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50 Greatest Richard Gere Movies Ranked Worst To Best

Richard Gere began theater acting in 1969 before making his film debut in 1977's "Looking for Mr. Goodbar." Since then, he's headlined films of all genres, from indie character studies to romantic comedies to big-budget musicals, earning numerous prestigious film awards along the way. In addition to his extensive film career, Richard Gere is also a noted human rights activist, was briefly married to Cindy Crawford, and was chosen as People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1999.

In his over 40-year career, Richard Gere has starred in a number of incredible films that have imprinted themselves into pop culture memory like "Pretty Woman" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." But out of all these films, which are the truly great ones and which are the ones better left forgotten?

Continue reading to discover the 50 greatest Richard Gere movies ranked from the absolute worst to the best of the best.

50. Movie 43 (2013)

An anthology comedy directed by Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, and more, 2013's "Movie 43" features the tales of a screenwriter (Dennis Quaid) pitching to a film executive (Greg Kinnear), parents (Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts) recreating high school for their homeschooled children, a tech boss (Richard Gere) with a faulty product, two guys (Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott) kidnapping a leprechaun (Gerard Butler), an inspiring coach (Terrence Howard), and multiple bad dates with Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Kieran Culkin, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, and many more.

With an absolutely star-studded cast, "Movie 43" nevertheless failed to impress, garnering absolutely abysmal reviews. It even failed to impress the cast. The only reason most of them even appeared in the film was because they were hired to film for two days at most. With each actor only making $800 a day, this kept the movie under its $6 million budget.

However, the film took over four years to make, mostly due to waiting for actors to become available. Richard Gere in particular seemed to try and back out, saying that he wouldn't be available for a year, only on four specific dates, and he could only film it in New York. The producers called his bluff and thus Gere appeared in "Movie 43," which makes its way to the very bottom of this list.

49. The Benefactor (2015)

Years after Franny Watts (Richard Gere) is involved in a car accident that took the lives of his friends Bobby (Dylan Baker) and Mia (Cheryl Hines), Franny attempts to make up for the guilt he feels by monetarily helping his deceased friends' pregnant daughter Olivia (Dakota Fanning) and her husband Luke (Theo James). However, Franny's drinking problem and his obsession with the couple begin to take a serious toll.

While many critics praised Richard Gere's performance, the rest of 2015's "The Benefactor" failed to rise to his level. The film contains little drama past its initial premise and struggles to figure out things for the characters to do, leading to a largely uneventful story that is resolved in an unsatisfying ending.

Though featuring solid acting from Richard Gere, it might just be beneficial to see his talents being put to better use in other more interesting films than "The Benefactor."

48. Intersection (1994)

As architect Vincent Eastman (Richard Gere) spins out of control into an automobile accident, he flashes back on his life. Specifically, he thinks of his unhappy marriage to the creative director of his architectural firm Sally (Sharon Stone) and his more pleasant affair with journalist Olivia Marshak (Lolita Davidovich). Torn between these two options and with imminent doom speeding towards him, he may not have a choice to make.

Criticized for being overly dramatic, 1994's "Intersection" features Richard Gere in a particularly loathsome role with underwritten parts for his two romantic leads. A remake of the 1970 French film "The Things of Life," this film removes all of the original's subtlety in exchange for flashier moments that wind up taking away from the story instead of adding to it.

If you have to choose between "Intersection" and another Richard Gere movie, you might want to avoid this misguided wreck.

47. King David (1985)

Richard Gere stars as the titular character in 1985's Biblical epic "King David" telling the story of how the young man who defeated Goliath (George Eastman) grew up to become the king of Israel, despite his hesitations to claim that role. Initially disregarding his prophets, the dire consequences that resulted would form him into a great leader.

Many critics felt that despite doing his best, Richard Gere was miscast as the lead role. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't a hit with audiences either,leading to it earning only $5 million worldwide against its $22 million budget. While Richard Gere is an amazing performer, his role in "King David" seemed to just not be suited for his wide range of talents.

46. Beyond the Limit (1983)

Eduardo Plarr (Richard Gere) is a doctor in a small city in Argentia who soon finds himself involved in a plot to kidnap a US ambassador in exchange for the release of several prisoners, including Plarr's father. The plan is complicated when the alcoholic British consul Charley Fortnum (Michael Caine) is accidentally kidnapped instead. Plarr feels doubly guilty about this as he was having an affair with Fortnum's wife Clara (Elpidia Carrillo) who is now pregnant with his child.

Based on the novel "The Honorary Consul" by Graham Greene, the 1983 drama "Beyond the Limit" manages to include most of the relevant plot points, but lacks the novel's depth and characterization. While Michael Caine was praised for his contribution, Richard Gere was noted as being too leading-man handsome for the part he was playing. The film was also a box office flop, making less than $6 million worldwide.

"Beyond the Limit" seems to be another case of Richard Gere being miscast beyond his own limit.

45. Amelia (2009)

After Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) goes to work for publishing tycoon George Putnam (Richard Gere), she soon finds breaking aviation records and earns worldwide fame. Despite being proud of her aerobatic accomplishments, Earhart finds herself hating the limelight brought to her by her now-husband Putnam and she begins having an affair with another pilot, Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). This all culminates in her biggest aviation attempt yet: Flying around the world.

Based on an incredible true story, 2009's "Amelia" seems to relay none of the excitement or adventure. Citing wooden dialogue and a meandering plot, critics were disappointed in the lackluster portrayal of a historical icon. This seemed to be the case for the audience as well, as the film made less than half of its $40 million budget at the box office. In the vast and varied filmography of Richard Gere, "Amelia" is a film that fails to take flight.

