10. The Perfect Storm (2000)
Long before George Clooney was George Clooney, and before Mark Wahlberg was Mark Wahlberg, they starred in “The Perfect Storm.” The film was critically-acclaimed at the time, and is still a pretty good watch, but also somewhat overrated. The sense of foreboding throughout is uncomfortable, but also thought-provoking.
9. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
“The Odyssey” comes to pre-WWII America, with a bit of a Coen brothers twist. Clooney plays the the leader of this ragtag bunch, as they go from chain gang to hitting the big time. This is a very unusual film, but also an enjoyable watch.
8. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This remake of the Rat Pack classic was very, very good in its own right. Clooney heads-up a truly ridiculous cast and extremely intricate plot. At the the end of the day though, the scenes between Clooney and Brad Pitt are what we remember.
7. Gravity (2013)
People seem to either love or hate “Gravity.” Sure, the movie ran a bit too long and the dialogue seemed kinda artificial, but the plot itself was pretty brilliant. I honestly think this one would have been much better as an indy film rather than a Hollywood blockbuster.
6. Solaris (2002)
While the George Clooney remake was not a bad film at all, the original was a masterwork in the psychology of science-fiction. Without spoiling it too much, the story revolves around a psychologist who must uncover the truth as to why spacefarers are going mad. What he finds is that there’s a thin line between salvation and insanity.
5. Michael Clayton (2007)
The story of a legal fixer gone right is what constitutes George Clooney’s most underrated movie. “Michael Clayton” is a phenomenal film with some of the best performances this side of the decade. The ending is truly remarkable.
4. Three Kings (1999)
One of George Clooney’s early films, is still one of his best. “Three Kings” is a war comedy with some major brains and a conscience. Clooney, along with Mark Wahlberg and Ice-T, are attempting to steal millions in gold during the First Gulf War. They find their “mission” a bit more challenging and enlightening than they thought it originally.
3. The Descendants (2011)
“The Descendants” is such a funky movie… but man is it good. Clooney plays a widower, who’s tasked with raising his two girls and trying to save his extended family at the same time. The Hawaiian setting gives this one beautiful pacing.
2. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Any filmgoer could tell you David Strathairn was a talented actor before his career-making performance in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Afterwards though, he became a bonafide leading man in big-time movies. The one problem, the actor hasn’t really cashed in on leading-man roles. Sure, he’s nabbed some significant supporting roles, but nothing where he standouts.
- The Thin Red Line (1998)
You’d be hard-pressed to find films more cinematically beautiful than those authored by Terrence Malick. While Malick has made only a handful of films, each are magical in different ways. The director often examines human nature as it conflicts or isn in-sync with spirituality. “Days of Heaven” might be the most beautiful film ever shot, but “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life” are his best.