Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been the King of England and the King of rock ‘n roll in his various acting gigs. Initially gaining fame through the 1998 film Velvet Goldmine, Meyers has gone on to do great things in Hollywood.
At 16 as a teen Meyers was spotted by casting agents in a local pool hall and the rest, as they say, is history. Decades, golden globes nominations and several Hugo Boss campaigns later, Rhys Meyers has become a Hollywood heart-throb. Here’s the list of top Jonathan Rhys Meyers films that show his talent.
10. From Paris With Love (2010)
From Paris with Love is a 2010 English- language French action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and directed by the French Director Pierre Morel. It tells the story of an unlikely pair of a young employee from the office of the US Ambassador in Paris and an American spy. I don’t really get why many people think this is a bad film. I think it’s a fantastic film that is all sides thrilling with an engaging story. The performances from its leads is also superb with Travolta playing a tough, no bullshit spy and a vulnerable, fragile performance from Rhys Meyers.
9. B Monkey (1998)
B. Monkey is a British-American 1998 crime drama film directed by Michael Radford. In the film an English school teacher’s quiet life is turned upside down when he meets the wildly exciting Beatrice The film is carried by Asia Argento whose charisma is contagious and makes it impossible to become bored with. Argento gives a complex reading on Beatrice a role that offers her a lot of opportunities. ‘s a hugely stylish film and is beautifully shot.
8. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Named after the famous David Beckham free-kick curls, Bend it like Beckham is a 2002 comedy film produced, written and directed by Gurinder Chadha. The film stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It follows an 18-year-old Indian girl in the UK who becomes infatuated with football despite her parent’s disagreement. Bend it like Beckham is a surprisingly entertaining flick that is inspiring, compassionate and sly serves as a social commentary. Nagra and Knightley have wonderfully likeable characters and both actors manage to balance their characters tremendously.
7. August Rush (2007)
August Rush is a 2007 American drama film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and stars Kerri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. It involves an 11-year-old musical prodigy living in an orphanage who runs away to New York City. However predictable, August Rush is a sentimental tale that thrives on evocative music and great performances. It is an ambitious story to tell and almost falls short of it, but there are too many charming moments in the movie for it to fail.
6. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Velvet Goldmine is a 1998 British-American drama film directed and co-written by Todd Haynes. Set in the early 70’s, it tells the story of the fictional pop star Brian Slade. The film stars a great cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan Mcgregor, Christian Bale and Toni Collete. Velvet Goldmine is an electrifying project that is devilishly flamboyant and all out stylish. This trippy movie takes you on a whirlwind tour of Brit glam rock. It is clever, fascinating, audaciously ambitious. The fashion (costume design) captures the mood of the era so well.
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