From Saving Private Ryan to the newly released horror film, The Black Phone, Jeremy Davies has many critically acclaimed roles. Whether he’s playing a cowardly soldier or a notorious cult leader, he puts on a top-notch performance. Even though his performances always wow fans, the characters he plays are not always likable.
Despite the fact that his characters aren’t always adored by fans, the movies are always engaging and often lauded by critics and audiences alike. According to Rotten Tomatoes, these are his best.
10 Solaris (2002)
Solaris is based on a science fiction novel that centers around a psychologist that investigates the behavior of scientists on a space station that is orbiting the planet, Solaris, When he joins the scientists he falls victim to the odd behavior and becomes obsessed with someone he left long behind.
Jeremy Davies’ character, Snow, brings tension to the movie. He opposes everything Kelvin Mentions and suggests the opposite. When Kelvin wants to bring Rheya to Earth, Snow starts to give him reasons why he can’t. His character brings a unique twist to the movie by being the absolute opposite. The drama between Snow and Kelvin and the romance between Kelvin and Rheya led to its box office success.
9 Going All The Way (1997)
When old pals who were veterans and classmates reunite, they start discussing old times. They talk about how Gunner (Ben Affleck) spent the war abroad while Sonny (Jeremy Davies) spent it in the states. In addition to their war stories, they talk about the women in their lives. Gunner explains how he is trying to convince his mother his girlfriend is right for him. Sonny tells him he is torn between two women. As they reminisce, they start to realize they may be outgrowing their old lives.
Jeremy Davis’ character comes off as kind of a jerk. He often rebels against other people’s wishes including his parents and girlfriend. His role in this movie is important as he learns that life and people change as time goes on and it’s okay to make the changes, grow up, and commit. In fact, it’s this relatability that makes the movie a box office success. Fans love that they can relate to the coming-of-age story.
8 Dogville (2003)
A mysterious woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) takes shelter in a small town while trying to hide from the criminals who are after her. Little does she know the town she makes a home is two-faced and uses her for their own selfish needs. Dogville is a very minimal movie that is shot in a stage-like setting.
Jeremy’s part in this film is a small role. He plays Bill who is often called “dumb” in the movie. He is often taken advantage of by others. The film is deep and emotional. Fans have found a deeper meaning in humanity’s craving for malice and hypocrisy. Its unique message, setting, and array of emotions have made this a critically acclaimed film.
7 Searching For Paradise (2002)
Gilda Mattei, played by Susan May Pratt, is trying to cope with the grief of losing her father. To overcome her grief she makes it a mission to meet her favorite action Micahel DeSantis, played by Chris North, whom she soon develops an unhealthy obsession with.
In another film in which he plays a small part, Jeremy plays a geology student who runs into Gilda while on the town. It seems a love interest starts to form but he is soon turned off by her cynicism. The film is deep and filled with drama dealing with grief from loss. The added suspense element from her obsession and stalking habits brings this film to be a box office success.
6 Secretary (2002)
When Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is released into her parent’s care from a mental institution for severe emotional problems, she finds work as a secretary for an attorney. She soon starts a relationship with Peter (Jeremy Davies).
Jeremy’s character in this film is a kind boy but also dull. Lee doesn’t find him entertaining or fun. With her overbearing parents and the attorney’s rigid and demanding ways, Jeremy’s character brings a sense of normalcy to the movie. The erotic yet dramatic relationships made this movie a huge success.
5 The Black Phone (2022)
The Black Phone is a horror film that tells the story of The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) who kidnaps and kills children. Jeremy’s character, Terrence, is the drunk father of the son who is kidnapped and the daughter who has visions in her dreams.
His character’s dramatic personality switches towards his kids going from angry to loving making his role deep and emotional. The movie is filled with suspense and fear as he searches for his son. Meanwhile, his son is battling to escape his kidnapper’s grip with the help of the spirits of the previous victims. The fear of the reality of kidnappers and the suspense of the horror made this movie a critically acclaimed film.
4 Rescue Dawn (2006)
Taking place during the Vietnam War, a U.S. fighter pilot is shot down over Laos. He is taken captive by enemy soldiers and thrown into a camp where he is held prisoner with other captives. While waiting for their chance to escape the prisoners face torture, illness, and hunger.
Jeremy plays Gene, a prisoner held captive in the camp. His character doesn’t appeal to audiences as he plays a soldier who is selfish and unstable. He threatened to betray his fellow prisoners and when it came down to escape he didn’t know what to do. While his character was not well received by fans, the movie was a critically acclaimed success due to its true story background, dramatic scenes of the treatment they faced, and emotional escape
3 Spanking The Monkey (1994)
While Raymond (Jeremy Davis) helps his mother while she is recovering from a broken leg he is distracted by a neighborhood girl. His mother soon starts relying on her son for not only physical assistance but, also emotional needs, which causes him to start developing disturbing new yearnings.
Jeremy’s character in this film is unusual, to say the least. He is conflicted about the relationships between his new girlfriend and his mother. With its inappropriate intimate scenes and its dark disturbing comedy, it gives an uncomfortable insight into human nature Which helped populate this movie to become a huge success.
2 The Laramie Project (2002)
This is a film adaptation of the play The Laramie Project. The film dramatizes the original play’s troupe’s visit and uses actual words from the transcript. The story is set in Laramie, Wyoming, and follows the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard.
Jeremy plays Jedadiah in this film. He is a film student who is hesitant to express his support for Matthew. He is appalled by the murder but also afraid to speak out due to his parents being against his sexuality. A year later he has a change of heart becoming more open and outspoken about his own feelings. This film is emotional due to the true story of a murder of a young man because of who he was. The brutality of the murder is horrific enough to make viewers feel sympathy for him and his family. The deep emotions the movie brings brought this movie big success.
1 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
While facing the brutalities of war a group of soldiers set out behind enemy lines to save Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed. While each man is searching for him they each embark on their own personal journey and discover their own strengths.
Jeremy’s character Corporal Upham was not well-received by the audience. Often being called a coward for not saving a fellow soldier he is accused of being unable to perform his job. Though in the end, he redeems himself and kills the man who murdered his brother in arms. The emotional story of war and the action to save Private Ryan and escape took this movie to the top of the box office.
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