Daniel Day-Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most widely respected working actors, has announced his retirement making his final bow with the release of the Phantom Thread. Over his glorious career the 60-year-old English actor has built up an impressive oeuvre. To honor him, let’s take a look back at 10 of his best films.
“I loved A Room with a View because when it was over, I was a different person than who I was when it began. It stirred something within me and I walked away wishing to be a better person. Great movies, like great art, are not meant to merely entertain, but to make you feel something; By that estimation, A Room with a View is among the greatest of art.” By Autumn B.
“I was in tears in the scene where she and John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) fall in love all over again. I sincerely hope that The Crucible will be shown in schools/colleges in years to come, to remind us of the horror that occurred in 17th century Salem. A work of cinematic genius.” By Barnaby Marriott.
“Watching ‘The Last of the Mohicans,’ I could not get it out of my mind.” By Roger Ebert.
“What makes The Boxer as potent as it is are the performances, especially Daniel Day-Lewis’ contained powerhouse. His Danny is a closed-off man, shadowboxing with his private demons, who comes painfully, but gloriously, back to life.” By Serena Donadoni.
“‘Lincoln,’ Steven Spielberg’s magnificent film eleven years in gestation, is worth the wait.” By Neely Swanson.
“If this is indeed the end for Day Lewis, it is a fitting final bow. It’s a treat to watch him drink your milkshake one last time.” By Adam Graham.
“At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it’s a great part.” By audience John Hartl.
“A wonderful political, sexy drama with outstanding performances. A provocative excursion.” By Bob Bloom.
“A fairly generic biopic with an amazing turn by Daniel Day-Lewis.” By Wesley Lovell.
“Someday, we’re probably going to look back at There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic about greed, lies, manipulation and insanity, and call it his masterpiece.” By Christy Lemire.