- Keanu Reeves is a prolific actor who’s appeared in numerous films.
- He got his first role in a 1985 short film called “One Step Away,” and from there has appeared in a variety of movies, ranging from blockbuster action movies to rom-coms and more.
- These are Reeves’ most-iconic movies of all time, ranked according to critics’ reviews.
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Certified nice guy and prolific actor Keanu Reeves has appeared in a huge amount of films, ranging from indie flicks to blockbuster action films.
Reeves, who has garnered some attention in recent weeks when everyone remembered he’s actually a really good guy, is known for his iconic roles in “Speed,” and “The Matrix” and “John Wick” franchises. But which ones did critics love the most?
Here are all of Reeves’ movies, ranked according to the critics’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
59. Reeves’ first onscreen role was in the short film “One Step Away.”
Synopsis: “Ron Petrie (Keanu Reeves) is a troubled teen whose life is hanging by a thread, as he’s on the verge of suspension from school, subject to arrest for breaking and entering, and the cause of his single mother’s impending eviction from her apartment. Unless he can find a resolution, his only option seems to be life of street crime.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: No score
58. The actor made his film debut with “Flying,” also called “A Dream to Believe.”
Synopsis: “The curiously neglected ‘A Dream to Believe’ (a.k.a ‘Flying’) can be summed up as a distaff ‘Rocky.’ Olivia D’Abo is a teen-aged girl who dreams of becoming a top gymnast. Human, emotional and financial roadblocks do not dissuade D’Abo, nor do her own severe physical shortcomings. You can see the ending come a mile away, but there’ll still be tears in your eyes. Filmed in Canada, ‘A Dream to Believe’ enjoyed a second life in video stores thanks to the presence in the cast of a pre-stardom Keanu Reeves.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: No score
57. Reeves showed off his comedic chops in the 1988 film “Prince of Pennsylvania.”
Synopsis: “Set in a remote Pennsylvania coal-mining town, this off-beat comedy follows the friendship between an old hippie woman and a depressive teenage punk rocker who feels like a pariah. The fun begins when the two conspire to kidnap the boy’s crazy father in hopes of getting a hold of the family fortune.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: No score yet
56. Reeves played a high school nerd in 1988’s “The Night Before.”
Synopsis: “In this unusual teen comedy, the most popular girl in school embarks upon the worst date of her life after she loses a bet and is forced to attend the prom with the school’s biggest nerd. The trouble begins when her doofus date gets lost en route and they end up stranded on the worst side of town.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: No score
55. Reeves starred in the period drama “The Last Time I Committed Suicide.”
Synopsis: “Neal Cassady was a writer who had great influence on the career of Jack Kerouac. This fascinating drama chronicles Cassady’s experiences as an angry young 20 year old living in post WW II Denver.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: No score
54. In 2012, Reeves starred in the independent film “Generation Um…”
Synopsis: “After partying in New York City last night, John and his beautiful girlfriends Mia and Violet form an intimate bond as their deepest secrets from their past are revealed. Friendships are tested and compromises are made as these three friends prepare to do it all again tonight.”
53. Reeves starred as a dedicated police detective in 2016’s “Exposed.”
Synopsis: “A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner’s death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman.”
53. In 2018’s “Replica,” Reeves played a neuroscientist who violates laws of bioethics.
Synopsis: “After a car accident kills his family, a daring synthetic biologist will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.”
51. Reeves played a serial killer in the 2000 thriller “The Watcher.”
Synopsis: “Joel Campbell is a police detective who has recently relocated to Chicago after spending eight frustrating years trying to track down a vicious serial killer who has been terrorizing Los Angeles. However, the slayer, David Allen Griffin, doesn’t want the game of cat and mouse to end. Even though he previously put his murderous activities on hold, Griffin has started murdering young women again – and is sending clues to Campbell, mailing him photos of his intended victims and urging Campbell to save them while he still can.”
50. 2018’s “Siberia” stars Reeves opposite Molly Ringwald.
Synopsis: “American diamond merchant Lucas goes to Russia for a deal, but the deal starts to fall apart and his partner goes missing. Lucas soon becomes entangled in a relationship in Siberia with a Russian cafe owner, Katya. The love affair escalates along with the diamond trade world, and Lucas struggles to escape.”
