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Top 10 Colin Farrell Performances

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Born May 31st, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, Colin Farrell started off doing television work in the United Kingdom. After being discovered by Joel Schumacher and nabbing the role in 2000's "Tigerland," Farrell has shown he's as comfortable in indie flicks as he is in historical epics. The actor has also appeared in action, comedies, drama and sci-fi flicks and is well-known for his womanizing ways. In this video, we count down our picks for Colin Farrell’s top 10 performances.

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This Irish bad boy is as comfortable in indie flicks as he is in historical epics. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for Colin Farrell’s top 10 performances.

#10 – James Douglas Clayton: “The Recruit” (2003)

Though the spy thriller endured mixed reviews, one of its few redeeming qualities is Farrell’s ability to go head-to-head with a Hollywood heavyweight. Farrell’s Clayton is recruited to the CIA by Al Pacino’s Walter Burke, and what follows is a game of cat-and-mouse that’s filled with betrayal and deception. Whether it’s a physical or psychological test, Farrell proves he’s up to the challenge.

#9 – Tommy Sweet: “Crazy Heart” (2009)

While displaying his abilities as a character actor, Farrell also demonstrates his talent as a supporting player by propping up Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning effort. The Irishman’s performance is a departure from his other work that shows he’s willing to give up the spotlight when it matters, and that’s what makes it such a surprise. Farrell manages to surprise us again when he takes the mic and can actually sing!

#8 – Syracuse: “Ondine” (2009)

It’s a pleasant change to see Farrell tone things down, and his efforts in this adult fairytale earned him an Irish Film and Television Award. He submits a moving portrayal of a sad fisherman with a sick daughter whose gloomy reality changes when he finds a woman in his net. While Ondine’s mysterious arrival brings fantasy and hope to their lives, it’s Farrell’s passion and quest for redemption that touch us most.

#7 – Bobby Pellitt: “Horrible Bosses” (2011)

To play one of the “horrible bosses,” Farrell transforms into a pot-bellied, balding “tool” with a bad coke and hooker habit. It may be brief, but his role as part of this critically praised ensemble cast sure is memorable: the actor loses himself completely in the world of the self-important Bobby Pellitt. Farrell’s rarely seen comedic talents also help the film become one of the highest grossing black comedies ever.

#6 – Danny Witwer: “Minority Report” (2002)

Though Tom Cruise is the star, Farrell more than holds his own in this Steven Spielberg sci-fi flick. As the smug Department of Justice agent who initiates the manhunt for Cruise’s Captain John Anderton, Farrell brings depth to an otherwise small but significant role. Thanks to its critical acclaim and millions in box office receipts, “Minority Report” is also one of Farrell’s most commercially successful projects.

#5 – Stu Shepard: “Phone Booth” (2003)

While we might initially think the despicable two-timing Stu is getting what he deserves, Farrell manages to convince us otherwise as the film’s plot unravels. Held hostage in a phone booth by an unknown sniper, Farrell has to carry the film pretty much on his own. Somehow, he ends up making us feel for his character, and gives us a gripping and intense thriller in the process.

#4 – Bobby Morrow: “A Home at the End of the World” (2004)

In this drama, Farrell goes against type with a soulful role that puts him in the middle of an unconventional love triangle. Adapted from the Michael Cunningham novel, “A Home at the End of the World” reveals a softer side of Farrell that gives credence to his versatility as an actor. As the emotionally complex Bobby Morrow, he truly helps bring this story of love and friendship to life.

#3 – Pvt. Roland Bozz: “Tigerland” (2000)

It may be a small war drama, but “Tigerland” makes a big impact thanks to its actors’ incredible performances. Much credit should be given to Farrell who brings such humanity to his character that the role essentially launched his career. While proving himself a compassionate and apt leader, Farrell also develops realistic and complex relationships with his fellow soldiers that keep us highly engrossed in the tale.

#2 – Captain John Smith: “The New World” (2005)

Despite disappointing box office returns, it’s hard to deny that Terrence Malick’s historical vision of the Jamestown settlement is one visually spectacular film. At the heart of the story is Pocahontas, who develops a romance with the rugged John Smith. Farrell portrays Smith with strength, power and emotion – in short, everything that the Captain should and needs to be.

#1 – Ray: “In Bruges” (2008)

Much of this black comedy’s praise is heaped onto its cast – and for good reason. As a pair of Irish hitmen in hiding, Farrell and partner-in-crime Brendan Gleeson display a helluva lotta chemistry – despite the constant bickering. But it’s Farrell turn as the frenzied, guilt-ridden Ray that won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor – so let’s be honest: this hilariously dark film wouldn’t be the same without him.

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