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7 Times Keanu Reeves Defied Your Typecasting of Him

7 Times Keanu Reeves Defied Your Typecasting of Him

Keanu Reeves has starred in tons of movies, but he’s mostly known for two kinds of characters: the doofy-slacker type he played in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (and then again in comedies like “Parenthood” and “I Love You to Death”), and the stoic action hero he most memorably portrayed in “The Matrix” (but also in movies like “Speed” and “Point Break”). It’s not fair to put Reeves in a box, though. Here are five times he terrifically played against type.

Ad-Lib Legends: 9 Classic Improvised Scenes

Ad-Lib Legends: 9 Classic Improvised Scenes

Every great movie starts a great script, but sometimes the greatest moments in cinema are captured when an actor “goes off book” and conjures a mesmerizing gesture or unforgettable line on the spot. To wit, here are 10 spontaneous bits in “Goodfellas,” “Annie Hall,” and more that have since been emblazoned into filmmaking history.

Bloody Hell! 10 of the Grittiest War Movies

Bloody Hell! 10 of the Grittiest War Movies

War, what is it good for? Well, at the movies, war is good for shocking (sometimes even sickening) moviegoers with images that convey just how gritty and unbearable human combat can be. Here are 10 movies that don’t flinch as they show their audiences the grim realities of battle.

10 Things “Back to the Future Part II” Got Right (and Wrong) About 2015

10 Things “Back to the Future Part II” Got Right (and Wrong) About 2015

As fans of Doc Brown and Marty McFly may remember, the duo’s second adventure in “Back to the Future II” takes them all the way to the distant sci-fi reaches of… 2015. Now that the future has arrived, let’s check in on the 1989 classic’s most memorable predictions.

Beyond the Legendary Voice: 4 Must-See James Earl Jones Movies

Beyond the Legendary Voice: 4 Must-See James Earl Jones Movies

James Earl Jones has enjoyed an acting career that’s spanned TV, stage and film for six decades and counting. Ironically, Jones’ difficult upbringing was plagued by a severely debilitating stutter; now he’s most recognizable for his rich, resonating voice. (In case you’ve forgotten: “This is CNN.”) To see his best work, check out these four movies starring James Earl Jones that have been included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

10 Trailblazing Trans Actresses From the Big and Small Screens

10 Trailblazing Trans Actresses From the Big and Small Screens

From Jared Leto’s Oscar-winning turn in “Dallas Buyers Club” to Felcity Huffman’s Oscar-nominated role in “Transamerica,” it seems like Hollywood is finally taking notice of trans characters. But beyond those cisgendered actors receiving Award show acclaim, we have to recognize these groundbreaking trans actresses who have made a lasting impact on both the big and small screens.

Take Two! 10 Famous Director’s Cuts

Take Two! 10 Famous Director’s Cuts

Few directors are guaranteed final cut on their movies these days, which means that even after they painstakingly oversee a film’s production, the movie that ultimately hits theaters may not be the one they really want audiences to see. However, since the arrival of home video, an increasing number of filmmakers have managed to issue original, restored or extended cuts of their work—a boon to movie buffs who love nothing more than seeing an auteur’s vision manifested on film. Here are 10 of the most famous director’s cuts.

9 Groundbreaking Stanley Kubrick Movies You Must See Before You Die

9 Groundbreaking Stanley Kubrick Movies You Must See Before You Die

Although he’s been both celebrated and (occasionally) reviled by movie buffs, idiosyncratic auteur Stanley Kubrick turned out a collection of groundbreaking feature films over the course of his nearly 50-year directorial career. In fact, the overwhelming majority of his movies have found a place in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here are the nine Kubrick movies — from “Full Metal Jacket” to “A Clockwork Orange” — that made the cut.

Make His Day: Clint Eastwood’s 5 Biggest Box-Office Hits

Make His Day: Clint Eastwood’s 5 Biggest Box-Office Hits

Back in the early ’90s, Clint Eastwood managed the rare feat of parlaying his movie-star credentials into a successful second career as an esteemed director. Starring in his own projects when he feels like it and staying behind the camera when he doesn’t, the 85-year-old icon seems to rack up greater acclaim and bigger box office returns with every movie he makes. Here are the five Eastwood films–from “American Sniper” to “Unforgiven,” that have brought home the most bacon at the box office.

Do the Hustle! 10 Movie Hookers We’d Love to Meet

Do the Hustle! 10 Movie Hookers We’d Love to Meet

Some support your rap career, others accept your alcoholism…and some even earn you some quick cash by turning your house into a brothel to earn you some cash. Working girls are more than just streetwalkers in miniskirts and high heels; in fact, at the movies, they often make for some of the most colorful characters onscreen. Here are 10 fictional prostitutes with hearts of gold we’d love to meet someday.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About “Conan the Barbarian”

7 Things You Didn’t Know About “Conan the Barbarian”

Bringing a high-fantasy epic to the big screen has never been an easy feat, and 1982′s Conan the Barbarian was no exception. But the risk paid off: Conan proved to be legendary screenwriter John Milius’ most successful directorial effort and gave Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger his perfect breakout role. What may shock you is the lengths taken by the creative forces behind the movie to bring it to life. Here are seven things you probably don’t know about the making of Conan the Barbarian.

