When asked by Carrie Anne-Moss which movies she should watch with her teenage sons, Keanu Reeves enthusiastically sent her his 18 favorite movies. This fascinating list includes some very unique choices, including the stylish horror movie The neon demon, the science fiction / sports film Roller, and the absurd thriller The wrong lot.
While these films have a fairly polarizing reception, Reeves also chose some true classics. It seems that the Matrix the actor has a love for treasured parody films and, unsurprisingly, films about sympathetic assassins.
ten Blazing Saddles (1974) – 7.7
Even though he doesn’t seem to have a funny bone, Flaming saddles is one of many comedies on the actor’s list. Not only that, but he has a special love for parodies, as the Mel Brooks classic pokes fun at old Western tropes, and although it received mixed reviews upon its release, the 1974 film is now considered a classic.
Flaming saddles takes place on the US border in the 1800s, and it’s about an attorney general trying to force people out of their town in order to earn millions by building a railroad. It was the coolest, most intelligently written parody of its time, and it’s packed with hilarious songs too.
9 The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) – 7.8
Outlaw Josey Wales is one of Clint Eastwood’s most well-known westerns. The movie should be in the conversation for Eastwood’s best western as much as a handful of dollars and unforgiven. As is the case with most westerns, the 1976 film is a revenge flick, as it follows the titular Missouri farmer whose family is slaughtered by Union militants during the Civil War.
Wales joined a group of Confederate guerrillas and became one of the West’s most notorious shooters. While there aren’t many these days, Keanu Reeves has the perfect look to play a rogue cowboy in a gun western. And whoever has seen John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum knows he already knows how to ride a horse.
8 Young Frankenstein (1974) – 8.0
Mel Brooks was very prolific in the early 1970s, having released two classics in the same year. With Flaming saddles, 1974 saw the release of Young Frankenstein. The film is yet another Brooks parody, and arguably his best, as it pokes fun at popular horror tropes while telling the story of Frankenstein in a hilarious and original way.
The film follows Frankenstein’s grandson, who tries to prove his grandfather wasn’t as crazy as people claim. But it doesn’t take long before it’s revealed that young Frankenstein is just as crazy as his grandfather.
seven The Great Lebowski (1998) – 8.1
Being one of the most inventive comedies of the 1990s, The great Lebowski is not only hilarious, but there are also so many fan theories surrounding the Jeff Bridges film. The film directed by the Coen brothers is such a classic that it even has its own festival, Lebowski Fest, where fans dress up as their favorite characters. It would be great to see Reeves show up dressed as a guy, because all he would have to do is dye his hair and put on a few pounds.
Reeves is apparently a huge fan of the Coen brothers’ work, as he has another of their films on his list of 18 films. However, it is not one of the most beloved films as There is no country for old people Where Fargo, corn Elevate Arizona, the 1987 crime film starring Nicolas Cage.
6 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – 8.2
The Monty Python comedy troupe started out doing skits on television, and they went on to create some of the most gripping and hilarious comedy movies of all time, the first of which was this 1975 film. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a parody of the journey of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to find the Holy Grail.
The Holy Grail presents a slapstick comedy like no other, and it was one of the first times that typically British irreverent people found an audience in the United States. The film is one of the best early director of the ’70s because it comes from Terry Gilliam, who went on to make some of the most breathtaking films of the’ 80s and ’90s including Brazil and Fear and loathing in Las Vegas.
5 A Clockwork Orange (1971) – 8.3
A clockwork orange is steeped in pop culture. The single eyeliner-covered eye became an iconic image, Droogs became tentpole Halloween outfits, and they even appeared in Space Jam: a new legacy. It’s something director Stanley Kubrick probably would have hated, as the last thing he thought about while making the grueling drama was the potential for it to become something new.
But there are many who can appreciate the film for its messages and how ahead of its time it was, including Reeves. The film follows an inherently violent teenager who goes through a government-funded behavior modification process. What follows is a fascinating commentary on the relationship between government and public free will.
4 Amadeus (1984) – 8.3
Amadeus follows the relationship between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his peer, Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). The film is on Reeves’ Favorite Movies list because it is the only historical drama to be found there. There are several models on the list, such as satirical comedies, films directed by the Coen brothers, and those directed by Kubrick, but a drama about the conflict between two classical composers is a bit to the left.
The film is entertaining and gripping, but it did hurt F. Murray Abraham’s career as he struggled to secure key roles after the 1984 release, despite winning an Oscar for the role. Perhaps this is something Reeves can relate to, as if he had enjoyed a second wave of success, Reeves’ popularity plummeted in the mid-2000s.
3 Dr Strangelove (1964) – 8.4
Clearly being a Stanley Kubrick fan, with A clockwork orange, the actor also lists Dr Strangelove as one of his favorites. The actor has a weakness for deep satire, and Dr Strangelove is best of all, as it satirizes the Cold War and the growing tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union at the time.
Despite being very much of his time, Dr Strangelove still stands today, whether it’s Peter Sellers playing three different main characters or the iconic set design, especially when it comes to the famous War Room. The 1964 film was so influential and it opened up the war to so many other unique satires to follow.
2 Leon: The Professional (1994) – 8.5
It’s no surprise that Reeves mentioned the Luc Besson-directed movie Leon: the professional is one of his favorite films, as the 1994 hitman film clearly inspired the first John wick movie. Although Leon and John are deadly and brutal, both films are about sympathetic hitmen.
However, there is less emphasis on the action of shock factors in Leon, and it’s more of a character study and focuses on the relationship with Mathilda, a young girl he adoptsâ¦ and then trains to become a deadly assassin as well. Interestingly, Reeves also had Nikiti on his full list of 18 Favorite Movies, which is another film directed by Besson about an assassin.
1 Seven Samurai (1954) – 8.6
Seven Samurai is one of the greatest epics of all time, as the 3.5-hour Japanese film is full of high-profile establishment shots, huge battles, and some of the best production designs that still stand today. hui. The film is about a group of samurai who are hired by a farming village to protect their crops from vicious bandits.
It’s no surprise that Reeves loves the movie, as he’s always shone for Japanese history. And the epic movie may even have been what prompted him to star in the fantasy adventure movie, 47 Ronin, where he also played a samurai.
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