This list is actually a repost of something I wrote before starting Man, I Love Films. I’m putting it back out there for one simple reason. If you listen to MILFcast (aka: the Man, I Love Films podcast), you know that we have taken many shots at Mr. Scott over the past year and a half. Ever since he made a little film called Unstoppable… a film about a train being stopped… I know, right?
While this, for whatever reason, drove me nuts, I hate speaking poorly of anyone who puts creative work out into the world. It’s too easy to do and it’s a very tough business. I also feel like the events surrounding his death, while still shrouded in mystery, just feel very tragic. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight some of the man’s really solid film work and present you with the Top 5 Movies directed by Tony Scott. Here they are (in order):
5. ENEMY OF THE STATE.
AKA: THE CONVERSATION 2. At least that’s what I like to call it since Gene Hackman seems to be unofficially reprising his role from the original film by Francis Ford Coppola. Also, another example of an early action film from a now very popular action film star. In this case, Will Smith. While it features a bit too much commentary on the horrors of Big Brother watching us, it also turns out to be a very satisfying popcorn thriller.
4. THE LAST BOY SCOUT.
I’m not a big fan of Damon Wayans but this is a friggin’ Bruce Willis action film circa the early 90′s. How can you not like it? It also gets major bonus points, in my opinion, for being a Shane Black story. They always feature fun takes on tired premises made up of awesome scenes like this one:
3. MAN ON FIRE.
I don’t know why I like this film so much. Quite honestly, most of the cast (namely Radha Mitchell, an at the time over exposed Dakota Fanning and, DEAR GOD!!!, Marc Anthony) usually kind of bug me. What can I say? This film takes everything that Tony Scott does stylistically in his films and manages to use them in the right vain. It also features, the always fun, Christopher Walken and was one of the films that helped propel Mickey Rourke to his comeback.
2. TOP GUN.
I could go on and on about this film but the fact of the matter is we all probably love it for all it’s cheesy goodness. Besides, do I really only have to say anything other than Volleyball Scene?
1. TRUE ROMANCE.
Tarantino probably gets a lot of the credit for this one but is by far Scott’s best film. He manages to make it about as good as it could possibly be. While I would have loved to see Tarantino’s version of the film, I honestly wouldn’t change anything about it and think it’s a great collaboration between two really great artists.
— In all seriousness, Tony Scott was a very good filmmaker. While I didn’t love all of his films, and while I may have leaned towards comparing him to his brother a little too often, I love the films you see in this post and many others that he did. It’s unfortunate how Tony Scott left the world and Hollywood is worse off because of it! – Kaiderman
Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.