7. A Dangerous Method (2011)
This is probably one of the most daring role of Knightley where she plays Sabina Spielrein who meets Jung to seek treatment for hysteria. Jung is interested in adapting and testing Freud’s theories on her and eventually succeeds in curing her. After a few years, Jung and Sabina meets Freud in person. This historical drama focuses on the professional relationship between Freud and Jung which becomes tense when Jung starts an affair with Sabina.
6. The Duchess (2008)
A biographical movie set in 18th century on the life of the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana. Being a celebrity of her time, the duchess is always loved wherever she went due to her fashion, activism, kindness and charm.
However, unknown to anyone, she suffers oppressive restraints by her controlling husband. Helpless and tired of her husband, she seeks solace in the arms of Charles Grey. The passionate affair highlights the stark differences of treatment between women and men in the 18th century.
5. Begin Again (2013)
This enchanting musical follows the aftermath of an encounter between a song writer Gretta, who is still hurting after breaking up with her cheating partner, and disgraced music executive Dan.
This chance meeting between the two leads to a collaboration on an album and they embark to record the songs in various locations of Manhattan. This is a beautiful story of two lost souls finding each other and forming a life changing bond.
4. The Imitation Game (2014)
Based on the true accounts of mathematician Alan Turing, this historic biopic narrates the intriguing race of Turing and his team of code breakers during World War II. It highlights the major events of Turing’s life, from his boarding school years to his secret work of cracking the enigma code and the tragedy of his decline post-war.
Knightley managed to shine starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and received an Oscar nomination for her supporting role of Joan Clark, Turning’s confidante, friend and fellow cryptanalyst.
3. Atonement (2007)
This wartime heartbreaking drama is based on the bestselling novel by Ian McEwan. The story follows Cecilia, an upper class woman who falls on love with Robbie, a lower class man. This budding romance is abruptly cut short when Cecilia’s sister Bryony accuses Robbie of a crime he never committed.
This lie leads to a series of repercussions that spans for decades altering the lives of many. This masterpiece deserves applause for the direction, the twists, and the amazing performances by all the cast.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
One of the most successful and entertainment series, Pirates of the Caribbean is undoubtedly dominated by a strong male cast. However, Knightley managed to make a mark, especially in The Curse of Black Pearl.
Will Turner, a blacksmith, teams up with Jack Sparrow, an eccentric pirate, to save the life of Elizabeth Swan, the governor’s daughter and Turner’s love, from the pirates who have kidnapped her. Swan is introduced in this series as an intelligent, determined and strong woman whisked away on a crazy adventure.
1. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Definitely one of the best period films out there, Pride & Prejudice is a remarkable adaption of Jane Austen’s most brilliant novel. The movie narrates the story of the five Bennett sisters and their tribulations when two eligible bachelors move in their town Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. There are obvious sparks when spirited and outspoken Elizabeth Bennet meets the handsome and reserved Mr. Darcy.
However, this relationship is threatened because of Mr. Darcy’s reserved nature and his reluctance of falling for the woman who is beneath his class. The fresh and brilliant portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet by Knightley earned her the first nomination in Academy Award.
Aside from these, we feel that the following three movies deserve an honorable mention for Keira Knightley’s amazing performance:
- Love Actually (2003)
- Domino (2005)
- Laggies (2014)
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