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