I enjoy films, not as much as books, but I have compiled a list of my favourite films that I have seen. Most of these are rated 15 or over so not for children except August Rush which is rated PG. I don’t enjoy horror films and I haven’t seen any comedies that I would consider favourites. These are mainly action, drama and biographical films. Some are based on books, which I intend to read in the future because I feel that the books are often better than the film. These aren’t in any particular order, I don’t have one favourite film.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
A biographical film about the life of Nelson Mandela, it details his journey from a young child to becoming President of South Africa and being an anti-apartheid world icon. Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela and his acting was very good.
The Green Mile (2000)
This film stars Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan in an adaption of the novel The Green Mile by Stephen King. It’s about a prison guard who works on death row in Louisiana during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. It has a scene showing an execution of an inmate.
Also stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. This is about a man who is fired after his company discovers he has AIDS and sues for discrimination. This is quite a sad, but moving story.
August Rush (2007)
A story of a young musical prodigy in New York City who runs away from an orphanage to search for his parents. It stars the late Robin Williams and is one of my favourite movies.
The Blind Side (2010)
This is a biographical sports drama film about a couple who adopt a homeless black teenager. He later becomes a successful American football player. It stars one of my favourite actresses Sandra Bullock and she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for it.
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
A romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes about a hotel maid and a politician who fall in love. It is also a drama film and its my favourite romantic comedy.
The Pelican Brief (1994)
A political thriller based on a novel by John Grisham. A young law student, played by Julia Roberts and a reporter, played by Denzel Washington uncover a conspiracy related to the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices.
The Bone Collector (2000)
This psychological thriller is based on a crime novel by Jeffrey Deaver called The Bone Collector. Denzel Washington plays a foresic expert and Angelina Jolie, a policewoman and together they are solving a series of murders.
The Matrix Trilogy (Matrix -1999, Matrix Reloaded 2003)
This stars Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, in a science fiction franchise about a virtual reality where machines have enslaved humans and the ensuing war between them. Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, gets freed from the ‘dream world’ a simulated reality humans live in. The visual effects and cinematography are really interesting and the storyline contains philosophical and religious references throughout.