44. The Double (2011)

CIA director Tom Highland (Martin Sheen) calls former operative Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) out of retirement to assist rookie FBI agent Ben Geary (Topher Grace) on a murder case involving a Soviet operative only known as Cassius. When Paul seems reluctant to cooperate, Ben begins to suspect that Paul may in fact be Cassius. But when the investigation begins to get more complex, it seems like Ben may have his fair share of secrets as well.

The 2011 thriller "The Double" throws out its biggest twist early in the film and seems to not know where to go from there, leaving the competent cast floundering for something to hold onto. The film was critically trashed for its hastily constructed plotline and unclear motivations, while at the box office it only grossed a little over $4 million against its $13 million dollar budget. Unfortunately, this Richard Gere and Topher Grace double act simply doesn't work.

43. No Mercy (1986)

1986's "No Mercy" follows Chicago cop Eddie Jillette (Richard Gere) as he tracks down the crime boss Losado (Jeroen Krabbé) who murdered his partner. Eddie's investigation eventually leads him to New Orleans where he finds Losado's mistress Michel Duval (Kim Basinger). Handcuffing himself to Michel in order to lure out Losado, the two wind up lost in the bayou and somehow fall in love.

The critics showed at least a little mercy to "No Mercy," pointing out a strong performance by Gere and an effective moody atmosphere, but they were significantly less merciful when it came to the film's cliched plot and unimaginative action sequences. Unfortunately, Gere's star power alone wasn't quite enough to save the lackluster thriller, as "No Mercy" earned just $2 million shy of its $14 million budget.

"No Mercy" is yet another example of a decent Richard Gere performance trapped in a less than thrilling story.

42. The Flock (2007)

Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere) is a few weeks away from retiring from his job keeping an eye on registered sex offenders. He is tasked with teaching his replacement Allison Lowry (Claire Danes) while on his own time, he investigates a missing persons case he suspects is related to one of the offenders he monitors. His personal mission begins to take a deadly turn as he drags Lowry into the mystery with him.

Featuring a rare acting performance from Avril Lavigne as an abuse victim, 2007's "The Flock" seems uncertainly put together with confused camerawork, choppy editing, and a barely there performance by Claire Danes. Once again, Richard Gere appears to be the movie's only saving grace, but he's not enough to carry the entire film. With a budget of roughly $35 million, "The Flock" only made a little over $7 million at the box office.

If you're looking for a good Richard Gere movie, flocking to "The Flock" might be a bad idea.[””mk

41. The Dinner (2017)

Congressman Stan Lohman (Richard Gere) invites his brother Paul (Steve Coogan), Paul's wife Claire (Laura Linney), and his own wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) to a dinner at a fancy restaurant to discuss a scandalous incident involving their children and a homeless woman. The meal is interspersed with clarifying flashbacks and interruptions by Stan's political aides who are keeping him up to date on a bill he is trying to pass. But it may not matter if he decides to resign, depending on the results of the dinner.

While the cast was praised for their stellar work in 2017's "The Dinner," most critics found their characters to be thoroughly unsympathetic, making the film a chore to get through. The inserted flashbacks intended to break the monotony of the dinner scenes, but only made the film feel disjointed and choppy. Ultimately, the film only made a little over $2 million before disappearing from theaters. Despite a great set of ingredients, "The Dinner" fails to be a fully satisfying meal.

40. Autumn in New York (2000)

In 2000's "Autumn in New York," aging womanizer Will Keane (Richard Gere) begins dating Charlotte Fielding (Winona Ryder), a woman half his age. Initially intending nothing serious, Will begins to develop real feelings for her, only to discover she has a rare heart condition that gives her less than a year to live. After a lifetime of flings, will he be able to hold onto the one woman with which he's fallen in love?

This romantic tearjerker failed to impress critics with its predictable and generic plot beats, as well as its central premise based around a large age gap. However, the romantic nature of the film fared better at the box office, earning over $90 million against its $65 million budget.

Depending on how you feel about the age difference and romantic dramas in general, "Autumn in New York" might be an enjoyable film. But there are certainly better romance options from Richard Gere.

39. The Jackal (1997)

When the FBI learn that a hitman known only as the Jackal (Bruce Willis) has been hired to perform a political assassination, FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier in his final film role) turns to an imprisoned Irish sniper named Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere) to get his help in stopping the seemingly unstoppable assassin. Meanwhile, the Jackal gets ever closer to his target with the help of multiple disguises and a remote-controlled weapon he buys from dealer Ian Lamont (Jack Black).

Critics found 1997's "The Jackal" to be a dull, monotonous thriller that failed to inject any suspense into the proceedings. Richard Gere didn't fare particularly well either, even earning a Worst Annoying Fake Accent nomination for his dubious Irish lilt. However, none of this stopped the film from being a box office hit, earning over two and half times its $60 million budget.

A critical disaster but a box office smash, how well you enjoy "The Jackal" might just depend on your own personal viewpoint.

38. Dr. T & The Women (2000)

The 2000 comedy "Dr. T & the Women" follows Dallas gynecologist Dr. Sully Travis (Richard Gere) as he interacts with the various women in his life. There's his wife Kate (Farrah Fawcett) who develops a complex that reverts her to a childlike state, his alcoholic sister-in-law Peggy (Laura Dern), his conspiracy theorist daughter Connie (Tara Reid), his cheerleader daughter Dee Dee (Kate Hudson) who is planning on getting married despite secretly having an affair with her maid of honor Marilyn (Liv Tyler), Sully's secretary Carolyn (Shelley Long) who harbors an unrequited crush, and Sully's golf partner Bree Davis (Helen Hunt) with whom he begins having an affair.

