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The 10 Best Russell Crowe Movies

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5. L.A. Confidential

One of the most critically acclaimed dramas of the 90’s, L.A. Confidential is a complex and superbly acted conspiracy thriller starring Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger, who won an Oscar for her role.

4. Gladiator

Easily Russell Crowe’s most widely acknowledged movie, Gladiator may have gotten more than it deserved when it won Best Picture at the 2001 Academy Awards, but Gladiator is still a fun, exciting and action-packed piece of entertainment. Crowe won an Oscar for his role as Maximus, though the movie features, at best, only his third best performance.

3. A Beautiful Mind

Just a year after winning Best Actor for Gladiator, Crowe was nominated for another Oscar for an even more powerful performance – as schizophrenic genius John Nash in the Ron Howard-directed drama A Beautiful Mind. Mesmerizing and engaging, the movie relies heavily on Crowe’s performance. Thankfully, he’s up to the challenge.

2. The Insider

Russell Crowe’s best performance comes from his sole collaboration with director Michael Mann. In it, Crowe plays a research chemist who is threatened when he agrees to reveal lies made by the tobacco industry. Between Crowe’s performance and Mann’s masterful direction (okay, Al Pacino is good, too), they somehow manage to make this movie about cigarettes extremely exciting. Who would have guessed.

1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Though this epic doesn’t feature Crowe’s “best” performance, the financial disappointment Master and Commander is the best movie of Russell Crowe’s career. Not only is this movie my benchmark for testing surround sound systems, but Peter Weir’s masterpiece is nearly flawless and an incredible viewing experience no matter how many times you watch it.

For a full list of Russell Crowe movies in the FilmJabber database (with ratings), go here.

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By Erik Samdahl
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