Top 50 movies … that I enjoyed in 2017

With the coming of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar to India along with a host of other movie streaming apps/ websites, in 2017 I saw an average of 9-10 movies per month, totaling close to 100 movies in the year. Out of these listing my top 50 choices … not necessarily released in 2017, but watched by me in 2017.

This list is in Alphabetical order and I have mentioned the date of release along with the titles. If you are a movie buff like me, maybe you’ve watched them all or maybe you will get some new ones for your list. Enjoy the list and a Happy new year to all.

  1. 13 Hours (2016) … How American soldiers in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, defending a covert CIA compound and a makeshift embassy, fought the insurgents! A true story!
  2. 6 Days (2017) … In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen.
  3. Alive (2003) … Ethan Hawke … In 1972 the whole Uruguayan rugby team chartered a plane to play a match in Chile. The plane crashed in the Andes mountains and the survivors are forced to take desperate measures to get out Alive!
  4. Allied ( 2016) … Set during the World War 2, Brad Pitt has only 72 hours to prove that his wife is not a German Spy!
  5. American made (2017) … The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.
  6. Bahubali 2 (2017) … Kattapa ne Bahubali ko kyon maara? Why did Kattapa kill Bahubali? The mystery finally gets solved in the second part. Larger than life Bahubali 2 created a storm in the box office.
  7. Body of Lies (2008) … A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.
  8. Chef (Hindi) (2017) … Saif Khan as the Chef in this Indian Adaptation of the hit Hollywood movie with the same name starring John Favreau.
  9. Concussion (2015) … Will Smith just floors you with another amazing portrayal of this Nigerian immigrant doctor in the US who took on the NFL … a real story!
  10. Deep water Horizon (2016) … Mark Wahlberg, based on the true story on the oil rig spill.
  11. Dunkirk (2017) … Christoper Nolan’s World War 2 depiction of this event when Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
  12. Everest (2015) … The story of New Zealand’s Robert “Rob” Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.
  13. Freaky Ali (2016) … Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Ali ) plays a character of an extortion debt collector who goes on to become a golfing sensation.
  14. Fukrey Returns (2017) … the second in the series of the hit Fukrey, the 4 friends find themselves tangled in another great mess this time.
  15. Gold (2016) … Mathew McConaughey, based on true events of a miner who discovers a Gold mine in Indonesia.
  16. Hell or High Water (2016) … Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges are amazing in this one … watch it if you like ’em Texans and their antics!
  17. Hindi Medium (2017) … Irfaan Khan stars in this movie which takes on the education system of India, as a father from Chandni Chowk area in Delhi aspire to give their daughter the best education and thus be a part of the elite of Delhi.
  18. Identity (2003) … Quite a thriller and a murder mystery … an old formula of 10 people stuck together in a motel on a rainy night … but an interesting treatment. John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Ray Liotta, Alfred Molina … the characters are amazing!
  19. Jackie Brown (1997) … Another one from The Quentin Tarantino stable, the characters are great!
  20. Limitless (2011) … Bradley Cooper plays a struggling writer whose life turns around after he takes a drug NZT which provides astonishing focus!
  21. Live by Night (2016) … Ben Affleck, based on a story about Boston gangsters who set up a bootlegging business in Florida.
  22. Machine Gun Preacher (2011) … a true story about Sam Childers who is still fighting for orphaned children in Sudan, Africa. Gerard Butler plays the part of the drug dealer turned saviour of Sudanese kids to perfection.
  23. McFarland USA (2015) … Kevin Costner plays a failed football coach who comes to this remote school in California in McFarland and trains immigrant Mexican kids to win the state Cross country track race!
  24. Money Monster (2016) …. George Clooney and Julia Roberts, held hostage by a disgruntled investor on the set of their financial show!
  25. Mystic River (2003) … Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon star as 3 childhood friends With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives and are later reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.
  26. Pain and Gain (2013) … A Michael Bay movie … I couldn’t believe it was a true story but apparently is. With a star line up starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Ed Harris. Above 2 hours and a drag at some places, but a one time watch.
  27. Passengers (2016) … Chris Pratt, a sci-fi flick about 2 passengers who wake up 90 years early on a space craft enroute to another planet for 120 years.
  28. Patriots Day (2016) … The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