This whirlwind of eccentric women circles around a nuanced performance by Richard Gere that grounds this Robert Altman-directed film. While some critics loved the comedic performances, others had issues with the slow initial pace and somewhat bizarre ending. These mixed reactions may have been why the movie didn't quite earn back its $23 million budget. Ask your doctor if "Dr. T & The Women" is right for you. Results may vary.

37. Bee Season (2005)

When 11-year-old Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) wins the district spelling bee, her religious father Saul (Richard Gere) redirects all of his focus on teaching her about the Kabbalah to help her win. Saul's now-neglected son Aaron (Max Minghella) turns to Hare Krishna after meeting a girl named Chali (Kate Bosworth). The family also discovers that Saul's wife Miriam (Juliette Binoche) has been silently suffering from trauma that she's been attempting to fix on her own. It might just be up to little Eliza with some help from above to heal the cracks in her family.

While some critics enjoyed the layered religious symbolism in 2005's "Bee Season," others found that they didn't add up to a cohesive whole and were let down by a slow pace and a mismatch of genres. The film also failed at the box office, only making back half of its $14 million budget.

While it might not spell out a total disaster, "Bee Season" ranks low amongst the competition.

36. Red Corner (1997)

American Jack Moore (Richard Gere) goes to China on a business trip and soon finds himself framed for murder. Along with his court-appointed attorney Shen Yuelin (Bai Ling), they dive into a suspenseful court trial that could not only prove Jack's innocence, but might expose corruption in the Chinese justice system.

1997's courtroom thriller "Red Corner" can be seen as a more personal film for Richard Gere, who has been a supporter of Tibet human rights and has been openly critical of the Chinese government leading to both a ban from the country itself as well as a ban from the Oscars after mentioning his views while presenting an award in 1993. However, this passion didn't fully translate to an enjoyable film, with many critics finding it unconvincing and bordering on xenophobic, though a lot of praise was aimed at Gere's co-star Bai Ling.

Despite its intentions, "Red Corner" doesn't win the case for the best Richard Gere film.

35. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, 2008's "Nights in Rodanthe" tells the story of Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) whose pursuit of a divorce from her cheating husband Jack (Christopher Meloni) has put a strain on her relationship with her daughter Amanda (Mae Whitman). Attempting to get away to process things, she agrees to look after a bed and breakfast owned by her friend Jean (Viola Davis) for the weekend. The only guest for that weekend is Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) who is struggling with a wrongful death lawsuit and estrangement from his son Mark (James Franco). The weekend getaway and an unexpected storm pushes Adrienne and Paul together in helpful and romantic ways.

While critics found the film to be a predictable, cliched tearjerker, audiences loved the romantic reunion of "Unfaithful" and "The Cotton Club" stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane, earning the film over $84 million worldwide. While it may be an overly familiar story, sometimes there's comfort to be found in that, especially when it's led by actors as talented as Gere and Lane.

34. Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

2009's crime drama "Brooklyn's Finest" follows three police detectives as they encounter tough times on the streets of Brooklyn. Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is close to retirement and has found himself stuck training rookies at the end of an unsatisfying career. Tango Butler (Don Cheadle) is an undercover cop who is being forced by FBI Agent Smith (Ellen Barkin) to turn on his friend, Caz Phillips (Wesley Snipes). Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) has been stealing money from drug raids to pay for his family to move out of their mold-infested house. The three stories begin to weave together as they all struggle to survive.

While critics praised the expert use of tension director Antoine Fuqua brought to the film, as well as the gritty performances on display from the leads, the cliched story beats and stock characters ultimately kept the film from becoming a true classic. However, due to the film's low-budget of $17 million, "Brooklyn's Finest" more than doubled that at the box office. While it may not be his finest performance, "Brooklyn's Finest" still shows what Richard Gere is capable of doing.

33. Bloodbrothers (1978)

Stony De Coco (Richard Gere) longs to be free of his overbearing family, including his construction worker father Tommy (Tony Lo Bianco), his uncle Chubby (Paul Sorvino), and his abusive mother Marie (Lelia Goldoni). Along with the support of his new girlfriend Annette Palladino (Marilu Henner), Stony might just get the courage to escape along with his brother Albert (Michael Hershwe) who has been driven to anorexia by the same family.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, 1978's "Bloodbrothers" features an interesting story about Richard Gere's character attempting to get away from a world of toxic masculinity, alcoholism, and abuse, but is somewhat undercut by its broad, over-the-top Italian stereotypes leading to a bit of a tonal clash. "Bloodbrothers" is a slice-of-life film with interesting themes about family and machismo featuring a solid performance by a young Richard Gere. However, the small film goes a little too big in places.

32. Final Analysis (1992)

In an attempt to better understand his obsessive-compulsive client Diana Baylor (Uma Thurman), psychiatrist Isaac Barr (Richard Gere) agrees to see Diana's sister Heather Evans (Kim Basinger). He soon discovers that Heather is married to a dangerous criminal named Jimmy Evans (Eric Roberts). As Isaac begins to fall in love with Heather, he begins to realize that Heather might be even more dangerous.

