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Top 10 Joaquin Phoenix Movies Of All Times

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Joaquin phoenix has been phenomenal since he joined the industry. However, people of this generation may have known him for his character as a Batman villain. But in general, he’s no stranger to these dark characters. That crazy clown wouldn’t surprise those following Joaquin for some time now.

Although his Joker’s character received tremendous praise from both reviewers and moviegoers, his other works are also noteworthy. He has worked in many dramas and romance movies. Joaquin Phoenix is currently the man of the moment and the audience’s favorite actor of all time.

Today we all know Phoenix as one of the finest actors in the world, and his films are frequently lauded and sought after. So, here we have decided to present the Phoenix’s highest-grossing movies in his working career. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Inventing The Abbotts

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Inventing The Abbotts

Year: 1997

Runtime: 1 hr. 50 mins

Genre: Romance, Drama

Director: Pat O’Connor

IMDB rate: 6.4

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler

The story revolves around two rival families, where one is the working class poor brothers, and the other is the rich Abbott sisters. The brothers, Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug halt (Phoenix) came to contend the affection of the Abbott sisters.

They came with the intention of revenge for their father’s mishap when he and the sister’s father were partners. But the story turns when one brother (Phoenix) falls for one of the sisters, “Pamela.” However, in reality, you will fall in love with Phoenix after watching his performance in the film.

The Yards

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The Yards

Year: 2000

Runtime: 1 hr. 55 mins

Genre: Romance, Drama, Thriller, Crime

Director: James Gray

IMDB rate: 6.4

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron

It is a story about a boy who takes the fall for his friends. After serving his sentence, he wants to start clean. To be safe, he gets to the place he thinks is safe – home. But he was wrong! His life went upside down when he discovered how his uncle (Phoenix) was involved in uncanny things and crime.

However, the story would be incomplete without the tremendous performance by Phoenix. He plays the influential uncle not to be messed with. It was one of Phoenix’s initial appearances to catch the eye of important award circles.


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Year: 2000

Runtime: 2 hr. 35 mins

Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure

Director: Ridley Scott

IMDB rate: 8.5

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Russell Crowe, Conne Nielsen

It is one of history’s masterpieces as it pictures ancient times perfectly. A versatile performance offers the role more depth than what initially appears on the paper. Phoenix claws his way into the evil classic status of Commodus. It’s a story about Marcus Aurelius, an aging Roman emperor.

Before death, the emperor chooses his powerful general to be his heir over his son. It enraged his son to take revenge on the general. The emperor’s son killed the general family, and the general couldn’t save anyone. Now, he (general) is the one seeking revenge for his family’s demise.


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Year: 2013

Runtime: 2 hr. 6 mins

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Director: Spike Jonze

IMDB rate: 8.0

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson (voice)

A lonely writer struggling to make connections with people finds comfort in A.I ( voice Scarlett Johansson). He originally bought it to help him write. He eventually developed a romantic relationship with the A.I. But why? When he learned about its capacity for learning and adaptation better than humans.

It’s not just about a guy falling for A.I, it is about how messy, and difficult human relations are. It’s about how humankind needs the assistance of technology to grasp better and comprehend the awful luxury of love and forming bonds.

The Master

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The Master

Year: 2012

Runtime: 2 hr. 18 mins

Genre: Drama

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

IMDB rate: 7.1

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

A cult leader is the subject of the cult film The Master. This movie is about a guy whose illicit wisdom separated himself and his supporters from most of society. At the same time, a veteran (Phoenix) came after World War II ended and joined his cult.

This veteran was dealing with his demons after the war and was not stable. That’s how he entered this cult but backed off after knowing the reality. He came to know that the cult Master is not what he says and all his appearance is just fake. If you are a fan of Phoenix, it is a must-watch.


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Year: 2019

Runtime: 2 hr. 2 mins

Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director: Todd Phillips

IMDB rate: 8.4

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

It is a story of a man with a sense of unfulfilled purpose. While he also suffers from a condition that makes him laugh at the appropriate situations. His loneliness and the feeling of being an outcast transform him into something dark.

A man named Arther Fleck (Phoenix) sought connection and acceptance. He wanted to pursue his career in comedy but was bullied and beaten by people. Consequently, in this violent play, the Clown Prince of Crime emerges who wants nothing but destruction. Phoenix did justice to the role, as his intense scenes were so natural that the audience was forced to think he had the same condition.

You Were Never Really Here

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You Were Never Really Here

Year: 2017

Runtime: 1 hr. 29 mins

Genre: Drama, Crime

Director: Lynne Ramsay

IMDB rate: 6.8

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov

Essentially, the story is all about trauma and how the character has been affected by it. But its gradual and deliberate buildup really sets this movie apart and makes it wonderfully done. Well, it is to admit when Joaquin plays the part of a dark character, nothing goes wrong.

The movie is a horrifying description of what it’s like to live with trauma. The survivor and secretive war veteran, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), seeks to escape his monsters by saving others from terrifying scenarios.

Inherent Vice

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Inherent Vice

Year: 2014

Runtime: 2 hr. 28 mins

Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Comedy

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

IMDB rate: 6.6

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson

Inherent Vice is a vibe that doesn’t appeal to large audiences. The unfamiliar will experience confusion, uncertainty, and doubt. It carries a certain mood that affected and made many wonders whether there is more underneath.

It is a story of a private detective, Larry “Doc” Sportello. He receives a visit from an ex-girlfriend, who believes the spouse of her new boyfriend is planning to institutionalize him. Doc accepts the case and attempts to help fix it.

Walk The Line

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Walk The Line

Year: 2005

Runtime: 2 hr. 16 mins

Genre: Drama, Romance, Biography, Music

Director: James Mangold

IMDB rate: 7.8

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin, Reece Whitherspoon

You can say that it’s a biography of the late Johny Cash, who took America by storm with his voice. In the movie, Cash was played by none other than Phoenix, and the story covers his early life. Cash’s life was not easy as he was raised on his family farm.

His music, in fact, depicts his life struggles, but along the way, he finds the love of his life, June (Reece Whitherspoon). Joaquin gives a heartfelt portrayal, capturing the charm of the unstable artist that enthralled audiences in the 1960s.

Two Lovers

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Two Lovers

Year: 2008

Runtime: 1 hr. 50 mins

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: James Gray

IMDB rate: 7.0

Star cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Vinessa Shaw, Gwyneth Paltrow

It’s a story about a depressed bachelor following a broken engagement who moves in with his parents. When living in Brighton Beach, Leonardo Kraditor (Phoenix) soon gets involved with Sandra, an honest young woman. The woman is a family friend who his parents recommended, and she seems to be the ideal fit.

Then Michelle comes into the scene, beautiful but cunning manipulating Leonardo despite having a rich boyfriend. It is a sad tale of a man in love with two women who can’t decide between right and wrong.



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