7. American Gangster (2007)
This biographical crime movie is based fictionally on Frank Lucas, a gangster from North Carolina, who managed to smuggle heroin in the country on American service planes that were returning from Vietnam War. He was later detained by a force lead by Richie Roberts.
Crowe, like always had the character down, from his mannerism to his accent. He was brilliant in his role. The chemistry between Crowe and Washington was outstanding! The movie grossed more than $266.5 million globally and was nominated for more than twenty awards including two Academy Award nominations.
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
This period war drama movie was inspired by three novels by Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey–Maturin series. It revolves around a British captain pushing his crew and ship to their limits during the Napoleonic Wars in pursuit of formidable French war vessel around South America.
Both Bethany and Crowe gave excellent performances. Crowe clearly dominated the movie and proved he is one of the best leading actors in Hollywood. The movie generated $212 million worldwide and was nominated for ten Oscars, winning two. Crowe was nominated for his performance in various awards including Critics Choice Award for Best Actor.
5. Gladiator (2000)
Maximus is betrayed by Commodus when he slays his father to take the throne. Maximus is reduced to slavery till he rises up through ranks to avenge the murder of his father and emperor. Crowe played the role of Maximus brilliantly portraying relentless confidence and determination of Maximus.
Crowe’s outstanding performance finally won him an Oscar. The movie won two more Oscars and a series of other awards. It generated $457 million worldwide.
4. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
This western movie is a remake of 1957 movie of the same name which was adapted from the short story Three-Ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard. It revolves around a drought impoverish rancher who accepts a dangerous job to take a notorious outlaw to justice.
Crowe gives another one of his finest performance as an arrogant outlaw. Bales is equally brilliant and both share an amazing chemistry. This movie grossed $14,035,033 in its opening weekend and was ranked number one at both Canadian and U.S box office. It grossed $70,016,220 worldwide.
3. The Nice Guys (2016)
This neo-noir action comedy movie is set in 1977 in Los Angeles and narrates the story of a private eye and a harsh enforcer. They both team up for an investigation of a teenage girl disappearance.
Crowe and Gosling did a tremendous job but Crowe clearly outshined. This movie was a box office hit earning $62 million and received a number of positive reviews from the critics, especially for Crowe’s performance.
2. The Insider (1999)
This drama movie was adapted from an article “The Man who knew Too Much” published in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner. This story is a fictional account of a true story based on a 60 minutes segment about Jeffery Wigand, a whistle blower in tobacco industry.
The movie was not a success in the box office but received raving reviews by the critics, especially for Crowe’s portrayal of Wigand. Crowe played an exceptionally believable role proving once again that he is a fine actor. He was nominated for an Oscar and several other award nominations for his role.
1. L.A. Confidential (1997)
This neo-noir crime movie is loosely based on a book of same name by James Ellroy, published in 1990. It narrates the story of LAPD officers and the connection of Hollywood celebrity and police corruption.
This movie is believed to be the one in which Crowe became a full fledged character actor with his role – a cop with a vulnerable heart and steel physique. His acting is so believable that the audience can’t help but sympathize with his character. This movie was nominated for nine Oscars and several other award nominations.
It was an instant box office hit, grossed more than $126 million worldwide. In 2015, this movie was labelled as aesthetically, historically, or culturally significant and selected for preservation in National Film Registry by U.S Library of Congress.
Aside from these, we feel that the following four movies deserve an honorable mention for Russell Crowe’s amazing performance:
- The Crossing (1990)
- The Next Three Days (2010)
- Body of Lies (2008)
- The Water Diviner (2014)
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