The reunion of 1986's "No Mercy" stars Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, 1992's "Final Analysis" fared better than its predecessor, though the critical reviews were somewhat mixed. Some enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired thriller aspects, while others saw these inspirations more as a ripoff of better, more suspenseful films. The film's constant twists and turns lead to a stormy lighthouse confrontation that was either viewed as an exciting action-packed finale or an over-the-top contrivance built on an overly-complicated plot.

The final analysis on the film is a little unclear, but a viewing might clear things up one way or the other.

31. Mr. Jones (1993)

In 1993's "Mr. Jones," Richard Gere stars as the titular Jones, an impulsive thrill-seeker suffering from bipolar disorder. After removing all the money from his bank account, disrupting an orchestra, and threatening to jump from the roof of a construction site, Jones is taken to a psychiatric hospital where his doctor, Elizabeth Bowen (Lena Olin), begins to develop romantic feelings for him.

The romantic drama earned plenty of praise for Richard Gere's nuanced and well-researched performance of a bipolar man balancing between extreme living and suicidal depression. However, the romantic angle was less well-received, with many deeming it unnecessary at best or actively harmful at worst. Despite an ethically shaky plot, "Mr. Jones" features an admirably complex character for Richard Gere that stretches his abilities as an actor.

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30. Power (1986)

When media consultant Pete St. John (Richard Gere) is asked to join the political campaign for Senate candidate Jerome Cade (J.T. Walsh), Pete begins to investigate Cade's past. This sets off a series of dangerous retaliatory actions by Cade's public relations expert Arnold Billings (Denzel Washington). Pete begins to wonder if his ex-wife Ellen Freeman (Julie Christie) and his former partner Wilfred Buckley (Gene Hackman) left due to his involvement in corruption.

Directed by Sidney Lumet, the 1986 drama "Power" features an impressive cast that elevates the moral dilemmas presented at the beginning of the film. However, the film doesn't seem to hold on to that energy and gets lost in a series of unsatisfying subplots that never fully address the proposed problems. Ultimately, its satirical focus and message get confused and hazy, lessening the impact of the film.

Despite a great performance from Richard Gere and a strong intriguing beginning, "Power" loses its captivating hold the longer it goes on.

29. First Knight (1995)

In this retelling of Arthurian legend, swordsman Lancelot (Richard Gere) is accepted into the Knights of the Round Table by Arthur, the King of Camelot (Sean Connery). However, Lancelot finds himself conflicted due to his loyalty to Camelot while also harboring romantic feelings for the king's wife Lady Guinevere (Julia Ormond). These feelings are even further complicated when Camelot is attacked by former Knight of the Round Table turned bad guy Malagant (Ben Cross).

While the film was applauded for its more realistic take on medieval legends, most critics felt like nothing else new was brought in to compensate for its removal of magic. Despite an impressive cast, a wonderful score, and beautiful cinematography, 1995's "First Knight" failed to stir up much excitement, in either the numerous action sequences or the steamy romantic scenes.

While an interesting idea for an update, "First Knight" left something to be desired in its execution.

28. Runaway Bride (1999)

Reuniting "Pretty Woman" stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts with director Garry Marshall, 1999's romantic comedy "Runaway Bride" follows New York City journalist "Ike" Graham (Gere) as he travels to Maryland to cover a story about Maggie Carpenter (Roberts), a woman who has become notorious for leaving men at the altar on their wedding day. Chronicling her fourth marriage attempt to sports-obsessed Bob Kelly (Christopher Meloni), Ike gets to know Maggie's friends and family (Joan Cusack, Paul Dooley), her previous fiancés (Donal Logue, Yul Vasquez, Reg Rogers), and most importantly, Maggie herself. Before long, it seems like Ike might be fiancé number five.

While "Runaway Bride" was criticized for having a lackluster script riddled with cliches, critics also couldn't deny the chemistry and warm nostalgia that came along with it. While definitely not as loved as the cast and crew's previous collaboration "Pretty Woman," the film still pulled in over $300 million worldwide against a $70 million budget. Despite its shortcomings, it seems like "Runaway Bride" was still a runaway success.

27. Shall We Dance? (2004)

Lawyer John Clark (Richard Gere) feels like his life has gotten boring. In an attempt to spice things up, he impulsively signs up for dance lessons, but keeps them a secret from his wife Beverly (Susan Sarandon) as his reasons for joining were also somewhat motivated by the presence of former competitive dancer Paulina (Jennifer Lopez). But along with the help of Paulina, his teacher Miss Mitzi (Anita Gillette), and his fellow classmates (Lisa Ann Walter, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale, and Omar Miller), John finds a new passion for dancing that might just rekindle his relationship with his wife.

Based on a Japanese film of the same name, 2004's "Shall We Dance?" was met with mixed reviews. Some critics compared it unfavorably to the original or thought it was too light and cute, while others seemed warmed and heartened by the sweet story of a man finding new joy in life through the magic of dancing. It was also a financial success, earning over three times its $50 million budget. While it may not be as good as the original film, you still might enjoy a tango with "Shall We Dance?"

26. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Driving through West Virginia, journalist John Klein (Richard Gere) winds up hundreds of miles off-course in a town called Point Pleasant. He soon finds himself involved in a mystery surrounding a police officer named Connie Mills (Laura Linney), a local man named Gordon Smallwood (Will Patton) who has been visited by a supernatural entity called Indrid Cold, and various people who have encountered a being known as the Mothman, whose descriptions are oddly similar to drawings John's wife Mary (Debra Messing) made shortly before she died. When John receives a dire warning of his own, he rushes to stop an oncoming bridge disaster.

Loosely based on alleged true events chronicled in the book of the same name by John Keel, 2002's "The Mothman Prophecies" shuffles the events into a more structured narrative, though one which critics claimed was messy and unbelievable. However, where the script may have faltered, the moody direction by Mark Pellington and the paranoid performance by Richard Gere made for a stylistically scary thriller.

Whether you believe the urban legend or not, you can trust the legendary Richard Gere to deliver a phenomenal paranormal experience.

25. Breathless (1983)

A remake of Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 classic of the same name, 1983's "Breathless" sees small-time thief Jesse Lujack (Richard Gere) on the run from the law after stealing a car and shooting a police officer. Hiding out with an architect he had previously had a fling with, Monica Poiccard (Valérie Kaprisky), he tries to persuade her to flee to Mexico with him. Eventually, Monica must make a choice about whether to run away with Jesse or turn him into the police.

While most critics note the film is inferior to Godard's original, they also point out that there's still plenty to offer in this updated remake. Gere's full-tilt anarchy was particularly pointed out as a fascinating joy to watch, though his co-star received a less positive reception. But everything is wrapped up in a stylish and unrelenting concoction of rock music, comic books, and violence.

For a truly breathless Richard Gere performance, be sure to check out this fast-paced film.

24. Report to the Commissioner (1975)

The less violent methods used by rookie New York police detective Bo Lockley (Michael Moriarty) seem to rub his partner Crunch Blackstone (Yaphet Kotto) the wrong way, so Captain D'Angelo (Hector Elizondo) assigns Bo to an unnecessary case tracking down a missing girl, Patty Butler (Susan Blakely). With the help of a shady pimp (Richard Gere) and a legless beggar (Bob Balaban), Bo is able to track Patty down. She's become the girlfriend of notorious heroin dealer Stick Henderson (Tony King). Told to drop the case, Bo goes to rescue her anyway, unaware that Patty is actually an undercover cop trying to take Stick down.

Featuring Richard Gere's debut film role, 1975's "Report to the Commissioner" is a gritty crime drama with plenty of twists, turns, and great performances. However, some critics felt that despite all of this, the film was still too rough around the edges with an overly complex plot and a forced moral message.

Despite his minor role, "Report to the Commissioner" is worth checking out to see where it all began for Richard Gere.

23. Three Christs (2017)

Based on a true story, 2017's "Three Christs" tells the story of Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) who attempts to help three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all think they are Jesus Christ: Joseph Cassel (Peter Dinklage), Leon Gabor (Walton Goggins), and Clyde Benson (Bradley Whitford). In an attempt to move away from treatments that involve things like shock therapy, Dr. Stone puts the three men into group therapy to help them bond and hopefully confront their delusions.

Critics enjoyed the enthusiastic performances of the four leads, but felt the film dragged when not featuring them, while also calling out the film's cliched heartwarming narrative that could have stood to be more critical of the doctor's ethically questionable methods.

While it has its flaws, "Three Christs" features four amazing actors at the top of their game.

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22. Unfaithful (2002)

Edward Sumner (Richard Gere) and his wife Connie (Diane Lane) along with their son Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan) seem to have a perfect life, but all of that starts to crumble after Connie has a chance encounter with a stranger named Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez) bumping into him on the street during a windy day. Connie soon finds herself in an adulterous affair with Paul and struggling to keep up the lies. When Edward begins to suspect something is amiss, he hires a private investigator (Dominic Chianese) and learns the truth. Things turn deadly when Edward goes to confront Paul.

Though some critics found 2002's "Unfaithful" unsatisfying, many were impressed by the film's unflinching drama and Diane Lane's ability to portray the subtle and complex emotions needed throughout the film. In fact, Lane's performance earned her both a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for best actress. The film also performed well at the box office, earning over double its $50 million budget.

While an amazing showcase of Diane Lane's abilities, Richard Gere more than holds his own in this erotic thriller.

21. Miles from Home (1988)

When foreclosure on their family farm looms near, brothers Frank (Richard Gere) and Terry Roberts (Kevin Anderson) decide to burn it down instead. Afterwards, in an act of defiance, they begin to rob the banks that have been foreclosing on farms throughout the midwest. While pursued by the law, they also gain a supportive following which includes a city girl named Sally (Penelope Ann Miller), an exotic dancer (Laurie Metcalf), and a reporter named Barry Maxwell (John Malkovich).

Directed by Gary Sinise, 1988's "Miles from Home" features strong emotionally driven characters dealing with harsh real-life circumstances, even if the plot itself can be a little contrived at times. But when the film is dealing with its heavy themes, the hard-hitting cast truly shines in this small independent feature.

Featuring a barn-burner of a performance, "Miles from Home" is a Richard Gere film you just might want to check out.

20. American Gigolo (1980)

Upper-class male escort Julian Kay (Richard Gere) finds himself falling in love with a senator's wife, Michelle Stratton (Lauren Hutton) while at the same time trying to clear himself after one of his previous clients (Patricia Carr) winds up murdered. Though he has an alibi, the client he was with (K Callan) refuses to admit to it in order to protect her marriage. With police detective Joe Sunday (Hector Elizondo) breathing down his neck, Julian begins to suspect he was framed by his pimp Leon James (Bill Duke).

Written and directed by Paul Schrader, 1980's "American Gigolo" was a financial success, making more than four times its $5 million budget. Many critics enjoyed the visual aesthetic and slower-paced character study, though some found it to have more style than actual substance. A large part of the stylish flair is due to Giorgio Moroder's impressive score, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. Moroder was also nominated for "Call Me," the theme song he wrote with Blondie's Debbie Harry.

