Happy Birthday to Willem Dafoe, who is 62 tomorrow.
I have to admit that I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Dafoe. I think he’s a decent actor & has been in an interesting range of films but my main reason for even giving him much thought is probably because he’s one of so few actors from my home state. Why are there so few famous people from my state?!
As with all my actor top tens, these are ranked from my least favorite to favorite movie instead of by performance (Although, to be honest, number one is probably my favorite performance as well. He’s awesome in that!). So here are My Top Ten Willem Dafoe Movies:
*Updated July 2018 to add The Florida Project & Nymphomaniac: Vol II*
The Rest That I’ve Seen:
20. The English Patient (screw this movie)
19. Speed 2: Cruise Control
18. American Dreamz
17. American Psycho
16. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
14. Born On The Fourth Of July
13. The Last Temptation Of Christ
12. Clear And Present Danger (barely remember it, to be honest)
10. TIE: The Fault In Our Stars & The Florida Project
9. Odd Thomas
4. John Wick
Finding Dory, because it’s just a small cameo
Some Of The Many I’ve Not Seen:
To Live And Die In L.A., Mississippi Burning, Wild At Heart, Body Of Evidence, Basquiat, The Boondock Saints, Shadow Of The Vampire, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Manderlay, Inside Man, Tales From Earthsea, Antichrist, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Cirque Du Freak, John Carter, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Grand Budapest Hotel is superb!
I know everyone keeps telling me that…. But I really can’t get into Anderson’s films! Maybe I’ll try to watch it someday. : )
Defoe may not be the lead in Boondock Saints, but he is who make the movie. He is my favorite character in that film.
Hmm. Suppose I should try to watch that one at some point. A lot of people have mentioned it. : )
I couldn’t agree more. 😉
Haha! Oh, good. I’m not the only one to find The English Patient to be a complete bore… 😉
Love me some Willem Dafoe. But I gotta tell ya, a lot of the movies in your haven’t seen list are freaking classics… To Live and Die in LA, Boondock Saints, Grand Budapest Hotel, Once Upon a Time in Mexico… If nothing else they should at least knock The English Patient off of your top 20.
Well, I’ll TRY to watch those. Someday. Except maybe Grand Budapest Hotel (I can’t get into those Wes Anderson movies). Maybe if you watch Stand By Me….. 😉 (I’m sure it’s better than The English Patient, of course)
I’m going to search for Stand By Me right now. And it better be good. In America they called it Goonies, right?
Ha! Don’t insult Stand By Me – it’s so much better than The Goonies! 😉
Yeah, you should watch The Grand Budapest Hotel, it really is great!
Hehe. Everyone keeps saying that! I just really don’t like Wes Anderson… : )
I don’t like most of his films either, only Budapest and Moonrise Kingdom really. 🙂
No love for “Mr Bean’s Holiday”?? 😛
Haha! Can’t say I’ve seen that one… 😉
Oh, you’re missing out on a real treat…. >.< 😛
Such a great actor, I especially loved him in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
Agreed. And he was great in those! : )
You have got to watch Boondock Saints!
I’m getting that impression from the comments… ; ) I’ll add it to my Watchlist! (Man, that list is so huge….)
”The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” (also by Wes Anderson) is also amazing and I loved it even more than ”The Grand Budapest Hotel” 🙂
…and ”The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” also has one of the best Blll Murray’s and Jeff Goldblum’s roles ever ha-ha.
Hmm…. I just really can’t get into Wes Anderson’s movies! Which is why I haven’t watched those. : )
I can understand that. He has a distinctive cartoonish style about eccentric people plus each if his movies looks like it’s almost hand-cradted painting… that’s why I love it 🙂
Make Shadow Of A Vampire a must see.
Yes – I do agree that of those I haven’t seen, that’s probably the Dafoe performance I should see the most. : )
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