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The Best Movies Of Keanu Reeves

Updated on April 16, 2015

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A Brief Biography Of Keanu Reeves

He was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to Hawaii and New York before settling in Toronto. His parents divorced when he was young. He lost contact with his father. His mother was married and divorced several times. She was a costume designer and a stripper.

He had a difficult time in school – mostly because he is dyslexic. He dropped out of high school to go into acting. He has been quoted as saying he is dumb.

He was set to get married and have a child. His daughter was stillborn right before her delivery date. Soon after, his fiancé was killed in a car accident. His best friend died from a drug overdose. Another good friend died from cancer. His little sister had leukemia.

Most people with this kind of life would give up. Instead, this man became a star. He was named one of People Magazines 50 Sexiest people. He has made some of the top grossing stars in Hollywood. He is loved by many.

Who is this person? It is Keanu Reeves, star of movies such as Speed, The Matrix, A Walk in the Clouds, and of course, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures.

Although Keanu had a tough life, he has made the best of it. He may not be the most talented actor in the business, but people enjoy watching his movies. He is a very likable person and that shows when he is on screen. Listed below are some of his most memorable movies.

1989 - Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Reeves plays Ted Logan, friend to Bill. They are in a band together called “Wyld Stallyns.” They are failing at school. They need to do a presentation on something historical and it is due soon. If they don’t get a passing grade, Ted’s father will send him to military school. With the help of a mysterious time traveler, Rufus, and a time machine – the boys travel through history to gather historical figures for their report. The movie is hilarious, and you can actually learn a little history from it if you listen really carefully.

The movie also spun an animated television series in which Reeves recreated the voice from his character from the movie.

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1991 - Point Break

In this movie, Reeves plays Johnny Utah, a detective sent out to look for bank robbers who wear presidential masks. Johnny’s partner, played by Gary Busey (before his motorcycle accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury) has a theory that the bank robbers might be surfers who rob banks to fund their carefree lifestyle. On the way he meets a surfer named Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze. Johnny becomes enamored by the surfer’s lifestyle and gets drawn into it.

This movie is action-packed and can keep you on your toes while watching. Keanu Reeves met Patrick Swayze during this movie and the two became close friends. Keanu says about his late friend, “I'll always remember his buddy for lighting up a room with his presence. I can say what I know that he lived life to the fullest.”

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1994 - Speed

Almost everyone has at least heard of this movie. Reeves plays a policeman, Officer Jack Traven. He must help a bus load of people who will be blown up by a mad man if they travel below 50 mph. One of the passengers on the bus is Sandra Bullock, who plays Annie Porter. Jack and Annie work together to keep the bus going at least the minimum speed long enough to make sure the passengers are safe. Fast paced action makes sure you are entertained for the whole movie.

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1995 - A Walk in the Clouds

A young soldier comes home from the war and meets a young pregnant woman on a bus. Although he is on his way home to his own wife, he agrees to pose as her husband so that her father will not be angry with her. Things happen and they young soldier stays to help the young woman and her family take care of their vineyard. Of course, the soldier and the woman fall in love and problems occur. A very sweet movie that can make you cry.

1997 - The Devil's Advocate

Keanu Reeves agreed to take less money for this movie so that the producers could get Al Pacino to be in the movie. In this movie, Al Pacino is the Devil himself and Keanu Reeves plays the lawyer that must defend him. Reeves character has never lost a case and is hired by the firm that has Al Pacino as a client. Throughout the movie, you see just what the lawyer is willing to do for money.

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1999 - The Matrix

If you haven’t at least heard of this movie, you have probably been living under a rock. This movie and its sequels made millions at the box office and introduced Reeves to yet another audience. In this movie he plays Neo, a computer programmer by day and computer hacker by night. When he meets Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, he discovers that there is a different reality that he needs to help save. This movie spawned two sequels, and many spoofs.

2001 - Hard Ball

A young nobody with gambling debts agrees to coach a team of little league baseball players in order to get a loan. He expects to just do the minimum and just show up and watch the kids practice and play. What he doesn’t expect is that he gets to know and love the kids on the team. They inspire him to want to become a better person. This movie has its sad moments so make sure you have a box of tissues handy!

2006 - The Lake House

A romantic movie with a twist. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock team up again, this time as a couple who fall in love through a series of letters. Reeves plays an architect who occupies the house that Bullock once lived in. They exchange letters through the mailbox – and don’t meet until they can figure out the mystery of the Lake House. A very nice, romantic movie that is not like all the others.

2008 - The Day the Earth Stood Still

This remake of a of a 1950’s science fiction movie has Reeves playing an alien and a robot who come to Earth in order to save it. When Dr. Benson, played by Jennifer Connelly, discovers that he wants to save the world, she wants to help him escape from the military who is holding him captive. But when she discovers how he intends to save the Earth, she regrets her decision.

2013 - 47 Ronin

This movie has not yet been released. It is about a group of samurai soldiers who want to avenge the death of their master. I am sure that it will be as good as his other movies!

I know I have left out many of Reeves’ movies. There are too many to list. This list represents many of those that I have personally seen. After reading and researching about Keanu Reeves I have gained much more respect for him as an actor – and as a person.

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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I have not seen him in any films lately, but The Day The Earth Stood Still is one I am going to have to pick up at the library. You have me sold on it! He is was excellent in the Matrix series.

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      LaDena Campbell 

      4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank - thanks for reading! The Lake House is one of my favorites, as well!

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      LaDena Campbell 

      4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      peachpurple - thanks for reading! Yes - he does look old! Unfortunately that happens to all of us sooner or later!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - thanks for reading! Whether or not he can act doesn't matter - he looks good in his movies! lol And he is a genuinely nice guy - which is what prompted me to write about him in the first place!

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      he looks old now. I still prefer Matrix

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly, LaDena, I'm still not convinced that this guy can really act, but I love most of his movies, so I guess it doesn't make any difference. :)

      I hope you are well my friend. Have a great Wednesday.

      bill

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful auto-hub you have penned here my Fav.. Reeves movie is a walk in the clouds.. voted fun and entertaining :)

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