My Top Ten Alan Rickman Movies

I did My Top Ten David Bowie Songs last Thursday so this week I figured I better do My Top Ten Alan Rickman Movies. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter films (I far preferred the books) but Snape was a great character & Rickman was perfect in that role. As always with these actor Top Tens, though, I’m ranking these according to how much I like the film. Maybe someday I’ll do these based on the actors’ specific roles.

R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016)

Here are My Top Ten Alan Rickman Movies counting down to my favorite (I’ve seen exactly ten of his films! But I’ve counted the Harry Potters as one):

10. Alice In Wonderland

9. Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves

8. Love Actually

7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

6. Dogma

5. Galaxy Quest

4. The Harry Potter Movies

3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

2. Sense And Sensibility

1. Die Hard

**This is a quick note to thank Luke of Oracle Of Film for once again running Fantasy Acting League, in which bloggers choose three actors & three actresses for the year and then earn points according to their starring roles and what star ratings are given to their movies by Empire magazine. You can see all of this year’s teams in Luke’s post HERE. I had a lot of fun with it last year (and came in at a very close second place!) so am looking forward to seeing how my team does this year. πŸ™‚

My Choices:

Michael Shannon
J.K. Simmons
Woody Harrelson

Rooney Mara
Teresa Palmer
Kristen Wiig

Help me win this year, Teresa Palmer!

53 thoughts on “My Top Ten Alan Rickman Movies

  1. I’m so glad you put Die Hard first. Sense and Sensibility was second too which was another great role. Something tells me you’ll ace my Alan Rickman tribute quiz. I hope you like my Bowie pieces too, and your daughter has started listening to his music again too.

  2. That’s a good list and I’m so glad you included his character from Dogma!!! I always think of him in that film! – “the girl in the PJs!”

    And of course, Hans Gruber had to be no.1.

    A nice tribute Miss Mutant! I’ll miss his voice a lot. RIP.

    I loved the Harry Potter books soooo much that I never bothered with the movies. I was worried they might change my perception of the characters so just didn’t watch them.

    Since they’ve been showing on TV I have seen Philosopher’s Stone, Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows (the final one) and must say I was pretty impressed with the way they were made. But nothing beats the books!! Most people love the films so was just surprised to see you’d written that, pleased though πŸ™‚ haha!

    • Thanks, Emma! I could really do with watching Dogma again – it’s been years. Yeah, I’d have to say they did do a good job with the Harry Potter films but the books were just SO good. I think I felt like you did – I didn’t want the movies ruining the books for me. I mean, the book is better 90% of the time but I find that I rarely love a movie if I read & loved the book first. But the Harry Potter films didn’t ruin the books, at least – they’re decent enough adaptations. I’m just a bit old for the whole Harry Potter thing, I think! πŸ˜‰

      • Yeah definitely decent adaptations, I like the way they kept it British and the heart of the story was still evident. It pissed me off Daniel Radcliffe had blue eyes though. I mean….how much of a big deal do they make about his GREEN eyes in the book?! Anyway πŸ™‚

        The books were a big deal for me lol, I LOOOOOOOVED them. Still do but don’t read them as much anymore, like you say getting a bit old haha. But I could pick up books 4 – 7 any time and still have fun πŸ™‚

        Dogma!! That’s a great film. I’m not a huuuuge Kevin Smith fan but I love Dogma, Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back πŸ™‚

      • Hehe. That sort of thing annoys me too. I mean, ever heard of colored contacts, people?!?! Lol. Yeah – Kevin Smith has had some dodgy films but the one I probably like most is Chasing Amy. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m still so bummed he’s no longer with us. He was such a legend. I haven’t seen Sense and Sensibility but he’s great in the rest of these.

  4. Great post. Your top ten Alan Rickman movies are his top best film performances. Whatever people say I still regard his performance in Robin Hood as the most extravagant of all.

  5. Great list! I think my personal favorite is Sense and Sensibility. I rewatched it last week, and he is so good in that film. Can’t believe it took Marianne so long to see how awesome he was! πŸ˜‰

    • Yeah – I suppose the order would be slightly different if I did it according to the individual roles. But I’d actually have to re-watch Robin Hood (I didn’t love the film itself!). πŸ˜‰

  6. Are these ones rated by the movie or his performance? Because Robin Hood might not be the best movie, but it is up there with one of the greatest Alan Rickman performances out there. Absolutely perfect.

    Also, I am expecting a victory this year. You came so close!!! πŸ˜‰

    • Rated by movie – I’d have to actually rewatch some of these to decide on order by performance and, although he was good from what I remember, I would rather not rewatch Robin Hood. Mainly because it would put that damn song in my head! πŸ˜‰

  7. My ranking would be VERY similar. I’d flip Sweeney Todd for Galaxy Quest becasue I adore that sci-fi spoof. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged.” Ha ha. Then I’d move Love Actually to #4 because when he gives his wife that CD for Christmas, it’s so heartbreaking. Emma Thompson was a big part of that too.

    The rest I’d keep exactly the way it is. Well done!! Great post.

    • Thanks! Yeah – I know a lot of people love Galaxy Quest. I do like that one. πŸ™‚ And I know what you mean about Love Actually – that part pisses me off so much. What a dick! Lol. Which means he was good in that role, I guess. πŸ˜‰

  8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest and all the movies in the Harry Potter galaxy. Plus I’m thinking Alan Rickman should have played Jar Jar. (in a galaxy far far away) but of course my top (and yours) Die Hard… in a universe of Alan Rickman films it is of galactic importance. (I’ve had way too much coffee)

    • Lol. Caffeine! I love caffeine!!! πŸ˜‰ Oh yes, Jar Jar might have been far less hateful if done by Alan Rickman. I like that idea! I was actually really disappointed with the Hitchhiker’s film, though. I adore that book so much and the movie was just odd. I don’t know – maybe I should give it another chance sometime. I just love the BBC version in all its low budget glory. πŸ™‚

      • No the book is a thousand trillion times better. I actually liked the old TV show better too (a lot better actually) but the best thing about that movie was Alan Rickman. Someone should go a dubbed Alan Rickman lines into The Phantom Menace scenes with Jar Jar. I’d do it but sometimes I wish I weren’t so lazy. Or I wish there were something I could drink that would… oh yeah.

  9. Such a great actor! I’m especially fond of Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood, S & S, and of course Die Hard. He was also excellent in Something the Lord Made as a heart surgeon. He will be missed.

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  12. Every single one of those is great. I might change the order. I would probably add three though, so I would have to figure out what to leave out. Bottle Shock, Quigly Down Under, and An Awfully Big Adventure.

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