The world lost a stylish and influential filmmaker last night. And he wasn’t even done. He’s given us plenty of films to enjoy and even made a heavy dent into pop culture with Top Gun. The following are a list of the top 5 Tony Scott films. You must see these. Must.Top Gun
I think this one is a large duh. If popular culture had a tattoo it would be a Top Gun logo on it’s right arm. Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGinnis and Val Kilmer Top Gun was about a group of macho students of an elite U.S. flying school and one of them romances their teacher. The movie doesn’t hold up too well (volleyball scene) but it’s still a must-watch.Spy Game
This movie freaked me out because Robert Redford played a mentor to Brad Pitt. I mean, really? That is easily some of the greatest casting ever. Look at them! They’re like father and son!
Anyway, the film is how Redford is a retired CIA agent that finds out his protege Pitt was arrested in China. Then badass Redford goes on to try to save Pitt.Crimson Tide
If you want a great submarine movie you have two options: The Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide. You’ve got Denzel Washington staging a mutiny to try to stop Gene Hackman from launching nuclear missiles. Also, Quentin Tarantino came aboard to do some rewrites to punch up that dialogue. Quite a combination.Man on Fire
Scott was definitely fond of Denzel. In fact, four of the last five of his movies starred Washington. A super stylish thriller about a former assassin who swears revenge on a group that kidnaps a young Dakota Fanning. It’s Taken before Taken. And it was better.True Romance
Man on Fire and Top Gun get all the buzz from the Tony Scott films but True Romance was probably his best film. You have a script and story from Quentin Tarantino directed by Scott. It was a match made in heaven. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are a newly married couple who get some cocaine and try to sell it while its true owners are after them. This one also starred Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, James Gandolfini (before Sopranos) and Samuel L. Jackson. You could even consider this a precursor to Pulp Fiction if you wanted to.
Thanks for the films, Tony Scott. RIP.