Liam Neeson’s Best Movies and Performances, Ranked


Irish-born actor Liam Neeson celebrates his 70th birthday and with it more than five decades of memorable and outstanding performances in film and television.

A classically trained stage actor, he worked his way through the early days of his career with minor roles in critically acclaimed films such as “The Mission” (1986) and “Husbands and Wives” (1992). But his big breakthrough came when he took on the role of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture winner “Schindler’s List” (1993). Neeson was nominated for Best Actor for his turn as a German industrialist who saved over 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, but lost to Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia.”

Since then, he’s taken on notable roles in dramas such as “Nell” (1994) opposite Jodie Foster and “Michael Collins” (1996), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for lead actor in a drama. He also featured other award-worthy performances that went unnoticed, like the grieving father who helps his son have the daughter in “Love Actually” (2003) and the controversial sex therapist in “Kinsey” (2004).

A true movie star, it’s been one of the biggest blockbusters and action franchises of the past 25 years.

Beginning with Sam Raimi’s cult classic “Darkman” (1990), Neeson played Qui-Gon Jinn, who identifies as a young Darth Vader in George Lucas’ first prequel film “Star Wars: Episode I – The Menace. ghost” (1999) and the villainous Ra’s al Ghul in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” (2005). However, one of his best-known – and most-cited – roles is when he shared his “peculiar set of skills” in the “Taken” franchise, which spawned two sequels and collectively grossed nearly a million. billion dollars worldwide.

Neeson elevated the action genre in a variety of ways, exploring new areas of the cinematic landscape as a sniper turned wolf-fighter in “The Grey” (2012) and as a husband who commits evil acts and wants to darken his wife in “The Widows” (2018).

With two Tony nominations for best actor in a play — ‘Anna Christie’ in 1993 and ‘The Crucible’ in 2002 — there’s not much he can do. As he conquers role after role in Hollywood, his Oscar moment will hopefully be somewhere on the horizon.

Variety ranks Neeson’s top 10 film performances below.

Honorable mentions: “Rob Roy” (1995), “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), “The LEGO Movie” (2014), “A Monster Calls” (2016)


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