  29. Poorna (2017) … Rahul Bose … the story of the 13 year old girl from a small Village in Telangana who climbed the Mt. Everest!
  30. Predestination (2014) … PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity.
  31. Sandy Wexler (2017) … Adam Sandler as Sandy Wexler is a talented manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, diligently representing a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business.
  32. Sicario (2015) … Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, based on agents who escalate a war on drugs on the US and Mexico Border. 
  33. Snowden (2016) … Joseph Gordon-Levitt, based on the true story of Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on CIA’s secret surveillance. 
  34. Spotlight (2015) … Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo … Spotlight, the investigative arm of the Boston Globe newspaper and how they uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Churches, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
  35. Sully (2016) … The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. A true Story!
  36. The Accountant (2016) … Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. 
  37. The Big Short (2015) … A brilliant movie about the 2007-08 financial meltdown that started with the Lehman brothers and how these guys predicted it before anyone else and got rich in the process! Also one doesn’t need to be well versed with the Wall Street jargon to understand this one! Great performances by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt!
  38. The Equalizer (2014) … A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But can a man like him ever be out of trouble!
  39. The Founder (2016) … Michael Keaton, based on the true story of McDonalds.
  40. The Ghazi Attack (2017) … In 1971, amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan over the liberation war of East Pakistan, Pakistan navy, in a top secret mission, plans an attack on Indian majestic-class aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, to gain control over the waters of Bay of Bengal. They send their best-in-class submarine PNS Ghazi, but are intercepted by an Indian submarine INS Karanj (S21).
  41. The Girl on the Train (2016) … Emily Blunt, based on the famous novel by the same name.
  42. The Infiltrator (2016) … Bryan Cranston, a US customs official goes undercover to unearth a money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
  43. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) … Matthew McConaughey as the rogue lawyer just kills it with his performance in The Lincoln Lawyer!
  44. The Manchurian Candidate (2004) … In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes. Denzel stars as one of the soldiers who tries to get to the bottom of this sinister plot!
  45. The Walk (2015) … True story about this French wire walker … In 1974 Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, walked the tallest building in the world, The World Trade Center … released in 2015, the movie portrays the fallen Twin Towers as characters with soul. Directed by Robert Zemeckis the scenes when Joseph Gordon Levitt walks the tight rope between towers are so realistic that people with vertigo would get dizzy.
  46. The Way Back (2010) … 7 POWs of Allied forces escape from a Siberian prison during World War II and walking more than 4000 miles, only 3 make it to India, via the communist USSR, Mongolian Gobi Dessert, Tibet and across the Himalayas into Darjeeling. Great performances by Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess and Ed Harris in this World War adventure!
  47. Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) … The blockbuster of the year starring Salman Khan, Tiger Zinda hai is breaking all Bollywood records in just one week!
  48. Trapped (2016) … Vikramaditya Motwane’s brilliance shines in this movie more so because of the perfect casting of Raj Kumar Rao, a man trapped in a building with no occupants, electricity or water. The movie was gritty, dark, sad and subtly happy and I could not leave the couch for one second. I was blown away by the ability to emote so effectively by Rao and so much so that I was thinking of ways to escape if trapped myself.
  49. War Dogs (2016) … A true story about 2 young men who hit a 300 mil dollar contract for supplying arms to Pentagon … Great performance by Jonah Hill all the way, a big fan of him after Wolves of the Wall Street! A true story!
  50. We Were Soldiers (2002) … If you like war movies and if they haven’t made your eyes moist yet … this one is for you. Mel Gibson is unstoppable in this Vietnamese War Drama!

Happy Watching!!!

About askmaverick

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4 Responses to Top 50 movies … that I enjoyed in 2017

  1. Are they all on Netflix?

  2. Anubhav Saxena says:

    Absolutely wonderful list… While a few of them have been seen by moi… I fully agree with the list. Great job. Now I know what to do with the New year resolutions and focus on finishing this list.

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