17 Best Liam Neeson Movies Of All Time

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7. Darkman (1990)

Darkman 1990 Movie

Liam Neeson plays a scientist turned hero who seeks revenge from the people who attacked and left him for dead. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) is the scientist who has developed synthetic skin but only lasts 100 minutes of light exposure.

Attacked by some men for documents, his lab is blown and he is assumed dead. Surviving and now unable to feel pain, Peyton becomes the ‘Darkman’ on a mission to track down each of his attackers.

Written and directed by Sam Raimi, Darkman is an action fantasy flick that grossed over $48 million at the Box Office.

 

6. Michael Collins (1996)

Michael Collins 1996 Movie

Michael Collins was an Irish politician and a revolutionary who led Irish people in guerilla war against UK forces after their forces were heavily defeated. Liam Neeson takes the stage as Michael Collins, who is working for an independent Ireland.

Collins started an organized urban guerilla war, disposing off double agents in their ranks and then turning on UK forces. Forced to come on the table to negotiate, British invite Collins who comes back with a compromise – a partitioned Ireland and an Irish free state. Back home he is not welcomed.

Even his lifelong friend Harry Boland turns against him when he learns his girlfriend loves Collins. Written and directed by Neil Jordan, this biopic is skillfully shot getting nominated for Oscars in Best Cinematography and Best Music categories. For his outstanding performance, Liam Neeson was nominated for a Golden Globe award.

 

5. Batman Begins (2005)

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A Christopher Nolan direction, a star studded cast featuring Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes and Michael Caine, Batman Begins was bound to be a big hit.

Ranked as #111 on IMDb’s all-time best movies and grossing more than $374 million worldwide, this adventure flick is a story about how young Bruce transforms into a formidable, feared-by-criminals Batman.

Bruce (Christian Bale) is trained by League of Shadows member, Ducard, a character played to perfection by the Irish Liam Neeson. Bruce returns home after refusing to complete final test of his training and becomes a masked vigilante.

Batman faces his ex-trainer when Ducard leads a League of Shadows mission of destroying Gotham in order to cleanse it of evil.

Under the revered Nolan’s direction, Batman Begins is a complete package – from a brilliant storyline, exceptional acting to wonderful cinematography (Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography), everything is near perfect.

 

4. Les’ Miserables (1998)

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Based on a novel by Victor Hugo, it stars Liam Neeson as Jean Valjean, a French who is sent to prison for stealing bread. Released on parole, he tries to steal from a Bishop, his friend.

The Bishop refuses to turn him in and willingly gives his silverware to Jean, who promises to use the money for good and finances a factory in a small town.

Being mayor of that town, Jean takes to look after daughter of one of the factory workers when she dies, bringing her to Paris. However, he has trouble coming as Javert, the police officer has recognized him and wants to bring him down.

 

3. The Bounty (1984)

The Bounty 1984

The Bounty is based on Richard Hough’s book featuring the known character Lieutenant Bligh (Anthony Hopkins). Bligh faces charges of being cause of mutiny on the ship Bounty, in 1790.

The story is recounted by Bligh where Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) is recruited to serve as Master’s mate on board The Bounty.

An unrelenting Bligh’s sadistic attitude and Fletcher’s desire of returning to Tahiti for his love, Fletcher starts a mutiny, letting Bligh and his loyalists off in a lifeboat.

The movie continues in two dimensions, showing Bligh’s hardships and struggle before he lands in Dutch port of Coupang and Fletcher’s journey to Pitcairn Island with his love Mauatua on board.

Although, Liam Neeson featured in a critical yet sider role as a crewman in the film but he still was successful in showing his acting prowess.

 

2. Kinsey (2004)

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This biopic, written and directed by Bill Condon, is on the life of Professor Alfred Kinsey, the first to research on human sexual behavior. Kinsey is played by the celebrated Irish actor Liam Neeson and his wife Clara’s role is performed by three time Academy Award nominee, Laura Linney.

Facing many hurdles including funding required for research, public and political pressure for taking up a taboo subject and its effect on his own marriage, Kinsey conducts a massive survey to find factors defining human sexual behavior. For her blazing performance in this movie, Laura was nominated for an Oscar.

 

1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindlers List 1993

Directed by the best in business, Steven Spielberg, this 3 hour 15 minutes of historic biopic is well worth the time. Ranked at #6 by IMDb in its all-time best movies, Schindler’s List is based on a true story, set in WWII times, in Poland.

Talented Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, a German factory owner who goes out of his way to save Jew workers in his factory from the horrors of Auschwitz camp.

The movie will definitely stir emotions in you, showing not only that humanity is alive everywhere but also that war brings out the best in many people.

The rich factory owner spends all his fortune, ending with nothing but having saved more than a 1000 Jews from being gassed.

Schindler’s List won a bucket load of awards including 7 Oscars (Best Picture, Director, Writing, Cinematography, Film Editing, Art-direction and Music) and a Golden Globe nominee for its lead star Liam Neeson.

 

Honorable Mentions

We can’t resist mentioning these outstanding movies of Liam Neeson as well:

  • Ethan Frome (1993)
  • The A-Team 2010
  • Nell (1994)

 

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