Keanu Reeves has starred in over 100 movies throughout his 40-year career. And despite loving many of the projects, only a handful have truly stuck with him. You may be surprised which are his top picks.
The 59-year-old held an Ask Me Anything on Reddit earlier this year and shared which movies remain his favorites years and even decades after filming. Many of them are movies we’d expect, and a few others are more obscure.
“Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! F—k, aaaaaahhhhhhhhh…I’ve been very fortunate to work on a few films that have changed my life. I can’t pick just one,” he wrote in the thread. “But here are a few- River’s Edge, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Matrix trilogy, The Devil’s Advocate, A Scanner Darkly, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, John Wick.”
While almost everyone has seen Keanu Reeves playing the ditzy Ted and heroically stoic Neo, several of his favorite characters live in hidden gems.
Keanu Reeves Picked This Trippy Animated Film as One of His Favorites
You may be surprised to see Keanu Reeves mention 2006’s A Scanner Darkly, which is an animated cult classic loved by fans of trippy sci-fi. This uniquely mind-boggling film follows an undercover cop whose life spirals out of control due to a mysterious new drug. A Scanner Darkly is considered one of the coolest animated films for adults, with stunning visuals and director Richard Linklater’s signature style.
River’s Edge may be the most obscure film mentioned by Reeves. It’s a dark crime drama where a group of friends is torn apart after one member murders another. While the subject matter is grim, fans of Keanu Reeves should give River’s Edge a watch. The 1986 film highlights the young actor before his superstardom. It also features standout performances from Crispin Glover and Dennis Hopper.
Another favorite of Keanu Reeves is My Own Private Idaho, which was released in the same year as Point Break. It’s a somber, character-focused drama that follows two young men on a road trip, loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Co-star River Phoenix would pass away just two years after the film’s release. Both actors capture the restlessness and confusion of youth with raw emotion. If you have doubts about Reeves’ acting abilities beyond broad comedy or action, you might want to give this quiet film a chance.
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