Richard Gere's groundbreaking performance in "American Gigolo" also featured one of the first-ever instances of full-frontal male nudity in a mainstream movie by its lead star.

19. Yanks (1979)

1979's war drama "Yanks" tells the story of American soldiers stationed in a small rural town in England during World War II shortly before the Normandy landings. Many of these soldiers begin romantic relationships with the women in town, including Technical Sergeant Matt Dyson (Richard Gere) with the engaged Jean Moreton (Lisa Eichhorn) and Captain John (William Devane) with the married Helen (Vanessa Redgrave). With the threat of war looming, are these newfound relationships only temporary diversions or will they make a lasting impression?

Though a box office flop, the romantic film won over most critics with its beautiful imagery and tighter focus on characters rather than wartime combat. Though this slower pace felt tedious to some, many agreed it was a beautiful well-made film that managed to not tip too far over into sentimentality.

A wartime film without the war scenes, "Yanks" provides another interesting role for Richard Gere.

18. Time Out of Mind (2014)

In 2014's "Time Out of Mind," Richard Gere plays George, an indigent man struggling to survive on the streets of New York City after being kicked out of an apartment he had been camping out in. Along the way, he befriends another homeless man, Dixon (Ben Vereen), and attempts to reconnect with his distant daughter, Maggie (Jena Malone), all while insisting to himself and others that he isn't actually homeless.

Though the film lacks much of a plot, it instead focuses on showing the life of a homeless man with a lack of artifice or sentimentality. It can be hard to watch at times, but critics praised Richard Gere's nuanced and sympathetic performance that hopefully calls attention to a real-world problem that many people face.

With a two-hour film that spends almost all of its runtime focused on the main character, "Time Out of Mind" is not only a fantastic Richard Gere movie, but also one that might change the way you think.

17. The Hunting Party (2007)

Failing news journalist Simon Hunt (Richard Gere) reteams with his old cameraman Duck (Terrence Howard) to chase down a hot tip he's heard about the whereabouts of Dragoslav "The Fox" Bogdanović (Ljubomir Kerekeš), a Bosnian war criminal on the run. Duck joins him and brings along the son of the network vice-president, Benjamin Strauss (Jesse Eisenberg). Together they soon stumble their way into danger way over their heads after they are confused for CIA agents.

Based on a ridiculous true story, 2007's "The Hunting Party" failed at the box office and was met with mixed reviews critically. While some enjoyed the offbeat rollercoaster ride of the film, others found the story to be overly Hollywoodized and tonally confused. However, the chemistry between the three leads was a source of enjoyment, even in the rougher patches.

This overlooked comedic war film may have struggled at the theaters, but it might just deserve a second look.

16. Sommersby (1993)

After being presumed dead for over six years, Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) returns from the American Civil War a changed man. He attempts to reconnect with his wife Laurel (Jodie Foster) who has agreed in Jack's absence to marry another man, Orin Meacham (Bill Pullman). Due to his newfound kind nature, his attempts to save the town from poverty, and his refusal to bow to the local Klansmen's demands, many begin to suspect that he might not be Jack Sommersby after all.

The 1993 romantic period drama "Sommersby" wowed critics and audiences alike with its heartbreaking story and the lead roles played by Gere and Foster. In addition to being a solid romance film, it also manages to tell a captivating mystery story with well-earned twists and turns throughout. It also was a box office smash, earning over $140 million against its $30 million budget. While he may or may not be Jack Sommersby, Richard Gere delivers a wonderful performance either way.

15. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

In this sequel to the 2011 hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," hotel manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) seeks to open another elderly-focused hotel after the success of the original. When an American man named Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) arrives at the hotel, Sonny assumes he must be an anonymous inspector sent to see if a second hotel is viable. On top of that, Sonny is planning his wedding to Sunaina (Tina Desai) while the rest of the hotel's residents (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup) deal with their own troubles.

While many critics said this sequel wasn't quite up to the same speed as the first, the amazingly talented cast shares a wonderful chemistry that more than makes up for any narrative missteps. This goes for the inclusion of Richard Gere, as well. Though he did not star in the original, 2015's "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is the only sequel Richard Gere ever appeared in. This selectiveness seems to have paid off, as this spirited follow-up earned over 8 times its $10 million budget. An already delightful franchise, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" only gets better with a little Richard Gere.

14. The Cotton Club (1984)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 1984's "The Cotton Club" tells of the interactions between 1930s mobsters and jazz entertainers in a popular Harlem nightclub. Cornetist Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere) falls in love with Vera Cicero (Diane Lane), the girlfriend of mob boss Dutch Schultz (James Remar). The owner of the Cotton Club, another mob boss named Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins) hires a dancer named Sandman Williams (Gregory Hines), who quickly falls for singer Lila Rose Oliver (Lonette McKee). Soon other criminals (Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne) begin to take an interest in the drama happening at the Cotton Club.

Though it faced many production problems with an ever-increasing budget that eventually blossomed to nearly $60 million and proceeded to earn less than half of that at the box office, "The Cotton Club" went on to become a critical hit praised for its stylized visuals and powerful music. Though its hectic plot did earn some criticism, a 2017 edit of the film finally tied the looser narrative elements together with an additional 25 minutes added to the runtime.

Though the original version of "The Cotton Club" didn't quite hit the mark, the new version is definitely worth seeking out.

