We don't make many lists here at The Movie Sleuth but really feel it necessary with the recent passing of Tony Scott. We've never dealt with this big a loss in the film community since the inception of the website and feel the man deserves some respect for the films he's made. Over the course of his career, Tony built a solid resume of great action thrillers.
So, here's our list of the 5 best Tony Scott directed films in order:
5. Enemy of the State: One of Tony's best films that stars Gene Hackman in one of his last acting roles and possibly my highest rated action film that Will Smith has ever starred in.
4. Man on Fire: Denzel's second outing with Scott brought a human element to the ultra violent landscape of assassins and the criminal underworld. This is also one of my favorite films with Denzel. It was nice to see him make a slight change of career path with the character of Creasy.
3. Top Gun: This is Scott's most well known film and was a pop culture phenomenon when it released. It boosted Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis to immediate star status as they all became household names. Plus, it delivered an adrenaline shot to the Righteous Brothers royalty checks. Top Gun is a great movie that featured some pretty exciting flight sequences for the time.
2 .Revenge : I'm hard pressed to not list Revenge as my favorite Tony Scott film. Revenge is pure modern film noir with a highly emotional edge and Kevin Costner in his most believable role ever. Madeleine Stowe is stunning as Anthony Quinn's wife, Miryea. If you've never seen this film, take the time. You'll be glad you did.
1. True Romance : This film was made while Christian Slater was in top form and Patricia Arquette was making her first big Hollywood push. True Romance stars Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, and James Gandolfini in his most twisted role to date. I lost count of how many times I've seen this movie in theaters or on blu ray.
That's it!!! R.I.P. Tony!!! We'll miss your movies.