Keanu Reeves is an actor with a very diverse and long career, including comic book adaptations, established franchises and feature films from the most different genres.
Also, especially after being enshrined as the Neo protagonist of the franchise matrix, he’s also been a poster boy for tech-related brands and even ended up in games, lending a voice and appearance to a character named Johnny Silverhand in the CD Projekt RED game Cyberpunk 2077.
If you’ve only recently met the actor or want movie suggestions, we’ve listed the best-rated productions with the actor below. For the list, we use the notes in the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes It’s from IMDb only for productions that feature Reeves in a main cast role, meaning that it varies according to the viewer’s taste.
6. Program Boys
In program boys (My Own Private Idaho, 1991), a still young and almost unknown Keanu Reeves opposite another young star of the time: River Phoenix, a great friend who would tragically die two years later.
Reeves and Phoenix.Source: New Line Cinema
In the independent film, which proves the star’s talent for drama, he and River play two friends who go on a journey of self-discovery. The direction is by Gus Van Sant, who would later lead hits like indomitable genius (1997), Elephant (2003) and Milk (2008).
5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
the daring adaptation Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is critically acclaimed for its visuals and script. Here, the actor plays Jonathan Harker, a realtor who goes to the mysterious aristocrat’s castle to negotiate a takeover — and ends up becoming a victim of the creature.
Harker ends up in the hands of Dracula’s brides as he goes after young Mina, who in appearance reminds him of his beloved from centuries earlier.
Harker and Count Dracula still looking aged.Source: Sony Pictures
The performances of Gary Oldman as Count Dracula and Winona Ryder as Mina Harker are praised, while Reeves has received criticism for his character’s lack of expressiveness. Still, he is an essential element of the story.
4. Devil’s Advocate
In Devil’s Advocate (The Devil’s Advocate, 1997), Reeves plays the young Kevin Lomax, who is offered a job he can’t refuse to work for a mysterious figure played by Al Pacino.
Reeves and Pacino acting opposite.Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
The thriller was especially praised for Pacino’s performance, the script laden with religious references and disturbing scenes.
The first movie in the franchise matrix was released in 1999 and revolutionized science fiction cinema with a successful blend: the script tells about a resistance group who discover that humanity lives in a simulation controlled by machines, including philosophical questions and lots of slow-motion action scenes.
The actor as Neo in “The Matrix”.Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
Reeves is hacker Thomas Anderson, better known as Neo, who appears to be the Chosen One to lead the rebels. New films in the franchise are currently being developed by the Wachowski sisters, the same creators of the original material, with the return of part of the cast.
2. John Wick: A New Day to Kill
In John Wick: A New Day to Kill (John Wick: Chapter 2, 2017), Reeves returns to play the assassin that gives the title its name.
Reeves in the poster of the second John Wick.Source: Lionsgate
After the events of the first film, which lead him to resume his career as a professional killer, Wick now needs to flee from other bounty hunters who are after a high amount paid by those who eliminate him. The sequel was praised as much as the previous feature, especially for expanding the mythology and daring even more in the action scenes.
1. Maximum Speed
In Maximum speed (speed, 1994), Reeves was put at risk. He is Jack Traven, a Los Angeles policeman who, in search of a terrorist, ends up trapped in a bus that cannot stay at speeds below 80 km/h — if that happens, a bomb installed in the vehicle explodes, killing everyone. passengers.
Bullock and Reeves in “Maximum Speed”.Source: 20th Century Studios
The cast also features Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock — who is the protagonist of the sequel, rejected by Reeves because of creative differences. This is considered the first big box office success of his career as a protagonist, even consolidating his name as an action hero.