10. Die Another Day (2002)
While it was nothing too spectacular, “Die Another Day” was solid modern Bond affair. Brosnan and Halle Berry had excellent chemistry, with the plot being palatable enough. The action here was campy, but in an enjoyable way.
9. The November Man (2014)
Somewhat similar to “The Matador,” “The November Man” also examines the life of a hitman, though this one is much more serious in nature. Brosnan is quite excellent in a relatively nuanced performance.
8. The World’s End (2013)
One of the forgotten Simon Pegg films, “The World’s End” is about a pub crawl gone awry, which turns into a supernatural thriller. Judging by that plot line, this movie sounds terrible, but Pegg and Nick Frost make it fun fare. There’s cameos-a-plenty here…so don’t hit the head.
7. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
When you think of high drama, Denis Leary is not the top name that immediately comes to mind. Nonethless, he got to do his thing in this 1999 film. The movie didn’t quite live up to its hype, but Denis was very solid as a grizzled detective.
6. Mars Attacks! (1996)
Everybody thought this was a comedy, but I’m pretty sure this is how Jack would actually be as President. Watching Mars Attacks!, I’ve always wondered how they got a stellar cast for such a terrible and twisted movie. It wasn’t filmed in Colorado, was it?
5. No Escape (2015)
When you think Owen Wilson, high-octane action is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. BUT…that’s exactly what we get here, and the results are actually not that bad. Wilson is believable, even if the plot sometimes is not. Nevertheless, not a terrible movie.
4. Evelyn (2002)
“Evelyn” is tragic, yet touching, romantic drama. Pierce Brosnan is at his best here, actually playing a fairly vulnerable character. Seeing him in the role, makes this author yearn for more versatility in the actor’s work.
3. The Matador (2005)
One of the forgotten action-comedies of the mid-2000’s (when that was a big time thing), “The Matador” packs a massive punch. The combo of Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear are dynamite and generally likable. This is a fun ride.
2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
At the time this one came out, there certainly were groans, calling “Mrs. Doubtfire” a “Tootsie” rip-off. When people actually saw this one though, audiences couldn’t help seeing the distinctions between the two films and the incredible performance turned in by Robin Williams. The laughs are plentiful, but there are also enough heartfelt moments to make any viewer emotional, especially given Williams’ recent passing.
- GoldenEye (1995)
Pierce Brosnan certainly looked the part, and his first Bond film was quite excellent. “GoldenEye” was one of the darker, more somber Bond films, this side of Daniel Craig’s run. Sean Bean was excellent as the villain. The remainder of Brosnan’s run would be kinda crappy though.