TOP RATED


CANDLES 10

These are my top rated films, presented here, in order of most recent to oldest. Each has a 10/10 rating and this should provide some insight into what films, genres or subjects impress me the most.

I try only to give 10/10 to the very best and films which are as near perfect as possible, by my standards. There are so many films though which only make it to 8 or 9/10, such as Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes“, “Taken and Inception, and this is in no way to reflect badly on those. Time and repeat viewings are also a key factor in a 10/10 rating, hence few new films score that highly right away, and if they do, it says something to me.

  1. DOWNFALL (Oliver Hirschbiegel) 2004 21st May 2017
  2. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Th. Dreyer) 1928 17th January 2017
  3. STEVE JOBS| (Danny Boyle) 2015 3rd October 2016
  4. SKYFALL (Sam Mendes) 2012 12th September 2016
  5. DEADPOOL (Tim Miller) 2016 14th February 2016
  6. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra) 1946 27th December 2015
  7. MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (George Seaton) 1947 25th December 2015
  8. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS (3D) (J.J. Abrams) 2015 19th December 2015
  9. ’71 (Yann Demange) 2014 2nd December 2015
  10. CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski) 1974 18th November 2015
  11. BACK TO THE FUTURE (as part of a compiled review) (Robert Zemekis) 1985 26th October 2015
  12. THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Copolla) 1972 19th October 2015
  13. THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (BFI Remastered Blu-ray) (Val Guest) 1962 16th September 2015 (29th April 2010)
  14. GALAXY QUEST (Dean Parisot) 1999 9th September 2015
  15. ANIMAL FARM (John Holas & Jay Batchelor) 1954 4th August 2015
  16. FACE/OFF (John Woo) 1997 10th August 2015
  17. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (James Cameron) 1991 29th July 2015
  18. THE TERMINATOR (James Cameron) 1984 27th July 2015
  19. JURASSIC PARK 3D (Steven Spielberg) 1993/2013 6th July 2015
  20. FROZEN (3D) (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee) 2013 22nd June 2015
  21. BY DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT (HBO TV MOVIE) (Jack Sholder) 1990 26th May 2015
  22. THE TRUMAN SHOW (Peter Weir) 1998 13th January 2015
  23. ZULU (Cy Endfeild) 1964 11th November 2014
  24. GODZILLA (3D) (Gareth Edwards) 2014 26th May 2014
  25. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (Rupert Wyatt) 2011 19th December 2013 (12th September 2011)
  26. THE ROCK (Michael Bay) 1996 17th June 2013
  27. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Nicholas Meyer) 1982 4th June 2013 (26th November 2009)
  28. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher) 2010 21st May 2013
  29. CRIMSON TIDE (Tony Scott) 1995 24th April 2013
  30. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Jonathan Demme) 1991 8th February 2013
  31. THE ROBE (Henry Koster) 1953 4th February 2013
  32. CARRY ON CLEO (Eric Rogers) 1964 11th January 2013
  33. HULK (Ang Lee) 2003 8th October 2012
  34. THE MATRIX (The Wachowski Brothers) 1999 24th September 2012 
  35. STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY (Nicholas Meyer) 1991 8th September 2012
  36. THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS (Mark Herman) 2008 21st August 2012
  37. TOY STORY (John Lasseter) 1995 18th August 2012
  38. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO + JULIET (Baz Luhrmann) 1996 14th August 2012
  39. MOON (Duncan Jones) 2009 8th August 2012
  40. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE (George Lucas) 1977/1997/2004/2011 1st August 2012
  41. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES(Christopher Nolan) 2012 26th July 2012
  42. CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (Philip Noyce) 1994 12th June 2012
  43. TRAINSPOTTING(Danny Boyle) 1996 10th June 2012
  44. THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming) 1939 14th May 2012
  45. DIE HARD (John McTiernan) 1988 14th May 2012 
  46. WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Mel Stuart) 1971 7th April 2012
  47. THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock) 1963 12th March 2012
  48. SE7EN, (David Fincher) 1995 26th February 2012
  49. RAGING BULL, (Martin Scorese) 1980 3rd January 2012
  50. TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, (Trey Parker) 2004 27th October 2011
  51. ゴジラ GOJIRA (aka GODZILLA), (Ishirô Honda) 1954 13th October 2011
  52. UNITED 93, (Paul Greengrass) 2006 11th September 2011 (23rd November 2009)
  53. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, (Ethan & Joel Coen) 2008, 1st July 2011
  54. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, (Matthew Vaughn) 2011 20th June 2011
  55. 300, (Zack Snyder) 2006 2nd June 2011
  56. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, (Gore Verbinski) 2003 26th May 2011
  57. THE DARK KNIGHT (Christopher Nolan) 2008 17th May 2011 (9th December 2009)
  58. BATMAN BEGINS (Christopher Nolan) 2005 16th May 2011 (26th November 2009)
  59. CASABLANCA, (Michael Curtiz) 1942 9th May 2011
  60. ZODIAC, (David Fincher) 2007 22nd April 2011
  61. MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, (Peter Weir) 2003 5th April 2011
  62. APOLLO 13, (Ron Howard) 1995 29th March 2011
  63. FOUR LIONS, (Chris Morris) 2010 2nd March 2011
  64. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (Director’s Cut), (Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber) 2003 11th February 2011
  65. WATCHMEN (Director’s Cut), (Zack Snyder) 2009 1st February 2011
  66. JAWS, (Steven Spielberg) 1975 31st January 2011 (5th June 2010)
  67. EL CID, (Anthony Mann) 1961 24th January 2011
  68. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, (Roy Ward Baker) 1956 4th October 2010
  69. METROPOLIS, (Fritz Lang) 1927 22nd September 2010
  70. BLUE THUNDER, (John Badham) 1984 22nd September 2010
  71. ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, (John Caprtenter) 1976 2nd September 2010
  72. TOY STORY 3, (Lee Unkrich) 2010 12th August 2010
  73. STAR WARS: EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, (Irvin Kershner) 1980/1997/2004/2011 10th August 2010
  74. THE GREAT DICTATOR, (Charles Chaplin) 1940 31st July 2010
  75. JURASSIC PARK, (Steven Spielberg) 1993 28th June 2010
  76. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, (Robert Zemekis) 1988 5th June 2010
  77. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL(Curtis Hanson) 1997 4th May 2010
  78. TITANIC, (James Cameron) 1997 23rd April 2010
  79. FORBIDDEN PLANET, (Fred M. Wilcox) 1956 15th April 2010
  80. UP (3D), (Pete Docter & Bob Peterson) 2009 24th March 2010
  81. WYATT EARP, (Lawrence Kasdan) 1994 1st April 2010
  82. THE KING AND I, (Walter Lang) 1956 24th February 2010
  83. PULP FICTION, (Quentin Tarantino) 1994 23rd February 2010
  84. SINGIN IN THE RAIN (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen) 1953 21st February 2010
  85. JFK (Director’s Cut), (Oliver Stone) 1991/1993 10th January 2010
  86. SPARTACUS (Restored Version), (Stanley Kubrick) 1960/1991 5th January 2010
  87. BLACK HAWK DOWN, (Ridley Scott) 2001 26th November 2009
  88. GATTACA, (Andrew Nicoll) 1997 26th November 2009
  89. PLANET OF THE APES, (Franklin J. Schaffner) 1968 26th November 2009
  90. MAN ON FIRE, (Tony Scott) 2003 26th November 2009
  91. TRANSFORMERS, (Michael Bay) 2007 22nd November 2009

