9 George Clooney Movies You Need To Watch ASAP Because They're Seriously That Good
Oh, George Clooney, the Silver Fox of our dreams. He's handsome, he's intelligent, he's a great actor... what more could you want? In a successful career that's spanned more than three decades, Clooney has appeared in nearly 80 films and TV series, written 5 screenplays, produced 31 projects and directed 6 more... need I go on? The man is basically Hollywood royalty at this point, and for good reason. But how many George Clooney films can you actually say you've seen? Probably not all that many — that you can remember, anyway. How dare you! You need to get your Clooney quotient ASAP, and I'm here to help.
Of course, when an actor has so many credits to his name, it can be a little intimidating to figure out where to start. That's where I come in. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a George Clooney expert, but I've seen enough of his work to feel educated on the matter, and there are simply some of his movies that are better than others, which is to be expected. So if you haven't got plans this weekend — or if you do, clear 'em! — it's time to kick back, relax, and live the Silver Fox dream.
Here are the nine George Clooney movies you need to see ASAP.
One Fine Day (1996)
An oldie but a goodie. This romantic comedy stars Clooney as Jack Taylor and Michelle Pfeiffer as Melanie Parker. Jack is a newspaper columnist and Melanie is an architect and they meet one day when their kids miss their school field trip one day. Love blooms, as it does, and it's really adorable. This is such a lovely, feel good film and I will watch it forever and so should you.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
I know this one is animated, but Clooney is the voice of Mr. Fox (Meryl Streep is Mrs. Fox!) and it's basically the best thing ever since Mr. Fox decides he wants to return to raiding local farms and the farmers aren't having it. Even without such big names behind the characters, this is the best Wes Anderson movie out there and is well worth adding to your next movie night.
Three Kings (1999)
I first saw Three Kings as a teenager, and I'm so glad I did. It centers around soldiers who fought in the Persian Gulf War, who, in the aftermath, attempt to recover some gold that had been stolen from Kuwait. It probably doesn't sound all that exciting in print, but I promise you, this is a really good one.
Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)
This one's a bit of a double whammy, since Clooney not only stars in this one, but he co-wrote it AND directed it, too. It's about broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and his attempt to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s during the height of America's Communism fears. It's really well done, and also perfect if you're a bit of a history buff.
Oceans Eleven (2001)
Clooney AND Brad Pitt in one movie? You betcha. Robbers planning to rob three Vegas casinos simultaneously? Yep, that's the plot! I think this one sorta sells itself, to be honest, so just watch it — and then watch Oceans Twelve and Oceans Thirteen, because they're all awesome.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
In this one, Clooney and Mark Wahlberg are commercial fishermen who get caught up in a dangerous storm that could kill them. It's pretty action-packed AND is based on real-life events, so it's another must-see.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
This one's an early Terrence Malick film, based on a man named James Jones' 1962 autobiography about the battle at Gaudacanal during World War II — so another true story, and one with a great cast including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Adrian Brody and John Cusack, among others. Clooney likes his war movies, but I'm into it.
O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)
I was absolutely obsessed with the soundtrack for this movie back when it was released, and for good reason — it was really, really good. Based in the deep south, it follows three convicted criminals (of which Clooney is one) as they try to find hidden treasure AND stay ahead of the authorities that are searching for them. WATCH THIS NOW.
Sure, Sandra Bullock carried this one, but Clooney still played an important part in Gravity and the movie is worth watching regardless of how little he's on screen.
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