Winner of the Leaman Award for 'Best Picture' in 2007, No Country for Old Men is a interesting hybrid of films. It's a first rate thriller and chase film, but it's also an incredible drama filled with deep insight and philisophical musings. Together, No Country for Old Men makes for a rare enthralling thriller that engages your mind as well as your senses.
52. Gladiator (2000)
Directed by Ridley Scott
While not conveying the depth or artistry that No Country for Old Men does, Gladiator makes up for it in it's enjoyability. The drama is good (if not insightful), characters well drawn (Crowe is iconic as Maximus), Art Directon/Costumes/Effects all top notch, and the action is put together extremely well. Add a memorable score, some great lines, and you've got an incredibly entertainin film, and one that I would want with me.
I came late to this film and now cherish the opportunities I have to watch it. It's really the best Christmas film out there (although there is one further down my list that isn't a true 'Christmas' movie), as it captures so perfectly the mentality of a kid during Christmas. It's iconic, hilarious, and I can watch it over and over again. What more should I ask?
In a following post, we will finally delve into the Top 50!