Blast from the past

Revisiting Heath Ledger’s best movies (10 years after his death)


It’s a sad day for every true fan of Heath Ledger. The Australian actor died on this day 10 years ago from accidental prescription drug intoxication. He was 28 year years old, and was not just a young son, brother, father, but an actor at his prime.

He already established himself as a talented and versatile actor, in the decade prior his death, but his two movies right before his untimely death brought him the much deserved accolades and praise from his peers and colleagues.

Heath won the Academy Award for best actor that 2008 year (for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight), and we saw the details of his inner demons and struggles in last year’s documentary I am Heath Ledger.

But for now let’s focus on some of Heath’s finest movies. Let’s get real, he always gave his best and tried hardest in his performances, but what about his movies? What are Heath Ledger’s best movies?

Blackrock (1997)

Director: Steven Vidler
Stars: Laurence Breuls, Linda Cropper, Simon Lyndon…
Fun Fact ?bout The Movie: While the film was never marketed as being based on a true story, numerous comparisons between the murder and the film were made, and many viewers believed it to be a factual account of the murder.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt…
Fun Fact about The Movie: Heath Ledger improvised the moment where Patrick starts playing with the fire.

Monster’s Ball (2001)

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson…
Fun Fact about The Movie: The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, and Heath Ledger; and two Oscar nominees: Milo Addica and Will Rokos.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams…
Fun Fact about The Movie: According to reports, Heath Ledger nearly broke co-star Jake Gyllenhaal’s nose while filming a kissing scene.

I’m Not There (2007)

Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger…
Fun Fact about The Movie: This is the first film starring Christian Bale & Heath Ledger together before The Dark Knight (2008) in which Christian Bale played The Batman & Heath Ledger played The Joker

The Dark Knight (2008)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart…
Fun Fact about The Movie: While the film is dedicated to Heath Ledger, it also bears a dedication to Conway Wickliffe, a stuntman who was killed when the car he was driving crashed.


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