Indie Flicks That Scored: The Biggest Sundance Film Festival Box Office Hits

Indie Flicks That Scored: The Biggest Sundance Film Festival Box Office Hits

The Sundance Film Festival is best known as a haven for the sort of risky, low-budget movies that might otherwise fall through the cracks between the latest Hollywood blockbusters… but that doesn’t mean Sundance movies can’t make some serious bank! Here are 10 films that took home a little something more than just awards and acclaim — from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to “Memento.”

John Malkovich’s 10 Creepiest Characters

John Malkovich’s 10 Creepiest Characters

John Malkovich is a multifaceted thespian: versatile, sophisticated and (let’s not forget) as creepy as it gets! While the actor can turn off his more disconcerting qualities to play straightforward roles, his most memorable performances use those ominous eyes and coiled-beast vocal tones to chilling effect. Here are 10 films featuring Malkovich characters we’d least like to run into in a dark alley.

10 Summer Blockbusters You Must See Before You Die

10 Summer Blockbusters You Must See Before You Die

“Jaws,” “Batman,” “Star Wars”….Some of the best over-the-top blockbuster flicks are routinely released when the weather’s at its hottest. Here are 10 summer blockbuster releases, all of them found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” that should be on your home-viewing list no matter what time of year it is.

10 Movies That Peel Back the Layers of Small Town America

10 Movies That Peel Back the Layers of Small Town America

Small-town life is laid bare in RECTIFY. What began as a drama about one man’s wrongful conviction has unfurled into a compelling portrait of a close-knit community whose peace is shattered by the past. Likewise, here are 10 dramatic movies, from “Napoleon Dynamite” tp “Blue Velvet,” that scratch at the surface of daily life in tiny towns, revealing the stark contrast between a community’s image and its reality.

9 Movies From 1976 You Must See Before You Die

9 Movies From 1976 You Must See Before You Die

“All the President’s Men,” “Carrie,” “Taxi Driver”… The 1970s are widely regarded as the second golden age of American film—a decade marked by a new generation of cutting-edge directors who dominated the cinematic landscape. Need proof? Consider 1976 alone.

Skin for the Win! Top 10 Nude Scenes in Oscar-Winning Movies

Skin for the Win! Top 10 Nude Scenes in Oscar-Winning Movies

The Academy Awards have been around for almost 90 years, but during that time, only about two dozen winning flicks have dared to bare the skin of their highly talented casts. Here are 10 of our favorite nude scenes in Oscar-winning movies, from Blue Sky to Monster’s Ball.

10 Modern-Day French Movies You Must See Before You Die

10 Modern-Day French Movies You Must See Before You Die

No other European country has been as influential in the world of modern cinema as France, and while French New Wave may have been the most important cinematic movement since WWII, the country’s also given us some great films just over the past 40 or so years—like these 10 French films, all of them found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Top 10 Unsolved Murders in Movies

Top 10 Unsolved Murders in Movies

The psychodrama, the whodunit tension and the unknown dangers lurking around every corner can make for some riveting set-ups and shocking finales—especially when those finales leave you hanging by not revealing who the killer was all along.

5 Oscar-Nominated Meryl Streep Movies You Must See Before You Die

5 Oscar-Nominated Meryl Streep Movies You Must See Before You Die

Meryl Streep has racked up 19 Academy Award nominations. While three of those nods became Oscar wins, it’s still tough to whittle down Streep’s resume to her very best. However, these five—all of them in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—arguably represent her best.

Oh, Brother: 10 TV and Movie Siblings You’ll Never Forget

Oh, Brother: 10 TV and Movie Siblings You’ll Never Forget

In honor of the upcoming season of RECTIFY, we’re spotlighting siblings in movies and T.V. From brothers and sisters who make our hearts melt (like Gilbert and Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) to relatives who strengthen their kinship by fighting crime (The Boondock Saints), here are ten of the greatest.

Beyond the Stripper: 5 Serious Channing Tatum Roles

Beyond the Stripper: 5 Serious Channing Tatum Roles

He made us laugh in “21 Jump Street,” showed us his dance moves in “Step Up” and again as sultry Magic Mike, plus he’s the perfect romantic lead. But more than all that, Channing Tatum has showed off some serious acting chops in many of his movies. Here are five of Tatum’s performances you might have missed while watching his (we admit, very compelling) dance routines.

10 Steven Spielberg Movies You Must See Before You Die

10 Steven Spielberg Movies You Must See Before You Die

Over his long and legendary career, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has tackled primeval fears and imaginative fantasy, captured the magic of childhood wonderment and found the human side of stories across almost all genres: literary adaptations, action-adventure, historical films and more. All of that makes whittling down his filmography to only his best nearly impossible, but these 1o movies—all of them found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—might be his finest.

On Both Sides of the Iron Curtain: 10 Movies About the Cold War

On Both Sides of the Iron Curtain: 10 Movies About the Cold War

The Cold War between the West and Soviet Russia, along with its collection of allies, began after WWII and lasted until the end of Communist rule. The divided state of East and West Germany may have presented the starkest contrast between the two ideologies, but as these 10 movies about the Cold War demonstrate, the whole world was involved. Find out what “From Russia With Love” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” had to say about the conflict.

Top 10 World-Cinema Movies Of The ’00s

Top 10 World-Cinema Movies Of The ’00s

Some of our favorite non-American movies that received their U.S. premieres at Sundance this past decade, including “Bloody Sunday” and “Up the Yangtze.