One of the most successful actresses of the early 2000s, 2010s, and current is Keira Knightly. Actually named Keira Christina Knightley is a British actress.
She has done independent films, period dramas, as well as big-budget Hollywood productions. Over the course of time, Keira has earned nominations for two British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards. As soon as Keira starred as Elizabeth Swann in the 2003 fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean, it became known that she was a mega-star. She became part of the pirate franchise, and thereafter she did Pride & Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennet for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to portray Cecilia Tallis in Atonement, Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess and the titular characters in Anna Karenina.
Keira began with acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in 1995. Her major film was the 2002 sports film Bend It Like Beckham, for which she won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Newcomer. Keira is in her early 30s, but she has managed to do what most of the movie stars at such a young age couldn’t. It is usually said that any movie that features corsets has Keira Knightly in the lead role.
Today we shall recall Keira Knightley’s 10 best films according to IMDb.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (8.0)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film.
This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann. Captain Jack shows at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a crew to back him up. He is drunk, he acts like a moron, he is unclean. The same night, the town is raised by pirates. Keira plays Elizabeth Swann, who has a coin linked to a pirate curse. She is kidnapped.
Captain Jack, blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) set out to rescue Keira but they are headed for many challenges ahead.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the first of Pirate-franchise. It is directed by Gore Verbinski.
The Imitation Game (8.0)
The Imitation Game is a 2014 British historical drama film.
The focus on the film is on the Mathematician, Alan Turing and his coveted team Alan singlehandedly cracks the Nazi coded messages because of the decoding machine Christopher, that he has devised. It is later learned that Christopher is named after his lover, who is no longer alive. Alan turns the tide of war in favor of the British, but as soon as the government learns he is gay, he is convicted of gross indecency and mandated to undergo treatment. Benedict Cumberbatch expertly played the role of Alan Turing. Knightley co-starred as Joan Clarke, a woman who becomes his colleague and, for a time, his fiancée.
The Imitation Game was the highest-grossing independent production of 2014. Both Cumberbatch and Knightley received nominations for Academy Awards for their performances.
Pride & Prejudice (7.8)
Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 romantic drama film.
The film is directed by Joe Wright. It is adapted from Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name.
Just as in the novel, five sisters are from an English family of the landed gentry in the 19th century. They deal with issues of marriage, morality, and misconceptions. Their mother is hellbent on getting them married. But Keira Knightley is the boldest, an independent young woman who she has other plans. She stars in the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet, while Matthew Macfadyen plays her romantic interest, Mr. Darcy.
As soon as she meets Darcy, she begins to fall in love with him and she begins to imagine herself as his wife. But Darcy’s demeanor puts the future of the relationship into a question.
Atonement is a 2007 romantic war drama film.
The film tells the tale of two lovers who are separated because of a lie. The young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) life change overnight, leading to a downward spiral over the course of six decades, beginning in the 1930s. It is directed by Joe Wright.
The star cast of Atonement includes Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Vanessa Redgrave. Atonement was a massive critical hit. It won an Oscar for Best Original Score at the 80th Academy Awards. Moreover, it was nominated for six others, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for the young Saoirse Ronan.
Love Actually (7.6)
Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy.
The film is written and directed by Richard Curtis. Love Actually is everyone’s favorite Christmas movie. The stories of ten different individuals are all interrelated. These are shown in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The huge cast besides Keira Knightley includes names such as Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Martine McCutcheon, Rowan Atkinson.
Keira plays a young girl named Juliet who marries a man named Peter. His best man Mark is in love with Keira’s Juliet.
Begin Again (7.4)
Begin Again is a 2013 American musical comedy-drama film.
This one is my personal favorite. Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo lead the cast of the movie. It is about an independent singer-songwriter named Gretta whose boyfriend (Adam Levine) cheats on her. She joins hands with a record label exec named Dan to create an album in New York City.
Dan’s marriage and life are in shambles. Gretta is a mess after the breakup. But the two manage a perfect low-budgeted album along with other independent artists around NYC.
Official Secrets (7.3)
Official Secrets is a 2019 British-American docudrama film.
The film is the real-life story of GCHQ employee whistleblower Katharine Gun who investigated and leaked a memo detailing that the United States and the United Kingdom had eavesdropped on diplomats from countries tasked with passing a second United Nations resolution on the invasion of Iraq. Keira’s performance was haunting and perfect. The while motive for the US was to look for information to check on the sentiment of and to blackmail United Nations diplomats tasked to approve on a resolution regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Official Secrets is directed by Gavin Hood. It stars Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Adam Bakri, and Ralph Fiennes. It is about time such movies come out and to reflect on the importance of the message that they give.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (7.3)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film.
The film is directed by Gore Verbinski, and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
It starts with the wedding of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) being interrupted by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander). Cutler wants Turner to acquire the compass of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in a bid to find the Dead Man’s Chest. The parallel plot includes Sparrow discovering his debt to Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is due.
Hence the captain, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann set out sets out on the run.
Everest is a 2015 biographical adventure film.
The film is about those eight explorers who were involved in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. They start as optimistic travelers but are soon struck with a violent storm. As a result of this, their survival skills are put to by severe winds and low temperatures at the Mount Everest.
Keira Knightley plays Jan Arnold, the pregnant wife of Rob Hall, who has been left at home. Jason Clarke is Rob Hall, the leader of a New Zealand expedition group.
Everest is directed and produced by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. The cast includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (7.1)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is an Action/Fantasy film.
The film is the third in series to the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and the sequel to Dead Man’s Chest. It is directed by Gore Verbinski. The story revolves around retrieving Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the hold of Davy Jones’ Locker.
The cast includes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann, Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). After Jack is rescued, the pirate crew take on the East India Trading Company–the organization that hopes to completely get rid of piracy.