Christian Bale is a Welsh actor who came to fame in 1987 as the child star of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. He has emerged as a remarkable performer and a versatile actor in the film industry. Batman’s saga proved to be his phenomenal success. He has this amazing ability to transform his body and disappear into the character. Lets have a look at the following 15 best Christian Bale movies of all time:
15. Metroland (1997)
Based on the novel Metroland by Julian Barnes, this comedy drama is the story of a British photographer Chris (Christian Bale) who was happily married and started a family in Metroland. After 10 years Chris’s friend Toni returns and makes him think to get back to his carefree youth where he used to take drugs and make love with Annik.
The motion picture is all about whether Chris picked the right life or not.
14. Laurel Canyon (2002)
This R-rated drama is the story of Sam (Christian Bale) a recently graduated psychiatrist and Alex whose completing her Ph.D. in genomics. The newly engaged couple moves to Los Angeles at Jane’s, Sam’s mom, place.
Jane is a wellspring of dismay for Sam, as they both have a fairly strained relationship, because of their different mindsets. Alex, however, is fascinated by the new way of life choices exhibited by her mother in law.
“Laurel Canyon” overall isn’t a win apart from the terrific performance of Christian Bale.
13. All the Little Animals (1998)
The story focuses on a fearful and mentally disturbed man named Bobby (Christian Bale). He escaped from the home in order to get rid of his oppressive stepfather nicknamed “The Fat” who murdered his pets.
To spare himself, Bobby flees to the countryside where he gets to know John Hurt, a hermit with the awkward disposition of burying dead animals.
The film is the story of love, the power of the simple and the “unpowerful” in society.
12. Public Enemies (2009)
This is the story of the bank robber John Dillinger living openly in Chicago and chased by an FBI agent Melvin (Christian Bale).
He was at the height of his criminal career and no jail could hold him. However, at the end Dillinger was inevitably betrayed by a relative who disclosed the authorities exactly where to discover him on one night.
This crime drama was honored as the Top Box Office Films at ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.
11. American Psycho (2000)
This Bret Easton Ellis‘s novel based story is about the dual personality wealthy New York banker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) who is an egoistic Wall Street official by day and a killing sociopath by night.
This dazzling period satire retains the balance between a psychotic state, thrill and fun. Bale got the best actor award at different award ceremonies and the movie was awarded as the Best Movie at International Horror Guild.
10. I’m Not There (2007)
This musical drama is inspired by the life of an American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan who remained in the limelight for more than five decades for his popular music. Seven characters played by six actors interlaced together to reflect the various shades of Dylon’s life and music. Each character depicts a new and fresh take on Dylan’s life.
The fascinating Christian Bale gets the chance to show two sides of the master, as folk prophet Jack and later as the Pastor John.
The picture was awarded the Best Film award at the Venice Film Festival.
9. Treasure Island (1990)
This film is the adaption of a famous adventure novel Treasure Island written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883. Jim Hawkins (Christian Bale) finds a treasure map and sets out on a trip to discover the treasure, but pirates accompanied by Long John Silver intend to take the treasure for themselves.
Treasure Island has been adapted for both the film and television more than fifty times, making it the most filmed story of all pirate tales. However, this film is the most accurate and the best interpretation of the novel.
8. The Machinist (2004)
The Machinist delivers all the suspense and thrills a great movie in this genre needs. Bale spent months on a diet of tuna, apple and black coffee to lose almost 60 pounds to fit in a character of a skinny insomniac factory worker who is a forlorn man, disdained at work, returning to two ladies who are benevolent to him: Stevie, a hooker, and Marie, an airport diner waitress.
The heart of the film is a star-making performance by the handsome Christian Bale. He pulls it off with great finesse.