LIAM NEE­SON’S TOP 10 MOVIES

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“Non-Stop” (2014):

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.

“Taken” (2008):

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.

“Dark­man” (1990):

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.

“Sus­pect” (1987):

Nee­son’s sheer phys­i­cal pres­ence counts for a lot here, since he barely makes a sound as a hulk­ing mur­der sus­pect.

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