime, I've created this website to capture the projects of interest, which will be lodged with the British Library.  Remember, it is not the winning that matters, it is the taking part.  Although, it's nice to have a win every now and again. NK

 

 

 

AWARD and NOMINATIONS

 

The Academy Awards and Oscar

 

BAFTA - British Academy of Film and Television Arts

 

 

 

A - Z FILMS INDEX

 

 

 

13 GOING ON 30

16 BLOCKS

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

A PERFECT STORM

ALIEN

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

ATONEMENT

AUSTIN POWERS

BABE

BACK TO THE FUTURE

BATMAN

BIG MIRACLE

BRAVEHEART

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

BRIDGET JONES' DIARY

CASABLANCA

CASINO ROYALE

CAST AWAY

CATWOMAN

CHRISTINE

CON AIR

CROCODILE DUNDEE

DEAD CALM

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

DIE HARD

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

DISCLOSURE

DOLORES CLAIBORNE

DOLPHIN TALE

DR. NO

DUMB AND DUMBER

ERIN BROCKOVICH

FATAL ATTRACTION

FIRE ON THE AMAZON

FLIPPER

FLY AWAY HOME

FREE WILLY

FRENCH KISS

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

 

 

GLADIATOR

GOLDFINGER

HARRY POTTER

HORNBLOWER

INDIANA JONES

JAMES BOND

JAWS

JURASSIC PARK

JUST LIKE HEAVEN

KING KONG

KUNG FU HUSTLE

LEON

MAN ON FIRE

MASTER and COMMANDER

MEAN GIRLS

MEDICINE MAN

MEN OF HONOUR

MISERY

MISS CONGENIALITY

MOBY DICK

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

NAKED GUN

NATIONAL TREASURE

OUT OF TIME

OVERBOARD

PARENT TRAP

PAYBACK

PEARL HARBOUR

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

PLANET OF THE APES

PRETTY WOMAN

PSYCHO

P2 DEAD MANS CHEST

RACE THE SUN

RAMBO

ROB ROY

ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THEIVES

ROBOCOP

ROXANNE

 

 

SCHOOL OF ROCK

SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC

SEABISCUIT

SHORT CIRCUIT

SPEED

SPIDERMAN

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

STAR GATE

STAR TREK

STAR WARS

THE 39 STEPS

THE AVIATOR

THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO

THE DA VINCI CODE

THE DAMBUSTERS

THE FLY

THE MASK

THE MATRIX

THE MUMMY RETURNS

THE PATRIOT

THE PERFECT STORM

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

THE TERMINATOR

THE THING

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

THE WORLDS FASTEST INDIAN

THUNDERBALL

TITANIC

TOP GUN

TRADING PLACES

TREASURE ISLAND

TROY

TRUE GRIT

UNFORGIVEN

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

WAR OF THE WORLDS  

WATERLOO BRIDGE

ZULU

 

 

 

 

A - Z ACTORS INDEX

 

 

 

Adam Sandler

Al Gore

Alec Baldwin

Angelina Jolie

Anthony Hopkins

Arnold Shwazenneger

Arnold Vosloo

Ashlea Kaye

Ben Stiller

Brad Pitt

Brendan Fraser

Bruce Willis

Burt Lancaster

Catherine Zeta Jones

Charlize Theron

Chris Cooper

Clint Eastwood

Daniel Craig

Demi Moore

Dennis Hopper

Denzel Washington

Drew Barrymore

Dwayne Johnson

Eric Bana

Eva Green

George Clooney

Gerard Depardieu

Glen Close

Goldie Hawn

Gregory Peck

 

 

Halle Berry

Harvey Keitel

Hugh Jackman

Humphrey Bogart

Ian Holm

Ingrid Bergman

Jack Black

Jack Nicholson

James Caan

James Cromwell

James McAvoy

Jason Statham

Jean Reno

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Daniels

Jim Carrey

Joaquin Phoenix

John Hurt

John Travolta

John Wayne

Johnny Depp

Judi Dench

Julia Roberts

Julie Andrews

Kate Hudson

Kate Winslett

Kathy Bates

Keanu Reeves

Keira Knightley

Kevin Spacey

 

 

Kim Basinger

Kirk Douglas

Kirsten Dunst

Kurt Russell

Leonardo di Caprio

Liam Neeson

Linda King

Linda Kozlowski

Lindsay Lohan

Mads Mikkelsen

Marilyn Monroe

Marlon Brando

Matthew McConaughey

Mel Gibson

Michael Cain

Michael Douglas

Michael J Fox

Michael Keaton

Michelle Pfeiffer

Mike Myers

Morgan Freeman

Naomi Watts

Nicholas Cage

Nicole Kidman

Orlando Bloom

Owen Wilson

Paul Bettany

Paul Hogan

Pierce Brosnan

Rachel Weisz

 

 

Rebecca De Mornay

Reese Witherspoon

Rennee Zellweger

Richard Gere

Robert de Niro

Roger Moore

Russell Crowe

Sally Edwards

Sam Neil

Samuel L Jackson

Sandra Bullock

Sean Connery

Sharon Stone

Sigourney Weaver

Stanley Baker

Stephen Chow

Steve Martin

Steve McQueen

Steven Segal

Slyvester Stalone

Tim Roth

Tobey Maguire

Tom Cruise

Tom Hanks

Tommy Lee Jones

Uma Thurman

Willem Dafoe

Will Smith

Yul Brynner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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