Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor to win three Academy Awards for Best Actor. His each performance is radically different from the last, he never seems to repeat himself and is such a complete chameleon. Despite having a career spanning three decades we have gotten to see hardly two dozens of Daniel Day-Lewis movies. He immerses himself in the role and worth to watch him on screen with his performances are more often than not legendary. The acclaimed performer announced his retirement from acting in June 2017 with his final film, a drama about the fashion world directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and set for release on December 25, 2017. Not taking an exam over your passions let’s here we check out Top 10 Best Films Starring Daniel Day-Lewis of all the time.
1. There Will Be Blood (2007)
There Will Be Blood is an American drama film. The film is a story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. Daniel Day-Lewis was in the role of a brutal man. Daniel Day-Lewis may have won an Oscar for his bow-legged, Selleck-moustached performance.
2. The Crucible (1996)
The Crucible is an American historical drama adaption of an Arthur Miller’s play of the same title. The film starring Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor. The film is about Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover’s wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. Day-Lewis’ turn as John Proctor commanded praise from all corners for its quiet power.
3. My Left Foot (1989)
My Left Foot acclaimed first biopic of artist Christy Brown, for which Day-Lewis earned his first Oscar nomination and win for Best Actor Award. It’s story about an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Christy Brown grew up in a poor, working-class family, and became a writer and artist. The film remains not just the greatest performance of his career—it is also one of the greatest performances in film history.
4. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
My Beautiful Laundrette is a British Comedy Drama, takes a look at the 80s local life within the Asian communities in England and between the British Southeast Asians and the British Caucasians. It’s one of his first major film roles, Day-Lewis plays the semi-fascist punk love interest to Omar, a British-Pakistani man living in South London at the height of Thatcherism. Like most films of its time and origin, socioeconomics and class play a major role in its characters’ struggles with each other—as do the queer overtones that guide the relationship central to its plot. Day-Lewis character that stands out from the actor’s larger filmography and a balance of levity and seriousness, but one that is hopeful, touching, and affectionate.
5. Lincoln (2012)
Lincoln is an American epic historical drama where Day-Lewis performance as Abraham Lincoln earned him his third Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the only actor who has won three Oscars in the leading actor category. The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln played by Daniel, covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on his efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.
6. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
The Last of the Mohicans is an American historical epic drama, shows a decent man in what was an indecent time, trying to protect the daughter of a British officer amidst the French/Indian war in the early days of what we now know as America. Day-Lewis tackles the role of Hawkeye—the white adopted son of a Mohican chief. More broadly, Day-Lewis gets his chance to play the role of the romantic action hero, with this dramatic, historical film set against the events of the French and Indian War. It’s an intelligent and muscular take on the classic story.
7. In the Name of the Father (1993)
In the Name of the Father is an Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film, based on the true story. Day-Lewis portrays a young man wrongly accused and convicted of a bombing and imprisoned for his suspected role in a 1974 IRA bombing in Guildford, England. The film follows Conlon’s 14-year quest to clear his name, and Day-Lewis beautifully portrays Conlon’s struggle to maintain his humanity in the face of abuse, torture, and wrongful imprisonment. He is intense and intensely brilliant in the justice role of his character.
8. Gangs of New York (2002)
Gangs of New York is an American Epic Drama, set in 1863 and follows fictional gang leader Bill “The Butcher” Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis) in his roles as crime boss and political kingmaker under the helm of “Boss” Tweed (Jim Broadbent). Day-Lewis overshadows his supporting cast and becomes the star of the film by playing Bill as one of the greatest, most terrifying movie villains of all time. It is a stunning piece of acting which dominates this epic film, almost overpowering the film.
9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an adaptation of an American novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. Day-Lewis performed Tomas, a Czech doctor who likes to seduce women with the opening line take off your clothes. During his active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives. It portrays the moral, political, and psycho-sexual consequences for three bohemian friends: a surgeon, and two female artists with whom he has a sexual relationship.
10. A Room with a View (1985)
A Room with a View is romance film which closely follows the novel by use of the chapter titles to section the film into thematic segments. The film is about Lucy Honeychurch who is a most respectable young woman from a good family, who has been taken to Italy on the grand tour with a lady companion, Miss Bartlett. In the film, Daniel Day-Lewis played a role as Cecil Vyse who is a wealthy and respectable but snobbish and pretentious man from a rich family.