21 The Party
In the 2017 film "The Party," Cillian Murphy plays the role of "Tom." "The Party" is a dark comedy that follows a gathering of friends and acquaintances where secrets and tensions come to the forefront, leading to unexpected and dramatic outcomes. Cillian Murphy's portrayal of "Tom" is one of the notable performances in the film.
20 Red Eye
Cillian Murphy played the role of Jackson Rippner in the 2005 film "Red Eye." "Red Eye" is a thriller directed by Wes Craven, where Cillian Murphy's character Jackson Rippner plays a significant role in the tense and suspenseful narrative. Cillian Murphy's performance as the antagonist in the film received praise for his portrayal of a manipulative and threatening character.
19 Disco Pigs
Cillian Murphy portrayed the character Darien "Pig" in the film "Disco Pigs." It is a 2001 Irish independent film directed by Kirsten Sheridan, based on the play of the same name by Enda Walsh. Cillian Murphy's performance in this film, alongside his co-star Elaine Cassidy, garnered attention and contributed to his rising prominence as an actor.
Cillian Murphy played the character Leonard Miller in the 2019 film "Anna." "Anna" is a thriller directed by Luc Besson, and Cillian Murphy's portrayal of a CIA agent 'Leonard Miller' is a significant part of the movie's narrative.
17 In Time
Cillian Murphy stars as timekeeper Raymond Leon in the sci-fi action thriller 'In Time'. He is a police officer in the future society where people stop aging at 25 and have to buy time to stay alive.
Cillian Murphy stars as John in the movie 'Intermission'. In the film, Murphy plays a small-time thief and petty criminal who finds himself caught up in a chaotic web of interconnected stories revolving around a series of seemingly unrelated events in Dublin. Murphy's character is a tragic figure, who is attempting to piece together his life after a failed relationship with his long-term girlfriend Deirdre (Kelly Macdonald).
15 Girl with a Pearl Earring
Cillian Murphy appeared as the character Pieter in the film "Girl with a Pearl Earring." "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber, based on the historical novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier. In the film, Cillian Murphy plays the role of Pieter, a significant character within the narrative. The movie explores the fictionalized relationship between the famous Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and the subject of his famous painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring."
14 In the Heart of the Sea
Cillian Murphy did indeed play the character Matthew Joy in the 2015 film "In the Heart of the Sea." In the movie, Cillian Murphy's portrayal of Matthew Joy is part of the crew of the whaling ship Essex, which faces a harrowing encounter with a giant sperm whale. He is a strong and loyal seaman, who is willing to risk his life to save others and is willing to stand up to the captain when he believes he is wrong.
13 On the Edge
In the movie 'On the Edge', Cillian Murphy portrays the character Jonathan Breech, a troubled and emotionally conflicted young man dealing with psychological struggles. Committed to a mental health facility after a suicide attempt, Jonathan's journey unfolds as he navigates the challenges of therapy, connection, and self-discovery.
12 Breakfast on Pluto
Cillian Murphy stars as Patrick “Kitten” Braden in the Irish comedy-drama film 'Breakfast on Pluto'. The film follows Kitten as he journeys through 1970s Ireland and London in search of his mother.
Cillian Murphy stars as Jozef Gabčík in the 2016 Czech-British historical thriller film 'Anthropoid'. Murphy plays a Czechoslovakian soldier who is sent to assassinate top Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich during World War II. Murphy's performance is lauded for his intense portrayal of the character, as he captures the complexity of Gabčík's emotional state and the bravery of his mission.
10 A Quiet Place Part II
Cillian Murphy stars in the post-apocalyptic horror movie 'A Quiet Place Part II,' the sequel to 2018's A Quiet Place. Murphy plays Emmett, a mysterious survivor living in the same post-apocalyptic world as the Abbott family. Emmett is a unique character who finds himself inextricably linked to the Abbotts’ story and their fight for survival. Murphy’s performance as Emmett is sure to be a standout in the film, as he brings a unique presence and powerful presence to the role. His character is an unpredictable force who could prove to be a savior or a villain for the Abbotts as they fight to survive in a world of near-silence.
9 Cold Mountain
Cillian Murphy played the character Bardolph in the 2003 film "Cold Mountain." "Cold Mountain" is a war drama directed by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Charles Frazier. Cillian Murphy's portrayal of Bardolph, a young soldier during the American Civil War, is a part of the film's ensemble cast.
Cillian Murphy played the role of Robert Capa in the 2007 science fiction film, Sunshine. The movie follows a crew of astronauts on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying sun. Murphy's character is the ship's physicist, tasked with the task of saving mankind.
In the 2012 film "Broken," Cillian Murphy portrays Mike Kiernan, a well-meaning teacher and single father. He forms a connection with his neighbor's daughter, Skunk, amidst a web of complex relationships in their suburban community. Murphy's portrayal captures Kiernan's compassion and struggles, adding depth to the film's exploration of love, empathy, and the impact of personal choices.
6 28 Days Later...
Cillian Murphy plays the role of Jim, a bicycle courier who wakes up from a coma 28 days after a virus has swept across the United Kingdom, transforming the majority of the population into violent zombies. He joins a small group of survivors, including Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley), and they struggle to make their way through a post-apocalyptic London, while trying to survive the hordes of infected.
5 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Cillian Murphy plays Damien O'Donovan in the 2006 drama film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley". He portrays a young medical student who joins the Irish Republican Army to fight against the British during the Irish War of Independence.
Cillian Murphy played the role of a shivering soldier in the 2017 film "Dunkirk." Directed by Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk" is a war film that depicts the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during World War II. Cillian Murphy's portrayal showcases the trauma and tension experienced by soldiers during the intense and harrowing evacuation.
3 Batman Begins
Directed by Christopher Nolan and released in 2005, "Batman Begins" is the first installment in Nolan's Batman film trilogy. Cillian Murphy's portrayal of Scarecrow, a sinister psychiatrist who uses fear-inducing toxins to manipulate and terrorize his victims, is a memorable part of the film's cast of characters.
2 The Dark Knight Rises
In 'The Dark Knight Rises', Cillian Murphy plays Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow. He is a psychotherapist-turned-criminal mastermind. He is the enemy of Batman, Gotham City’s protector. In the film, Scarecrow uses fear toxins to terrorize the citizens of Gotham and has a public face as a judge of the Court of Gotham. Murphy's performance as Dr. Crane is both menacing and compelling, and he is a major antagonist throughout the film.
In "Inception," Cillian Murphy played the character Robert Fischer, who is the son of the wealthy industrialist Maurice Fischer.