Hi, I was just wondering if I could get some recommendations for good films in the ‘gritty’ style. I’m sure exactly how I would define the term, but what I’m my case I’m mostly looking for dark and serious films that are devoid of comedy or idealism. Here are some of the ones that i’ve already seen, and might also provide an better idea of what I’m looking for:
-Boy’s Don’t Cry
-Enter the Void
-Nil by Mouth
-No Country for Old Men
-Open Your Eyes
-The Loast Battalion
-The Seventh Continent
-When Trumpets Fade
The Red and the White
Well, since I just time and it fits that bill…
Hmm, yeah. the term “gritty” when applied to films was always something I wasn’t sure that I knew an exact definition of. Some examples I think of
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
I second Cat’s suggestion, and would also suggest Naked…
Simon Rumley’s Red White and Blue
I suggest you begin with the master, Sam Peckinpah, the ‘grittiest’ filmmaker of all.
The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, and, especially, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. You’ll feel the need for a shower afterwards.
Oh my god yes! Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is grittier than anything else already mentioned. Good call!
The War Zone (Roth)Made In Britain (Clarke)The Firm (Clarke)Dead Man’s Shoes (Meadows)Get Carter (Hodges)The Long Good Friday (MacKenzie)London To Brighton (Williams)
^^ The Firm/ Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia- I second, great picks!
ACROSS 110TH STREET (Barry Shear, ‘72)
COUP DE TORCHON (Tavernier,’81)
COCKFIGHTER (Monte Hellman, ‘74)
FAT CITY (John Huston, ’72)
ROMEO IS BLEEDING (Peter Medak, ’93)
NAKED PREY (Cornel Wilde,’73)
If you want griity and greasy (not flashy, like The Expendables) films about mercenaries, the best ones outside of Seven Samurai are:
DARK OF THE SUN (Jack Cardiff, ’67)
THE WILD GEESE (Andrew McLaglen, ’78)