The Best Colin Farrell Movies of All Time

No. 7. Ondine (2010)

Colin Farrell is one lucky guy. Even when he’s fishing he hooks women.

One of many movies on this list that few people have seen, Ondine is an alluring romance about a fisherman (Colin Farrell) who nets a mysterious woman in the water. While his daughter suspects she’s a mermaid, he’s simply entranced by her beauty and good nature. Farrell is once again excellent and the movie, from the director of Interview with the Vampire, works in nearly every way.

No. 6. Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible Bosses, one of several R-rated comedies released during the 2011 summer, managed to stand out from the pack with its relatable presence and A-list cast of evil bosses, the highlight being an almost unrecognizable Colin Farrell. In the movie, which is good but not great, Farrell plays a fat, balding, coke-sniffing, prostitute-f**king jackass of a boss, once again showing both his versatility and his willingness to take on any part, no matter how zany. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a greater presence in the movie – but Horrible Bosses is worth seeing just for him.

No. 5. The Way Back (2010)

This Peter Weir movie, about several prisoners who escape from a Siberian prison during World War II, was seen by approximately seven and a half people, but the drama-thriller is surprisingly good except for its final three minutes. In the movie, Colin Farrell plays a Soviet gangster who kills and intimidates to get his way – but also proves to be a resourceful escapee. Farrell isn’t the focus of the movie, but delivers a fine performance nonetheless.

No. 4. Minority Report (2002)

Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, which stars Tom Cruise, is one of the best sci-fi movies of the past decade. Just writing that first sentence made me want to watch it again. It would have ranked higher on this list if not for the fact that Farrell’s role is pretty small, and not as memorable as his performance in, say, Horrible Bosses. Nonetheless, the actor turns what could have been a one-dimensional cop role into one with much more depth and intelligence.

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By Erik Samdahl
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