The Best of Ridley Scott

With the release of Prometheus this weekend I have decided to take a good look at its director’s past films and have decided that these are his top 4 films. Ridley Scott has made some of the best films ever made and four of them are below, so please check them out to get a good look inside of Ridley Scott’s mind.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite Ridley Scott Film at the end.

Alien (1979)

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”Muhahaha! On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo’s crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship’s Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas’s (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). I really love this film and all credit goes to my dad for introducing me to this great Sci-Fi horror classic and many others (letting a 10 year old watch a film considered to be an 18, well done dad). Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Truly unique at the time and very few films near it in terms of suspense and shock, it is truly one of my all-time favourite films (Aliens also makes that list J. Cameron). Favourite review “It remains a benchmark of extra-terrestrial horror, and gave us a bona fide A-list star in the shape of Sigourney Weaver.” Film4. I definitely agree with this. The alien franchise made Sigourney the star she is today and she certainly deserves it because her role as Ripley made a great example of a strong woman lead character without the need for a tom boy. My favourite scene would have to be the alien bursting out of Kane’s chest. Bit of trivia: did you know that Ridley didn’t tell the cast what exactly was going to happen in that scene until it was played out and that’s how he got them to seem so shocked.

Watch this trailer and I dare you tell me that Prometheus isn’t a prequel. I dare you:

Now compare to this:

Blade Runner (1982)

This film was so far ahead of it’s time that it didn’t do very well when it first came out but has become a Sci-Fi film classic with cult status which it certainly deserves. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard’s former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


I think that the films strengths come from the amazing new world that was created for it which was truly great for the time it was made and surprisingly dark for a first time watch. The whole film feels like a noir Japanese anime but really real (am such a good writer and then am not). My favourite review “It may be a quarter of a century old, but Blade Runner still seems like the future . . .” James O’Ehley. Well that might be because it’s now 2012 and I don’t see flying cars in the next few years plus the last robot I saw struggled to climb stairs let alone a artificial life forms nearly identical to humans. My favourite scene would have to be the last scene with Rick Deckard and Roy Batty in the mansion.

Check out the trailer:

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladiatorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath. Ridley Scott at it again being brilliant as normal with this master piece of film history, with a truly inspirational film of a wronged man destroying an emperor to avenge the death of his son and wife. “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife – and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next”. Now that’s a Quote! Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


This movie has got everything from politics to gory sword fights and doesn’t hold back on either one, but not exactly historically true and is stated as an historic fantasy film so in my opinion they can whatever they want because I loved this film. The fight choreography was brilliant and matched with spectacular visuals made you feel like the coliseum was back in business. My favourite scene would have to be the fight with the undefeated champion and the tigers, epic fight with great choreography.

Check out the trailer:

Black Hawk Down (2001)

A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott (Wow he’s taking over this list). On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid’s top lieutenants. It looks fantastic, not least because it boasts helicopter scenes to rival those of Apocalypse Now (sadly without the music). Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


The film is part of an elite group of movies that represent war in its horribly realistic and heart stopping action scenes which makes you scared for the characters. My favourite critics review “’Black Hawk Down’ jerks you around, slaps the side of your head, and kicks your butt back up to keep moving on”. Haha well it is that kind of film and it works well for the audience. My favourite and most gruesome scene would be the soldier with the shrapnel in the leg; oh my… war is not for me! But it did display a good example of the horrors of war.

Check out the trailer:

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24 responses to “The Best of Ridley Scott”

  1. pgcooper1939 says :

    Alien is great, but I gotta go Blade Runner.


  2. Pete says :

    The Focused Filmographer sent me here. I vote Gladiator!


  3. Franz Patrick says :

    Oh, God. I’ve seen “Blade Runner” about six times or so and I am disappointed every single time. And it makes me angry that I’ve seen it that many times because people keep saying that it’s so great to the point where I begin to think that I’m missing something. Maybe, maybe not. But what I know is that there’s something about the feel of it that leaves me cold toward the protagonist or anyone in the film. And for me, the action sequences aren’t that inspired. I dare say some of them look downright silly.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      The reason I think most people really liked it was at the time of release there were no movies like it, the whole world was very unique and the plot was darker with more actually plot than back story.

      I liked it because the future noir world always made me think of a completely different world and Ridley Scott really brought that to life.

      But I do agree a lot of people seem to scream its the best thing ever and its the greatest sci fi film ever made, but I don’t think that’s true and sometimes it feels like they are saying it just because everyone else does.


  4. fogsmoviereviews says :

    I voted Blade runner, but my top four is the exact same as yours… Just a flip flop of the top two. 😀


  5. Cheesebadger says :

    I watched Alien for the first time in a long time, and the beginning does tend to drag (landing sequence anyone?), but once it gets going it’s still damn great.


  6. David Smith says :

    Didnt really get blade runner but the rest where great, like the reviews 😀


  7. theipc says :

    I don’t think I can vote on this til I’ve seen “Prom” – did you go see it yesterday?


  8. Parlor of Horror says :

    yeah, I guess you would call that historical-fiction.


  9. mistylayne says :

    The only one of these I’ve seen is “Alien” and I couldn’t finish it because I was so bored. Not to say it isn’t a benchmark film because it is and I totally get why, it just wasn’t my bag. I do need to watch “Blade Runner” though, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” was excellent!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Yeah you should definitely check out blade runner 🙂

      You were bored in alien! Bored arghhhh! Haha well that’s sad to hear but everyone has there own views, thanks for commenting 🙂


  10. Parlor of Horror says :

    Alien brought filmmaking into the modern age of sci-fi/horror. If you watch Alien and Aliens today – Alien is more suspensful horror and holds up well – it’s timeless. If you watch Aliens, some of the dialogue seems cheesy and the over-the-top action really dates itself in the 80’s(not to say I dont like it, I do). Gladiator is one of my fave historical films, alongside Braveheart, and I didn’t even realize Scott did Black Hawk Down which is a fantastic movie, also.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      gladiator is actually a fantasy historical by which I mean the events never actually happen and Braveheart is filled with historical inaccuracies but still very good 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, hope you enjoy Prometheus 😀


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