CST Top 10: Top 10 Liam Neeson Films

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Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week with The Commuter coming out, we said there’s no better time than now to do Top 10 Liam Neeson movies. Now this is movies he has been in, not necessarily starred in.  He has had a long and illustrious career with a mixture of action and drama. Without further ado, here we go!

10. A Monster Calls

Now to begin our list, we have A Monster Calls. I believe this would be top five had more of our cast seen it, but Ralph and I are here to make sure it gets on the list. This movie was so emotional and tugged on your heartstrings. It hit really close to home for me and made me happy to enjoy my family as much as I can. Liam Neeson plays a giant tree here and does a great vocal performance here. It is a spectacular, underappreciated movie.

9. The A-Team

At number nine, we have The A-Team. Now I’m not sure why this is here, but I guess people enjoy this movie. It is based off the old television series, and made a good attempt at recapturing the magic. Liam Neeson is just as entertaining as he always is and helps to elevate a rather mediocre movie at best. I just don’t get it.

8. The Grey

Coming in at number eight is The Grey. This movie was a pleasant surprise when it came out because people mostly wrote it off based on the trailer. When they saw it, what they got was a tense survival movie led by Neeson. This is a classic Man vs Nature story where a struggle to survive takes place. Whenever a movie you think looks bad surprises you, it is always nice.

7. The Dark Knight Rises

At number seven we have The Dark Knight Rises. Now I know what your thinking, “Liam Neeson is in that?”. The answer is yes. It is a quick cameo, but he still is in it which makes it qualify for the list. This movie has many plot holes and questionable choices, but it is still thoroughly entertaining. I really enjoy Tom Hardy’s Bane and the adaptation of the No Man’s Land comic storyline. It is not the best end to the trilogy, but it is still a good watch.

6. Love Actually

At number six, we have the holiday classic Love Actually. We talked about this one already on our Holiday movies list because it is such an enjoyable movie. So now it is the first film to make two lists. It is a good movie with intertwined stories, something you don’t get many good movies of anymore. Not much more to say here that hasn’t already been said.

5. The Lego Movie

Starting off the top five, we have The Lego Movie. Talk about surprises. Who saw this movie being as good as it was? The Lego Movie was a wonderful story about being who you are and not being ordinary. Anyone can be special. Liam Neeson is hilarious here as Good/Bad Cop and is great alongside Will Ferrell. Can’t wait for the sequel!

4. Taken

At number four, we have Taken. This is the movie that made Liam Neeson a household name. It made him into the best modern-day action star. This movie became a meme, and super quotable with “I have a particular set of skills” still being said today. We were rooting for him the whole time and wanted to see him get the bad guys. It turned into a franchise with two more movies that we will not speak of. Regardless, we still have this fun, kick-ass action movie.

3. Gangs of New York

Coming in at number three, we have Gangs of New York. A critically acclaimed movie with talent everywhere you look. The all-star cast is led by Martin Scorsese and delivers a great film with some classic characters such as Bill the Butcher played by Daniel Day-Lewis. It is a long film, but one that is worth the watch.

2. Batman Begins

Just missing the top spot, we have Batman Begins. The beginning to a great trilogy where Nolan took a character that was in a tough spot and made it gritty and grounded. Liam Neeson gives one of his best performances here as, SPOILER ALERT, Ras Al Ghul. He teaches Bruce Wayne everything he knows, and is a great antagonist for Batman at the end of the film. It is my personal favorite in the trilogy, and one of the greatest comic book films of all time.

1. Schindler’s List

At the top spot, we have Schindler’s List. Did you expect anything else? This is not only Liam Neeson’s best performance, but one of Steven Spielberg’s best films also. Neeson just disappears in this role as the protagonist and leads a tough story, but one that needed to be told. The use of color here is spectacular and helps to tell the story that is tough but necessary. It is fantastic and one of the best regarded films of all time.

So, there you go! The Top 10 Liam Neeson movies. What did you think? Are we missing anything? Should A Monster Calls be higher(yes)? Will The Commuter get on here? We will find out soon and see you next week when the Top 10 returns.