Ridley Scott is one of the most critically acclaimed directors in Hollywood history. His movies have been nominated for 22 Academy Awards and he has won three times, including one for Best Picture and two for Best Director.

He’s directed some of the most iconic films in cinematic history: Alien, Blade Runner and The Martian.

Best Ridley Scott Movies

1. Blade Runner (1982) 

Blade Runner is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. The film stars Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Rutger Hauer as replicants, who are human-looking robots designed to serve as slave labor.

The film’s visual style has been compared to that of Japanese anime films such as Akira. The film was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, who served as executive producers, in collaboration with Philip K. Dick and Ronald Shusett.

The story follows Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a retired police officer who is called back into action to locate 4 escaped replicants; Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), who escapes his captors only to be hunted down and killed by Deckard;

Pris (Daryl Hannah), a replicant who has become disillusioned with her life; and Leon (Sean Young), an aging replicant who was created solely for breeding purposes but falls in love with Rachael (Sean Young).

Blade Runner
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  • Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Hampton Fancher (Writer) - Michael Deeley (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

2. Alien (1979)  

Alien is an iconic film, and the story of an alien that kills its victims is something that has been done a lot since. The first time it was done was in Alien, which was directed by Ridley Scott in 1979 The movie also spawned two sequels, but none were as good as the original.

The main character in Alien is Ellen Ripley, who is played by Sigourney Weaver. She’s not your average woman–she’s tough and smart and doesn’t take any of this stuff from these monsters very well.

When she gets attacked by one of these creatures and dies in space, she wakes up on another planet and realizes that there are more of them out there waiting for her to show up again.

The movie looks amazing for its time–it’s one of those movies where you can tell it was made before CGI became so popular (although it still uses computer effects). It also has some great special effects that we haven’t seen since–the way the alien body melts when it explodes after being shot with bullets or decapitated by a huge blade is still creepy today.

Alien
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  • Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Dan O'Bannon (Writer) - Gordon Carroll (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

3. Gladiator (2000)         

 Gladiator is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, written by David Franzoni and William Nicholson, and starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed and Derek Jacobi.

It portrays the life of Maximus Decimus Meridius (Crowe), a general who is betrayed by his corrupt emperor and sets out to avenge his fallen comrades. The film begins as he leads the Roman army against his former master.

Scott had begun development on Gladiator in 1995 at Fox. Directors Bill Corcoran and Ridley Scott were unable to come to an agreement on its script; Corcoran had been hired away from 20th Century Fox by Warner Bros.

to work on the Matrix sequels, but subsequently left Fox to re-join them at Warner Bros.. After several years of working on the script with several writers and producers, Fox was no longer interested in making the film because they felt it was too expensive for their budget.

Legendary Pictures eventually picked up the project in 2000 after Scott was able to secure funding from international financiers during pre-production. The production budget rose from an initial $80 million to $115 million.[4]

The character’s portrayal in Gladiator has

Gladiator
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  • Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - David Franzoni (Writer) - Douglas Wick (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

4. The Martian (2015)  

Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015) is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. It is based on Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, which was published in 2011.

The film follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) who becomes stranded on Mars after an accident causes him to be stranded there. He must use his ingenuity and wit to survive until he can be rescued, while also trying to maintain contact with Earth via NASA’s mission control.

The film was released on October 2, 2015 in the United States and Canada by 20th Century Fox. It received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film grossed over $600 million worldwide against its budget of $125 million.

It was nominated for three awards at the 74th Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama (Damon), and Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Whittaker).

The Martian
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  • Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Drew Goddard (Writer) - Simon Kinberg (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

5. American Gangster (2007)     

This is the best movie about drugs in the last thirty years. It’s a gripping drama about Frank Lucas (Russell Crowe), the real-life drug kingpin who, back in the ’60s and ’70s, sold heroin to everyone from schoolboys to celebrities to presidents.

In this case, though, it’s not just about drugs; it’s also about corruption and racism — two things that connect all of America’s greatest evils.

The film begins with Frank Lucas’ arrest by the FBI in 1977 after an informant tells them that he’s selling a ton of drugs. He goes on trial and is acquitted because no one can prove that he actually had any knowledge of his supplier’s activities or even where he got his product.

As soon as his trial is over, however, Frank gets out of jail and starts dealing again. By 1980, he has become a millionaire thanks to his increased business and his ability to keep a low profile while still making millions of dollars every year.

For many years after this film came out there was a lot of controversy surrounding its accuracy; some people believed that it was based on fact while others thought that it was entirely fictionalized (as if there were any other possibilities). But now

American Gangster
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  • Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Steven Zaillian (Writer) - Ridley Scott (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

6. Thelma & Louise (1991)           

 Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American road comedy-drama film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Callie Khouri and starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. The film takes place in the Texas towns of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and San Antonio, Texas, during the 1980s.

The film was not an immediate commercial success and received mixed reviews from critics. However, it has gained a cult following among women for its depiction of women as empowered individuals who defy social expectations.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (for Khouri) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (for Davis).

In 1983, Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) is a divorced waitress living in rural Texas who works at Eagle’s Eye Café. She lives with her elderly mother Pearl (Beatrice Straight) and her daughter Louise (Susan Sarandon).

Louise is planning to attend college in California and needs money for tuition.

