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12 Best Colin Firth Movies You Must See

April 28, 2018
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One of the brightest stars among the ‘Brit Pack’ generation of late 80s British actors, Colin Firth is a recipient of an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, a Golden Globe and three SAG Awards. He started off his career from an early age with theatre, joining the National Youth Theatre and subsequently studying at Drama Centre, London. Firth started off his film career with 1984’s ‘Another Country’, where he played a young Marxist high school student. Firth also got a chance to perform alongside Sir Lawrence Olivier in the 1986 TV adaptation of J.B. Priestly’s ‘Lost Empires’. The 1995 TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice brought him widespread attention from the public. Besides being an outstanding performer in front of the camera, his work off it has also been important. Firth has been a long-standing supporter of tribal rights and is actively involved in campaigning for the welfare of refugees. Here is the list of top movies of Colin Firth.

 

12. Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Based on the comic book series of the same name, Kingsman was a 2015 British comedy action film starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton. The film is about a secret service organisation that was funded by all the rich British individuals whom the First World War had left heirless. Firth plays the role of Harry Hart, aka Galahad who recruits Gary “Eggsy” to the agency after he had dropped out of training for the Royal Marines. They then join forces to tackle a mass annihilation scheme being plotted by billionaire and philanthropist Richmond valentine played by Jackson. The movie was greatly loved by the audience and critics for its stylization and spoofing certain spy movie trademarks.
 

11. Love Actually (2003)

This Christmas romantic comedy directed by Richard Curtis boasts of an ensemble star cast with Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightly joining forces with Firth. The movie features ten different love stories which are interconnected and each story brings out different aspects of love, followed by an epilogue. Firth here plays the role of Jamie, who finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him with his own brother. Jamie eventually falls in love with a Portuguese housekeeper, for whom he learns the language and visits her in France.

 

10. Another Country (1984)

Directed by Marek Kavienska, this 1984 comedy drama was one of the first films in Firth’s career and a rather important one. The movie stars Colin Firth and Rupert Everett as Tommy Judd and Guy Bennet respectively. Bennet is a homosexual, and Judd a Marxist, thus making them outsiders to normative British mainstream. They do not have friends at school, thus becoming close in their own way. The film follows their journey and difficulty adjusting to school life, where anything out of the ordinary is looked down upon and shunned as sin.

 

9. A Month in The Country (1987)

An adaptation of the novel of the same name by J.L. Carr, this 1987 feature was directed by Pat O’Connor and stars Colin Firth along with Kenneth Branagh in leading roles. Firth plays Tom Birkin, who has been employed to restore a medieval mural in the British countryside of Yorkshire. Haunted by his experiences in WW1, Birkin begins to develop a speech impediment. He is later joined by an archaeologist James Moon (Branagh), who also joins him in the purpose of restoration. The film was screened in the Un Certain regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and was  positively received by critics.

 

8. Apartment Zero (1988)

Colin Fith plays the role of Adrien LeDuc in this 1988 British-Argentine political thriller. LeDuc is the owner of a theatre showing old classic films, and stays alone, suffering from anxiety and paranoia. As his theatre begins losing money, LeDuc decides to bring in a roommate to share his apartment. This new roommate who comes in is Jack, played by Hart Bochner, and it is through the introduction of this character that the main story unfolds. The concept of the doppleganger is very interestingly used in this movie, reminding one of stories like The secret Sharer by Conrad.

 

7. Valmont (1989)

Directed by the great Milos Forman of One flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest fame, this 1989 British-French drama is based on the 1782 French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. The movie is about a challenge between a widow (played by Annette Benning) and her lover Vicomte de Valmont (Colin Firth) about him being able to seduce a young girl whose marriage has just been fixed to a middle-aged man. Before this movie was released, Dangerous Liaisons, the 1988 movie based on the same story had already seen the light of the day, though it was based more on the play version than the book. Valmont was positively reviewed by Roger Ebert, however receiving mixed reviews from other critics owing to its constant comparisons to the other movie.

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