Actor Ben Barnes is a rising star with roles spanning numerous genres, but here are his top 10 movie roles according to IMDb!
After starring in Netflix Shadow and bone As General Kirigan (aka The Darkling), Ben Barnes is fast becoming a household name. Although Barnes has previously played some fantasy and science fiction roles, such as on television shows like WestworldThe films he’s been in have spanned several other genres, from romantic comedies to thrillers.
Barnes’ ability to transcend genres is a testament to his acting skills. User ratings for the best Ben Barnes movies were compiled by IMDb, so there is a wide variety of movies to watch for Barnes fans.
10 The Big Wedding – 5.6
With an impressive cast, including legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl, this dramatic romantic comedy follows divorcees (played by Keaton and De Niro) who agree to pretend to be married during the wedding of her adopted son Alexander (played by Barnes), hoping to cheat on his biological mother, who disapproves of the divorce. This causes chaos to ensue and ultimately reveals a host of family secrets.
Despite having a large cast of well-known and esteemed actors, the reviews of The big wedding were mainly negative, with a rating of 5.6 on IMDb. Still, Barnes put on a great performance as the son and newlywed caught in the middle of an uninhibited family drama.
9 Jackie y Ryan – 5.9
In the romantic drama Jackie y Ryan, Barnes stars alongside Katherine Heigl, and they both play musicians who are struggling through the current stages of their life. Heigl’s character, Jackie, is a single mother trying to gain full custody of her daughter, and Barnes’s character, Ryan, is a wayward train who wants to make it big in the music industry. When Jackie and Ryan’s paths intertwine, the course of their lives changes forever.
While the film was nominated for Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival, Jackie y Ryan earned a 5.9 rating on IMDb. In a film that will not be the most memorable performance for any of the revered actors, both Barnes and Heigl had excellent chemistry.
8 Dorian Gray – 6.2
Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, Barnes plays the title character in Dorian Gray whose life is turned upside down when he meets the self-indulgent Lord Henry, who imparts his pleasure-seeking mentality to Dorian, sending him down a dark path. As Dorian’s sins pile up, he continues to retain his youth on the outside, but the once beautiful painting of his likeness is increasingly distorted along with his identity.
The reception of this film adaptation was not as controversial as Wilde’s book had been at the time, with Dorian Gray receiving a 6.2 rating on IMDb. During the movie, Dorian’s shedding soul is as vivid to the audience through Barnes’s performance as it is in actual painting.
7 Bigga Than Ben – 6.3
In the black comedy movie Bigga Than Ben, Barnes plays Cobakka, one of two rebellious brothers who move to London in search of making their own sizable fortune. Despite their initial intention to earn money in an honest way, their lack of success combined with meeting a suspicious man named Artash leads them to resort to theft, drug smuggling and other illegal means of lining their pockets. As the siblings’ actions become increasingly immoral, the cracks in their relationship become more shocking.
Bigga Than Ben received mostly positive reviews with praise for the dark nature of the film’s comedy. The film earned a 6.3 rating on IMDb and gives viewers a chance to see a drastically different side of Barnes as an actor through a more ghoulish and comical lens.
6 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader’s Voyage – 6.3
The youngest of the Pevensie brothers, Lucy and Edmund, are sent back to Narnia along with their bored cousin Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: Journey of the Dawn Treader. Barnes reprized his role as Caspian, who has grown more mature and grown as the King of Narnia in his absence. Together, they all embarked on a treacherous journey to rescue seven lords.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader received a 6.3 rating on IMDb. Caspian’s eminent role as King of Narnia allows audiences to watch him grow into a more confident and respected leader, while appreciating Barnes’ growth as an actor.
5 Kill Bono – 6.4
Inspired by a true story, Kill Bono follows the fame of the adjacent band led by Neil McCormick (played by Barnes) and his brother Ivan, Bono’s friends and former classmates, who becomes the lead singer for the band U2. Along with his younger brother, Neil has a front row seat to the international fame and fortune that U2, and especially Bono, achieve. As the film progresses, Neil craves the same acclaim, consequently leading to his downfall as an artist and damaging his personal relationships.
Kill Bono It was as dramatic as it was comical, receiving a 6.4 rating on IMDb. Barnes’ performance masterfully showed how much Neil’s resentment had grown to the point that he was willing to murder Bono in order to become famous.
4 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – 6.5
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian It was the second installment in the popular film franchise and was Barnes’ first appearance as Prince Caspian, who flees his kingdom when he learns that his uncle is plotting to kill him. Later, the Pevensies are joined by Prince Caspian, who help him in the fight to defeat his evil uncle and take his rightful place on the throne.
prince caspian He received a 6.5 rating on IMDb, and by playing this heroic character, Barnes gained a fiercely loyal fanbase that has stuck with him throughout his acting career.
3 Easy Virtue – 6.7
Easy virtue, set in the 1930s, follows a newlywed couple, an American progressive, Larita, played by Jessica Biel, and a naive British, John, played by Barnes, as they return to their childhood home to meet their family. John’s mother’s disdain for Larita is palpable from their first meeting, and Larita quickly tires of her manipulation, causing them to constantly conflict.
This places significant strain on John’s relationship with Larita, leaving him torn between his sense of duty to his family as the rightful heir to his estate and the love he promised his wife in their passionate (albeit hasty) marriage. The film received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike, earning a 6.7 rating on IMDb; But, Barnes deftly portrayed a starry-eyed young man whose immaturity won him over in the end.
2 Words – 7.0
On Words, Clay wrote a novel about a struggling author, Rory, who suspiciously has a lot in common with Clay. After many unsuccessful attempts to publish his own books, Rory discovers an ancient and eloquently written manuscript that claims to be his, making it a huge success. Rory’s life is booming until an old man approaches him and shares his backstory, revealing that he was the one who wrote and lived the story. This impacts Rory’s path forward and, in turn, that of author Clay, as he tries to justify the ending of the novel.
In one of his best film roles yet, Barnes played the younger version of the old man in flashbacks. Her performance beautifully captures the many deep emotions (love, loss, and regret) her character experienced. The old man’s backstory propelled the plot forward and was a compelling part of this embedded narrative. Words received a 7.0 rating on IMDb, with Barnes managing to touch the heartstrings of the audience.
1 Stardust – 7.6
Director Matthew Vaughn’s film Stardust, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, tells a story about Tristan Thorn, played by Charlie Cox before Daredevil’s fame, who embarks on a quest to retrieve a fallen star in hopes of winning Victoria’s hand in marriage. To Tristan’s surprise, the star is actually a woman named Yvaine, and they fall in love while protecting each other from those who seek to harm them.
Barnes briefly portrayed young Dunstan, Tristan’s father, who met and spent the night with a captive princess. Stardust It received a 7.6 rating on IMDb, and while Barnes did play a smaller role in this movie, the rest of the story wouldn’t be possible without his character’s choices when he was young.
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