With rain and sleet now pouring from the heavens at a moment’s notice there is no better time to grab a blanket and get cosy on the couch and with our list you’ll have hours of content to enjoy. But with over a hundred years of film on offer it’s hard to choose, so we’ve narrowed down our 10 favourites to help you out!
Number 10: Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back
The biggest plot twist since Romeo and Juliet makes its appearance at number 10 on the list with the Empire Strikes Back! Star Wars is iconic and many of us have sweet memories of watching the originals as children but who could forget the most critically acclaimed of them all? Find out who Luke’s father is, watch the assault on Echo Base, grip the edge of your seat with the most suspenseful lightsaber duel of all time. To sum it up, Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back is impressive, most impressive.
Number 9: Love Actually
Easily one of the best romances and Christmas movies ever, Love Actually is a show stopper. Feel your heart grow with Colin Firth, know the squad will always have your back with Bill Nighy, know regret with Laura Linney and feel unstoppable rage in defence of Emma Thompson. You’ll laugh, cry and feel every other emotion under the sun with Love Actually, and with its wintery theme, it’s perfect for this time of year.
Number 8: Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting is a janitor at M.I.T who has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in life. Starring Matt Damon and the wonderful Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting will bring a tear of joy to your eye. Showing the importance of family, direction and letting go, combined with a poignant exploration of love and loss, Good Will Hunting is always an amazing watch or re-watch.
Number 7: Silence of the Lambs
The movie that gave the world its most iconic version of Hannibal Lecter graces our list at number 7. Silence of the Lambs follows Clarice as she is interwoven into a deadly game of cat and mouse between the FBI and wanted murderer, Buffalo Bill, whilst also dredging what information she can from notorious serial killer Hannibal Lecter. With multiple satellite films set in the same universe Silence of the Lambs opens up additional hours of viewing. But before you watch Red Dragon watch the movie that made fava beans taboo and enjoy this absolute classic thriller.
Number 6: Terminator 2 Judgement Day
One of James Cameron’s classics, Terminator 2, is the quintessential sci-fi. Follow John and Sarah Conner as they seek to alter a future that appears to be set in stone only to be hunted by murderous machines from the future. Luckily, their defences get an upgrade with their own terminator the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. But will Arnie be enough to stop the new and improved liquid metal terminator? Find out in Terminator 2 Judgement Day.
Number 5: Fight Club
Based on the 1996 novel, Fight Club follows Edward Norton and Brad Pitt as they establish an underground fighting ring with terrifying results. Fight Club asks heavy questions and does its best to provide the answers, becoming more of an artistic statement by the narratives end. Even without the amazing twist at the end Fight Club is a great re-watch or first-time watch, no questions asked. But you better not talk to anyone about it.
Number 4: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Get ready for the film that gave birth to one of the most legendary characters of the past decades, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jump in for a wild ride as Indiana and the gang travel the world in search of the legendary Ark of the Covenant and battle their way through the growing storm of WWII. Full of fun, action, adventure and timeless moments, Indiana Jones is always a good call.
Number 3: The Godfather
98% on Rotten Tomatoes, 9.2 on IMDb and 100% on Metacritic, the Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time and would rock a high distinction no worries. Watch this quintessential American story following the fall of Mafia Godfather Vito Corleone and the rise of his son and heir Michael Corleone. Filled to the brim with amazing cinematography, acting and charm, The Godfather is a must watch for anyone. The sequel is also just as amazing, only to be let down by part 3 but to quote Meatloaf; “two out of three ain’t bad”.
Number 2: Titanic
She was the largest moving object ever built, the pride of the White Star Line, the Titanic. James Cameron’s amazing re-telling of the tragic sinking is a great story of passionate romance and the sorrow that comes from losing it. Follow Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as they steal your heart and each other’s’ only to realise that love knows no socio-economic level. Titanic is an absolute classic even if there was room enough on that door for two.
Number 1: Shawshank Redemption
One of the top contenders for the best movie ever and our pick for this list; Shawshank Redemption. If you’re yet to watch this absolute classic then you need to get on it because Shawshank will make you laugh, cry and cheer – sometimes at the same time. Shawshank will also teach you that math is an amazing skill to have and can legitimately save your life in some circumstances.