Alan Rickman Movies: 6 Most Iconic Roles

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Alan Rickman Movies: 6 Most Iconic Roles

Alan Rickman, born on February 21, 1946, in London, England, is widely regarded as one of the most versatile actors of all time. His career spanned both the stage and the screen, where he starred in some of the most iconic movies ever made. Rickman’s ability to seamlessly transition between roles in theater productions and film projects showcased his immense talent and range as an actor.

Sadly, Alan Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016, at the age of 69. Despite his untimely death, his legacy endures through the plethora of timeless performances he left behind, solidifying his status as a true legend in the world of acting. So, in honour of his name, here are 6 of most iconic roles.

6. The Harry Potter Franchise as Professor Snape

Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

One of the most iconic roles of Alan Rickman‘s career was his portrayal of the complex and enigmatic character, Professor Severus Snape, in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Rickman effortlessly brought this character to life with his impeccable acting skills, perfectly capturing Snape’s mysterious and conflicted nature. Through his nuanced performance, Rickman was able to convey the layers of Snape’s personality, from his intimidating and strict demeanor to his hidden motives and inner struggles. With his deep voice, piercing gaze, and subtle emotional depth, Rickman made Snape an unforgettable character, leaving a lasting impact on audiences and solidifying his place as one of the standout performances in the Harry Potter series.

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5. Love Actually as Harry (2003)

Alan Rickman in Love Actually as Harry (2003)

By the time Alan Rickman starred in Love Actually, he had already showcased his incredible versatility as an actor, tackling a wide range of roles from villains to loveable comedic reliefs. However, his role in Love Actually as Harry, a wealthy director of a design agency, was a unique blend of all these roles. In the film, Harry risks his comfortable marriage when he is tempted by the sexual advances of a new woman in the office, showcasing a morally conflicted side to his character. Amidst the star-studded ensemble and multiple intertwining storylines of the movie, Rickman’s storyline stands out as one of the more dramatic and emotionally charged. With his nuanced portrayal, Rickman brought a depth and complexity to Harry, making him a multifaceted character that audiences could empathize with, even in the midst of a moral quandary.

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4. Galaxy Quest as Alexander Dane (1999)

Alan Rickman in Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest is a critically acclaimed Sci-Fi comedy that follows the cast of a canceled cult television show as they are mistaken for actual space heroes by an alien race seeking their help. Amongst the star-studded lineup, including Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman shines as Alexander Dane, a trained Shakespearean actor who portrays the alien science officer on the series. Dane is portrayed as a pretentious character at the beginning, feeling like his talent is being wasted in the cheesy sci-fi show. However, as the story unfolds, Rickman takes Dane through a character arc where he discovers his importance and value, serving as the heart of the film.

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3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Sheriff of Nottingham (1991)

Alan Rickman

In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the legendary story of Robin Hood is reimagined as Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) returns from the crusades to find his homeland under the tyranny of the corrupt and sadistic Sheriff of Nottingham. Alan Rickman oozes menace in his role as the Sheriff, delivering one of his finest villainous performances of his storied career. With his malevolent presence and twisted demeanor, Rickman brings the character to life as a ruthless and power-hungry antagonist, making him a formidable foe for Robin Hood and a captivating villain for the audience. Through Rickman’s portrayal, the Sheriff of Nottingham becomes a truly memorable and chilling figure in this classic tale of heroism and villainy.

Watch Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on Netflix

2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as Judge Turpin (2007)

Alan Rickman as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as Judge Turpin (2007)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is another film where Alan Rickman showcased his penchant for portraying unsavoury characters with great skill. In this Oscar-nominated film, the story follows Benjamin Barker, also known as Sweeney Todd, a barber seeking revenge on those who wronged him, aided by his accomplice Mrs. Lovett, played by Helena Bonham Carter. Among the stellar cast, Rickman stars alongside Johnny Depp as Judge Turpin, a lecherous public official and conservative judge completely lacking in compassion. Rickman’s portrayal of Judge Turpin is chilling as he embodies the character’s depravity and despicable nature with a sense of cold calculation. His performance adds an extra layer of darkness to already bleak film, and his dynamic with Depp’s Sweeney Todd creates a compelling and sinister dynamic on-screen.

Watch Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Netflix

1. Die Hard as Hans Gruber (1988)

Alan Rickman in Die Hard (1988)

Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Hans Gruber in the iconic action movie Die Hard is legendary for a number of reasons. Not only is his role in the film renowned as his most legacy-inducing villainous performance, but also stands as one of the most iconic bad guy roles in cinema history. Rickman’s chilling portrayal of the sophisticated yet ruthless terrorist mastermind brought a new level of sophistication to the typical action movie villain. Furthermore, what makes this achievement even more remarkable is that Die Hard was Rickman’s first ever movie role, after a successful career on the stage and in British television. His ability to captivate audiences with his portrayal of Hans Gruber set the stage for a prolific and memorable career in film. Want to read more about Die Hard? Here’s our ranking of every movie in the franchise.

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