Where are you going to find the five best Kevin Costner movies? It's summer and one of the best things about it are the new movies that come out. However, Hollywood is in a bit of a rut this year. Ticket sales are down and all they seem to be releasing lately are sequels, remakes and reboots of old TV shows. Where are the great Hollywood stars whose mere presence can guarantee a great movie? Where are Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford or George Clooney? Or for that matter, where are Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Yeoh? Another star who could always be counted on to make good movies is Kevin Costner. Most of his early films are now classics, and he still keeps cranking them out. Some say it's the boyish charm, the Everyman presence he lends to his roles, while others say he simply has a knack of picking out good scripts and giving it everything he has. Here are some examples of the best Kevin Costner movies:
- "Silverado" (1985). Not Costner's first film, but the one that got him noticed by American audiences. He was offered the role of the young hotshot Jake by director Lawrence Kasdan after he had unceremoniously cut Costner out of his earlier smash hit, "The Big Chill" (Costner was cast as the corpse everyone had gathered to mourn, but Kasdan left his entire role on the cutting room floor). After his performance here, no one would ever overlook him again.
- "The Untouchables" (1987). Arguably one of the best remakes of all time and certainly one of the best Kevin Costner movies, it pairs his Elliot Ness with the original Bond and movie badass Sean Connery (who won an Oscar for his role) against Robert DeNiro's Al Capone. This is one of those films that is filled with takeaway lines and top notch performances. Interestingly, Costner was one of the last choices for the role. Director Brian DePalma had offered it to Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Don Johnson and Mel Gibson before settling on Costner.
- "Bull Durham" (1988). In this first (and arguably best) Kevin Costner sports movie about the world of baseball, he plays almost-burned-out catcher Crash Davis, who takes a rookie pitcher (played by Tim Robbins) under his wing while they both romance local groupie Annie Savoy (played by Susan Sarandon, who would go on to marry Robbins in real life). The film won so much praise that the American Film Institute (AFI) named it the fifth best sports movie of all time in 2008.
- "Field of Dreams" (1989). Not everyone expected Costner to be so quick to follow up the mega-hit he had with "Bull Durham" so quickly, but he did, striking gold again with director Phil Alden Robinson in his adaptation of Kinsella book of the same name. The often-mocked phrase "If you build it, he will come," originates from this magical tale of a farmer who plows his corn field down and builds a baseball diamond on it.
- "Dances with Wolves" (1990). There is simply no arguing that this film stands as a personal best for Kevin Costner. The film, which marks Costner's debut as a director, went on to become an unstoppable monster in both the theaters and with the critics, earning him Oscars for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture (the first Western to win the award in 50 years). It also holds the record for the most successful Western of all time, earning $184 million at the box office. Additionally, Costner's best movie made him a rich man. When the film went over budget, Coster had to chip in most of the $18 million in cost overruns out of his own pocket, causing Hollywood insiders to speculate that he would lose everything once the film came out. It's estimated that his take was $40 million, not including his salary as star.