Apart from being an actor, Reeves also followed other passions, namely becoming a music producer, working on films, and playing theater. Evidenced by his involvement in a theatrical performance entitled Hamlet. Keanu is also known as the guitarist for the band Dogstar and was involved in the work on the martial arts film Man of Tai Chi in 2013.
The actor nicknamed “The Breathtaking” has starred in various film genres. Starting from comedy, action, thriller, horror, sci-fi, and not to mention romantic drama. The following is a list of recommended films with Keanu Reeves as the main star.
1. Speed (1994)
Speed is one of the films that catapulted Keanu Reeves’ name into the Hollywood film industry early in his career. This thriller-genre film tells the story of a bus that was rigged with a bomb by a former cop, Howard Payne. Howard has a grudge against the police because they were often treated unfairly while he was still working.
The bus had to be consistently traveling at a high speed because the bomb would explode if it dropped below 50 miles per hour. Keanu Reeves stars as Jack Traven, a police officer from the LAPD who tries to save the passengers on the bus.
Besides Keanu Reeves, this film also stars Sandra Bullock. Sandra plays Annie, who helps Jack in the rescue mission. This film by director Jan De Bont won two Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing in 1995.
2. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix has been quite successful since it was first released. One of them was because the visual effects used were quite stunning and relatively new to the world of cinema at the time. The film, which was first released in 1999, was later made into sequels with the titles The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.
The next sequel, The Matrix 4, has been prepared and is planned to be broadcast in 2021. This film has won four awards at the Academy Awards, namely Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
The Matrix is about a reliable programmer named Neo. Neo and his friends find themselves in an artificial reality known as the Matrix. In this Matrix world, they are trying to stop the rebellion against humans carried out by the machine race.
3. The Lake House (2006)
The Lake House is a Keanu Reeves film that was quite phenomenal in the 2000s. The film reunites Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock after their collaboration in 1994’s Speed.
The Lake House tells the story of a lonely doctor who lives in a house located by the lake. This house can be called strange or unusual. It is from this house that the doctor exchanges letters with the former occupant, an architect played by Sandra Bullock.
However, they must reveal the mystery behind the romantic story they are experiencing before it’s too late. The two then find out that they are at two different times.
4. Street Kings (2008)
Street Kings is an action thriller film directed by David Ayer. The first Street Kings film was released in 2008, followed by a sequel in 2011 with the title Street Kings 2: Motor City. Apart from Keanu Reeves, this film also stars Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, and The Game.
The film Street Kings tells the story of a member of the LAPD named Tom Ludlow who is grieving because of the death of his wife. When he was in disguise, he was even accused of being the murderer of one of his colleagues in the police. Ludlow then tries to clear his name and prove his innocence in the death of his partner.
5. Constantine (2005)
Constantine is centered on a story about an exorcist named John Constantine. He is helping a policewoman uncover the truth about her sister’s death. John proves that his sister’s death was not due to suicide; something else was the cause.
The Constantine film is based on a DC comic entitled Hellblazer. This sci-fi horror film received pretty good reviews from its audience, one of which was because of its amazing plot and visual effects.
6. 47 Ronin (2013)
47 Ronin tells of a legend from Japan where a child, Kai, who is of mixed blood, was found by a noble named Lord Asano in the forest while hunting. Kai then grew up with his daughter Mika in the castle they lived in.
Several years later, Lord Asano held a tournament to welcome Lord Kira from Nagato. Things got chaotic when Lord Asano was recited spells by a witch, who killed him. Kai and 46 other samurai then plan an action of revenge for Lord Asano’s death.
47 Ronin was praised for its action sequences and visuals. Even so, this film by Carl Rinsch suffered a loss of around 24 million US dollars and left a red report card for Universal Studios in 2013.
7. Henry’s Crime (2010)
Henry’s Crime tells the story of Henry, a toll booth attendant in Buffallo, New York. Henry lived without any passion, purpose, or ambition. He was later accused of committing a bank robbery, which landed him in prison.
When his prison term ended, he even planned a robbery at the same bank as his cellmate, Max. In his action, he knows that there is an unused tunnel that can be used as access to the bank.
Henry then becomes a theater performer to gain access to the tunnels. Unexpectedly, this is when Henry found his identity and purpose in life. Then Henry fell in love with Julie, a production leader at his theater.
8. John Wick (2014)
The John Wick film begins with the story of John Wick, a former contract killer. He is looking for a criminal who broke into his house, stole his car, and killed a pet, which was the last gift from his deceased wife.
In his act of revenge, John Wick is involved in dealings with a Russian mobster, Viggo Tarasov, who is the father of the thief. Blinded by his revenge, John Wick finally plans his action to destroy the Viggo family.
This action thriller film was then made into sequels, namely John Wick: Chapter 2 in 2017 and John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum in 2019. John Wick: Chapter 4 is currently in production and is planned for release in May 2021.
9. Exposed (2016)
Exposed (Daughter of God) is a thriller film that tells the story of a police detective, Galban, who tries to reveal the case of the death of his partner. In the investigation he conducted, Galban finally uncovered another, more complex case.
Galban uncovers a case involving corrupt cops within his department. Even his leadership convinced Galban to give up and not continue the investigation. Galban’s only hope is a woman who can guide him.
However, Galban was afraid of endangering this woman if she entered his life. On the other hand, this woman experienced a mystical incident that she believed to be a miracle. This mystical incident then leads both of them to the truth.
10. Destination Wedding (2018)
Destination Wedding is a romantic comedy-drama film starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Rider as the main female characters. This film begins with the story of two people who do not know each other, Frank and Lindsay, who meet at an airport.
The two later find out that they will be attending the same wedding in the city. The two of them spent a week together, often even avoiding activities that should be carried out with other invited guests.
This togetherness made the two of them share opinions, experiences, and stories from each other’s past. After that, they feel they have found a match in the relationship they are in.
These are some of the films that have Keanu Reeves as the main character. From the list above, which films have you watched before? Are there any other Keanu Reeves movies that are your favorites?