“Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .”
The Godfather is often regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. This 1972 American crime film gets everything right. It is one of the most widely imitated and quoted movies of all time. Make sure to watch the second one shortly after!
“Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”
This year (2015) marks the 25th anniversary of Goodfellas – the modern gangster classic. This movie narrates the rise and fall of Henry Hill and his friends as they work their way up through the mob hierarchy.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
Die Hard is a 1988 American Action Film directed by John McTiernan. It is often referred to as a “Holiday Classic” – the film begins on Christmas Eve and is sure to be on your TV screen over the Christmas Period.
“Oh, I’m sorry! Did I break your concentration?”
Pulp fiction is one of Tarantino’s finest works and is a very influential film of the 1990’s. This terrifically violent, crime and gangster movie blends a neo-noir thriller with black humour and unforgettable characters.
“Do you take sugar?
“No, thank you Turkish…. I’m sweet enough”
Snatch is a crime comedy film based in London, which perfectly juxtaposes black humour with violence and gangsters. This is a witty, clever, action-packed movie based around a missing diamond.
“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.”
Rocky is a classic, feel good boxing movie written by and starring Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa). It tells a ‘rags to riches’ story of a working class, club fighter in the slums of Philadelphia who gets a shot at boxing in The World Heavyweight Championship.
“I’m getting too old for this sh*t!”
Lethal Weapon is an American cop, action film starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The two detectives are unwillingly paired to work together and stop a gang of drug smugglers.
“Put the bunny back in the box…”
Con Air is an American action film starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich. A newly released ex-con and former war hero on his way home to see his family gets stuck on a flight, which has been taken over by dangerous prisoners.
“The things you own end up owning you”
Fight Club is a dark and disturbing movie about two guys who set up an underground fight club. This unique film is stylish, sophisticated and entertaining with a story line that lures you in right from the beginning.
“You’re Mother Teresa. You’re Elvis. You’re God.”
Director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller bring the Eisner-Award-winning comic series Sin City to life in this brilliantly dark and violent neo-noir crime thriller.
“Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.”
Gladiator is a historical drama directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe. Set in the year 180 in Rome, Maximus (Russell Crowe) rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to get revenge on the murderers of his family and his emperor.
Wolf of Wall Street
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullsh*t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
Belfort starts his own company, Stratton Oakmont, and makes a fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. While Belfort and his collaborators are living the high life of prostitutes and drugs, the FBI is aware of their corruption and fraud.
The Shawshank Redemption
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
The Shawshank Redemption is a drama film directed by Frank Darabont. It tells the story of two prisoners who bond and befriend each other during their imprisonment.
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning”
Set during the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a mission to find and assassinate Colonel Kurtz, who has apparently gone insane and set himself up in a Cambodian jungle as a local.
“They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom.”
Brave Heart is a medieval, historical, war drama, which tells the story of the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero named William Wallace (Mel Gibson) who leads his Scottish warriors against the English, who executed his wife to be.
“Everyone’s driven by something.”
Rush is a spectacular recreation of the ruthless 1970’s Formula One rivalry between Englishman James Hunt and his Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda.
Saving Private Ryan
“Well put your money where your mouth is and do it!”
Saving Private Ryan is a drama set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II, directed by Steven Spielberg. Captain John Miller takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose brothers have been killed in action.
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job”
Whiplash is a fantastically intense movie, which tells the story of an ambitious, talented young jazz drummer and the relationship he has with his ruthless instructor at a cutthroat music school.
“I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.”
Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana in this violent, crime drama. Set in Miami in 1980, Montana is an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia.
“I’m not a gangster, just a businessman. And my commodity happens to be cocaine.”
Layer Cake tells the story of a West London drug dealer who plans to step away from his criminal life. On the eve of his early retirement, the cocaine dealer gets landed with two tough assignments from his boss.