49. Reeves played a cyborg messenger in 1995’s “Johnny Mnemonic.”
Synopsis: “A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.”
48. Reeves starred opposite Cameron Diaz in the 1996 rom-com “Feeling Minnesota.”
Synopsis: “An ex-convict and his bumbling crook brother fight for the same woman.”
47. Reeves starred with Charlize Theron in the 2001 rom-com “Sweet November.”
Synopsis: “A workaholic tycoon meets a seemingly carefree woman who takes a new lover every month. She convinces him to spend a month with her so that she can help him overcome his unresolved emotional issues. After he falls in love with her, he discovers the reason behind her fear of commitment.”
46. The 2013 period film “47 Ronin” starred Reeves as a half-Japanese, half-English samurai.
Synopsis: “A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.”
45. Reeves played a machinist framed for murder in the 1996 film “Chain Reaction.”
Synopsis: “Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.”
44. Reeves had a small part in Gus van Sant’s 1993 film “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.”
Synopsis: “Uma Thurman plays Sissy Hankshaw, a woman born with very large thumbs. After her parents take her to a doctor, who offers her parents no remedy for their daughter’s condition, the film races ahead to the 1970s. Sissy is now a popular feminine hygiene spray model for a product called Yoni Yum, the product of a company owned by The Countess. Sissy travels to the Rubber Rose beauty ranch, also owned by The Countess, to shoot a Yoni Yum commercial… But under the nose of The Countess, the cowgirls on the ranch are talking mutiny, with the women trying to liberate the Rubber Rose Ranch from the chains of patriarchal oppression.”
43. The 2008 remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” featured Reeves as sentient alien Klaatu.
Synopsis: “In this contemporary reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. When forces beyond Helen’s control treat the extraterrestrial as a hostile and deny his request to address the world’s leaders, she and her estranged stepson Jacob quickly discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu’s claim that he is a ‘friend to the Earth.'”
42. Reeves played a defence attorney in the 2016 thriller “The Whole Truth.”
Synopsis: “A defence attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.”
41. In the 2008 film “Street Kings,” Reeves played an LAPD detective.
Synopsis: “An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.”
40. Reeves reunited with his “Speed” costar Sandra Bullock in the 2006 romantic drama “The Lake House.”
Synopsis: “A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it’s too late.”
39. 2003’s “The Matrix Revolutions” also featured Reeves as Neo.
Synopsis: “The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.”
38. In 2015’s “Knock Knock,” Reeves plays a man victimized by two scheming teenage girls.
Synopsis: “When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.”
37. Keanu put his past experience as a hockey player to use in 1986’s “Youngblood.”
Synopsis: “A 17 year old farm boy is offered an ice hockey tryout. His brother drives him to Canada. He has fast legs, slow fists, but is chosen. Will he learn to use his fists and play ice hockey the Canuck way? Will he get the coach’s cute daughter?”
36. In “Hardball,” Reeves plays a down-and-out gambler who’s forced to coach a Little League team.
Synopsis: “Keanu Reeves stars as Conor O’Neill, an underachiever and inveterate sports gambler who needs a bailout loan from a friend to pay off his mounting debt. As a condition for receiving the necessary funds, Conor is saddled with coaching a corporate-sponsored Little League baseball team for underprivileged youth in Chicago’s notorious Cabrini Green housing project.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: 40% (rotten)
35. Reeves played a washed-up quarterback in 2000 sports comedy “The Replacements.”
Synopsis: “The 1987 National Football League players’ strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football – until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the team’s schedule, owner Edward O’Neil recruits a ragtag band of scab players, to be headed up and whipped into shape by the retired veteran coach Jimmy McGinty.”
34. Reeves played a toll collector-turned-bank robber in the 2010 film “Henry’s Crime.”
Synopsis: “Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.”
