Top 5 Kevin Costner Movies
Twenty-five years ago, he was arguably Hollywood’s biggest star. The man could do no wrong. However, in the mid-nineties, a series of ambitious projects began to flop and it was clear that Kevin Costner’s star was beginning to wane. The Oscar-winning director of Dances With Wolves has since only had a handful of big-screen leading roles but is now due a comeback of sorts. After solid supporting turns in the Zack Synder’s Man of Steel and Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan, Costner now returns to our screens with a Taken style makeover in McG’s 3 Days To Kill. So what better time is there to celebrate the roles that made Costner a star in the first place? Here is my Kevin Costner Top 5 list. Feel free to add your thoughts and personal favourites!
#5: Wyatt Earp
A surprising entry for most I’m sure, but this picture surely had its moments. Following the Western genre’s sudden revitalisation in the early 90s, it is clear that Earp was green-lit with high hopes. Although our man of note Kevin Costner is suitably fine as the title character, it is Dennis Quaid’s perfectly-judged performance which steals every scene as Doc Holiday. This retelling of events such as the gunfight at the O.K. Corral is thoroughly enjoyable, if perhaps a little long. By no means a classic, there are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.
#4: Dances With Wolves
Infamous for beating Scorsese’s Goodfellas at the 63rd Academy Awards, it is easy to see why Costner’s melodrama managed to steal the votes as it ticked all the traditional boxes on its way to glory. It can be argued that Scorsese is facing the same battle this year, with his latest effort ironically having the word “Wolf” in its title. Still, take nothing away from Costner who fought for his epic, and winning a Best Director statuette for his troubles. Filled with moral story-telling, beautiful cinematography and music, this is certainly a powerful experience. A fine piece of cinema.
#3: Field of Dreams
How many sports films can you remember that don’t feature a tense, high-stakes, “everything depends on this” action finale? Well here’s one. Yes, it features a sport. Yes, there is a climatic game, but the emotions it puts its audience through could not be more different than your traditional sporting picture. Based on W. P. Kinsella’s original novel, Costner brings warmth to his lead character, a man who follows his heart to pursue a supernatural connection before reaping the rewards. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate this.
Immensely complex, staggeringly detailed, Oliver Stone’s picture chronicles the events surrounding the assassination of the celebrated American president. Costner bravely leads a superb ensemble cast who delight in picking at their meaty dialogue during an epic three-hour running time. Reaching its peak with the famous “Magic bullet” scene, this picture will leave you questioning the way the world works. What do we know and what is hidden from us? An important cinematic document which rivals All The President’s Men as the number one portrayal of American wrong-doings at high-class government levels.
#1: The Untouchables
Before I began revising Costner’s back-catalogue, I already knew which picture I was going to place in my number one slot. Brian De Palma’s account of the men who took down Al Capone stands out for me as a wonderful piece of all-round entertainment which follows one man’s desperate fight to imprison the worst kind of man, while trying to retain his moral high ground. This fight descends into the absolute chaos of cold, blood-drenched murder with Costner’s Elliott Ness being forced to question himself as he fights to act within the context of the law. Armed with a strong supporting cast (including the Oscar-winning Sean Connery), Costner owns the screen in this powerful picture which is no mean feat. Arguably his finest career performance, and certainly my number one for this list.
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Twitter Poll Results (Based on average votes of public Top 5 lists.)
- The Untouchables
- Field of Dreams
- Dances With Wolves
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves