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Keira Knightley Movies List

Updated on July 17, 2017
Keira Knightley at the 2011 Venice Film Festival
Keira Knightley at the 2011 Venice Film Festival | Source
"Anna Karenina" (2012)
"Anna Karenina" (2012) | Source

An actress Keira Christina Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England on March 26th, 1985. Her mother, an actress turned playwright Sharman MacDonald, is of Scottish and Welsh descent and father, an actor Will Knightley, is English. Keira lived in Richmond and was attending Stanley Junior School, Teddington School, and Esher College.

Keira got her own agent when she was only six years old and her first role was Little Girl in a TV film Royal Celebration (1993). The first time when Knightley got her major part was in 1999 when she played Sabe in Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace. A smash hit Bend It Like Beckham (2002), the football-themed film, was a breakthrough for Knightley`s career, she earned worldwide recognition.
The first big-budget blockbuster movie of Keira Knightley was Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003), which was filmed in Los Angeles and the Caribbean. It became the biggest hit of summer 2003. Knightley played the character of Elizabeth Swann, along with the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp and Will Turner, played by Orlando Bloom. Lately, she played her role in 2006 and 2007 sequels.
Keira became the breakout star. She earned a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nomination for a screen adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The young actress was nominated for the Academy Award as the third-youngest performer ever!
2007 brought even more accolades for Keira, including Women`s Beauty Icon 2007. For her performance in Atonement, she won Best Actress at the Variety Club Of Great Britain Showbiz Awards, and also was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Dramatic Actress category for her role as Cecilia Tallis.
Knightley received her second Academy Award nomination for Supporting Actress in historical WWII drama film The Imitation Game, where she played along with Cumberbatch.

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List of Keira Knightley Movies

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Buy "The Imitation Game" at Amazon.com

The Imitation Game (2014)

Keira Knightley was nominated at the 87th Academy Awards for the Best Supporting Actress in a 2014 historical drama film The Imitation Game. The screenplay is based on the biography of the mathematician, cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who helps crack the Enigma code in World War II.

The movie opens with the moment when Alan is arrested. The war is over, and even the fact that untold numbers of people were rescued, saved from death thanks to his work, his invention, is dismissed. His superiors are trying to get rid of him, can't stand that a gay man shortened the war for at least several years. This genius definitely deserved to get the recognition in his lifetime, but instead was tortured and died at an early age 41. Also, there are the episodes that show his youth in a British boarding school, where he is also treated cruelly. His friend and defender Cristopher has died at a young age. Later Alan names his machine the same name in his friend's honor.

The main part of the film is dedicated to the time when the Second World War broke to Britain. The enciphering Enigma machine is used by the German armed forces to send messages securely and the Nazis change the encoding every day. That means that even a group of professionals hasn't enough time to process the code. Alan works alone to create a machine that will provide a mechanical process of encryption of the Enigma code.Turing places a difficult crossword in newspapers in order to find people that can help him. Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) is one of those, who passes the test. But she is a girl, so has to work with the female clerks who intercept Enigma messages. Alan shares all his plans with her...

Fascinating story, beautifully acted by the cast. We have to know more about our hero, the hero of the Second World War and the father of all computers.

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Buy "Pride and Prejudice" at Amazon.com

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Knightley earned a Best Actress nomination for her role in the drama Pride and Prejudice at the Academy Awards.The story is based on Jane Austen`s same called novel about five sisters (the Bennet family) whose lives are turned upside down after arriving of a young wealthy man (Mr. Bingley) and his even more rich and proud friend (Mr. Darcy) in their neighborhood, where they want to spend all summer. The Bennets aren't from an upper class, and if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin, whose name isn't even known to them. So the mother's main purpose in life is to find wealthy husbands for her daughters to make sure their family will be happy and secure.

Mr. Darcy is falling in love with a spirited, somehow stubborn young lady Elisabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), who is beneath his class...

This story of love unfolds in England around 1800. Big fans of the novel may complain this film is short, but as for such a long novel, this two-hour movie is great.

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Keira Knightley Movies List  | Pirates of The Caribbean
Keira Knightley Movies List | Pirates of The Caribbean

Pirates of The Caribbean

A high-grossing series of fantasy films Pirates of the Caribbean received positive reviews from the critics and was the first franchise where more than one film earned over $1 billion worldwide!

Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The whole story is about cursed Pirates who want to get rid of this curse, but to do that they need the pirate`s blood. They need the blood of William Turner - the Bill Turner`s son. But mistakenly they capture an independent-minded Elizabeth, the governor's daughter (who is portrayed by Keira Knightley). While Elizabeth is on the pirates` ship, Turner (Orlando Bloom) teams up with an extravagant pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who is waiting for revenge against Barbosa.

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Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are to be married, but this is interrupted, as they are arrested and sentenced to death for helping Captain Jack Sparrow to escape. However, if Will can find Jack and bring him and his Lord Beckett Compass back to the new Captain, all the charges will be lifted. Turner is yet unaware of Jack`s problems: he owes a blood debt to Davey Jones, who is the Captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman...