33. Reeves starred in the 1995 romantic comedy “A Walk in the Clouds.”
Synopsis: “Veteran Paul Sutton is having difficulty forgetting the recent horrors of WWII, and his self-absorbed wife isn’t helping matters. One day, Paul meets a distraught pregnant woman whose boyfriend has abandoned her. To help out, Paul poses as her husband for her family and finds himself in a difficult situation.”
32. 2017’s “The Bad Batch” saw Reeves play the cult-like leader of a mythical town.
Synopsis: “Arlen, one of thousands of Americans deemed unacceptable to society, [is] unceremoniously dumped into a hostile desert wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While wandering in her desert exile, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realises she’ll have to fight for her very existence in this human-eat-human world.”
31. Reeves played a radio station employee who falls in love with a coworker in 1990’s “Tune in Tomorrow.”
Synopsis: “In New Orleans, circa 1951, a news writer for a local radio station, Martin Loader, meets and falls in love with his aunt Julia, a divorced woman who is looking for a new husband. Meanwhile, new-in-town eccentric radio-soap-opera writer, Pedro Carmichael has been hired to help boost the station’s bad ratings. Pedro begins manipulating Martin and Julia’s affair and using it as the basis for his radio show. Director Jon Amiel uses the same story-within-a-story construction from The Singing Detective, the miniseries that he directed for British television.”
30. Reeves played an occult detective in the 2005 film “Constantine.”
Synopsis: “Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister’s death was not a suicide, but something more.”
29. 1988’s “Permanent Record” saw Keanu play a man whose best friend commits suicide.
Synopsis: “High school student Alan Boyce has it all: looks, charm, popularity, excellent grades, a promising future. So why does Boyce abruptly commit suicide? As the shock waves of the boy’s death reverberate through the halls of his school, the other students – particularly Boyce’s best friend Keanu Reeves – ask themselves if they, too, are capable of self-destruction.”
28. Reeves reunited with his “Dracula” costar Winona Ryder in the 2018 rom-com “Destination Wedding.”
Synopsis: “The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.”
27. Reeves reprised his role as Ted Logan in 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.”
Synopsis: “A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.”
26. Reeves played a violent murderer in “The Gift.”
Synopsis: “Annie, a young recently widowed mother of three, lives in Brixton, Georgia and supports herself by giving psychic readings. The narrow-minded townspeople shun her for her gift of psychic vision. When Valerie drops in for a reading, Annie advises her to leave her abusive husband. Soon, Annie finds herself in danger as the body of a woman is found and investigators turn to her for help. Slowly, the dark secrets of this rural southern town are exposed and Annie’s ‘gift’ becomes her only hope of saving herself and her family.”
25. Reeves played a seedy motel owner in the 2016 horror film “The Neon Demon.”
Synopsis: “When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”
24. 1990’s black comedy “Love You to Death” saw Reeves play a hit man hired to kill a cheating husband.
Synopsis: “Based on an actual event, Lawrence Kasdan’s excursion into black comedy stars Kevin Kline as Joey Boca, a womanizer whose wife Rosalie finally learns of her husband’s wicked ways and decides to kill him. However, Joey somehow manages to sidestep all of Rosalie’s murder attempts.”
23. Reeves starred alongside Charlize Theron and Al Pacino in the 1997 horror film “Devil’s Advocate.”
Synopsis: “An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss – the biggest opportunity of his career to date.”
22. Reeves appeared in the 2006 animated science-fiction film “A Scanner Darkly.”
Synopsis: “Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation.”
21. Keanu Reeves starred with Patrick Swayze in 1991’s action film “Point Break.”
Synopsis: “Kathryn Bigelow’s fourth action film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah as he goes undercover to infiltrate a cache of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks.”
20. In Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1993 film “Little Buddha,” Reeves played religious leader Siddhartha Gautama.
Synopsis: “After the death of Lama Dorje, Tibetan Buddhist monks find three children – one American and two Nepalese – who may be the rebirth of their great teacher.”
19. Reeves played the much younger love interest of Robin Wright in 2009’s “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.”
Synopsis: “After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.”
18. Reeves played a doctor specializing in eating disorders in Netflix’s 2017 film “To the Bone.”
Synopsis: “‘To the Bone’ shares the story of 20-year- old Ellen and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey – navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.”
