11 Most Iconic Movie Performances By Christian Bale

Most Iconic Movie Performances By Christian Bale

We are back with a list of “11 Most Iconic Movie Performances By Christian Bale“. Christian Bale is one of the most talented actors of our time. He has done some pretty serious roles that require extreme body transformations and changed the definition of method of acting. His performances are so good that it is really difficult to find any average character he played.

11 Most Iconic Movie Performances By Christian Bale

113:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma

Struggling to eke out a living in the dry and rugged landscapes of Arizona, the Civil War veteran and penniless cattle rancher, Dan Evans, decides not to miss his window of opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of his son, William, when the infamous outlaw, Ben Wade, is finally captured.

As a result, for $200, Dan volunteers to escort Wade to Contention City along with an angry posse of railroad men, where he’ll board the 3:10 train to Yuma Prison. Perhaps, now, Evans can salvage what’s left of his ramshackle farm.

However, the trek to the station is long and treacherous, as marauding Apaches and Wade’s dauntless gang of cut-throats are hot on their trail. Will Ben Wade, the artful manipulator, live to see the dawn?

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English, Chinese
Released: 07 Sep 2007
Runtime: 122 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Western
Director: James Mangold
Writer: Halsted Welles (screenplay), Michael Brandt (screenplay), Derek Haas (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (short story)
Actors: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts
Metascore: 76
IMDB: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

 

10American Hustle

American Hustle

Inspired by the real-life story of a con artist who is compelled by the FBI to help snag bigger fish in a criminal pond, director David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE finds Irving Rosenfeld, a small-time hustler and dry cleaning store owner, taking his game to another level when he meets, teams up with, and falls for Sydney Prosser, a formidably smart stripper who helps to refine their scams.

But when an ambitious FBI agent ensnares them, the only way out for Irving and Sydney is to set up a bigger con that would lead to a more valuable prize: a well-meaning but corrupt politician and a mob boss.

Complicating matters is Irving’s interesting, charming, but the bizarrely eccentric wife, whom Irving cares for but doesn’t want to live with anymore. His step-son is the main reason he’s sticking around. But if he and Sydney don’t reel in the bigger marks, they’re done.

Year: 2013
Rated: R
Language: English, Arabic
Released: 20 Dec 2013
Runtime: 138 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Actors: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
Metascore: 90
IMDB: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

 

9American Psycho

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman makes a lot of money in some kind of financial job that doesn’t seem to require much work. Instead, he spends time drinking with friends, snorting cocaine, keeping up appearances with his fiancée Evelyn Williams, sleeping with other women, and — oh yes — indulging his psychotic urges to kill people, going so far as to invite prostitutes, and even his loyal secretary to his apartment for some deviant behavior.

Things take a turn for the worse when a cop begins investigating the disappearance of one of Patrick’s acquaintances. But even then, Patrick can’t seem to stop pursuing his devilish hobby until the breaking point.

Year: 2000
Rated: R
Language: English, Spanish, Cantonese
Released: 14 Apr 2000
Runtime: 101 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director: Mary Harron
Writer: Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Mary Harron (screenplay), Guinevere Turner (screenplay)
Actors: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage
Metascore: 64
IMDB: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

 

8The Big Short

The Big Short

Sensing the imminent danger of a financial crisis based on inconspicuous warning signs in the mortgage-backed real estate market, back in 2008, a motley crew of bold, shrewd and skillful investors managed to reap immense profits just by betting against the housing market.

Who could have predicted that a real-estate bubble of such a magnitude was about to burst, and above all, what could be the devastating aftermath of a crumbling economy that left practically millions unemployed and homeless?

Year: 2015
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 23 Dec 2015
Runtime: 130 min
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Charles Randolph (screenplay by), Adam McKay (screenplay by), Michael Lewis (based upon the book by)
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Rudy Eisenzopf, Casey Groves, Charlie Talbert
Metascore: 81%
IMDB: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

 

7The Fighter

The Fighter

Dicky Eklund is a hero of Lowell, Mass., having fought Sugar Ray Leonard and knocked him down. While Dicky — who’s now a crack junkie and can’t handle any serious affairs — prepares for his “comeback”, his younger brother, Mickey Ward, is on the rise.

With the help of his new girlfriend, Charlene Fleming, Mickey must eventually decide to leave his family behind to seriously concentrate on his career. Can he make it on his own, or does he need the help of his unreliable older brother?

Year: 2010
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 17 Dec 2010
Runtime: 116 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Scott Silver (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (screenplay), Eric Johnson (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (story), Eric Johnson (story), Keith Dorrington (story)
Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Metascore: 79
IMDB: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

 

6Vice

Vice

In VICE, young Dick Cheney is a hard drinker and a bar brawler; he gets thrown out of Yale and winds up in jail for drunk driving. His girlfriend, Lynne, gives him an ultimatum, and Cheney agrees to straighten out.

He becomes a congressional intern, starts working with Donald Rumsfeld, and holds several positions in the White House, eventually losing his job when Jimmy Carter is elected president. Years later, Cheney is approached by George W. Bush to be Bush’s running mate.

Cheney reluctantly agrees, but only after he convinces Bush to let him take on some of the larger, “duller” responsibilities of the office of the president. When the 9/11 attacks occur, Cheney senses an opportunity to turn his position into one of enormous power, forever changing the way politics are played.

