With many streaming platforms and a vast bank of content available, it is a difficult task to pick what to watch. With the weekend tomorrow, we are here to help you spend it with some amazing movies.
These titles are recommended by top Hollywood directors, including Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Ari Aster, Lynne Ramsay, Bong Joon Ho, Paul Thomas Anderson, Damien Chazaelle, and more. Here’s a list of movies that are recommended by top directors:
Lady Bird (Netflix)
Recommended by Hollywood Director Paul Thomas Anderson, Lady Bird is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwing. Set in Sacramento, California, it is a story of a high school senior and her strained relationship with her mother. Anderson is completely besotted with the performance by lead actor Saoirse, who, being an Irish, flawlessly portrayed the character of a Californian. The film received a standing ovation at its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also nominated at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Dunkirk (Amazon Prime Video)
According to Hollywood Director Damien Chazell, Dunkirk is like music, ‘a continuous, breathless flow of images and sound that feels elemental and primal’. A 2017 war film written, directed and produced by Christopher Nolan, the film depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Distributed by Warner Bros, Dunkirk portrays the evacuation from three perspectives: land, sea, and air. The film has little dialogue, as Nolan sought instead to create suspense from cinematography and music. It got Nolan his first Oscar nomination for Direction.
Ford v Ferrari (Disney+ Hotstar)
Hollywood Director Olivier Assayas nominates the Matt Damon and Christian Bale-starrer Ford v Ferrari as a must-watch film. This James Mangold directorial is a sports drama film set in the 1960s. Packed with a gripping storyline, critics and the audiences hailed Mangold’s direction as well as the performances by Damon and Bale. The film was nominated in four categories at the Academy Awards, winning the award for the Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.
Parasite (Amazon Prime Video)
This Bong Joon Ho-directed dominated the 92nd Academy Awards with a number of wins including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. The film received a recommendation from Adam McKay. Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or. The narrative follows the members of a poor family who hatch a scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. What follows is a series of unfortunate events that you never saw coming.
The Irishman (Netflix)
Hollywood Director Luca Guadagnino named this Martin Scorsese film as one of his favourite films of 2019. The Irishman is a crime film, based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 nonfiction book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses.’ The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). The gangster drama took him 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.
First Man (Amazon Prime Video)
Even though Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong drama ‘First Man’ turned out to be a box office disappointment, it found an admirer in Christopher Nolan. The acclaimed director has called the film ‘a masterfully staged recreation of the space program’. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received critical praise. It was applauded for its sleek editing and direction, Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy’s performances, musical score and not to forget the legendary Moon-landing sequence.
The Social Network (Netflix)
Hollywood Director Quentin Tarantino didn’t have much to say about the best film of the 2010s other than telling an international magazine that “It’s ‘The Social Network,’ hands down.” This biographical drama portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg. The film also sheds light on the resulting lawsuits. 78 critics named it one of the best films of the year.