Is that a cool breeze over the mountains or are you just watching a Keanu Reeves movie? Born in Beirut and raised in Toronto, Reeves has become one of the most celebrated and paradoxical leading men in Hollywood. He speaks like a Buddhist monk, can do martial arts, and even writes poetry. On-screen we know him from roles as the quintessential stoner, the steeliest action badass, the romantic comedy love interest, and on one occasion, the voice for a dog in the aptly titled Keanu.
Most recently, Keanu has returned to perhaps his most iconic character in The Matrix: Resurrections. He’s been a Hollywood A-lister for more than two decades, all while maintaining the delightful zen presence that initially made him irresistible.
Indeed, this righteous dude is a legend we wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. His filmography is worthy of a dissertation but until then here’s a list of his best movies.
An animated thriller that feels like a depressed cartoon, A Scanner Darkly finds Keanu Reeves playing an addicted narcotics cop in the OC. Sorta funny, sorta morose, the film is exactly that — sorta good. Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s 1977 novel, there’s plenty of intelligent depth to excavate but the pace and aesthetic can make the whole thing feel cumbersome. Of course, Reeves acts the shit out of the role and makes us sympathetic to this poor schlub. Even so, this is far from his No. 1 film.
Keanu is a demon-hunter in this 2005 horror-fantasy Constantine. He wears a suit. Let’s just say it’s no John Wick, but it’s thrilling in its own right. The movie received mixed reviews from critics, but has become an object of cult facscination in more recent years.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Keanu is a baby in this film. Not a leading role but fun to see him get comfortable on-screen in this classic horror movie.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Even less of a main character, but a fun movie starring Uma Thurman that most people don’t realize features Keanu.
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