13. Pretty Woman (1990)

When rich New York businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) finds himself lost in Los Angeles, he finds himself picking up a prostitute, Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts). Hiring her to be his girlfriend at business events for a week, Edward and Vivian begin to develop real romantic feelings for each other, despite their vast differences in class and social status.

Directed by Garry Marshall, 1990's romantic comedy fairytale "Pretty Woman" was a huge hit, earning over $450 million worldwide against its $14 million budget, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film released by Disney. The breakout role for Julia Roberts earned her an Oscar nomination for a Golden Globe win for best actress. Richard Gere and Héctor Elizondo also grabbed Golden Globe nominations for their performances as well.

Critics also enjoyed the romantic chemistry between Gere and Roberts, the expertly performed comedy, and the incredibly curated soundtrack, establishing "Pretty Woman" as a Richard Gere classic you'll want to pick up.

12. Rhapsody in August (1991)

The second to last film ever directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1991's "Rhapsody in August" tells the story of the elderly Kane (Sachiko Murase) who lost her husband in the Nagasaki atomic bombing 50 years prior and is still dealing with the fallout. Her nephew Clark (Richard Gere) visits to try and persuade her to come to Hawaii to see her ailing brother, but her distrust of America and her increasingly declining memory keep her trapped in the past.

A movingly beautiful film directed by a cinematic master, "Rhapsody in August" features wonderfully understated performances that lead to an incredibly impactful and unforgettable ending. Focusing on intensely human reactions to incomprehensible violence, the film paints a heartbreaking picture of how some Japanese people managed to weather the storms in times of war and afterward.

A rare foreign-language performance by Richard Gere results in a powerful and moving film that is worth seeking out.

11. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

Living under the strict guidelines of her Catholic parents and in the shadow of her sister Katherine (Tuesday Weld), school teacher for the deaf Theresa Dunn (Diane Keaton) strives to experience the wilder side of life. To accomplish this, she begins seeking out relationships with a series of dangerous men including drug user Tony (Richard Gere), seemingly decent but secretly selfish James (William Atherton), and repressed and angry Gary (Tom Berenger). Seeking a quick thrill, Theresa may find more than she bargained for.

The intense 1977 drama "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" features an amazing lead performance from Diane Keaton, about which critics raved. Despite being up against "Star Wars" at the box office, the film still managed to rake in over $22 million against its less than $3 million budget.

If you're on the hunt for a morally complex Richard Gere film with a memorably terrifying ending, look no further than "Looking for Mr. Goodbar."

10. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016)

Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) is a New York fixer who makes a connection with Israeli politician Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi). This begins to open doors for Norman as Eshel's political career takes off. Soon Norman is using this newfound leverage to help out Rabbi Blumenthal (Steve Buscemi) and in return using that to help his lawyer nephew Philip Cohen (Michael Sheen) marry his non-Jewish wife. These delicate layers of favors threaten to collapse when Eshel finds himself involved in a scandal and Norman finds his connections no longer wishing to work with him.

The intricately crafted 2016 film "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer" features an amazingly complex performance by Richard Gere that critics loved. Norman's complicated machinations and terrible upsets evoke a conflicting but interesting set of emotions in the viewer.

For a Richard Gere role that you'll both love and hate, sometimes simultaneously, be sure to view "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer."

9. The Hoax (2006)

2006's comedy "The Hoax" tells the unbelievable true story of author Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) who, along with his friend and researcher Richard Suskind (Alfred Molina) sets out to write the autobiography of famous reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes (Milton Buras). Without any access to the man himself, the two forge the book, going to incredible lengths to sell the ruse. But when Hughes himself and President Nixon get involved, Irving and Suskind may be in over their heads.

Though making less than half of its $25 million budget back, the film was a critical hit with Richard Gere receiving rave reviews for his mischievously delightful performance. A fast-paced comic triumph, "The Hoax" may have been up to a little hoax itself. The real life Clifford Irving claimed that much of the film was exaggerated or completely fabricated.

Whether "The Hoax" is real, fake, or some combination of both, the film is a delightfully fun Richard Gere film.

8. I'm Not There (2007)

Telling the life story of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, 2007's "I'm Not There" takes an interesting perspective and splits Dylan into six different personalities played by six different actors. There's the poet Arthur Rimbaud (Ben Whishaw), the 11-year-old train-hopper Woody Guthrie (Marcus Carl Franklin), the folk musician turned born again Christian Jack Rollins (Christian Bale), the actor in a conflicted relationship, Robbie Clark (Heath Ledger), the folk musician sell-out Jude Quinn (Cate Blanchett), and famous outlaw Billy the Kid (Richard Gere).

Praised by critics for its unique take on a musical biopic with an abundance of fantastic performances, "I'm Not There" was also nominated for and won several awards, many of which were for Cate Blanchett's electrifying take on the conflicted artist. Her role combined with all the other varied and interesting looks at Bob Dylan builds up to make for a surreal and wonderful film.

Playing the role of Bob Dylan by way of the notorious criminal Billy the Kid, "I'm Not There" is one of Richard Gere's more interesting roles.

7. Internal Affairs (1990)

When Sergeant Raymond Avilla (Andy Garcia) and Sergeant Amy Wallace (Laurie Metcalf) are called in to the LAPD to investigate a messy drug bust, they begin to suspect that the officers involved, Dennis Peck (Richard Gere) and Van Stretch (William Baldwin), may not be the shining examples of perfect policemen they were reported to be. Their fears are seemingly confirmed after a suspicious series of murders and when Peck begins to insinuate that he's been sleeping with Avilla's wife Kathy (Nancy Travis).

