There have been 20 feature films directed by Sir Ridley Scott since 1977. Some have been influential classics, a couple have been junk and a couple have been a lot drearier than they needed to be. But most are of a quality so high that film cognoscenti see every single one. They are:
"The Duellists" (1977): Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel in a stately, visually stunning adaptation of a Joseph Conrad tale.
"Alien" (1979): Scott's first influential classic. John Hurt with sci-fi moviedom's worst stomach ache. Sigourney Weave alone survives.
"Blade Runner" (1982): By some lights, Scott's greatest film. The 21st century L.A. looks a lot like 20th century Tokyo gone Art Deco. With Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Darryl Hannah, from a book by Philip K. Dick.
"Legend" (1985): Tom Cruise and Mia Sara in pseudo-fairy tale about darkness and innocence.
"Someone To Watch Over Me" (1987): New York cop Tom Berenger falls for wealthy Mimi Rogers while Lorraine Bracco whines and fumes at home in her Brooklyn accent. When Berenger and Rogers slow dance, you hear Gene Ammons' recording of the title song.
"Black Rain" (1989): Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia are American cops turned loose in Japan.
"Thelma and Louise" (1991): Scott's third classic. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis leave home and Scott's feminism -- first glimpsed on the fly in "Alien" -- hits center stage. He and screenwriter Callie Khouri fought tooth and claw for the landmark ending.
"1492: Conquest of Paradise" (1992): Columbus did it better. The less said.
"White Squall" (1996): Great action, watery pedagogy from Jeff Bridges. Amazing to look at.
"G.I. Jane" (1997): Demi Moore proving she can kick butt. "Thelma and Louise" it wasn't.
"Gladiator" (2007): How to win a Best Picture Oscar while doing nothing terribly special. Big, spectacular, often boring sword and sandal beefcake starring Russell Crowe.
"Hannibal" (2001): A sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs." Who will ever forget Anthony Hopkins serving Jodie Foster and a smiling Ray Liotta a sauteed slice of Liotta's brain?
"Black Hawk Down" (2001): Popular, probably over-praised film about the 1993 U.S. sortie in Somalia.
"Matchstick Men" (2003): Does Ridley Scott have a sense of humor? Yep. Just ask Nicolas Cage as a con man.
"Kingdom of Heaven" (2005): Quite possibly Scott's all-time worst.
"A Good Year" (2006): More Scott and Crowe, this time in the vineyards of Provence.
"American Gangster" (2007): Denzel Washington as a drug kingpin as Russell Crowe as a cop. Surprisingly good New York cop film.
"Body of Lies" (2008): Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe in ambitious but sluggardly spy movie.
"Robin Hood" (2010): Crowe as moviedom's all-time least merry Sherwood Forest rascal.
"Prometheus" (2012): Another Scott sci-fi film, another minor classic. Good things take time.
-- Jeff Simon