Actor Joaquin Phoenix was born on 28th of October 1974. Phoenix’s commitment to his roles in the films always results in best performances. He started his acting career with television in 1982, but wouldn’t make his feature film debut until 1986’s SpaceCamp (1986). Since then Phoenix has been nominated for three Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards; winning one Golden Globe Awards and three BAFTA Awards. Here are 10 of the best Joaquin Phoenix movies ranked and reviewed.
10 Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies Ranked
10. Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
At number 10 is Buffalo Soldiers (2001). Specialist Ray Elwood played by Phoenix is a US Army soldier stationed in Stuttgart Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. He spends a large portion of his time negotiating black-market deals but he will be put under threat when a sergeant is sent to clean up the base. The running times 98 minutes and Buffalo Soldiers has the IMDB rating of 6.8/10.
9. Parenthood (1989)
In Parenthood (1989), The Buckmans are just an average family in the American Midwest. Gil the father and husband is a sales executive attempting to balance his career and family life. When wife Karen becomes pregnant with their fourth child. Phoenix plays teenage son Gary who spends a lot of time alone in his room. Apart from Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves play the role of Tod Higgins. The running time is 124 minutes and Parenthood has the IMDB rating of 7/10.
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8. We Own the Night (2007)
We Own the Night (2007) is a story of two brothers Joseph Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) have chosen different career paths and find their loyalty to each other put to the test when a hit is put out on police officer Joe by the Russian mafia. Bobby is a rising star on the nightclub scene who is reluctant to help the police. The running time is 117 minutes and We Own the Night has the IMDB rating of 6.8/10.
7. The Immigrant (2013)
The Immigrant (2013), In 1921 Ewa Cybulska played by Marion Cotillard sail with her sister from their native Poland to New York with the hope of starting a new life. Upon their arrival, the two are separated and Ewa is left with no money and nowhere to go. Phoenix plays Bruno Weiss a man with influence who introduces Ewa into the life of prostitution. The running time is 120 minutes and The Immigrant has the IMDB rating of 6.6/10.
6. Signs (2002)
After the death of his wife preacher Graham Hess (played by Mel Gibson) losses his faith in God and attempts to live a quiet life on a farm with his remaining family including brother Merrill played by Phoenix; son, Morgan (Rory Culkin); and younger daughter, Bo (Abigail Breslin). When crop circle start appearing in their field and then around the world they begin to realize it could be something extraterrestrial. The running time is 106 minutes and this science fiction movie has the IMDB rating of 6.7/10.
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5. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Hotel Rwanda (2004) is a historical drama tells the story of hotel manager Paul (Don Cheadle) and his wife Tatiana who find themselves caught in the middle when a civil war erupts in Rwanda following rising tensions between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Phoenix plays news cameraman Jack Daglish. The running time is 121 minutes and Hotel Rwanda has the IMDB rating of 8.1/10.
4. The Master (2012)
Freddie quell played by Phoenix as a naval veteran who after returning home from World War II finds himself lost and confused with doubts about his future. When he stumbles upon a cult known as the cause. Phoenix received BAFTA Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for his performance. The running time is 144 minutes and The Master has the IMDB rating of 7.2/10.
3. Walk the Line (2005)
In this biopic Phoenix takes on the role of singer Johnny Cash as he rises to fame struggles with his demons and attempts to win over the woman he loves. Phoenix was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor and received an Academy Award nomination. the running time is 136 minutes and Walk the Line has the fire rating of 7.8/10.
2. Gladiator (2000)
Joaquin Phoenix list of movies won’t complete without mentioning this Joaquin Phoenix best movie Gladiator (2000). More Awards recognition for Phoenix as he earned BAFTA Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for his performance as Emperor Commodus who is the target for Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) who seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and son. The running time is 155 minutes and Gladiator has the final rating of 8.5/10.
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1. Her (2013)
At the top on our Joaquin Phoenix movies list is Her (2013). Theodore played by Phoenix is a writer who purchases an operating system designed to learn and adapt to meet the needs of the consumer but Theodore soon finds that sparks begin to fly between him and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) the voice of his operating system. The role earned Phoenix a Golden Globe nomination. Apart Joaquin Phoenix, other casts of the film are Chris Pratt as Paul, Rooney Mara as Catherine, Amy Adams as Amy. The running time is 126 minutes and Her has an IMDB rating of 8.0.
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