Sir Anthony Hopkins has been acting in movies since 1967 after a few years on the stage. Through his illustrious career, he’s become one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. At the age of 81, Hopkins has picked up several accolades in his career, including four Oscar nominations with one win for Silence of the Lambs.
Add in five Emmy nominations with two wins and seven Golden Globe nominations with one win, and Hopkins has proven time and time again that he is one of the best in the business at what he does. With a career that includes historical movies (Amistad), biopics (Nixon), genre fare (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), and even mainstream blockbusters (Thor), here is a look at the 10 best Anthony Hopkins movies according to IMDb.
10BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (7.4)
Directed by Frances Ford Coppola, Bram Stoker’s Dracula retells the story of Dracula as a melodrama. Coppola cast two iconic actors as the main rivals in the movie, with Gary Oldman taking on the role of Dracula and Anthony Hopkins as the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing.
The movie picked up four Oscar nominations, winning three of them — all for the design of the film. However, the actors received praise as well, with Oldman winning Best Actor at the Saturn Awards and Hopkins picking up a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
9THE TWO POPES (7.5)
The newest movie on the list, The Two Popes hasn’t even been released for mainstream public viewing yet. The film premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival in August and will enjoy a limited release in November before hitting Netflix on Dec. 20.
In the film, Anthony Hopkins stars as Pope Benedict SVI while Johnathan Pryce stars as the future Pope Francis. Not only does the film hold a high IMDb score, but it also has a very high 96% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with the two leads actors credited for its praise.
8LEGENDS OF THE FALL (7.5)
Released in 1994 and directed by Edward Zwick, Legends of the Fall had an all-star cast with Anthony Hopkins starring as Col. William Ludlow, a man who was sickened at how the United States government continued to lie to and betray the Native American tribes. He moved to Montana to raise his family.
The movie follows the lives of William his sons (Brad Pitt and Aidan Quinn) as they navigate their lives in a corrupt and lawless society. The film picked up three Oscar nominations (winning for Best Cinematography) and several Golden Globes nominations, including one for Best Actor for Brad Pitt.
Before Robert Downey Jr. almost ruined his career and life due to his addictions, he proved what the future could hold in store for the actor. In 1992, Richard Attenborough directed a biopic about the biggest comedy actor in Hollywood during the silent film era — Charlie Chaplin.
The movie, Chaplin, starred Downey Jr. as Chaplin in a role that earned him Oscar and Golden Globes nominations as well as a BAFTA win for Best Actor. In the movie, Anthony Hopkins starred as a fictional character — George Hayden, Chaplin’s biography editor.
6THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN (7.8)
Released in 2005, Anthony Hopkins took on the role of real-life New Zealand motorcycle racer Burt Monro. In 1967, Munro set the under-1,000 cc world record — a record that still stands to this day. The biopic was written, directed, and produced by Roger Donaldson, a film he had been working on developing for over 20 years.
Hopkins said that his role as Burt Monro was an easy one for him since the two men have very similar views on life. The film itself is set up as an inspirational sports story with the Bonneville run, which was comprised of several runs the real Monro made in his life.
5THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (7.8)
In 1993, Anthony Hopkins starred in a Merchant-Ivory production, The Remains of the Day. James Ivory directed the film, adapted from the 1989 novel of the same name. Hopkins stars as James Stevens, the butler of Darlington Hall, and Emma Thompson stars as Miss Kenton, a former colleague whose employer died after his reputation was destroyed when the public learned he was a Nazi sympathizer.
The Remains of the Day received eight Oscar nominations but shockingly won none. Both Hopkins and Thompson picked up Oscar nominations for their performances.
4THE LION IN THE WINTER (7.9)
In 1968, Anthony Hopkins starred in what was only his second theatrical movie role in The Lion in the Winter (his debut was in The White Bus the previous year). It was a role that Hopkins was ready for as it was based on the Broadway play of the same name, and Hopkins made his name initially in theater work.
Peter O’Toole stars as King Henry II, while Katherine Hepburn is the estranged Queen Eleanor. Anthony Hopkins is the eldest surviving son Richard the Lionheart, who Eleanor wants to become King while Henry II wants his youngest son, John, to become the king.
3THOR: RAGNAROK (7.9)
The most popular movie on this list for mainstream audiences is Thor: Ragnarok, but that is expected since it is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The Elephant Man, considered a true classic, has 203,000 ratings on IMDb while the third Thor movie has 513,000 ratings, showing the preference of today’s moviegoers to make their opinions known.
Of course, in the MCU, Anthony Hopkins portrayed Odin, the Norse Allfather, and the dad to Thor and Loki. He appeared in the first two Thor films, dying in the third when his time in this realm came to an end, and he moved on to the other side. It was a great farewell for the elder God.
2THE ELEPHANT MAN (8.1)
David Lynch directed The Elephant Man in 1980, a biopic about a man named Joseph Merrick. The film starred John Hurt as “John” Merrick, a man with a severe deformity that makes him look monstrous to those around him. However, when a doctor named Frederick Treves brings him in for testing, he learns he is much smarter than anyone believed.
Anthony Hopkins portrays Treves in the movie, and while he aids Merrick, he is never able to escape his past as a part of a Freak Show and an abusive alcoholic who runs it. The film earned eight Oscar nominations but did not win any.
1SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (8.6)
Silence of the Lambs is one of the rare cases where a genre movie won the Oscar for Best Original Picture. The movie, directed by Jonathan Demme, introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, the film follows an FBI agent (Jodie Foster) who is trying to catch a serial killer by interviewing Lecter, a cannibalistic serial killer in prison.
Silence of the Lambs became only the third film to win all four of the top Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress), and it was Hopkins only win at the Oscars. Hopkins’ role as Hannibal is widely considered one of the greatest villains in movie history.