June 14, 2024

Daniel Day-Lewis’ Ten Best Films

Hollywood received shocking news the other day when it was announced that Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most celebrated actors in film history, was retiring from acting. Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, stated “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”

Day-Lewis is the only actor to ever win three best actor Oscars, for the title role in Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, and My Left Foot. He also earned two other Academy Award nominations for Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father.

We’ve compiled Daniel Day-Lewis’ ten best films, based on their Rotten Tomato scores.

A Room With a View (1985)- 100%

Based on the 1908 E.M. Forster novel, A Room With a View tells the story of a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. The all star cast includes  Helena Bonham Carter , Julian Sands,  Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench and Simon Callow.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)- 100%

The story is set in London during the contemporary era, as reflected in the complex—and often comical—relationships between members of the Pakistani and English communities. The story focuses on Omar, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny (Day-Lewis). The two become the caretakers and business managers of a launderette originally owned by Omar’s uncle Nasser.

 

My Left Foot (1989)- 97%

My Left Foot tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. It won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Brenda Fricker).

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)- 95%

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1988 American film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera that portrays the effect on Czechoslovak artistic and intellectual life during the 1968 Prague Spring of socialist liberalization preceding the invasion by the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact that ushered in a period of communist repression. It portrays the moral, political, and psycho-sexual consequences for three bohemian friends: a surgeon (Day-Lewis), and two female artists with whom he has a sexual relationship.

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)- 94%

The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans — Uncas (Eric Schweig), his father Chingachgook (Russell Means), and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) — live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters (Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May) of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War.

In the Name of the Father (1993)- 94%

In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, four people falsely convicted of the 1974 IRA’s Guildford pub bombings, which killed four off-duty British soldiers and a civilian.

There Will Be Blood (2007)- 91%

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson,  There Will Be Blood tells the story of a silver miner-turned-oilman (Day-Lewis) on a ruthless quest for wealth during Southern California’s oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Lincoln (2012)- 90%

Steven Spielberg’s 2012 epic historical drama starred  Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln. 

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The Bounty (1984)- 82%

Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) struggles to restore discipline among the crew of the HMS Bounty after the ship has an extended furlough in Tahiti. After the captain doles out floggings and other physical punishments, the crew mutinies, led by Bligh’s former close friend, Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson). Unable to return to their tropical paradise, the mutineers find themselves stranded, while Bligh and his faithful crew members embark on a dangerous journey to the Dutch East Indies. Day-Lewis costars as the ship’s Sailing Master. 

Gangs of New York (2002)- 75%

Martin Scorsese’s  film is set in 1862 and follows fictional gang leader Bill “The Butcher” Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis) in his roles as crime boss and political kingmaker under the helm of “Boss” Tweed (Jim Broadbent).

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