17. Reeves starred in and made his directorial debut with the 2013 martial arts film “Man of Tai Chi.”
Synopsis: “A young martial artist’s unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.”
16. The actor starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of “Dracula.”
Synopsis: “The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.”
15. Reeves costarred in the 2003 hit rom-com “Something’s Gotta Give.”
Synopsis: “Harry Sanborn is a perennial bachelor who only dates women under the age of 30. On what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin, at her mother’s Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains. Marin’s mother Erica Barry, a successful, divorced playwright, reluctantly agrees to help nurse him back to health. Once they are alone together, Harry is surprised to find himself drawn to Erica for all the right reasons. And despite her initial protestations about Harry, Erica finds herself rediscovering love. Romantic complications arise when Erica is also pursued by Harry’s charming 30-something doctor, Julian Mercer.”
14. Reeves starred in the independent film “Thumbsucker.”
Synopsis: “Justin Cobb is a 16 year old desperate to find a way to break this embarrassing habit he has retained since infancy. His father, a former football star, tries to help by providing an antidotal cayenne-pepper cream and a healthy dose of fly-fishing. His mother, who works as a nurse helping the rich and famous sober up, seems more concerned with a fantasy romantic relationship with TV-star Don Johnson than with her son’s problems. Hypnosis seems to work, but the problem surfaces in other forms from drug addiction to alcoholism.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%
13. Reeves reprised his role as Neo for the 2003 “Matrix” sequel, “The Matrix Reloaded.”
Synopsis: “Following the events of ‘The Matrix’ (1999), Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.”
12. “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” garnered generally positive reviews for Reeves.
Synopsis: “When a couple air-headed rock-star wannabes are faced with the break-up of their band as a result of poor grades, help comes along in the form of an “Emissary from the Future” who takes them to the past to meet the people they have been studying about.”
11. Reeves earned rave reviews for his role in 1991’s “My Own Private Idaho.”
Synopsis: “Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.”
10. “River’s Edge” was a dark teen horror film featuring Keanu Reeves.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, a group of apathetic high school students learn that a friend has killed his girlfriend, and after they are shown the body, decline to inform the police.
9. Reeves began playing the role of hit man John Wick in 2014, with “John Wick: Chapter 1.”
Synopsis: “An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.”
8. 1999’s “The Matrix” is one of Reeves’ most iconic films.
Synopsis: “A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”
7. Reeves reprised his role as John Wick in 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2.”
Synopsis: “In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hit man John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.”
6. Reeves returned as the titular character in this year’s “John Wick 3 — Parabellum.”
Synopsis: “In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fuelled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick returns with a $US14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.”
5. Keanu played Don John in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Synopsis: “Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.”
4. Reeves recently had a small part in Netflix’s 2019 rom-com “Always Be My Maybe.”
Synopsis: “Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha, now a celebrity chef opening a restaurant in San Francisco, runs into Marcus, a happily struggling musician still living at home working for his dad.”
3. Reeves starred in the 1988 period drama “Dangerous Liaisons.”
Synopsis: “The plot is motivated by a cruel wager between the beautiful but debauched Marquise de Merteuil and her misogynistic former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont. The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges before the girl can be wed. Valmont offers a more difficult counter-challenge: He bets the Marquise that he will be able to bed the very moral and very married Madame de Tourvel. In the course of carrying out his plan, Valmont is stricken with a sudden case of honour and remorse, while the Marquise becomes all the more vicious.”
2. Reeves plays a young father in 1989’s “Parenthood.”
Synopsis: “The Buckmans are a Midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.”
1. 1994’s “Speed” was Reeves’ biggest hit to date.
Synopsis: “Keanu Reeves stars as an LA Bomb Squad specialist whose principal antagonist is elusive bomber-extortionist Dennis Hopper. Seeking vengeance after his latest ransom scheme is thwarted, Hopper presents a personal challenge to Reeves: A wired-for-destruction city bus, which will detonate if the speedometer drops below 50 mph. Playing the reluctant civilian who is pressed into service as the bus’ ‘substitute driver,’ leading lady Sandra Bullock became a major star in her own right. “
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