Five Great Scott Films

Blade Runner isn't Ridley's only masterpiece

BY: Rudie Obias

While Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s genre-changing 1982 film Blade Runner, is in theaters now, check out five more incredible movies to stream online from the visionary British director.

Thelma & Louise (1991)
One of Ridley Scott’s biggest hits from the 90s, Thelma & Louise earned Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actress for both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. The film follows two women who are on the run from the law (lead by a sympathetic cop played by Harvey Keitel) after Louise (Sarandon) shoots a man trying to sexually assault Thelma (Davis). And we’d be remiss to not mention the adorably sexy breakout star of the film, Brad Pitt. Thelma & Louise is now streaming on Hulu Plus and  Showtime Anytime. (check out the trailer above)

The Duellists (1977)
Scott’s debut film, The Duellists earned critical acclaim while putting the director on the map as a creative force, as he also won the Best Debut Film award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Keith Carradine and Scott favorite, Harvey Keitel, as two rival French army officers who cross swords time and time again during the Napoleonic era. Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad, The Duellists can be streamed on FilmStruck.

Black Hawk Down (2001)
This is probably one of Scott’s best known films and it earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. It follows the U.S. Military’s harrowing raid during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. The film stars…well, who doesn’t it star?…Orlando BloomEwan McGregorEric Bana, Sam Shepard, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Hugh Dancy, and Josh Hartnett as SSG Eversmann, who led the unit to the first black hawk helicopter crash site. Black Hawk Down can be streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus.

Matchstick Men (2003)
Although the movie was a box office bomb when it was released, Matchstick Men is one of Scott’s better movies from the 2000s. It stars Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell as a pair of con artists who are on the verge of success, but things go awry when Nic’s teenage daughter (Alison Lohman) appears out of the blue. Matchstick Men is now streaming on Netflix.

Body of Lies (2008)
Based on the novel of the same name, Body of Lies follows a CIA agent (Leonardo DiCaprio) hunting down a terrorist leader in Jordan, while he’s also caught between his supervisor’s (Russell Crowe) unclear intentions and Jordan Intelligence. Body of Lies is now streaming on HBO Now.