In the film 'Titus', Anthony Hopkins plays the titular character, Titus Andronicus, a Roman general who becomes embroiled in a cycle of revenge and violence after returning victorious from war. Hopkins delivers a powerful and complex performance as Titus, showcasing his unwavering loyalty to Roman traditions and his descent into madness as he becomes ensnared in a brutal feud with the vengeful Queen Tamora (played by Jessica Lange) and her sinister family.
19 Meet Joe Black
Sir Anthony Hopkins plays the role of William Parrish in 'Meet Joe Black'. William Parrish is the wealthy, elderly man whose life is visited by Death, in the form of Joe Black. The movie follows the journey of William and Joe as they come to understand life in a new way.
Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as Ted Crawford, a brilliant and calculating engineer who attempts to frame his wife's lover for her attempted murder. Hopkins' performance in the film has been praised for its complexity and depth, and he was widely praised for his performance.
17 Red Dragon
In the movie 'Red Dragon', Anthony Hopkins reprises his iconic role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the brilliant but psychopathic psychiatrist and serial killer. Dr. Lecter is incarcerated and assists FBI profiler Will Graham (played by Edward Norton) in capturing another serial killer known as the "Tooth Fairy."
In the film 'Amistad', Anthony Hopkins plays the role of John Quincy Adams, the former President of the United States and a prominent attorney. Adams is tasked with defending a group of African slaves who mutinied against their captors on the ship Amistad in 1839.
15 Howards End
In the film 'Howards End', Anthony Hopkins plays Henry Wilcox, a wealthy and conservative businessman in Edwardian England. Hopkins delivers a nuanced performance as Wilcox, a symbol of the upper class and its values during the early 20th century. His character becomes entangled in the lives of the Schlegel sisters, particularly Margaret Schlegel (played by Emma Thompson), and his evolving relationship with her serves as a central theme in the film.
14 A Bridge Too Far
In the epic war film 'A Bridge Too Far', Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of Lieutenant Colonel John Frost, a British officer who leads the daring but ill-fated Operation Market Garden during World War II. As Frost, Hopkins portrays a resolute and determined leader tasked with capturing and holding several key bridges in Nazi-occupied Holland.
In the film 'Shadowlands', Anthony Hopkins portrays C.S. Lewis, the renowned British author and scholar. The movie explores Lewis's life and his relationship with American poet Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger). Hopkins's performance is a moving and poignant portrayal of Lewis, depicting him as a reserved and intellectual academic who undergoes a profound transformation through his deepening connection with Joy.
In the film 'Dracula', directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Van Helsing is a Dutch doctor and scientist known for his expertise in studying and combatting vampires. In the movie, he joins forces with Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) to battle Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a centuries-old vampire.
11 84 Charing Cross Road
In the film '84 Charing Cross Road', Anthony Hopkins portrays Frank P. Doel, a reserved and courteous British bookseller working at the Marks & Co. antiquarian bookshop located at 84 Charing Cross Road in London. The movie follows the real-life correspondence between Frank and a passionate American bibliophile named Helene Hanff, played by Anne Bancroft.
In the biographical film 'Chaplin', Anthony Hopkins plays George Hayden, a fictional character who serves as a composite of various historical figures from Charlie Chaplin's life. George Hayden is portrayed as a confidant and journalist who interviews Chaplin and helps to tell his life story.
9 Legends of the Fall
In the epic drama 'Legends of the Fall', Anthony Hopkins plays Colonel William Ludlow, a retired military officer and patriarch of the Ludlow family in Montana. The film revolves around his complex relationship with his three sons, particularly Tristan (played by Brad Pitt). Hopkins brings a stoic and dignified presence to the role, portraying Ludlow as a man of principle, honor, and a deep love for his family and the wilderness.
8 The Two Popes
In the film 'The Two Popes', Anthony Hopkins portrays Pope Benedict XVI, the conservative leader of the Catholic Church, during a pivotal period in the Vatican's history. The movie explores the complex relationship between Pope Benedict and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who later becomes Pope Francis (played by Jonathan Pryce).
7 Peter and Paul
In the TV movie 'Peter and Paul', Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of the Apostle Paul, one of the most significant figures in early Christianity. The film chronicles the lives and teachings of both St. Peter (played by Robert Foxworth) and St. Paul as they spread the message of Jesus Christ across the Roman Empire. Hopkins delivers a compelling performance as Paul, capturing his transformation from a persecutor of Christians to a fervent apostle and theologian.
6 The Remains of the Day
In the film 'The Remains of the Day', Anthony Hopkins plays the role of James Stevens, the head butler at Darlington Hall, an English country estate in the years leading up to World War II. Stevens is the embodiment of unwavering loyalty and devotion to his employer, Lord Darlington (played by James Fox). Hopkins delivers a masterful performance, portraying Stevens with a reserved and emotionally restrained demeanor.
5 The World's Fastest Indian
In the movie 'The World's Fastest Indian', Anthony Hopkins portrays Burt Munro, a real-life New Zealand motorcycle enthusiast and engineer. The film follows Munro's remarkable journey as he fulfills his lifelong dream of racing his heavily modified 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
4 The Lion in Winter
In the movie 'The Lion in Winter', Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Richard the Lionheart, one of history's legendary medieval kings. The film is a historical drama set during Christmas in 1183, depicting the power struggles and political machinations within the royal family, primarily between King Henry II (played by Peter O'Toole) and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine (played by Katharine Hepburn).
3 The Elephant Man
In the film 'The Elephant Man', Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Dr. Frederick Treves, a compassionate and dedicated surgeon in Victorian-era London. Dr. Treves discovers John Merrick, portrayed by John Hurt, a severely disfigured man shunned by society due to his grotesque appearance. Hopkins's character takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, providing him with shelter and protection.
2 The Father
In the film 'The Father', Anthony Hopkins delivers a tour de force performance as Anthony, an elderly man battling dementia. Through his exceptional acting, Hopkins captures the bewildering and heart-wrenching experience of a mind unraveling.
1 The Silence of the Lambs
In 'The Silence of the Lambs', Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant yet psychopathic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. Incarcerated in a high-security institution, Lecter assists FBI trainee Clarice Starling in capturing another serial killer. Hopkins's chilling performance, characterized by manipulative brilliance and eerie wit, earned him an Academy Award and solidified Lecter as one of cinema's most iconic villains.