Directed by Mike Figgis, 1990's action-thriller "Internal Affairs" delivers a lightning-paced story of police corruption filled with dark and intriguing twists and turns. Critics loved Richard Gere's captivating turn as a truly despicable police officer moonlighting as a hitman who seduces his client's wives. The film was also a financial success, earning nearly double its $15 million budget at the box office.

A non-stop action thrill ride with a villainous Richard Gere, "Internal Affairs" may require further investigation.

6. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

When music professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a lost puppy at a train station, he winds up adopting the Akita named Hachi, despite some initial protests from his wife Cate (Joan Allen). Hachi soon begins following Parker to the train station as he leaves for work, then returning to accompany him when he comes back home. After Parker passes away from a stroke, Hachi continues to return to the train station every day, waiting for his owner to return. He is watched after by a nearby hot-dog vendor Jasjeet (Erick Avari), the train station master Carl Boilins (Jason Alexander), and Parker's friend Ken Fujiyoshi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).

Based on a true story, 2009's "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" is a heartwarming film that won over critics and audiences alike with its simple, but touching story of a dog's unending loyalty to his owner and the people who cared for the dog after his owner's tragic passing. Wonderfully shot with a beautiful score, the film is sure to make even the hardest hearts break at least a little.

While Richard Gere gets the top billing, a fiercely loyal dog steals the show in this amazing family film.

5. Arbitrage (2012)

Hedge fund manager Robert Miller (Richard Gere) seems to have a perfect life. He has a wonderful wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and his daughter Brooke (Brit Marling) is also his talented business partner. But when Robert tries to hide a car accident that kills his mistress Julie Cote (Laetitia Casta), the cracks begin to form. Soon his daughter begins to notice something is up with the financial numbers, his wife is seeking a separation, and police detective Bryer (Tim Roth) begins to suspect him of being involved in Julie's murder.

The 2012 thriller "Arbitrage" earned nearly three times as much as its $12 million budget, with a particularly high per-theater average for a limited release film. Critics enjoyed the complex plot and moral dilemmas, as well as Richard Gere's surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of a man collapsing under the weight of his bad decisions. Gere's intense performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

If you're looking for an example of Richard Gere's incredible acting talent, you're sure to find it in "Arbitrage."

4. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Determined to become a Navy pilot, Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) struggles to make his way through Aviation Officer Candidate School along with his friend Sid Worley (David Keith) under the strict instruction of Sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.). Warned against dating local girls for fears they will feign pregnancy to trap them, Zack nevertheless finds himself falling for factory worker Paula Pokrifki (Debra Winger).

Critics loved the 1982 romantic drama, praising its well-written characters that develop the plot to an emotionally satisfying conclusion. "An Officer and a Gentleman" earned many Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for its talented cast, ultimately winning both for Louis Gossett Jr. who became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Not only a critical success but a financial one as well, the $7 million film went on to gross nearly $130 million worldwide.

An instant classic, "An Officer and a Gentleman" passes with flying colors as one of the best Richard Gere films.

3. Primal Fear (1996)

Chicago defense attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) takes on clients more for the prestige than for any moral reason, but becomes conflicted when his latest client murder suspect Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) appears to truly be innocent, but to reveal him as so would compromise his case as it would reveal secrets that would give Aaron even more of a motive.

With a cast that also includes Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, and Frances McDormand, 1996's legal thriller "Primal Fear" provides plenty of fascinating twists and turns that earned the film over $100 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. Critics especially praised Edward Norton's complex performance as the stuttering Aaron with a murderous alter ego named Roy. This film debut for Norton earned him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win, among many other awards.

An intense courtroom drama with a killer ending, "Primal Fear" ranks high as one of Richard Gere's best films.

2. Chicago (2002)

Shortly after singer Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is arrested for murdering her husband and sister, chorus girl Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) is also arrested for murdering furniture salesman Fred Casely (Dominic West) after he lied to her about being able to help her career. After being recommended by the jail's matron Mama Morton (Queen Latifah), the pair of murderers are both represented by sketchy lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) who not only helps their cases, but propels them into stardom.

The 2002 musical "Chicago" was a smash hit in nearly every conceivable way. Critics raved about the music, the performances, and the frenetic energy expertly displayed on screen. The film earned thirteen Oscar nominations and won six including Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones. In addition, it raked in eight Golden Globe nominations and won three including Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Richard Gere. Though it was eventually bested by "Mamma Mia!," at the time "Chicago" was the highest grossing musical of all-time grossing over $300 million worldwide. A fun musical extravaganza, "Chicago" soars to the top of the charts when it comes to Richard Gere films.

1. Days of Heaven (1978)

In 1916, steel mill worker Bill (Richard Gere) winds up killing his boss and running away with his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and his sister Linda (Linda Manz). They settle in at a farm where the farm's owner (Sam Shepard) begins to fall in love with Abby. Bill encourages this when he discovers the farmer is dying. Things become more complicated when Abby begins to reciprocate the farmer's feelings.

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, 1978's "Days of Heaven" is a gorgeous film that relies more on visuals than dialogue to tell its turn-of-the-century story. In fact, the remarkably impressive cinematography by Néstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler won the film an Oscar. Featuring subtle and nuanced characters accompanied by poetic narration by Linda Manz and a wonderful score by Ennio Morricone, critics loved this absolutely beautiful film that found its way onto many best-of lists.

Anchored by a rousing performance by the young Gere, "Days of Heaven" easily makes its way to the top of the greatest Richard Gere movies.