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Films to watch

We’re proud to present our 10 carefully-selected, feel good films to watch – we’re pretty sure we’ve picked out the wheat from the filmic chaff. Amongst our top films to watch list, you’ll discover a real treasure trove of movies, from predictable action flicks to breath-taking thrillers and other exciting genre types. Hopefully our movie guide will help you dig up some great films this month…
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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    128 minutes

    In your quest for a good film to watch, be sure to add this one to your list. The movie shows the awful truth about how patients were treated in mental institutions back in the day, telling the story of someone who desperately wanted to break out, to break conventions, to revolutionise things, for himself and for the others.

    Director:
    Milos Forman
    Cast:
    Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
    Genre:
    Drama
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  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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    128 minutes

    Evidently, its key theme is slavery, and the corruption human nature can so easily reach. That said, it offers thoughts about numerous other worldly issues, namely the role of religion. There’s nothing sentimental about the way Steve McQueen depicts this and that’s what makes it so shocking. You cry because what you witness is truly horrific, not because the violins are playing. Ridley’s powerful script and McQueen’s directional skills display the wicked nature of society that allowed such a barbaric system.

    Director:
    Steve McQueen
    Cast:
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
    Genre:
    Drama
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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

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    171 minutes

    This unquestionably gets a place on our list of films to watch, not least because of Morricone’s musical genius as well as Sergio Leone’s incredible direction which is quite possibly unparalleled. As for the theme song, that’ll be forever etched in your brain whilst the story is completely void of dull moments. The movie might be long in length, but Leone’s direction is so good, you won’t believe it’s three hours in length.  

    Director:
    Sergio Leone
    Cast:
    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef
    Genre:
    Classics, Action & Adventure
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  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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    115 minutes

    A breathless, thrilling tale about a Mumbai orphan who climbs from rags to riches, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is undoubtedly one of the best films to watch. This harrowing underdog’s story reaches a pinnacle in one of cinema’s most euphoric, upbeat endings, introducing the real India to hundreds of film lovers for the first time.

    Director:
    Danny Boyle
    Cast:
    Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
    Genre:
    Drama
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    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fight Club (1999)

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    133 minutes

    This film is worthy of a place in the “what film to watch” list, largely owing to its fresh take on life – it’s not so much about violence, but about choices. It’s an aggressive, challenging, often vicious satire, all of which make for a truly awe-inspiring masterpiece. We follow a man’s psyche on an intellectual and emotional ride, as he takes an unfamiliar path towards rebellion against consumer society. 

    Director:
    David Fincher
    Cast:
    Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Comedy
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  • Forrest Gump (1994)

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    136 minutes

    One of the great meanings of this movie is perhaps that we all need to have a better attitude towards life and treasure those little things, not letting the big things repress us so much. Though life may throw us trials and tribulations like a box of chocolates, we just have to bite into one and get through it, even if our taste buds don’t quite agree. The real beauty of this film is how Forrest Gump not only shares his innocence and purity with other (including the audience), but how he manages to maintain that innocence and purity throughout some incredibly testing times. 

    Director:
    Robert Zemeckis
    Cast:
    Tom Hanks, Jed Gillin, Robin Wright
    Genre:
    Comedy
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    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003)

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    192 minutes

    An amazingly powerful visual experience, Peter Jackson has crafted perhaps one of the finest written pieces of our era into this quintessential epic. Overall, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is one the most fine-tuned, cinematically flawless films ever made. Whether they’re of Mordor and the slopes of Mt. Doom, Minas Tirith, Pelennor Fields and Osgiliath, or the climb to Shelob's cave near Minas Morgul, Peter Jackson really portrays the true impact of these landscapes and images.

    Director:
    Peter Jackson
    Cast:
    Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Classics, Action & Adventure
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  • Schindler's List (1993)

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    187 minutes

    If you’re looking for great films to watch, look no further than this, which is more than just something to look at for three hours. It’s a movie you’ll never forget, one that’ll teach you a few life-long lessons and to honour those that needlessly died. Spielberg deserved an Oscar for Best Director, and thanks to being made in black and white, it adds to the film’s bleakness, enhancing its emotion.

    Director:
    Steven Spielberg
    Cast:
    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
    Genre:
    Drama
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  • The Dark Knight (2008)

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    145 minutes

    It’d be rude not to include The Dark Knight in our recommended films to watch list, in which Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon and new district attorney, Harvey Dent, successfully start to capture the criminals that curse Gotham City. But soon, a strange, callous criminal mastermind, called the Joker, arrives in Gotham, wreaking yet more havoc on Gotham, forcing the three of them closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. 

  • The Godfather (1972)

    168 minutes

    Other really good films to watch include this, often considered the Great American Film. It provides a sort of dark reflection of the American influence. Told entirely within a closed world, we can’t help but sympathise with the characters who are essentially evil. The tale, by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, is a sublime conjuring act, luring us to consider the Mafia totally on its own terms.

    Director:
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Cast:
    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
    Genre:
    Drama, Classics
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To find other top films to watch, check out our New Releases page or visit our Top 100 Films section for our favourite movies of all time.

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