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Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

After Captain Jack Sparrow is rescued by Will, Elizabeth and Captain Barbossa from the land of the dead, they have to stand against Lord Beckett, who is now in control of Davy Jone`s heart, and the East India Trading Company. Now the crew must call the Pirate Lords from all the corners of the globe to gather together in order to make a final stand for freedom against their enemies...

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Keira Knightley Movies List | Atonement (2007)
Keira Knightley Movies List | Atonement (2007)

Atonement (2007)

A thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia and Robbie (who is the son of a family servant) when they are confessing their true love for each other and reads the letter which Robbie has written to Cecilia about his feelings to her. She misunderstands everything and accuses the lover of her sister in a crime he didn't commit, and it changes their lives. Robbie and Cecilia have torn apart as the Second World War breaks out in their lives...

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Keira Knightley Movies List  | Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Keira Knightley Movies List | Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

A comedy about breaking the rules to reach for your dreams, rebelling against parents' traditionalism. Jess Bhamra, a teenager that is passionate about football, plays football in the park with her friends, but soon she is noticed by Juliette Paxton (Jules for short), who plays in a local women's league, and joins a girls football team. The team is coached by sympathetic young man Joe, who appears to be the subject of both girls' affection.

Jess' loving Sikh family wants only the best for her but doesn't share her fascination, while Jess is dreaming of being as great as her hero David Beckham.

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Buy "Anna Karenina" at Amazon.com

Anna Karenina (2012)

Joe Wright returns to use Keira Knightley as his heroine for the third time. The actions of the new version of Anna Karenina are staged within an actual theater. Anna (Knightley), a young wife of the government minister Karenin (Jude Law), lacks the love for her husband and finds the sense of her life in her eight-year-old son. Everything changes when Karenina meets the young officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and both understand that each of them found their love. But this is the high society of St. Petersburg and Moscow and such choices aren`t acceptable in it, though she wants to believe the rules can be broken and soon pays the price.


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Keira Knightley Movies List  |  Begin Again (2013)
Keira Knightley Movies List | Begin Again (2013)

Begin Again (2013)

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her college sweetheart and songwriting partner Dave (Adam Levine) make off to New York when he leaves her girlfriend on her own, tempted by his new-found fame. Very soon Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is captivated by Gretta`s talent when he sees her performing on an East Village stage when she sings in a quiet, lovely voice, accompanied by her acoustic guitar. Though Gretta is a songwriter, not a singer, she agrees to sign with Dan. They team up and produce an album that will revive her career...




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Keira Knightley Movies List | Never Let Me Go (2010)
Keira Knightley Movies List | Never Let Me Go (2010)

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Never Let Me Go is a British drama film, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel. The story tells us about three friends that grow up at Hailsham, an English boarding school. Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth portrayed by Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley, as any other children in this school, are called guardians and destined to be organ donors. One day they receive an instruction about their future... many of them, as the organ donators, will 'complete' being young. Very soon they leave the school and the truth is revealed to all of them, and they also have to cope with their feelings of love, betrayal...




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Keira Knightley Movies List | The Duchess (2008)
Keira Knightley Movies List | The Duchess (2008)

The Duchess (2008)

Georgiana Spencer, the 18th-century aristocrat, was married to the Duke of Devonshire when she was 17. The wedding was in an arranged marriage, she had met the Duke only two times beforehand, so Georgiana had no information about the demands of marriage. The Duke expects a young wife to give birth to a male hair. Unfortunately, Georgiana becomes a mother of two girls, and with the birth of each new daughter, the Duke becomes more and more disappointed.

Soon she finds her marriage to be a disappointment. The Duke and Georgiana have no common interest, and while he keeps another woman and her children with his family, she has to sit in silence... Beautiful, charming young Duchess don't give up and becomes a style ikon, political activist, adorable woman. But she hopes that one day she happens to meet someone who truly loves her and against all social pressures, falls in love with a young politician.

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Keira Knightley Movies List | Last Night (2010)
Keira Knightley Movies List | Last Night (2010)

Last Night (2010)

The story centers on Michael Reed, portrayed by Sam Worthington and Joanna, portrayed by Keira Knightley. They are a happy married couple, living in New York, that struggle with difficulties, temptations in a relationship. One day Joanna meets the stunning, beautiful colleague Michael never told her about and this makes her doubt her husband's faithfulness. Soon Michael goes with Laura on a business trip, while Joanna spends the night with her ex-boyfriend Alex, who is in New York to meet his publisher.

There are no cheaters, no winners. This is the movie about the issues every couple faces in real life.

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Keira Knightley Movies List | The Edge of Love (2008)
Keira Knightley Movies List | The Edge of Love (2008)

The Edge of Love (2008)

The Edge of Love is a drama film, the script of which was written by Sharman MacDonald, Keira Knightley's mother. A film set during the 1940s in Wales and London and tells us the story of the love triangle: Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is married to the adventurous Caitlin, but passionately fall in love with Vera, his teenage love. Though she feels the same can`t be with him, as he is married, and accepts a proposal from her devoted admirer William. At that time Vera and Caitlin form a strong friendship...

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