Russell Crowe’s Top 20 Movies Ranked

Russell Crowe is a New Zealand-born Australian actor known for his commitment, intensity, and ruggedly handsome good looks. 

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Gladiator (2000). He was nominated twice more for The Insider (1999) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), making him the ninth actor to have received three consecutive Academy Award nominations.[4] He has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations (winning two), three BAFTA Award nominations (winning one) and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (winning one).

He is one of the best actors working today and our personal favourite here at Deathbyfilms. Here are his top 20 highest rated movies, based on the averaged IMDb score, Rotten Tomatoes and Letterboxd scores.

20 – Body of Lies (2008)
Action | Drama | Thriller

The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIA’s Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival.

7.1
6.2
6.10
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.47
19 – A Good Year (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance

After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she’s Henry’s illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten?

7.0
6.5
6.02
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.51
18 – Man of Steel (2013)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Science Fiction

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

7.0
7.5
5.72
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.74
17 – The Next Three Days (2010)
Drama | Thriller | Crime | Romance

Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes suicidal, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: Break her out of prison.

7.3
6.6
6.42
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.77
16 – The Silver Brumby (1993)
Family | Drama

On a blustery night, Elyne Mitchell (Caroline Goodall) reassures her young daughter, Indi (Ami Daemion), by telling the girl the story of Thowra, a glorious silver steed. As Thowra reaches maturity, he is primed to become the leader of a band of wild horses. The stately beast, however, catches the eye of a man (Russell Crowe) living in the wilderness, who is determined to capture the animal. The horse must then engage in a desperate battle for his own freedom.

5.8
8.5
6.14
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.81
15 – Romper Stomper (1992)
Action | Drama | Thriller

Hando (Russell Crowe) and Davey (Daniel Pollock) are the leaders of a racist youth gang who spend their nights attacking Asian immigrants in a rough section of Melbourne. On the run after losing badly in a fight against the new Vietnamese owners of their local pub, the pair hook up with teenage junkie Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), who suggests robbing the mansion of her rich and sexually abusive father (Alex Scott). But the girl’s presence begins to drive a wedge between the longtime friends.

6.8
7.3
6.52
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.87
14 – State of Play (2009)
Thriller | Drama

Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star in Washington; handsome, unflappable and seemingly honorable, he’s seen as his party’s next presidential nominee. Until, however, his research assistant/mistress is found murdered and damaging secrets come pouring out. Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), Collins’ old friend, must investigate the murder, and walks headlong into a massive cover-up involving some of the nation’s most promising political and corporate figures.

7.1
7.3
6.50
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.97
13 – Boy Erased (2018)
Drama

Jared Eamons, the son of a small-town Baptist pastor, must overcome the fallout after being outed as gay to his parents. His father and mother struggle to reconcile their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.

6.9
7.4
6.68
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
6.99
12 – The Sum of Us (1994)
Comedy | Drama | Romance

Harry (Jack Thompson), a middle-aged father who suffered through the death of his wife, is ready to get back into dating. Harry shares a home with his gay son, Jeff (Russell Crowe), who is also looking for a serious relationship. Harry and Jeff, who are very close, decide to help each another look for potential partners. Jeff finds a boyfriend who is still in the closet, and Harry begins dating Joyce (Deborah Kennedy). She has a bias against gays, which puts Harry in a tough spot.

7.3
8.0
6.92
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.41
11 – Proof (1991)
Drama | Romance

Martin (Hugo Weaving) is a blind Australian man with trust issues stemming from childhood. Not believing people’s descriptions of the world around him, Martin takes photographs to have others describe what they see for comparison, after which he labels the pictures in Braille. The only other person in Martin’s life is Celia (Genevieve Picot), his housekeeper, who rearranges the furniture and secretly loves him — until he meets Andy (Russell Crowe), a dishwasher with a talent for description

7.2
8.0
7.06
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.42
10 – Les Misérables (2012)
History | Drama

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is freed by Javert (Russell Crowe), the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s (Anne Hathaway) death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

7.6
7.9
7.04
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.51
9 – The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy | Crime | Action

Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that some dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation takes them to dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.

7.4
7.9
7.52
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.61
8 – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Adventure | Drama | War

In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his trusted friend, the ship’s scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, “Lucky Jack” is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.

7.4
8.0
7.44
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.61
7 – American Gangster (2007)
Drama | Crime

Harlem drug dealer Frank Lucas rises to power in corrupt 1970s New York, equalling and surpassing the notorious Mafia families with the reach of his empire. On the other side of the law, honest cop Richie Roberts dedicates himself to taking down `the most dangerous man walking the streets’. Lucas acts with impunity, smuggling heroin into the US in the coffins of American soldiers killed in Vietnam.

7.8
8.4
7.26
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.82
6 – 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Western

Outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) terrorizes 1800s Arizona, especially the Southern Railroad, until he is finally captured. Dan Evans (Bale) is an impoverished rancher and U.S. Civil War veteran. He owes money to Glen Hollander (Loftin), and two of Hollander’s men set fire to his barn, warning his house will be next if he fails to meet his debts.Wade must be brought to trial, so Dan Evans , the owner of a drought-stricken ranch, volunteers to escort him to the train. Along the trail, a grudging respect forms between the men, but danger looms at every turn, and the criminal’s men are in pursuit.

7.7
8.6
7.26
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
7.85
5 – Cinderella Man (2005)
Romance | Drama | History

During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until his former manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers him a one-time slot against a rising young contender. After he wins a shocking upset, Braddock goes back into the ring full time, against the wishes of his frightened wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger). Dubbed “The Cinderella Man” for his rags-to-riches story, Braddock sets his sights on the defending champion, the fearsome Max Baer (Craig Bierko).

8.0
9.1
7.20
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
8.10
4 – The Insider (1999)
Drama | Thriller | History

After seeking the expertise of former “Big Tobacco” executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), seasoned TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) suspects a story lies behind Wigand’s reluctance to speak. As Bergman persuades Wigand to share his knowledge of industry secrets, the two must contend with the courts and the corporations that stand between them and exposing the truth. All the while, Wigand must struggle to maintain his family life amidst lawsuits and death threats.

7.8
9.0
7.82
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
8.21
3 – A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Drama | Romance

A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

8.2
9.3
7.52
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
8.34
2 – Gladiator (2000)
Action | Drama | Adventure
Set in Roman times, the story of a once-powerful general (Russell Crowe) forced to become a common gladiator. The emperor’s son is enraged when he is passed over as heir in favour of his father’s favourite general. He kills his father and arranges the murder of the general’s family, and the general is sold into slavery to be trained as a gladiator – but his subsequent popularity in the arena threatens the throne.
8.5
8.7
7.90
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
8.37
1 – L.A. Confidential (1997)
Crime | Thriller

Three policemen, each with his own motives and obsessions, tackle the corruption surrounding an unsolved murder at a downtown Los Angeles coffee shop in the early 1950s. Detective Lieutenant Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a murdered detective, is out to avenge his father’s killing. The ex-partner of Officer White (Russell Crowe), implicated in a scandal rooted out by Exley, was one of the victims. Sergeant Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate (Danny DeVito).

8.2
9.4
7.98
AVERAGE-SCOREV3
8.53