Year: 2018
Rated: R
Language: English, Arabic
Released: 25 Dec 2018
Runtime: 132 min
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Adam McKay
Actors: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell
Metascore: 61
IMDB: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

 

5Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

It seems like everything is coming apart around the earnest steel mill worker, Russell Baze, who sees his father slowly dying, and his hometown Braddock in Pennsylvania’s Rust Belt disintegrate little by little.

Furthermore, Russell’s combat veteran brother, Rodney, who struggles to readjust to civilian life and to pay off a gambling bet that keeps getting bigger, gets sucked into a cruel world of bare-knuckle fighting, exploited by the psychotic drug dealer, Harlan DeGroat.

And then, Rodney disappears inexplicably. Can big brother Russell face DeGroat in his own territory?

Year: 2013
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 06 Dec 2013
Runtime: 116 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Scott Cooper
Writer: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper
Actors: Woody Harrelson, Dendrie Taylor, Carl Ciarfalio, Nancy Mosser
Metascore: 63
IMDB: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%

 

4The Machinist

The Machinist

In The Machinist, Trevor Reznik has had insomnia for a year. Looking like an emaciated skeleton, he goes to work in an industrial factory and occasionally visits a prostitute, Stevie.

He also goes to an all-night airport cafe and chats with a server there, Marie. Marie invites Trevor to spend Mother’s Day with her and her son, Nicholas. Trouble starts after he meets a mysterious new worker, Ivan, and Trevor is immediately involved in an accident that costs the arm of a co-worker.

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He also begins seeing strange Post-It notes on his refrigerator, depicting a “hangman” game in progress. Is Trevor’s insomnia beginning to mess with his mind, or is it something worse?

Year: 2004
Rated: R
Language: English, Spanish
Released: 03 Dec 2004
Runtime: 101 min
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Brad Anderson
Writer: Scott Kosar
Actors: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian
Metascore: 61
IMDB: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

 

3Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari

As Enzo Ferrari’s fast Rosso-Corsa racing cars dominate the mid-1960s motorsport world, the American car designer, Carroll Shelby, was forced to retire after winning the demanding 1959 ’24 Hours of Le Mans’ endurance race.

But, before long, an unexpected proposition by the Vice President of Henry Ford’s motor company, Lee Iacocca, will offer an opportunity to beat the Italians at their own game. Now, under those pressing circumstances, the British sports car driver and racing engineer, Ken Miles, reluctantly agrees to lend a hand and improve the firm’s image, as Ford’s race team has less than ninety days to rewrite history.

As a result, the non-conformist duo comes up with the mighty Ford GT40 Mk I high-performance racing car. Can Shelby and Miles break Ferrari’s streak?

Year: 2019
Rated: PG-13
Language: English, Italian, French, Japanese
Released: 15 Nov 2019
Runtime: 152 min
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Director: James Mangold
Writer: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Actors: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe
Metascore: 81
IMDB: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

 

2Batman Trilogy

Batman Begins

Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy is widely considered one of the best comic book franchises in film history, and it proved to be a huge financial win for Warner Bros.

With the three installments collectively grossing $2.4 billion at the worldwide box office. The third and final entry, 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” ended with Bale’s Bruce Wayne alive and giving up his Batman role.

Alfred spots Bruce and Selina Kyle happily together in Florence, Italy. The conclusion of the “Dark Knight” trilogy left the door open for Bruce to one day return to his superhero persona, and Bale tells the Toronto Sun that a fourth Nolan Batman movie was pitched by the studio.

Rated: PG-13
Country: USA, UK
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Bob Kane (characters), David S. Goyer (story), Christopher Nolan (screenplay), David S. Goyer (screenplay)
Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine

 

1The Prestige

The Prestige

The Prestige focuses on the competition between magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden in turn-of-the-20th-century London. While cockney-accented Alfred is blunt and focused only on his art, Robert is a lesser magician but a more prodigious, ambitious showman.

Though they initially work together, an on-stage accident leads to conflict and a battle of one-upmanship for revenge. They compete over losses, tricks, and audiences, each reading the other’s stolen journal to decipher his rival’s meanings and mechanics.

Robert goes so far as to name his version of “The Transported Man” (Alfred’s crowd-pleasing finale) “The New Transported Man”; Alfred renames his show “The Original Transported Man.” As the mechanical possibilities for tricks expand and shift, the men are increasingly hard-pressed to keep up.

As they seek out more elaborate and astounding illusions, the magicians also begin to imagine intersections between science and art, performance, and truth. Alfred’s marriage begins to suffer and he takes a lover, Robert’s former assistant Olivia.

The men’s contest turns increasingly aggressive, with each growing more isolated and spiteful. The magicians chase after control of their illusions, performances that fool audiences who want to be fooled. They believe that their competition depends on knowing each other’s secrets, on not being fooled.

But they are ever fooled, as each believes he is the original prestidigitator. Ironically, this makes them, as Olivia observes angrily, “perfect for each other.”

Year: 2006
Rated: PG-13
Language: English
Released: 20 Oct 2006
Runtime: 130 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Priest (novel)
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo
Metascore: 66
IMDB: 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

 


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