Sir Alan Rickman was known for his portrayal of Hilly Kristal in the film 'CBGB'. He successfully captured the eccentricity and determination of the man who founded one of the most legendary music venues in history. Rickman also provided a humanizing element to the movie, showing Hilly as a flawed yet endearing character.
25 Bottle Shock
In the movie 'Bottle Shock', Alan Rickman portrayed Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant with a passion for French wines. The film is based on a true story and follows Spurrier's journey to organize a blind wine tasting competition in 1976, known as the "Judgment of Paris," where Californian wines triumphed over established French ones.
24 Quigley Down Under
Rickman played the role of a villainous bounty hunter named Elliott Marston in the 1990 western 'Quigley Down Under'. He was tasked with hunting down an American sharpshooter (played by Tom Selleck) who had been hired to kill the ranchers of an Australian outback.
23 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rickman played the iconic role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in the film 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'. He appeared as an antagonist to Kevin Costner's Robin Hood.
22 Bob Roberts
Alan Rickman plays the role of Lukas Hart III in the movie 'Bob Roberts'. The film is Robert "Bob" Roberts Jr., a right-wing politician who is contesting United States Senate election. Rickman's character is Roberts' campaign manager.
21 Michael Collins
In the movie 'Michael Collins', Alan Rickman portrayed Éamon de Valera, a prominent figure in Ireland's struggle for independence. Rickman's nuanced performance captured de Valera's complex character, from his early revolutionary fervor to his later political pursuits.
20 The Butler
Sir Alan Rickman played the role of the U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the movie 'The Butler'.
19 Truly Madly Deeply
In the movie 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', Alan Rickman portrayed Jamie, a recently deceased musician and the former lover of Nina (played by Juliet Stevenson). The film follows Nina's grief and her subsequent encounters with Jamie's ghost, who returns to comfort and support her.
Rickman played Metatron in the comedy-fantasy film 'Dogma'. Metatron is an angel and the voice of God, who appears to two fallen angels, Loki and Bartleby (played by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) and sets them on a quest to undo their sins and regain their place in Heaven.
17 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Alan Rickman portrays the character of Judge Turpin in the film, a cruel and corrupt judge who lusts after the beautiful young girl, Johanna, and is determined to have her for himself. Throughout the film his character is portrayed as a manipulative and evil figure, willing to go to any lengths to get what he wants. He is ultimately killed by Sweeney Todd, after he tries to force Johanna into a loveless marriage.
16 Eye in the Sky
In the movie 'Eye in the Sky', Alan Rickman portrayed Lieutenant General Frank Benson, a high-ranking British military officer overseeing a complex drone operation targeting terrorists.
15 Snow Cake
Alan Rickman plays the role of Alex Hughes in the movie 'Snow Cake'. His character is a loner who gets involved in a car accident that kills a young woman in a small Canadian town. He then meets and connects with the mother, Linda (Weaver), of the victim, and they soon form a special bond.
14 Galaxy Quest
Alan Rickman portrayed Alexander Dane, a washed-up British actor who once starred in a 1960's sci-fi television series called 'Galaxy Quest'. He reluctantly joins a group of adventurers on a mission to save the Earth from an alien threat.
13 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rickman plays the role of Severus Snape, the Potions Master and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is a strict and tough professor who often intimidates his students, although he is secretly protecting Harry Potter due to his promise to the late Albus Dumbledore.
12 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Alan Rickman plays Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. He is the Potions Master and later Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is also the main antagonist of the series and is often portrayed as a strict, cold and calculating character.
11 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
In the movie 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer', Alan Rickman portrayed Antoine Richis, a wealthy and protective father in 18th-century France. As the father of a young woman targeted by the film's protagonist, a perfumer-turned-murderer, Rickman's performance showcased his character's determination to uncover the truth behind the mysterious deaths.
10 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Alan Rickman portrays Severus Snape, a professor at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is a strict, yet caring teacher who harbors a deep and mysterious affection for Harry Potter. He is often seen as a mentor and guardian to the young wizard, despite his stern demeanour.
9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In the movie 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', Alan Rickman portrayed Severus Snape, a complex character whose motives and loyalties remain enigmatic.
8 Love Actually
Alan Rickman plays the role of Harry, a recent widower and the father of a large family. He is initially portrayed as a stern and distant figure, but as the movie progresses, his character slowly reveals a more compassionate and caring side as he begins to reconnect with his family. His relationship with his stepson, played by Liam Neeson, is particularly touching, as Harry slowly warms up to him and eventually acknowledges him as his own son.
7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Rickman portrays the character Severus Snape in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'. As Headmaster of Hogwarts, Snape helps protect the students from Lord Voldemort, while simultaneously trying to avenge the death of his beloved Lily Potter. His complex character is a key part of the story, as he struggles with his own emotions and loyalties.
6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Rickman portrayed Professor Severus Snape in the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. He continued to portray the character in all eight of the subsequent Harry Potter films.
5 Sense and Sensibility
In 'Sense and Sensibility', Alan Rickman plays the role of Colonel Brandon, a friend of the Dashwood family and an admirer of Marianne Dashwood. He is a compassionate and caring individual who helps the Dashwood women during their time of need and constantly looks out for their best interests. Rickman's performance is a subtle one, full of warmth and compassion, which fits the character perfectly.
4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Alan Rickman plays the character of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, who is a professor at Hogwarts and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. His character is often seen as a strict, stern, and sometimes even villainous figure when it comes to the students of Hogwarts. He has a deep and complex relationship with Harry Potter that is explored throughout the films, and his role in the series is often seen as one of the most iconic and beloved characters.
3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
In the movie 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2', Alan Rickman reprised his role as Severus Snape, a character whose true intentions are finally unveiled. Rickman's portrayal delved into Snape's past, revealing his loyalty to Dumbledore and his sacrifice for the greater good.
2 Something the Lord Made
In the movie 'Something the Lord Made', Alan Rickman portrayed Dr. Alfred Blalock, a pioneering surgeon, and educator. The film focuses on Blalock's collaboration with Vivien Thomas, played by Mos Def, in developing groundbreaking surgical techniques to address congenital heart defects.
1 Die Hard
Alan Rickman plays the role of Hans Gruber in action movie 'Die Hard'. He is a German terrorist who takes over the Nakatomi Plaza building in Los Angeles and holds the employees hostage in order to steal 640 million dollars in bearer bonds. His performance is considered by many to be one of the best villain roles of all time.