The Films of Anthony Hopkins (Recommendations/Brief Reviews)
With a collection of over 60 Anthony Hopkins’ films, I have listed some I particularly recommend below. This list is by no means exhaustive, but are films I decided to list so that if you are unfamiliar with the eclectic variety of roles Hopkins has portrayed, these film recommendations will assist you in viewing some of what I consider his best:
Instinct — Beautiful performance with an important powerful message. One of his films I most appreciate–not only for his fine performance, but for the message. This is one of my favorite films of all time.
Shadowlands — Beautiful. Story of C. S. Lewis’ relationship with his wife Joy; poignant exploration of life–its joy and sorrow.
Meet Joe Black — Thought provoking, poignant, examination of what is really important in our lives.
The Bunker — Historically accurate & excellent portrayal of Hitler. I was amazed at Hopkins’ ability to portray Hitler so accurately from his mannerisms, personality, and emotions…This is the best film I have ever seen so precisely portraying Hitler. Hopkins does an outstanding job.
Nixon — Incredible portrayal by Hopkins.
Mussolini- The Decline and Fall of Il Duce — Fascinating, informative drama based on the true story of Benito Mussolini’s fall and the struggle for power between Mussolini and his son-in-law and heir-apparent Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Galeazzo Ciano portrayed by Hopkins. Events depicted were filmed where they actually occurred. True story excellently made into film.
Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal; Red Dragon — Enjoyed all three of these films…most of all because of Hopkins’ performances.
The Dawning — Beautiful. Truth and justice must be fought for.
Audrey Rose — Poignant. Powerful story of a father’s love for his daughter.
The Human Stain — Powerful thought-provoking drama on the choices we must make on our life journey, the development of our character–our values–and social commentary on the scourge of political correctness and judgmentality in its various forms.
The Bounty — Very well made film of mutiny on the seas. Dramatic. Hopkins gives a superb performance as Lieutenant Bligh – captain of the HMS The Bounty.
Hearts in Atlantis — Reflections on life, with an intriguing extra-sensory element. Thoughtful, beautiful touching story.
Peter And Paul — Excellent film in which Hopkins powerfully depicts Saul/Paul in his courageous dedication and devotion to sharing his beliefs.
QB VII — A study of the human heart, moving story of a doctor accused of being a Nazi collaborator in conducting medical experiments on Jews in a Nazi concentration camp. Well made drama; 3-vhs volume set.
The Elephant Man — Beautiful, based on the true story.
The Trial — Kafka’s story comes to life with its powerful message. Though Anthony Hopkins has only a ‘cameo’ appearance…it is a powerful part of this intriguing interesting film.
Eighty Four Charing Cross Road — Poignant, true story of a long-distance writing friendship between a writer in New York and a book collector/bookshop proprietor in London.
Surviving Picasso — Hopkins captures the passion, creativity, and emotionalism of Picasso.
The Tenth Man — Excellent drama.
August — Hopkins stars, directs, and its his beautiful musical compositions, in this film based on Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula — Excellent adaptation of Stoker’s novel…and very enjoyable.
Amistad— Steven Spielberg film based on the true story of enslaved Africans and their fate in their quest for freedom in America. Excellent!
In The Lion’s Den with Anthony Hopkins – This informative well researched PBS documentary was enhanced with Hopkins’ own observations and feelings as he travels East Africa observing and learning of wild lions. A must for anyone intrigued by lions…a must for any “cat person.”
Magic — Suspenseful and captivating performance! When buying the video (VHS), I recommend making sure you get the original un-cut/ unedited R-rated version.
War and Peace— Excellent. 6-video VHS set.
The Edge — Excellent character development evolves in this suspenseful adventure set in the Alaskan wilderness where the truth that the dangers from a corrupt human heart can outweigh or equal the dangers of the wilderness.
The Lost Children of Berlin — Hosted by Hopkins, this is a powerful documentary (by Steven Spielberg) recounting the story of 50 Holocaust survivors who reunite at the elementary school they last knew each other from. The testimonials are both a powerful remembrance and warning of the evil mankind has done… and can do.
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