LIAM NEESON’S TOP 10 MOVIES
Neeson is in fine form – in a confined space – in this airborne melodrama about an air marshal trying to identify an extortionist who’s killing passengers aboard a flight.
Not deemed an action star previously, Neeson changed that perception by playing an ex-spy combing Europe for his kidnapped daughter.
“Love Actually” (2003):
Neeson fares wonderfully, mainly with a young co-star (Thomas Sangster), within a large ensemble cast as a man struggling to cope with losing the love of his life.
“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999):
George Lucas was very specific about casting the first prequel, so there’s no question Neeson is ideal as Jedi legend Qui-Gon Jinn.
“Les Miserables” (1998):
Neeson proves ideal casting as Jean Valjean, the desperate thief who endures a life of pursuit by the relentless Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush).
“Michael Collins” (1996):
Necessary gusto is supplied in full force by Neeson as one of the figureheads of the Irish Republican Army.
“Schindler’s List” (1993):
Neeson is superb as a war profiteer, who literally bargains for the lives of Jews marked for Nazi execution, in director Steven Spielberg’s powerful and true drama.
The required theatricality is executed well by Neeson in playing a disfigured scientist who cloaks himself to avenge his assault.
“The Good Mother” (1988):
Neeson emotes well as a divorcee’s (Diane Keaton) new lover, unaware he might cost her custody of her daughter.
Neeson’s sheer physical presence counts for a lot here, since he barely makes a sound as a hulking murder suspect.