While John Malkovich is best known for his roles in blockbusters like “In the Line of Fire,” “Being John Malkovich,” and “Con Air,” he has also appeared in a number of underrated films that are well worth seeking out. Here are 10 of the best John Malkovich movies you might have missed:
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Malkovich gave a haunting performance in this film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play. He played the role of Tom Wingfield, a man who is struggling to come to terms with his past and present.
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
In this unlikely but true story, John Malkovich played Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon. The film chronicles the meeting between the two icons, which took place in the Oval Office in December of 1970.
The Libertine (2004)
Malkovich starred as John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester, in this period drama about a notorious rake and poet who lived a life of debauchery in 17th century England.
Ripley’s Game (2002)
In this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, John Malkovich played Tom Ripley, a sociopathic murderer who manipulates a friend into killing for him.
Burn After Reading (2008)
This dark comedy from the Coen brothers featured John Malkovich as Osborne Cox, a disgruntled CIA agent whose memoirs are accidentally leaked to the public.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Malkovich starred alongside Gary Sinise in this adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel. He played the role of George Milton, a migrant worker who is forced to care for his developmentally disabled friend, Lennie Small.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
This lavish period drama featured John Malkovich as King Louis XIV, who imprisons his own twin brother in the Bastille. The film also starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Gabriel Byrne.
In this erotic thriller, John Malkovich played Christophe, a married man who becomes obsessed with an affair he’s having with his boss’ younger mistress.
Secret Agent (1996)
This British television series starred John Malkovich as John Sneed, a spy who is sent to investigate the death of his friend and mentor. The series was created by the team behind “The X-Files.”
In the Line of Fire (1993)
In this action thriller, John Malkovich played Mitch Rapp, a psychopathic killer who targets the US President (played by Clint Eastwood). The film also starred Rene Russo and John Mahoney.
John Malkovich has won numerous awards throughout his career, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in ” Places in the Heart” (1984). He has also been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a BAFTA Award. John Malkovich is widely considered to be one of the finest actors of his generation.
He is also a producer and director, and has founded his own theater company, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, in Chicago. John Malkovich is a truly versatile and accomplished artist, and any one of the films on this list is worth watching.