Russell Crowe’s Best Movie Roles

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Watching Russell Crowe perform in a great movie is an experience. He certainly has charisma and has put in some great performances. He really knows how to choose his roles, and has been nominated for, and won numerous awards throughout his lengthy career. Choosing a top three of Crowe’s films is pretty tough, with so many to choose from. Nevertheless, here is my attempt at picking the best Crowe films.

Number three goes to A Beautiful Mind. This film is about a math prodigy who suffers from paranoid delusions. The film is based on the true story of the man who came up with game theory, which is used for many applications such as computing and psychololgy. This film really lets Crowe get his teeth into a meaty role, and he plays it pitch perfect.

Number two is American Gangster – another Russell Crowe film that is based on a true story. Russell Crowe performs well, with exemplary acting. This seedy look at the underbelly of America deals with the true life story of Richie Roberts, played by Russell Crowe, and his fight against the mafia and heroin smuggling into the US. The film is directed by movie stalwart Ridley Scott, and he gets phenomenal performances from his leading actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in this instantly classic gangster film.

Number one on my top 3 Russell Crowe movies list is Gladiator without a doubt – and this film would probably be on many people’s top movies list. The Gladiator has become an enduring legend, influencing and inspiring everything from movies, TV, comics and even recently a game. Gladiator, the movie is the incredible ‘sand and sandals’ story of a Gladiator who once lost everything becoming stronger than the Emperor in the Roman Empire. The chanting of the crowds in the arena of ‘Maximus, Maximus, Maximus’ really takes the viewer’s back in time to the heart of the crowd in the Colosseum. His adversary, played by Joaquin Phoenix is also excellent in this film, both creepy and terrifying.

It’s not all good though for the often beardy actor. Russell Crowe has been in some hugely terrible movies. Robin Hood offended crowds across the UK with its rewriting of British history, and the Russell Crowe accent which switches from Yorkshire to cockney, to Irish and back again – never quite hitting the Nottinghamshire home of hood – is perhaps the worst in cinema history.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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