Film-maker Tony Scott ended his life this past weekend, and the various reports list him as the “Top Gun director”. If that’s all you know him from, you’re missing out. Though I won’t claim to have seen all of his work, he certainly deserves to be appreciated for more than just one of his movies.

True Romance

This gem written by Quentin Tarantino often gets over-shadowed by his other works such as Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, but it features quite a few great performances, including perhaps the best display of ability in the careers of its two leads, Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. That’s not to mention Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken or a young Brad Pitt.

Enemy Of The State

The only movie buffs I know who don’t love this movie are the ones who haven’t seen it yet. It’s a fast-paced ride with plenty of character depth.

Spy Game

People who were expecting Mission: Impossible might have been disappointed with this movie or turned away by the reviews that it wasn’t a huge blockbuster shoot-em-up, but I proudly own this movie on DVD.

Man On Fire

I’d absolutely consider this movie the best on Denzel Washington’s resume. Scott pulls you into the story emotionally in three major points along the ride, each for a different reason.

Deja Vu

A movie that could’ve very easily been cheesey or lame or very confusing was presented in such a way that makes it a stronger film than it probably should be, given the premise. There’s no question why Denzel would be drawn to this project with Scott attached.

Days Of Thunder

As a life-long sports fan who has never successfully latched on to the world of NASCAR, this is the one exception. It had significant emotional range that I certainly wasn’t expected, but prompted several viewings on my part.

Crimson Tide

Not typically offered up in discussions regarding new wave classics, but that’s typically the response I get when talking about it with people who have seen the film.

Other films that have garnered much stronger critical praise than their premises seemed to warrant:

  • Unstoppable
  • The Taking of Pelham 123
  • Domino
  • The Fan
  • The Last Boy Scout

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