Top Rated Directors

  1. Christopher Nolan (x3) =
  2. David Fincher (x3) =
  3. James Cameron (x3) =
  4. Steven Spielberg (x2(x3*) =
  5. Zack Snyder (x2) =
  6. Nicholas Meyer (x2) =
  7. Tony Scott (x2) =
  8. Michael Bay (x2) =
  9. Peter Weir (x2) =
  10. Robert Zemekis (x2) =
  11. Danny Boyle (x2) =
  12. Val Guest (x1(x2**)
  13. Oliver Hirschbiegel
  14. Carl Theodore Dreyer
  15. Sam Mendes
  16. Tim Miller
  17. Frank Capra
  18. George Seaton
  19. J.J. Abrams
  20. Yann Demange
  21. Roman Polanski
  22. Francis Ford Copolla
  23. Dean Parisot
  24. John Holas & Jay Batchelor
  25. John Woo
  26. Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  27. Jack Sholder
  28. Cy Endfield
  29. Gareth Edwards
  30. Rupert Wyatt
  31. Jonathan Demme
  32. Henry Koster
  33. Eric Rogers
  34. Ang Lee
  35. The Wachowski Brothers
  36. Mark Herman
  37. John Lasseter
  38. Baz Lurhmann
  39. Duncan Jones
  40. George Lucas
  41. Philip Noyce
  42. Victor Fleming
  43. John McTiernan
  44. Mel Stuart
  45. Alfred Hitchcock
  46. Martin Scorsese
  47. Trey Parker
  48. Ishirô Honda
  49. Paul Greengrass
  50. Ethan & Joel Coen
  51. Matthew Vaughn
  52. Gore Verbinski
  53. Michael Curtiz
  54. Ron Howard
  55. Chris Morris
  56. Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber
  57. Anthony Mann
  58. Roy Ward Baker
  59. Fritz Lang
  60. John Badman
  61. John Carpenter
  62. Lee Unkrich
  63. Irvin Kershner
  64. Charles Chaplin
  65. Curtis Hanson
  66. Fred M. Wilcox
  67. Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
  68. Lawrence Kasdan
  69. Walter lang
  70. Quentin Taratino
  71. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
  72. Stanley Kubrick
  73. Ridley Scott
  74. Andrew Nicoll
  75. Franklin J. Schaffner
  • * Jurassic Park & Jurassic Park 3D
  • ** The Day The Earth Caught Fire & BFI Blu-ray

Top Rated Decades

  1. 1890 – 1899 (x0)
  2. 1900 – 1909 (x0)
  3. 1910 – 1919 (x0)
  4. 1920 – 1929 (x2) =
  5. 1930 – 1939 (x1) =
  6. 1940 – 1949 (x4)
  7. 1950 – 1959 (x6) =
  8. 1960 – 1969 (x7) (x8**) =
  9. 1970 – 1979 (x6) =
  10. 1980 – 1989 (x8) =
  11. 1990 – 1999 (x23 (x24*) ~ TOP DECADE!
  12. 2000 – 2009 (x19)
  13. 2010 – 2015 (x14 (x15*)
  • * Jurassic Park & Jurassic Park 3D
  • ** The Day The Earth Caught Fire & BFI Blu-ray

Top Ratings By Year

  1. 2017 – (x1)
  2. 2016 – (x3)
  3. 2015 – (x17) =
  4. 2014 – (x2)
  5. 2013 – (x8)
  6. 2012 – (x17) =
  7. 2011 – (x18)
  8. 2010 – (x19) ~ TOP YEAR!
  9. 2009 – (x5)

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