John Cusack has explored his career in a variety of genres. American actor, producer, and screenwriter, John Paul Cusack is active on screen since the early 1980s. Being the son of Dick Cusack and brother of Joan and Ann Cusack, he has left a footprint on Hollywood. He has made a strong influence not only on America but also on the global television and cinema industry.
From his comedies to action thrillers, to heart-melting romance, to jaw-dropping horrors, he gave us over 85 films. He has also given us some heart-warming biopics. Therefore, we can complement that he is such a renaissance in the film industry. Cusack grabbed a place in Hollywood with his tremendous acting in Rob Reiner’s “The Sure Thing” in 1985.
He didn’t limit himself only to films. Instead, he chose to act in several web TV series. His upcoming web television series “Utopia” is scheduled to premiere this year. Today we will discuss his best ten films so far as per the Rating of IMDB.
10. Runaway Jury (7.1/10)
“Runaway Jury” is an adaptation of John Grisham’s powerhouse novel with the same name. This adaption is one of the best American legal thrillers of the 2000s. Runaway Jury starred John Cusack along with several Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, and many more.
The Story of the film portrays a high profile lawsuit between a gun manufacturer and a reluctant juror. It eventually becomes a cat and mouse game to win the legal battle.
9. Better Off Dead (7.1/10)
1985 film “Better Off Dead” is a teen dark comedy film. Director and writer Savage Steve Holland’s “Better Off Dead” tells the story of a Lane Mayer. John Cusack’s character Lane Mayer becomes suicidal after his girlfriend breaks up with him just before Christmas.
Although the film couldn’t gain success up to the mark, it has regarded as a cult classic.
8. Eight Men Out (7.2/10)
John Sayles adapted and directed “Eight Men Out” from Eliot Asinof’s The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. The film highlights the Black Sox Scandal of Major League Baseball. Eight members from Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers with an intension of losing 1919 World Series.
7. Grosse Pointe Blank (7.3/10)
Undoubtedly, John Cusack is a master of comedy, and “Grosse Pointe Blank” is proof. “Grosse Pointe Blank” is a comedy crime film in which Cusack plays the role of Martin Q. Blank. Martin Blank is an assassin who comes back to his hometown so that he can attend the high school reunion.
Critics gave positive reviews to this film, and it earned $31070412.
6. Say Anything… (7.3/10)
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe debuted as a director with the film “Say Anything…”. Though it was his debut, it ranked eleven on the list of Entertainment weekly among 50 best high-school movies.
“Say Anything…” is a teen romantic-comedy-drama that centers on the romance between Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court. Lloyd Dobler is an average student, but Diane Court is a class valedictorian. Their love begins soon after they pass out from high school. John Cusack played the role of Lloyd Dobler, and Ione Skye played the character of Diane Court.
5. Identity (7.3/10)
“Identity” is a psychological slasher film released in 2003. James Mangold didn’t directly adapt Agatha Christie’s “Whodunit, and Then There Was None” novel. The structure from “Identity” includes ten strangers to reach an isolated hotel and couldn’t connect to the outer world. However, this film shows us reverse psychology. They get murdered one by one mysteriously.
“Identity” had immense success at the box office with over $28 million worldwide.
4. Bullets Over Broadway (7.4/10)
The comedy King John Cusack’s “Bullets Over Broadway” received a nomination for the seventh Academic Awards for Original Screenplay. David Shayne (John Cusack) is a young playwright who is also new on Broadway. He arrives there to gain funding for his play “God of Our Fathers.” Shayne hires the girlfriend of the gangster Olive Neal. Eventually, his partner Ellen begins an affair with Olive.
3. Love & Mercy (7.4/10)
2014 biographical drama “Love & Mercy” centers on the Beach Boy’s co-founder Brian Wilson and his struggle with mental illness. Director Bill Pohlad beautifully presented the mental illness during the 1960s and 1980s through the screenplay.
“Love & Mercy” grossed $28.6 million along with a positive response from the critics.
2. High Fidelity (7.5/10)
High Fidelity is a romantic comedy film. It is an adaptation of the 1995 British novel with the same name. “High Fidelity” left Hornby stunned as he expressed his satisfaction with Cusack’s performance.
1. Being John Malkovich (7.7/10)
In Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” John Cusack played a puppeteer. However, the Puppeteer finds out a portal that leads it into Malkovich’s mind. The film received several nominations at the 72nd Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
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