Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
8 Great Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland on November 13, 1969, and has appeared on TV shows, on stage, and in movies. He is a trained lawyer as well as a professional actor and enjoyed an increase in recognition since his appearance in the 2007 movie 300.
Butler is a likeable person in general (as I've seen in interviews and such) as well as a very talented actor. This article examined the eight best movies that Butler has appeared in.
8. P.S. I Love You (2007)
PS, I Love You is a romantic drama about a married couple, Holly (Hilary Swank) and Gerry (Butler), who are deeply in love but sometimes fight. Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumour, leaving Holly heartbroken and alone. Over the next few months, Holly receives messages and gifts that Gerry organised to be sent to her after his death.
These messages send Holly on new adventures and gaining new experiences, including visiting Gerry's hometown in Ireland. It's a beautiful, tear-jerking story about love after death—one to watch with your mum or your friends.
7. The Ugly Truth (2009)
The Ugly Truth is a romantic comedy about an uptight TV show producer Abby (Katherine Heigl) who is filled with dismay when cheeky, below-the-belt Mike steals the show. Abby's show threatens to get cancelled because of its poor ratings, so she's forced to ask for Mike's help in making it more popular.
Mike agrees—and also agrees to help Katherine find love with the man she has a crush on. Her control-freak nature and dependence on self-help books convinces Mike that she needs his help. He promises that if it doesn't work, he'll leave the show.
This movie was enjoyable and suitable for adults (there are a lot of sexual references and some language). A great movie to watch with your friends or your mum.
6. Nim's Island (2008)
This is a great family movie starring Abigail Breslin and Jodie Foster as well as Butler. who actually plays two parts in this movie. Nim and her father live on a remote island together, getting supplies from a nearby shipping system. Her father researches the island and writes about it, while Nim educates herself about nature by exploring the island and working, as well as immersing herself in her favourite novels, The Adventures of Alex Rover. One day, her father goes out to sea and doesn't return, so Nim emails the only person she knows is capable of saving him: her hero, Alex Rover.
In reality, the writer of the Alex Rover books is a woman called Alexandra Rover (Foster) who has agoraphobia. When she receives Nim's distress call, however, she decides to bravely embark on a journey to save her.
This movie is highly underrated and great for kids and families. Butler also plays two parts in this movie: Nim's dad and also Alex Rover himself, Alexandra's imagined adventurer whom she chats with. Check this movie out if you like kid's movies.
5. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Phantom of the Opera is a remake of the classic musical, co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Emmy Rossum and Butler.
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I love this movie—the beautiful music, the special effects and the scary yet sexy Butler as the Phantom make this film a winner. Not everyone liked this movie, however—many said that Butler and Rossum's voices didn't measure up to original performances by Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. If the story and the movie itself are more important to you, then you'd probably enjoy this movie.
4. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon is a fantastic Dreamworks 3D animation movie. Who else would you cast as the badass Scottish Viking village chieftain? Butler plays the main character, Hiccup's (Jay Baruchel) father, the leader of the Viking village. Hiccup is an awkward teenager unable to fight against the dragons constantly attacking the town. When he finally hits a dragon with a giant crossbow, which he believes to be the legendary Night Fury. After finding it, he finds that he can't bring himself to kill it—instead, he befriends him.
This is a great story which I believe anyone would enjoy. If you like other Dreamworks movies like Shrek, Shark Tale, and Megamind, check out How to Train Your Dragon.
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
The sequel to the above movie was released in 2014 and enjoyed great reviews. This was an incredible film that was equally good, if not better, than its prequel. It's set several years after the first one, where dragons are now friends with Vikings—but other trouble is brewing on other islands.
This movie is just awesome. Definitely check it out, especially if you enjoyed the first one. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer below.
2. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
If you're into thrillers, Law Abiding Citizen is an exciting movie to get your heart racing. Clyde's (Butler) world is torn apart when two criminals, Clarence Darby and Rupert Ames, break into his home and kill his family. Prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is unable to use DNA evidence to convict both, and makes a deal with Darby, awarding him a lower sentence for testifying against Ames. Clyde is furious and feels betrayed by the justice system, deciding to take matters—and revenge—into his own hands.
This movie is brutal, exciting and extremely satisfying. If you love thrillers and don't mind a bit of violence, this is the movie for you. (Not for children—rated 18+).
1. 300 (2006)
300 is an all-time classic fantasy movie loosely based on the Spartans and Persian's battles in ancient Greece. Butler plays Leonidas, the king of Sparta, who makes a stand with 300 warriors against the mighty Persian army. The Spartans are incredibly skilled warriors, and Butler did a fantastic job of a tough and likeable king.
If, for some reason, you haven't watched this movie, check it out. It's packed with action, great fighting scenes and a climactic storyline. To me, it'll probably always be Butler's number one movie.
Do you agree with this list? Which of these films do you think should be number one? Answer in the poll below.
© 2014 Poppy
Breanne Ginsburg on January 07, 2015:
I wouldn't say I'm a Gerard Butler fan because I honestly haven't seen him in a lot, but I do like him in The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston a lot.