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. 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.

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20 – Body of Lies (2008)
Trust no one. Deceive everyone.
Action | Drama | Thriller

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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6.27 /10

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.

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19 – The Next Three Days (2010)
What if you had 72 hours to save everything you live for?
Drama | Thriller | Crime | Romance

Directed by: Paul Haggis

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6.33 /10

A married couple’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of murdering her boss. Her husband John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there’s no evidence that negates the evidence against her. When the strain of being separated from her husband and son gets to her, John decides to find a way to break her out.

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18 – The Water Diviner (2014)
To honour a promise. To find his sons. To make his peace.
Drama | War

Directed by: Russell Crowe

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6.37 /10

In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.

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17 – Man of Steel (2013)
You will believe that a man can fly.
Drama | War

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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6.70 /10

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.

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16 – The Silver Brumby (1993)
The magic of the mountain. The obsession of a man. The beauty of the Silver Brumby.
Family | Drama

Directed by: John Tatoulis

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7.15 /10

A mother tells her daughter a fable about the prince of the brumbies, brumby being a term for the feral horses of Australia, who must find its place among its kind, while one man makes it his mission to capture it and tame it. Australian adaptation of Elyne Mitchell’s “The silver Brumby”.

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15 – Romper Stomper (1992)
Give him smack in head special…
Action | Drama | Thriller

Directed by: Geoffrey Wright

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7.33 /10

Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins’ merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity?

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14 – The Sum of Us (1994)
We’re all just . . . The Sum of Us.
Comedy | Drama | Romance

Directed by: Geoff Burton

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7.33 /10

A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for “Miss Right,” his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for “Mr. Right.”

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13 – Les Misérables (2012)

Fight. Dream. Hope. Love.
History | Drama

Directed by: Tom Hooper

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7.47 /10
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.
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12 – Boy Erased (2018)
The truth cannot be converted.

Directed by: Joel Edgerton

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7.47 /10

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.

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11 – State of Play (2009)
Find the Truth
Thriller | Drama

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

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7.60 /10

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party’s contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

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10 – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
The courage to do the impossible lies in the hearts of men.
Adventure | Drama | War

Directed by: Peter Weir

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7.97 /10

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy. However, he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship’s thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

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9 – American Gangster (2007)
There are two sides to the American dream
Drama | Crime

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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8.07 /10

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Partly based on a true story.

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8 – The Nice Guys (2016)
Private dicks
Comedy | Crime | Action

Directed by: Shane Black

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8.17 /10

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.

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7 – Proof (1991)
Before love, comes trust. Before trust, comes…Proof.
Drama | Romance

Directed by: Jocelyn Moorhouse

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8.20 /10

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.

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6 – Gladiator (2000)
A Hero Will Rise.
Action | Drama | Adventure

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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8.27 /10

In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army’s most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus’ devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences.

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5 – A Beautiful Mind (2001)
He saw the world in a way no one could have imagined.
Drama | Romance

Directed by: Ron Howard

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8.30 /10

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.

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4 – Cinderella Man (2005)
One man’s extraordinary fight to save the family he loved.
Drama | Romance | History

Directed by: Ron Howard

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8.37 /10
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.
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3 – 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Time waits for one man.

Directed by: James Mangold

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8.37 /10

In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma”, a train that will take the killer to trial.

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2 – The Insider (1999)
Two men driven to tell the truth … whatever the cost.
Drama | Thriller | History

Directed by: Michael Mann

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8.37 /10
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.
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1 – L.A. Confidential (1997)
Everything is suspect… Everyone is for sale… And nothing is what it seems.
Crime | Drama | Thriller | Mystery

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

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9.17 /10

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).

A Few Russell Crowe Facts…

Crowe continued to perform in a rock group he named 30 Odd Foot of Grunts for some while after he became famous.

Crowe dropped out of high school in order to concentrate on acting.

Crowe met his future wife, Danielle Spencer While training for a boxing scene in Cinderella Man (2005), Crowe dislocated his shoulder and filming had to be delayed for two months.when the two filmed the movie The Crossing (1990).

He is very good friends with actress Jodie Foster and actually wrote a song about her titled “Other Ways of Speaking”

He started smoking when he was ten but in June 2010 he announced he was quitting his 60 cigarettes a day habit. In a David Letterman interview just five months later, he admitted he was still smoking heavily.

His favourite role of all time is his role as James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man (2005).

Crowe earned his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 12, 2010.

In 2001 Crowe received protection from both Secret Service agents and Scotland Yard after it was discovered he was the target of an Al-Qaeda plot.