Among the actors that made big in the early nineties, the name Gary Oldman stands out as one of the formidable one. Born into a working class family, he worked tirelessly to earn a scholarship into the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. In the theatre circuits, he quickly made a name for himself, for his intense portrayals. As luck would have it, director Alex Pope saw one of his theatrical performances and offered him the lead role in the film ’Sid and Nancy’ (1986). Still remembered for his epic portrayal of the ill-fated rockstar, this role brought him into limelight. Over the years, he came out with some breathtaking performances and won hearts. Equally known for his hard-hitting views over the political circus that Hollywood is, he often got embroiled into controversies.
A man whose craft speaks more than him, Gary Oldman has withstood the test of time, among many controversies, some failed marriages and a career that has seen swings more than a seesaw. Here is the list of top Gary Oldman films selected from his vast filmography. You can also watch some of these best Gary Oldman movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Sid and Nancy (1986)
Based on the relationship of the rocker Sid Vicious of the band Sex Pistols and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, ‘Sid and Nancy’ brought the unbelievable talents of Gary Oldman, to forefront. To the people watching it, as if it was the kohl eyed, punk haired Sid being alive once again. Gary perfected the slurred down accent of the rockstar to the t, who destroyed his career and eventually his life to a lifelong addiction of heroin. Commercially unsuccessful, ‘Sid and Nancy’ garnered positive reviews from critics, particularly for Gary’s portrayal of the ill-fated rocker and went on to become a cult classic.
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10. The Fifth Element (1997)