TOP 6 FILMS FROM FAMOUS DIRECTORS

So, every week, I will give you the Top 6  films of a new famous director.

Let’s do Steven Spielberg:

6. JURASSIC PARK. This film did not go up for Academy Awards, but is one of the best sci-fi blockbusters of all time (no arguing) and was one of Spielberg’s best films. The film takes place during a preview tour, when a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. It is also being rereleased in 3D in 2013. The film took home around $ 915 million with no rereleases to help its gross yet!

5. JAWS. This was the movie that got Spielberg on the map. It made people run scared of the beach, and the one that started his reputation. Despite numerous sequels (Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, Jaws: Revenge, Jaws in Japan, etc) this film has always remained a classic and is arguably Spielberg’s best work. MythBusters even did a special on this movie! The film got about $ 430 M worldwide, not to mention not many people had heard of Spielberg besides European Film Festivals that nominated Spielberg’s previous TV-Movie, Duel.

4. INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. This was the third Indiana Jones film, and after audiences were unhappy with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, this film was much better, as much humor (and better villains) were added. The story is about Indy’s dad, Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery) goes missing, Indy has to find him, while trying to retrieve the Holy Grail and stop Nazis from getting to the Grail before he does. OUR RATING: 9.8/10 (Home Run)

3. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. This film won Spielberg’s second Best Director Oscar, as Spielberg directed Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Tom Sizemore looking for a paratrooper in World War II who’s brothers have died. Matt Damon plays Pvt. Ryan. The film did well at the box office, and won 5 Academy Awards!

2. RAIDERS OF THE LAST ARK. Indiana Jones shows up yet again on this list, as the original Indiana Jones was a team-up of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The film had strong box office numbers, and won some Academy Awards. Spielberg got recognition for doing action adventure films here, and this really is a good film! OUR RATING: 9/10 (Triple Awesome)

1. SCHINDLER’S LIST. This masterpiece won Spielberg his first Best Director Oscar and his only Best Picture Oscar, and is ranked very high on the AFI Top 100 Films of All Time. The film takes place in Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley also star, and the film debuted in black and white to make you feel like you were in that time, and one red coat was in color in the film. One red coat.

Spielberg is also working on: Lincoln and possibly Indiana Jones 5.

Let’s do Ridley Scott:

6. THE DUELLISTS. Ridley Scott’s debut wasn’t the strongest, but it was good, getting him recognition and the chance to direct Alien. The film was nominated for two BAFTA Awards, and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival! Quite something! Ridley Scott also won the Cannes Award for “Best First Work”!

5. PROMETHEUS. This is Ridley Scott’s most recent movie. It is still in theaters and has already grossed over $200 M worldwide in 3 weeks! No Alien but still something good (as many people say)!

4. AMERICAN GANGSTER. The year after Martin Scorsese’s American Gangster won some Oscars, Ridley Scott came in and tried to do the same, but the flick only got 2 nominations, though one was for Ruby Dee in the Supporting Actress category. We’re not in Scott’s finest, his (top 3), so to say, but we are close with this film.

3. BLADE RUNNER. They might be making a present day sequel to Blade Runner, with Ridley Scott on to direct. Who knows? But, all we know is that this film was a hit with audiences, but not at the box office. It grossed about $ 28 M in America, while the film cost the same to make! Yikes! In fact, besides America, the film got its most money from France!

  2. GLADIATOR. The film got about $ 500 M at the worldwide box office, and got 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Sadly, the film didn’t win anything for Scott though, and it seems after all this time, Ridley Scott still hasn’t won a Best Director Oscar. Remember when that happened with Spielberg?

1. ALIEN. People LOVED Alien ! People couldn’t get enough of it. They had 3 sequels (without Scott) and a prequel (Prometheus) that is on this list. The film took home $ 185 M dollars worldwide, despite just an 11 M dollar budget. Sadly, it was a disappointment at the Oscars, only winning an Oscar for Visual Effects and only being nominated for one other: Art Direction.

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Scott is also working on a Blade Runner sequel!

TOP 6:

 6. TITANIC: This film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, and reenacted the ship’s sinking in such a way that people cried so hard they peed their pants. In the film, a boy and a girl from differing social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. The film starred Leonardo DiCapprio and Kate Winslet and is the second-most grossing movie of all time currently. PERSONAL GRADE: 10/10 (Home Run)

 5. THE ABYSS. This film was praised for its visual effects, as it won the Academy Award for Visual Effects back in 1989. People praised it as an amazing horror movie. It is about a civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. James Cameron always has to do aliens, right? The film starred Ed Harris, but it didn’t make too much money, and lost about 15 million dollars for the studio.

 4. AVATAR. This film amazed everyone with its motion capture visual effects, and earned 9 Oscar nominations, but only took home 3 Academy Awards. This was Cameron’s follow-up to a 12-year break from filmmaking, and it was with a bang! This film is the most grossing movie of all time to date! While it didn’t top the box office for 15 straight weeks like Titanic, it still topped the box office for 4 straight weeks! The film centers around a paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. Cameron once again deals with aliens. PERSONAL GRADE: 10/10 (Home Run)

 3. TERMINATOR. While this didn’t get any Oscar nominations, this is the film that got Cameron on the map and many say it is one of his finest. The film stars Arnold Schwarzeneggar, before he became the Governor of California, as Terminator. While this movie didn’t have much of an opening weekend, or box office gross, it was super cheap to make (not like Cameron usually).

 2. ALIENS. ROAR! The aliens were back as Cameron made the follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s smash, Alien. The film stars Sigourney Weaver, and made a decent amount of money at the box office, plus audiences enjoyed it. It is considered one of his best films he has ever made.

 1. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY. This one four Academy Awards, and is considered the very best of all the Cameron flicks. It once again stars Arnold Schwarzeneggar as Terminator. The film is about the cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from an even more powerful and advanced Terminator.

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Cameron is also working on:

Avatar 2, Avatar 3, Battle Angel

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