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Ridley Scott – 84 years old | Great films from directors to watch in streaming

Few have never heard of or never seen a film by famous director Ridley Scott.

The British filmmaker and producer made his official film debut in 1977 with the release of “The Duelists”, but it wasn’t until two years later that he would revolutionize the sci-fi genre with ” Alien – The 8th Passenger “. Since then, Scott would be at the forefront of a career filled with ups and downs which, in any case, have helped immortalize film classics like “Blade Runner”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Gladiator” and many others.

At 84, Scott is still in the business and, in 2021 alone, he led two ambitious projects – the historical drama “The Last Duel” and the murderous drama “Casa Gucci”. And, to celebrate his birthday (celebrated today, November 30), we’ve separated the best titles from his filmography that are available on streaming platforms.

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ALIEN – THE 8TH PASSENGER (1979)

Where to watch: Star +

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Starring Sigourney Weaver, the sci-fi classic “Alien – The 8th Passenger” is one of the landmarks of the genre in question and accompanied a crew aboard the Nostromo spacecraft which became the target of a space predator known as the name of xenomorph. Bringing together Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt and several others, the title met with mixed reception upon its release, it took decades for experts to understand its greatness and importance to the entertainment world.

BLADE RUNNER – THE ANDROID HUNTER (1982)

Where to watch: HBO Max

Three years after ‘Alien’, Scott would once again take a new step in the sci-fi genre with the iconic and timeless ‘Blade Runner – The Android Hunter’. Adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? When a group of rebel replicants escapes to Earth, it’s up to Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) to hunt them down.

Where to watch: Telecine Play

The crime drama, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, features one of the best screenplays ever written in movie history – and won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Considered one of Scott’s signings, “Thelma & Louise” deserves a full standing ovation. The story follows Louise Sawyer (Sarandon), a 40-year-old waitress, and Thelma (Davis), a young housewife. Tired of the monotonous life they lead, the friends decide to leave everything behind and hit the road. During the trip, they are involved in a crime and decide to flee to Mexico, but end up being pursued by the American police.

Where to watch: Netflix

By awarding Russell Crowe the Oscar for Best Actor, “Gladiator” is a historical epic that takes us back to ancient Rome. The plot follows Maximus, a powerful Roman general, beloved by the people and by Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor aroused the anger of his son Commodus by making public his penchant for relinquishing the throne to Maximus. Hungry for power, Commodus kills his father, takes the crown and orders the death of Maximus, who manages to escape before being caught, and hides as a slave and gladiator as he seeks revenge.

Where to watch: Telecine Play

Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is sent on a mission to Mars, but after a severe storm he is presumed dead, abandoned by his colleagues, and wakes up alone on the inhospitable planet with meager supplies and not knowing how to find his companions or return to Earth. He then begins a fierce fight for his own survival, using all his scientific knowledge to make contact and return home.

Where to watch: MUBI

Italy, 1973. John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) is the favorite grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), one of the first billionaires in human history. The kidnapping of the boy puts his mother, Gail Harris (Michelle Williams), in a desperate race to convince his former stepfather to pay his son’s million dollar ransom. Cold, manipulative and petty, Getty will task former spy Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), his right-hand man, to find out who and what is behind the crime, solving the problem without wasting a dime of his fortune.

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