Does anyone ever really need a reason to celebrate Keanu Reeves? The answer is never, you never need a reason! But we happen to have several anyway. In case you didn’t notice, Keanu’s got a movie coming out this weekend (Replicas, watch the trailer here) and we are beyond thrilled.
For those of you firmly with Camp Keanu, here are a few of our favorite performances from Mr. Reeves.
Type: Action & Adventure, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Release Date: 2014
Director: Chad Stahelski & David Leitch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe
Rating: 87% RT, 7.3/10 IMDb
In this classic revenge-flick, Keanu really pulls out all the stops in his performance as ex-hitman-done-wrong, John Wick. This may very well be his “-iest” of roles yet. (As in sexiest, angriest, flashiest, etc.) Not only did they bring this character back for a satisfying round two, but they’re also currently gearing up for the third installment. And in case you didn’t get the memo, none of us are complaining.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Type: Comedy, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Release Date: 1989
Director: Stephen Herek
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Rating: 78% RT, 6.9/10 IMDb
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure really is just the ridiculous story of two dopey teenagers on a time-traveling mission to write the best history report ever—and who isn’t here for that? Plus in case you haven’t heard, Keanu is teaming up with Bill & Ted alum Alex Winter to bring the characters back to our screens, so… Get. Pumped!
While not a resounding critical success, Destination Wedding did do all of us a solid by reuniting Keanu with his Dracula co-star (and wife??) Winona Ryder, and the results were somewhat predictable but utterly watchable and just downright adorable.
While Keanu may have been on a lot of people’s radars before he co-starred along with Sandra Bullock in 1994’s hit action flick Speed, this is the project that really sent him to the top of the list. Heroic, buff, and witty—Keanu’s character Jack was a hit with audiences across the board.
As far as offbeat indies go, this 1991 Gus Van Sant picture ranks pretty high. While it may not be the most accessible piece, this early work gives us an opportunity to see another side of Reeves, which is something that we can all appreciate.
While Keanu’s Dr. Mercer took a bit of a back seat to Jack Nicholson’s Harry Sanborn, watching him flirt shamelessly with Diane Keaton is a real treat.
This dramedy about a young woman suffering from an eating disorder is probably my favorite film on this list, and that’s saying a lot. This heartwarming Netflix original arrived on the platform with little fanfare, but there’s so so much to love about it!
Here, Keanu plays Jonathan Harker, a captive of Dracula’s. You can watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula for free on Sony Crackle.
The story here is that of a struggling football coach who puts together a group of has-beens in order to bring his team closer to the playoffs during a players’ strike. Keanu’s role as Shane Falco in this endearing sports comedy is the very picture of a good time, and there’s just nothing wrong with that.
Did we save the best for last? That’s debatable, but watching Patrick Swayze and Keanu star in this crime thriller about laid back surfing bank robbers and the undercover cop that is sent to infiltrate their ranks is not a bad way to spend an afternoon. One thing is for sure, Point Break is really the one that started it all.