Louise’s boyfriend Butch (Robert Loggia) invites her to celebrate their last night together at home before she leaves for California with him. While Louise is unpacking Butch’s bag on the floor above them, he tells her about his new woman and introduces Louise to “The

Thelma & Louise
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  • Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Callie Khouri (Writer) - Ridley Scott (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

7. Black Hawk Down (2001)

Black Hawk Down is an American war film based on the Battle of Mogadishu (October 3–4, 1993). It stars Josh Hartnett as Army Ranger Sergeant Danny Dietz and Ewan McGregor as his comrade, First Lieutenant Matthew Eversmann.

Filmed in a number of countries, including Morocco and the United States, the film was released to critical acclaim and grossed over $130 million worldwide. The film’s title comes from a nickname given to members of Task Force Ranger after their failed 1993 raid on Mogadishu.

The film charts the events that took place during the 1992–1993 Somali Civil War in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu during October 1993. After Somali paramilitary militias led by Mohamed Farrah Aidid took control of Mogadishu from rival militia Hawiye leader Ali Mahdi Mohamed by force,

U.S.-led UN forces attempted to restore order but were forced into retreat by superior numbers. A large-scale battle ensued between United Nations peacekeepers and Somali militiamen for control of the city; eventually,

a small contingent of Rangers from A Company 1st Battalion 25th Infantry Regiment (1-25) was sent into the city to rescue trapped soldiers and civilians trapped by fighting

Black Hawk down
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  • Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Mark Bowden (Writer) - Ridley Scott (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

8. The Duellists (1977)  

Ridley Scott is a director who has made some of the best films in the world. I would say that every film he has directed is worth watching, but there are a couple that stand out above all others as being his best work. The Duellists is one of those films.

It is a film that has been both critically acclaimed and popular with audiences all over the world. It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film that year, and it has never been out of print since its release on home video.

   

It is also one of the few films that I can say was worth seeing in theaters when it came out, but now wouldn’t be missed if it weren’t on my list of favorites from this era.

The Duellists is based on an epic novel by Richard Holmes called The Crooked Knife which was first published in 1975, but had been written much earlier than that during World War II and post-war Europe.

The story follows two men named Guido Contini (Marlon Brando), an Italian nobleman who lives in Venice and fights duels using swords and pistols, and Ercole Pardini (Robert De Niro), an Italian nobleman who lives in Rome and fights du

The Duellists
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  • Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Cristina Raines (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Joseph Conrad (Writer) - David Puttnam (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

9. The Last Duel (2021) 

 We’re still a few years away from the 2022 release of The Last Duel (2021) Ridley Scott, but we have to start talking about it now. The film is based on the story of William Wallace, who led Scotland against England during the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 13th century.

It’s been 20 years since Ridley Scott made Kingdom of Heaven (2005), so he’s definitely due for another historical epic.

A lot has changed in the world since Kingdom of Heaven, but one thing remains constant: Ridley Scott has been obsessed with history for more than 20 years now. He spent most of his career making films like Gladiator (2000) and Black Hawk Down (2001) set during historical periods and told through a fictional lens.

The problem was that these movies didn’t do well at the box office or with critics because they were too focused on telling stories rather than exploring their subjects thoroughly enough.

The Last Duel looks to be different again because Scott has said that he wants to get “deeply into this subject matter.

The Last Duel
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  • Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Ridley Scott (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

10. Prometheus (2012)

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien franchise, focusing on the creation of mankind and its creator, the enigmatic android David (Michael Fassbender).

The film follows a team of archaeologists and biologists who board a spaceship that’s carrying a mysterious alien artifact. As they investigate its origins, they uncover a conspiracy that could destroy human civilization.

Alien (1979)

Starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien is one of the most influential science fiction films ever made. It launched an entire genre known as “space horror,” which examines the tension between man and machine on both small and large scales.

The film’s iconic opening sequence sets the tone for what’s to come: a crew of explorers discovers an alien vessel adrift in space after its crew has been slaughtered. When it arrives at their research station on LV-426, they discover that it’s inhabited by a terrifying creature that stalks them through corridors and ventilation systems before killing them one by one.

Blade Runner (1982)

Set in 2019 Los Angeles, Blade Runner (1982) tells the story of an ex

Prometheus
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  • Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender (Actors)
  • Ridley Scott (Director) - Jon Spaihts (Writer) - Ridley Scott (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Characteristics of Ridley Scott Movies

Ridley Scott’s movies are known for their visual style, and especially for their sense of scale.

Each frame of his films is carefully constructed to convey a feeling of grandeur, whether it’s a sweeping panorama or a towering cityscape.

Scott’s work has often been described as “stylized,” but it’s not always clear what that means.

Does it mean that his films are visually beautiful? Yes, but not in the way that a lot of modern movies are beautiful.

In Scott’s case, beauty isn’t just something you see on the surface; it’s an important part of the story being told.

So while his films may look like they were made by someone who didn’t have much artistic training, they’re actually quite skilled at conveying emotion through their visuals.

Most people who have seen one of Scott’s movies would agree that they’ve noticed something unique about them — but often they don’t know exactly what it is.

Perhaps it’s some aspect of the camera work or lighting design; perhaps it’s just an overall sense of style that sets them apart from other films by Hollywood directors.

Best Ridley Scott Movies – Wrapping Up

Ridley Scott has directed some of the most iconic movies of all time.

From the sci-fi classics to the war dramas, his work has been recognized and praised by critics and audiences alike.

We’ve included here in this guide the best Ridley Scott movies for your viewing pleasure.

 

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