Cillian Murphy is an actor of Irish origin. He was born on May 25th, 1976, in Douglas, Cork. He was initially the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of a rock band called The Sons of Mr. Green Genes. He began acting on stage and in short and independent films after turning down a record deal in the late 90s. He has been the star of the BBC crime drama series Peaky Blinders since 2013, and he has won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in 2017 and 2018 for this role. He is a brilliant actor; hence, here we have the Top 10 Best Cillian Murphy Movies.
Cillian Murphy was ranked number 12 on the Irish Times List of Greatest Irish Film actors in 2020. He is married to and has two sons with Yvonne McGuinness, an Irish visual artist, and they live in Dublin. His mother was a French teacher, and his father worked for the Department of Education and Skills.
Top 10 Best Cillian Murphy Movies:
10. On The Edge (2001)
Cillian Murphy plays Jonathan Breech in this Irish dark comedy movie. A young man who suffers from severe mental health issues must choose between a psychiatric hospital and jail after he instigates a series of dangerous activities. Murphy plays this nuanced character brilliantly as he plays comedy with a character who is deeply troubled and in denial about his mental health.
9. Free Fire (2017)
The film is set in 70’s Boston, where a black market weapons deal goes horribly wrong. Cillian Murphy plays Chris, the buyer, in this dark comedy. The movie is not for everyone, there is a lot of violence, but the comedy makes it a little more appealing to a wider audience. It had an ensemble cast and silly, almost slapstick humor at times. Murphy’s performance is what makes the film better and lifts it from an average movie to actually a pretty good one.
8. Anthropoid (2016)
The movie takes place during World War 2 when two Czech soldiers attempt to assassinate a Nazi officer. Cillian Murphy is one of the soldiers named Josef Gabcik in this thriller. The film is named after the real-life assassination of Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich. The name of the mission was Operation Anthropoid. Murphy was nominated for Czech Lion Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. His performance is what makes the film an exciting viewing experience and documents an important moment of modern history.
7. Breakfast On Pluto (2005)
Murphy plays Patrick, a character who was abandoned as a baby and left outside the local church for the priest to find. Even though the priest is his biological father, he is put into foster care. Patrick identifies as transgender. She now goes by Kitten and goes on a mission to find her mother, working in a number of different jobs along the way, most of which are in the field of entertainment. His performance in the role was largely praised by audiences, with some claiming it was not his best.
6. Red Eye (2005)
Murphey plays a terrorist in this thriller. He meets a woman who is a hotel manager on a Red Eye and charms her with his suave personality, after which he forces her to assassinate a politician in exchange for her father’s life. As his character, Jackson Rippner continues to be outwitted by the woman, he grows more and more psychotic.
5. Sunshine (2007)
Sunshine tells the story of a group of astronauts, set in the future in the year 2057, tasked with the mission of reviving a dying star. Murphy plays Robert Capa, in this sci-fi thriller, who is one of the important physicists on board. Even though the movie performed poorly when it was released, it is considered a cult classic. It has since been more appreciated by critics and viewers as well. The movie has a good mix of suspense and character growth.
4. 28 Days Later (2002)
The story begins four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK and a handful of survivors try to find a sanctuary. Murphy plays Jim in this zombie movie. The movie portrays the danger in a new and interesting way by making the Zombies rabid and fast as opposed to their normal and slow ways. His performance in the movie elevates it as usual.
3. Dunkirk (2017)
The story is through the eyes of young British private Tommy and shows how over 330,000 allied soldiers, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army at the harbor of Dunkirk, France, were safely evacuated by mostly civilian boats and a few British and French Navy Vessels following the Battle of France in World War 2. Dunkirk is one of the most highly acclaimed movies, that is one of the best works by Cillian Murphy.
2. Inception (2010)
Murphy plays Robert Michael Fischer in this science fiction action film, who is the heir to a business empire and the team’s target. The movie follows Dom Cobb, a skilled thief who steals valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious. This ability of his makes him useful in the world of corporate espionage. It has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he ever loved.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
Murphy plays Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka the Scarecrow, in this superhero film based on the DC Comics character, Batman. It is considered to be one of the best superhero films ever made. It is the saga of Batman’s mission to rid Gotham City of organized crime.
The late Heath Ledger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the deadly antagonist, Joker, for this film. The film was the highest grosser of 2008, and is one the best movies by Cillian Murphy.
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