Willem Dafoe was one of the founders of the Wooster Theater Company before he got deep into film, impressing audiences and critics with his villain in Streets of Fire (1984). In the days since his vulpine features have startled audiences, his intense performances have been critically acclaimed and he moves easily between Hollywood blockbusters and important independent films. Oscar winning director William Friedkin cast him as Rick Masters, the counterfeiter in ‘To Live and Die in LA’ (1985) to great acclaim.
It was, however, as Elias, the decent American soldier in Platoon (1986) that he first earned great acclaim and his first Academy Award nomination. As the messiah like warrior, critics sang his praises, the Academy awarded him a nomination for supporting actor and, taking notice, Martin Scorsese cast him as Christ in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) one of his finest and most important performances. Audiences had not ever seen a Christ like this one, so human, so real, and critics heaped praise on him for his work in the demanding and difficult movie. Through the nineties, the actor gave us an array of heroes and villains, fearless to make himself look horrible for any role. He continues to do that to this day, comfortable in studio fare such as Spider-Man (2002) and more so in indies that challenge him as an actor. Here is the list of 9 best movies of Williem Dafoe.
1. The Florida Project (2017)
Bobby is a gruff manager of a run-down hotel, one of those loud garish ones you see on the way to Disney World, but that is the closest anyone who stays there will ever come. Run down, many people live there paying by the week, Bobby tends to them and the hotel daily. Often he is fixing something seven year old Moonee and Her friends have damaged. Though he is tough on the kids, he is a fierce protector of them. Dafoe is brilliant in the film, do the finest work of his career, displaying a huge heart, a kindness in a place where one would not believe it exists.