Anthony Hopkins: 2021 Oscar Winner’s Top 8 Movies to Stream

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He is undoubtedly one of the best actors in the world. Anthony Hopkins, 83-year-old British-American actor, has a wide and diverse film career that began in 1967. Since “The Silence of the Innocents” (1991), together with Jodie Foster, and his flawless portrayal of the elegant and cultured cannibal assassin, Anthony Hopkins’ face can appear in the worst nightmares. But seeing him as a father who loses his memory victim of a terrible disease such as Alzheimer’s in “The Father” (2020), Hopkins becomes a weak man, dominated by his own body.

And it is precisely for “The Father” that he received the trophy for Best Actor at the Oscars, where he faced Riz Ahmed for “Sound of Metal”, Chadwick Boseman for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, Gary Oldman for “Mank” and Steven Yeun for “Minari.”

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in the drama "The Father", nominated for "Best film" at the 2021 Oscars. Hopkins is also nominated for Best Actor and Colman for Best Supporting Actress (Photo: Sony Pictures)
Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in the drama “The Father”, nominated for “Best Picture” at the Oscars 2021. Hopkins is also nominated for Best Actor and Colman for Best Supporting Actress (Photo: Sony Pictures)

If you want to know his trajectory in a marathon or relive his best films, here is a cinematographic guide of the films you star in and that you will easily find on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

THE TWO POPES (2019)

In this production of Netflix that was nominated for an Oscar, Anthony Hopkins plays Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, and actor Jonathan Pryce he played the current Pope Francis. This film by Fernando Meirelles portrays the moment when both characters come together in the Vatican to discuss the fate of the Catholic Church. Within the fiction, the alleged origin of Ratzinger’s resignation to be the Supreme Pontiff is revealed, this decision would be linked to the pedophile scandals and their cover-up by the Catholic institution. It is a reflective film with long conversations that humanize these powerful and world-renowned characters.

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HANNIBAL (2001)

The psychopath from The Silence of the Innocents, Hannibal Lecter, has escaped from his cell and goes to Florence, Italy, where he is located by the FBI. Agent Clarice Starling (Juliane Moore) is on his trail, but she gets too close until she’s in danger. The policeman directed by Ridley Scott continues the suspense of the first film and shows actor Anthony Hopkins longer than in The Silence of the Innocents. Mason Verger, a victim of Lecter, plans to exact revenge on him in the most lurid way by being outmatched by the shadowy anti-hero.

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THE RED DRAGON (2002)

Dr. Lecter reappears, but this time from the confinement, and it is a former FBI agent who needs him. Edward Norton plays a police officer who retires from duty after finding himself disturbed after capturing Hannibal Lecter; However, his former boss asks for his help to unravel a case that – for some reasons – is close to Lecter. Ralph Fiennes plays a man who admires the most iconic character played by Anthony Hopkins and has a bloody plan on his hands. This psychological thriller did not have the same appreciation that critics had for The Silence of the Innocents but it complements the macabre story of Hannibal Lecter.

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LEGENDS OF PASSION (1994)

It is based on the novel written by Jim Harrison in 1979 and won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In Legends of Passion Anthony Hopkins plays a retired colonel who lives with his three children on a Montana ranch. After living in harmony, the First World War breaks out and their family life changes completely. But a love conflict is also about to break out. One of the three children, Tristan (Brad Pitt) falls in love with his younger brother’s girlfriend, so he decides to separate and travel the world and its nature.

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THE WOLF MAN (2010)

This horror movie has Anthony Hopkins starring alongside Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt. It’s a remake of Curt Siodmak’s 1941 classic, but with contemporary special effects. A fantastic story that unravels the well-known myth of the nocturnal lycanthrope that appears when the full moon appears. After the death of his mother, Lawrence Talbot flees his town and only returns when he learns of the disappearance of his brother. Along the way he will discover that the myth came true very close to him. Joe Johnston’s film won the Oscar for Best Makeup.

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PERFECT CRIME (FRACTURE) (2007)

With actors Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn and Rosamund Pike, this psychological thriller drives Gosling out of his mind as Willy Beachum, an ambitious young man who has just started working as a prosecutor. Everything indicated the best for his career until the moment of having to solve the case of Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins), a genius who shot his wife in cold blood accepting the facts. However, the problems begin when the evidence does not fit Crawford’s description of the story. This film also known by the name of “Fracture”.

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YOU WILL MEET THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS (2010)

A funny sitcom with the script and direction by Woody Allen. It stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, and Antonio Banderas. Allen often portrays human beings in their most erratic and sincere versions, thus we can see a Hopkins in the skin of a married man who leaves his wife for a prostitute when entering a midlife crisis. At the same time, her daughter (Naomi Watts) has a frustrating marriage to an unsuccessful writer. Infidelity creeps in everywhere.

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THOR (2011), THOR: A DARK WORLD (2013) AND THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)

The epic saga of the Marvel Universe starring Thor is in these three films found on Disney +. Anthony Hopkins appears in this trilogy as the god Odin. Hopkins stated that he knew nothing about the UMC; however, he identified with Odin and compared him to his father who was also tough and unloving towards the actor.

(Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Marvel)
(Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Marvel)

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