The seventeenth letter of the English alphabet – Q- is one of the most dreaded alphabets; for people think there are not many words that can begin with it, when it comes to quick thinking! But that is not the case with filmmakers across the globe, who look at the letter Q for inspiration. There have been a lot of world movies that were named with Q and surprisingly, most of them have had a successful run at the box office too. So, here’s taking a look at the list of fifteen must see movies that begin with the English alphabet Q.
15. Quarantine (2008)
Earning a Saturn Award nomination, the horror movie featured Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris and Jay Hernandez in lead roles and was a remake of the Spanish film ‘REC’. When a news reporter and cameraman follow strange noises in the middle of their assignment, they realize there’s an unusual virus outbreak in the locality and it has spread inside one of the buildings, affecting several people, who are now quarantined inside. The horror movie was received with mixed reviews but fans of the genre appreciated it for the way the subject was handled and for its thrill quotient.
14. Quest For Camelot (1998)
When one of the knights of King Arthur’s Round Table is killed because a jealous knight wants to take the throne for himself, the deceased knight’s daughter swears revenge. Years later, when Camelot is in trouble and the legendary Excalibur is missing, the knight’s daughter risks everything and goes in search of the sword, solving one mystery after another, as she comes closer to becoming one true knight. The Warner Bros. musical animated feature film, starring voice talents of Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan and Jane Seymour was an average grosser, but it still attracted the younger audiences.
13. The Quick And The Dead (1995)
Borrowing heavily from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western “Dollars Trilogy”, director Sam Raimi roped in Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the same genre, where he turned the tables and made Stone the gun-toting leading woman. Not naming most of his characters, Raimi’s film followed The Lady’s story, who, to avenge the death of her father, sets foot in a town, which is governed by the main antagonist Herod. The film received generally favourable reviews all over.
12. Q&A (1990)
Based on a book by an American judge, the crime film starred Nick Nolte in the lead, as a veteran top cop, who in a bid to wash his hands off a crime involving a gang, threatens his witnesses, only going from bad to worse by the day. When a deputy DA is assigned the task to look into the cop’s case, he goes all out to prosecute the officer, while facing pressures from the gang leader’s boss, whose wife happens to be his former girlfriend. The movie, which mixed up too many angles in one, did fairly well at the BO, while Nolte’s performance stood out.
11. Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Post the events of ‘Casino Royale’, when the suave James Bond’s delivery of Mr. White at the HQ goes awry, he is sent all the way to Haiti to locate the man who started it all – eco-terrorist Dominic Greene. More of a revenge saga, which was Daniel Craig’s second appearance as the MI 6 agent, ‘Quantum Of Solace’ tied up a few loose ends from its previous installment, and along with some smart action choreography and a story that was absorbing enough, became one of the highest grossers of the year.
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10. Quick Change (1990)
Produced by, co-directed by and starring Bill Murray, the crime comedy film was a critical success, although audiences did not give their thumbs up to it. The movie narrated the story of a man, who along with his friends, also his accomplices, robs a bank and is trying to flee the country via the airport, when things begin to go haywire for the three of them. With quick run-ins with a con artist, the police, the fire department and later a foreign cabbie, the trio races against time to escape unscathed.
9. Quality Time (2017)
The Dutch film with a narrative arc, which was selected to be sent to the Oscars this year in the foreign language film category (sadly it didn’t make it anywhere!), was a collection of five different stories, each laced with an eccentric turn of events. While the five leading men, all down with depression for reasons of their own, dealt with their tragedy, the events that unfolded gave way to laughter, which the audiences couldn’t contain. The entertaining film was imaginative and totally mirrored today’s times.
8. Quality Of Life (2004)
Also known as ‘Against The Wall’ in most parts of the world, the low-budget indie film garnered enough attention at the Berlin Film Festival and later had a limited release in theatres, although it wasn’t intended to initially. It narrated the story of two young San Francisco friends, who are extremely good at graffiti art. Once they get on the wrong side of the law; but when they return to the scene on divergent paths, their friendship and their street art is at risk. The movie had its heart in the right place and managed to woo the audiences too, although very limited!
7. Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog (2004)
Released five years before ‘Hachi’, the Japanese film was one of the most successful films that had a dog at its centre. The heartwarming movie focused on a Labrador named Quill, after a peculiar-shaped bird on one of its sides. The movie depicted the life of Quill and its journey from being a cute puppy in a litter of five, to becoming a guide dog for a blind journalist; its fair share of limitations in becoming what it was trained for and also its attempts to bond with the new master. A commercial success around the world, the film was a moving tale of a dog, which we had fallen in love with before Hachiko arrived on the scene!
6. Quadrophenia (1979)
Set in the 1960s, a young London lad, who hates both his parents and his dull job, decides to turn to Mod culture, taking to all its flashy traits and gelling in with his peers. At a weekend getaway, his group clashes with their rivals, thus forcing him to return to his previous tedious life, while he is still disillusioned by the flamboyant gang leader. The British film, which holds a cult status, was widely appreciated for its gripping content that had a touch of realism to it.
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5. Quills (2000)
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Philip Kaufman and starring a long list of celebrated actors, ‘Quills’ was the semi-biographical period drama, which narrated the story of famous French author Marquis de Sade, who was imprisoned in various lunatic asylums for most parts of his life, where he wrote books, all devoid of moral values, based on sexual fantasies, while violence, blasphemy, crime and eroticism remained their integral parts. The movie starring Kate Winslet, Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine, was highly praised for its unabashed performances and graphic content that earned an R rating from MPAA.
4. The Queen (2006)
With multiple award nominations at international ceremonies, the British drama film was a fictionalized take on the post-death events of Princess of Wales, Lady Diana. As the events unfold after August 1997 and Tony Blair takes office, both the government and Royal Family are in a tussle, concerning the Spencers’ request to conduct the Princess’ funeral in private. Helen Mirren received an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II and as many as eleven other international awards for a portrayal of a lifetime!
3. Quiz Show (1994)
Starring Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Hank Azaria and Rob Morrow and nominated for seven Golden Globes and an Oscar, the Robert Redford-directorial, was based on one of the most sensationalized scandals of the late 50s that were rampant within the television industry. The film followed the real-life story of Charles Van Doren, who rose to prominence post his winning streak on the popular TV game show “Twenty One” and his subsequent fall as a result of the show being rigged by the producers itself. Though the movie did not pull in too many audiences, it was clearly a critical success.
2. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
The Bollywood movie, which marked the debut performances of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla, was a smash hit, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s epic tragic romance “Romeo & Juliet”, set in contemporary times. The film told the tale of Raj and Rashmi, children of two warring families, who meet each other as coincidence, fall in love by chance and die in each other’s arms as destined. The movie was a blockbuster hit and it cemented both Aamir’s and Juhi’s career in the Hindi film industry.
1. Queen Christina (1933)
The biographical drama from the early Hollywood era was based on the life of the queen of Sweden – Christina – who at the age of six ascended the throne, after her father died in battle. The film starring one of yesteryear’s greatest actresses, Greta Garbo, was a greatly successful movie, which narrated the tale of the devoted queen, who dutifully ruled her kingdom until she lost her heart to a Spanish diplomat, while she is once snowbound with him at an inn. The movie was hailed at the box office for its content-driven performances back then.
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