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Colin Firth Movies

Updated on October 7, 2014

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.

Main Street and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

MAIN STREET

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

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.

EASY VIRTUE

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.

Mamma Mia!

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?

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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.

Love Actually

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.

The Advocate

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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      KarenCookieJar 

      6 years ago

      I love him as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. No one will ever play him better!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @ChrissLJ: Chriss, I am listing only the Colin Firth movies I've seen so far. I'm not a big fan of the period pieces but may watch S&S at some point. I love Chevalier's books too and this movie did a good job of it!

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      ChrissLJ 

      7 years ago

      You forgot the best Colin Firth movie EVER... Sense and Sensibility. Even though it's the longest movie ever made, I've watched it multiple times and the newer version (sans Colin) holds no candle. Liked Mama Mia. (Love older style musicals... even though it's a newer movie.) Hated Nanny McPhee. Bridget Jones's Diary... take it or leave it. Refuse to watch Girl with a Pearl Earring as there's no way the movie can live up to Chevalier's book.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: I haven't seen Another Country yet. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll add it here when I get a chance to watch it!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I've loved Colin Firth since seeing him the film Another Country in 1984. To me he will always be Mr. Darcy. Just saw King's Speech last night and was amazing. Glad I found this lens. I can use it as a list to help me catch up on some Firth movies I've missed.

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      bernie74 lm 

      7 years ago

      Yes I do like Colin Firth, I think he is a very talented actor. Thanks for a great lens

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SusannaDuffy: Oh how fun! Bet he was an adorable kid.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have a childrens' movie about Leprechauns and Fairies. One of the teenage fairies is a very young, fair-headed Colin Firth

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: I agree. I missed him in The English Patient. I could watch just about any of his movies again and again and again!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Oh, I do love Colin Firth! I've seen most of these, but there's one or two I never heard of. Aside from The King's Speech, I thought he was terrific in A Single Man, and liked him in Girl With A Pearl Earring. I never knew he was in The English Patient, even though I saw it. Excellent lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @TreasuresBrenda: Brenda, I realized while writing this lens that I haven't seen many of Colin Firth's films either. Something to look forward to!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @evelynsaenz1: I agree, Evelyn. He did a stellar job in Love Actually!

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know who Colin Firth is. Of course, I watch exactly 2 movies a year...

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I love Colin Firth and I am glad there are some movies I have NOT seen with him.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      I fell in love with Colin firth when I first saw him in Love Actually. I love the fight scenes in the Bridget Jones Diaries but there is something just so tender when he plays Jamie as he falls in love with Arelia despite their ability to speak each other's languages in Love Actually.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: Oh no! He's great! I highly recommend just about any of his movies.

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