12 Best Clive Owen Movies You Must See

June 7, 2018
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Clive Owen is one of the most underrated actors we have today. He might not have the star power of someone like a Leonardo DiCaprio nor possess the talent scale of Daniel Day-Lewis, but Owen is a fine actor. Graduating from ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’, Owen starred in many Shakespeare plays, before beginning a career in television and even eventually moving on to films.

An Academy Award nomination(deserved more) and a couple of Golden Globe Nominations later, Owen has showcased enough work to be considered a veteran. He has been very interesting regarding his role pickings and has effortlessly walked the fine line between being a commercial star and an indie actor. Here’s the list of top Clive Owen films.


12. Croupier (1998)

Croupier is a 1999 British neo-noir film directed by Mike Hodges that stars Clive Owen playing a struggling writer who takes up a job as a croupier in a casino. He is approached by a gambler who is down on her luck, and wants his help in planning a heist at the casino.

Croupier was very well received by the critics and helped launch Clive Owen’s career in Hollywood. It is a film that is smart, enthralling and intense and does all that without screaming out for attention. The screenplay is fascinating in its multi-layered plot and is fantastically anchored by Clive Owen.


11. Shoot em Up (2007)

Shoot ‘Em Up is a 2007 American action film written and directed by Michael Davis. It stars Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci and Stephen McHattie. The film follows a drifter who rescues a newborn from being killed by an assassin and his gang. Fleeing from the gang, a prostitute helps him to keep the baby safe as he unravels the conspiracy.

The humour and stylish action makes this film very enjoyable. It is very Sin City like, in it’s very ambitious hyperactive action sequences. Owen delivers a great deadpan performance that makes his loner character very likeable.


10. Trust (2010)

Trust is a 2010 American drama thriller film directed by David Schwimmer and based on a screenplay by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger. Clive Owen plays a man who struggles to cope with the knowledge that his 14-year-daughter (Liana Liberato) was assaulted by a sexual predator she met in an online chat room.

Some gut-wrenching performances in the film carry the film to its full glory. Schwimmer directs with sensitivity and restraint in this exploration of a tough subject.


9. The Boys are Back (2009)

The Boys Are Back is a 2009 Australian/British drama film directed by Scott Hicks, produced by Greg Brenman and starring Clive Owen. Owen plays a a sports who becomes depressed after the untimely death of his wife. He decides to raise his two sons alone and bring back joy into their lives.

The Boy are back is a classy, intelligent, low-key affair which is at it’s best whenever Clive Owen is on-screen. Overall it’s a touching drama with a great melancholy soundtrack by Sigur Rós.


8. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead(2003)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is a 2003 British crime film directed by Mike Hodges, from a screenplay by Trevor Preston. Starring Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Charlotte Rampling, the film follows a former gang boss who returns to London to avenge his brother who was brutally murdered.

The film begins with a bit of confusion like something of an enigma, but later develops into a gritty thrilling story. This one’s more about mood than anything else.


7. Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

Hemingway & Gellhorn is an HBO biopic film about the lives of journalist Martha Gellhorn and her husband, writer Ernest Hemingway. Directed by Philip Kaufman, it first aired on HBO on May 28, 2012. The film stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman as it’s leads.

Kidman and Owen are both very good in their particular roles and do the character justice. Kaufman directs this film with style and a lot of fashion.

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