Joaquin Phoenix movies are well-appreciated by all from cinephiles to movie critics for his method acting and his real-life enigmatic personality that has already put him in the list of the best actors of all-time. On the occasion of the mad genius turning 46-years-old yesterday, let’s take a look at the top 5 of his best performances, but don’t let yourself down if you don’t agree with the order or see your favourite Joaquin Phoenix movie on the list because we’ve had a hard time deciding it too.
The Top 5 Joaquin Phoenix Movies
5. Gladiator (2000)
Playing the historical role of the tyrannical Roman emperor, Lucius Aurelius Commodus that earned Joaquin Phoenix his first Oscar Nomination in 2001. Directed by Ridley Scott, Gladiator was the first movie that really let out Joaquin’s hidden potential as an actor that can really make the audience forget about his lovable true identity and immerse them into hating him for his cruel acts as film’s antagonist which helped shine the protagonist, Russell Crowe, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for the film.
4. You Were Never Really Here (2017)
A traumatic drama directed by the talented female director, Lynne Ramsey features Joaquin Phoenix as a soldier and an FBI officer turned Brute hitman suffering PTSD from his past which now has turned into suicidal thoughts. Joaquin’s performance in this indie film is nothing less than pure method acting not only by using his acting prowess but channelling his own personal trauma into the role really makes scenes feel authentic than ever.
3. Her (2013)
2013’s ‘Her’ brings a fresh lease of life to Joaquin’s collection of performances. Directed by the idiosyncratic Spike Jonze portrays Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Theodore Twombly, an introvert living in futuristic world as a writer, as he buys a newly announced A.I to help his articulation, he becomes fond of ‘her’, beautifully voiced by Scarlett Johansson and obviously, begins to fall for her. Joaquin Phoenix also met his now-fiancee, Rooney Mara on the set, who plays his on-screen ex-wife in the film. The Irony!
2. The Master (2012)
This 2.5-hour journey of a film features some of the best acting in the history of Hollywood. Under the direction of the multiple Oscar-nominated auteur, Paul Thomas Anderson who has Joaquin running on all cylinders and receiving a Best Actor Oscar nomination. In this psychological drama alongside the legendary late actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Phoenix plays a hedonistic ww2 veteran named Freddie, who finds purpose in ‘the Cause’, a religious campaign depicting the birth of Scientology. Will Freddie find salvation? or is he just a pawn in a conspiracy?
1. Joker (2019)
Yes, the list cannot be complete without mentioning Joaquin’s take on the coveted role of ‘the Joker’. Set in the gritty and corrupt Gotham City before the advent of Batman, forces the ‘mentally ill loner’ Arthur Fleck on his path to becoming the dark knight’s most dreaded enemy. Joaquin Phoenix really broke down the character in layers and beckoning the viewers about the impact of society in shaping human life, won him his late but well-deserved Oscar for Best Actor in 2020.