The 10 Best Kate Beckinsale Movies

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The 10 Best Kate Beckinsale Movies

Form a young age Kate Beckinsale knew she wanted to be an actress and began developing her crat in stage productions at school. It was while she was in university she made the choice to pursue it as a full-time career, and in 1994 starred in her first feature film, Much Ado About Nothing by Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Thor). She became a household name following her first appearance as Selene, the Death Dealer and vampire, in Sc-Fi gothic supernatural film Underworld. As Selene, Beckinsale showed what she was capable of as an action star, but never strayed far from her dramatic roots in The Aviator, and Love & Friendship.

Love & Friendship (2016)

Based on Jane Austen’s novel, ‘Lady Susan’, Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship follows the recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) on her entertaining and dramatic path to finding a new husband for herself, and for her daughter Federica (Morfydd Clark). Needing an ear to complain to, Lady Susan grows close to Alicia Johnson (Chloë Sevigny), an American who has grown fond of British life. As Lady Susan, Beckinsale is captivating as a woman who has no issues exerting her independence in an era where women were taught to rely on their husbands. Stillman does a fantastic job of adapting Austen’s dry sense of humor and giving the characters the space to be themselves as he did with The Last Days of Disco, also starring Beckinsale and Sevigny.

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The Aviator (2004)

Written by John Logan, and directed by Martin Scorsese, The Aviator is a biopic filled with epic visuals and amazing acting about Howard Hughes, one of the richest men in American history, who made films and machines others said couldn’t be made. With an all-star cast featuring Beckinsale as famed Hollywood actress Ava Gardner and Cate Blanchette as Katherine Hepburn, The Aviator is a film stays centered, even as the main character slowly unravels.

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Nothing But the Truth (2008)

When Washington, D.C. reporter Rachel Armstrong (Beckinsale) is questioned about her informant in a high-profile case involving American CIA agent Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga), she has to make the difficult choice to either reveal her source or face imprisonment. With a smart script and direction from  Rob Laurie, the film and cast featuring Angela Bassett and Alan Alda, work to show the complexities of what happens behind the scenes in journalism, and the questions journalists must ask themselves when their own freedom is on the line.

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Underworld (2003)

When Selene (Beckinsale), a vampire, meets Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) after he is bitten by a Lycan, she has to decide if to destroy him, or go against everything she was taught as a Death Dealer, and let him live when she learns he may be the key to either stopping the war between the vampires and Lycans, or the destruction of both clans. Directed by Len Wiseman, Underworld quickly became a cult favorite amongst genre fans for its quick action scenes, new mythology and Beckinsale’s portrayal as Selene. Known mostly for her dramatic parts n previous films, she proved that she was an action star, and performed one of the slickest superhero landings ever,

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Brokedown Palace (1999)

Two American teenagers, Darlene Davis (Beckinsale), and her best friend Alice Marano (Claire Danes) are arrested while on vacation for smuggling drugs into Thailand. Having been sentenced to thirty years in a Thai prison, Darlene and Alice are faced with the reality that the futures they imagined from themselves are no longer possible. Both Beckinsale and Danes give poignant performances, showing the struggle and despair their characters face having to experience such difficult circumstances in a foreign land, away from everyone and everything they know and love.

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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) and Hero (Beckinsale) fall madly in love at first sight, and as they prepare for their upcoming wedding, they conspire to get their two friends, Beatrice (Emma Thompson) and Benedict (Branagh) together, but as the day grows closer rumors start to spread about Hero’s character placing her relationship with Claudio in jeopardy. Love, jealousy, pretense, and betrayal are the typical hallmarks of a Shakespeare play, and in Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, they abound with youthful glee. Beckinsale, Thompson, Denzel Washington as the dashing Don Pedro, and Keanu Reeves as the moody Don Jon add to the enjoyment of this classic.

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The Last Days of Disco (1998)

Can true love be found in a night club? This is one of the questions writer and director Whit Stillman and his characters Charlotte (Beckinsale) and Alice (Chloë Sevigny) in The Last Days of Disco. Recently graduated from college, Alice and Charlotte do all the things they think cool young people should do. Talk to guys with good jobs, dress and speak the right way, and frequent the most popular disco. Alice and Charlotte realize that sometimes finding love, is just as hard as finding a reasonably priced apartment in Manhattan.

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Absolutely Anything (2015)

As a test to see if humanity would be worth saving, aliens offer god0like powers to one man, Neil (Simon Pegg). If Neil does good with his powers, they will refrain from destroying all mankind, if not, well things won’t end well. Known for films like Monty Python’s Life of Bryan, director and writer Terry Jones manages to interweave the hilarious hijinks that Neil gets up to, and lessons of morality in a way that works. Absolutely Anything features voice work by Robin Williams, John Cleese, Eric Lidle, and Terry Gilliam.

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Total Recall (2012)

It’s the end of the 21st Century, and the earth has been devastated due to chemical warfare. Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a regular factory worker, or so he thinks. When Douglas begins to suspect the life he has with his wife Lori (Beckinsale) might not be real, he ends up on the run from secret organizations. Based on the 1990 film of the same name which was inspired by the short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Sci-Fi legend Philip K. Dick, Total Recall is visually interesting Sci-Fi film with great action sequences.

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Underworld: Evolution (2006)

As the sequel to Underworld, 2006’s Underworld: Evolution picks up with Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman) going on a search for clues about Michael’s past, and how it ties into the history of the Lycans and Vampires. As they get closer to the truth, they realize the extent people went to, to keep the truth hidden, including using Selene. While the film like many in the franchise – was not well received critically, it became a fan favorite, and no matter what complaints people may have with the convoluted storyline, they can’t deny that Beckinsale kicked major butt, and isn’t a certifiable action star.

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