- 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.
Celebrity Health: 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
Celebrity Health: 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
Celebrity Health: 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
Celebrity Health: 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
Celebrity Health: 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
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 53. Reeves starred as a dedicated police detective in 2016’s “Exposed.”
Celebrity Health: 53. In 2018’s “Replica,” Reeves played a neuroscientist who violates laws of bioethics.
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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.'”
Celebrity Health: 42. Reeves played a defense attorney in the 2016 thriller “The Whole Truth.”
Celebrity Health: 38. In 2015’s “Knock Knock,” Reeves plays a man victimized by two scheming teenage girls.
Celebrity Health: 37. Keanu put his past experience as a hockey player to use in 1986’s “Youngblood.”
Celebrity Health: 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)
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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 realizes she’ll have to fight for her very existence in this human-eat-human world.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”
Celebrity Health: 25. Reeves played a seedy motel owner in the 2016 horror film “The Neon Demon.”
Celebrity Health: 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.”