Eric Bana’s Best Movies

It’s a Bana year for Eric.
Eric Bana is one of those frustratingly wonderful and iconic Aussie actors. He’s got a knack for picking roles that work for him, he’s got Clooney-grade looks, and he’s adept at inhabiting extremely complex yet relatable characters onscreen. We’ve been racking our brains as to what his best films are, and after much debate at the Roadshow offices, we proudly present to you Eric Bana’s top five best films of all time! We didn’t put them in order, because we didn’t want to hurt Eric’s feelings. Let’s just say these all share top billing.

The Dry


It’s been too long since Australia made a blockbuster. A proper barn-burning, slow-burning, gets-your-wheels-turning big screen event. Based on the spectacularly acclaimed crime novel by author Jane Harper, The Dry is a frankly haunting mystery about Aaron Falk, a cop working in Melbourne, who receives a mysterious note telling him to come back to his hometown for the funeral of a childhood friend who tragically died. From his first scene, Eric effortlessly portrays Aaron as distant yet sympathetic. Is he hiding something? Or is he heading home to solve a murder? Hell, will he even make it out alive? The Dry is must-see big screen viewing, and it’s a must for fans of Aussie cinema.


Star Trek


When J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek (well, created a parallel universe what-if movie, really), fans were nervous as hell. No William Shatner? No George Takei? Thankfully, Star Trek was brilliant, due in large part to the deeply, deeply messed up villain, Nero, a grieving Romulan maniac played with scowling finesse by Eric Bana. The Romulans, super angry relatives of the super chill Vulcans, ended up losing their home world, and Nero blames Spock. Bana does such an amazing job in Star Trek, and proves that even loads of prosthetics can’t hide his acting chops.


The Castle


Ahh, The Castle. One of the most iconic Aussie films of all time, and an absolute love letter to suburbia. It kick-started a whole bunch of acting careers, and put Working Dog’s name on the map, and it even helped coin a few Australian catch-phrases. But for fans of Eric Bana’s anarchic, goofy work on Full Frontal, seeing him on the big screen as dopey kickboxer Con was a triumph. Yep, Eric began as a comedic performer, and not many comedians can move from comedy to drama. But Eric did, in a very, very hard (and very Australian) pivot.


Chopper


Bono once told press that to help induce labor for his wife, they put Chopper on. The film was so intense, so visceral, that it did, indeed, induce labor. That’s right. Eric Bana’s performance as Melbourne’s murderous mustachioed maniac, Mark “Chopper” Read, is labor-inducingly scary. After playing the goofball for years, Bana gained weight and got so deep into character that Chopper has become a truly disturbing cornerstone of Australian cinema.


Munich


From Full Frontal to Spielberg. That’s Eric Bana in a nutshell – a fantastically diverse actor able to ricochet between genres. Munich is Spielberg’s take on Operation Wrath of God. In 1972, a Palestinian terrorist group massacred 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team. Eric Bana played Avner, a Mossad agent who forms a small off-the-books group at the behest of the Israeli government, and is sent to secretly assassinate 11 Palestinians who allegedly took part in the massacre. Munich is a gut-punch of a film, and the story is told through the eyes of Bana’s Avner, a complex and wounded anti-hero.


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