Colin Firth Movies
Colin Firth: Movie Star
When I hear the term movie star, I automatically think of people like Gregory Peck or Jimmy Stewart or Colin Firth.
Colin Firth is an Englishman born in 1960. He began acting in 1984 and has acted in more than 65 movies and television shows since then. Squidoo reader genxster commented on this lens saying, "I've loved Colin Firth since seeing him the film Another Country in 1984." Wouldn't that be fun to see a young Colin Firth?
Colin Firth is a versatile actor who has played an assortment of roles, including a gay professor, a Dutch painter, a novel writer, a barrister as those crazy Brits call lawyers, and we can't forget, a king. Colin Firth can be maudlin, angry, hurt, and so sweet it almost makes my teeth hurt. Almost. He's never that over the top, which is one reason he's such a great actor.
The following features Colin Firth movies are ones I've seen personally. I could watch him tie his shoes and be happy, so I'll be adding to this lens periodically.
Information Source: IMDb Colin Firth page
Photo of Colin Firth at 2009 Venice Film Festival. Photo Source: Wikimedia
Mr. Darcy, I presume?
Colin Firth's Most Common Role
Colin Firth has acted in several movies where he has portrayed Mr. Darcy:
- The 1995 Pride and Prejudice television mini-series: Mr. Darcy
- The 2001 movie, Bridget Jones's Diary: Mark Darcy
- The 2004 movie, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason: Mark Darcy
And as an inside joke, in the movie St. Trinian's, Colin Firth's character, Geoffrey Thwaites, accidentally kills a dog named Mr. Darcy.
Top Colin Firth Movies
- The Top Five Colin Firth Movies
Colin Firth may just be the perfect man. Since he's taken and unattainable, I can think that and say it out loud. He's handsome, charming, and a wonderful actor. Here are my favorite movies of his where I've stared at him (and oft times drooled).
Main Street and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
In Main Street, Colin Firth plays a Texan, with a believable enough accent who comes to Durham to revitalize the economy. Also stars an almost unrecognizable Orlando Bloom as a small town cop.
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
I hadn't read John LeCarre's novel before I saw this movie but almost wish I had. I had a little trouble following the story line. Since it's a suspenseful film, I won't give away the ending, but I can say that Colin Firth was a delight to watch in this ensemble cast along with Gary Oldham, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, and more.
The King's Speech
In The King's Speech, Colin Firth starts out as Bertie, the stammering Duke of York, but ends the movie as an effective King during World War II.
A Single Man
Colin Firth portrays George, a single man, in the 2009 movie A Single Man. George is gay in 1960's Los Angeles, but his long-time partner was killed in a car accident. The movie explores how difficult it is for George to keep living his life.
Dorian Gray and Easy Virtue
Dorian Gray is a 2009 Colin Firth movie that really shows Colin Firth in a different light. H actually shows his age, especially at the end when everyone but Dorian Gray ages. Of course the aging business is an act; it's his character Lord Henry Wotton who's aging, but I found it interesting to see this side of him.
In this 2008 movie, Colin Firth plays Mr. Whittaker. His son brings home an American wife, a widow played by Jessica Biel, who Mr. Whittaker sides with in a tug of war to save the Whittaker estate.
Summer in Genoa
Summer in Genoa is a 2008 Colin Firth movie. I found this one to be interesting but nothing special. Colin Firth is such a good actor who plays a believable father. Like in Then She Found Me, Colin Firth played a single father, this time to two daughters.
Okay, I'm not a big fan of musicals. I mean, how many times have people just broken out in song in real life for the heck of it? Not that many in MY real life.
That said, Colin Firth made this movie tolerable. As Harry, he sings and dances along with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgard. Whatever. Not my favorite Colin Firth movie though I do love the ABBA songs.
The Accidental Husband
In this 2008 movie, Colin Firth plays Richard Bratton, a man engaged to Dr. Emma Lloyd, played by Uma Thurman. Lucky gal! But obviously she thinks otherwise because a kink is thrown in the wedding works.
Then She Found Me
Then She Found Me was a favorite book of mine by Elinor Lipman. When Helen Hunt made it into a movie, I had to see it! I love this Colin Firth movie. It's more of a character study than anything else. Colin Firth plays a bitter, nervous father whose ex-wife left him with their two kids. His son's teacher is Helen Hunt, and the courtship ensues. Bette Midler is thrown in as the biological mother of Hunt's character. It's a perfect movie all around.
When Did You Last See Your Father? - A Son's Memoir of Love and Loss
This Colin Firth film allowed him to get into the role of Blake and show how human he can be. The bathtub scene was controversial, but it was portrayed in the movie just as it was in the book by the same name. Blake Morrison's book When Did You Last See Your Father? was published in 1996, and the movie was released in 2007.
Period Movies or Present Day?
Which type of Colin Firth movies do you prefer?
Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones's Diary
Just about everyone has seen this movie starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin FIrth. Probably the funniest scene is when Daniel Cleaver, played by Hugh Grant, and Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth, fight over Bridget. If you haven't seen it, go rent it or buy, and watch it. Several times. And laugh. The book by Helen Fielding is just as good.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
This follow-up movie to the first Bridget Jones movie wasn't quite as good as the original, but the chance to watch Colin Firth looking fine saved the day. And the way straight-laced Mark Darcy puts up with dingy Bridget is humorous to watch.
In 2003, Love Actually was released and this just might be the perfect movie. It contains the lives just before Christmas of eight couples. Along with Colin Firth as Jamie Bennett, the author of thriller novels, there is Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister, Emma Thompson as a wife and mother, Liam Neeson as a widower and stepfather in love with Claudia Schiffer, Laura Linney, an American in London who is in love with Carl and who takes care of her brother who is hospitalized for mental problems, and the hilarious Bill Nighy as Billly Mack. A must see Colin Firth movie.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
This Colin Firth film is based on the novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Colin Firth plays Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch painter, and Scarlett Johansson plays Griet, the girl with a pearl earring, based on the painting by Vermeer. This is an interesting fictional look at what the back story of a famous painting might have been.
Shakespeare in Love
Colin Firth loses the girl? Yes, he does in this clever movie about Shakespeare (Ralph Fiennes) and inspiration and love, of course. Colin Firth plays Lord Wessex who is engaged to Viola De Lesseps, played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
A Thousand Acres
First Jane Smiley wrote the novel A Thousand Acres then in 1997, the movie was made. But before Jane Smiley got her inspiration from King Lear. This movie is well done with some great acting by Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfieffer, Jennifer Jason-Leigh as the three sisters. Colin Firth plays the son of a neighboring farmer. Mayhem ensues when two daughters are pitted against the other. A great book. A great movie.
The English Patient
The English Patient came out in 1996, and I remember watching it but it's not a favorite. I frankly don't remember Colin Firth in this movie, but he was! He played Geoffrey Clinton. Like I said, I don't recall. I think I'll have to watch this one again.
I just finished watching this early movie starring Colin Firth. It was made in 1993 but set in medieval France. He played Richard Courtois, and in this movie, animals played a big part. Whoa. A really big part. They could be accused of and tried of crimes, just like people. Colin Firth was the advocate, a lawyer for people and animals, most notably a pig. This is one of those weird movies where the scenery is dull for the most part and the people were dirty, though they did take communal weekly baths.
What is Your Favorite Colin Firth Film?
As I watch Colin Firth movies, I add the listing above and here. So, that's the reason the movies are not necessarily in the order they were made.
What is your favorite Colin Firth movie I've listed here?
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