Today is the two year anniversary of Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut ‘A Star is Born,’ so in honor, here are his top five films!
Written by: Tea Kingley – October 5th, 2020 6:56 pm pst
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Bradley Cooper is one of America’s favorite actors, from his first role in cult classic Wet Hot American Summer to his most recent films The Mule and of course Avengers: Endgame. Recently, Cooper has branched off into producing (he received an Academy Award nomination for Joker) and even starred in the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man in 2014 which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. He is also a director, and today, we’re celebrating the two year anniversary of Cooper’s directorial debut with Oscar winning film A Star is Born, starring himself alongside Lady Gaga.
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A lesser known Bradley Cooper role, The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 crime drama film that follows the fallout of one fatal night. The film features Ryan Gosling as a motorcycle-riding criminal who secretly has a child with Eva Mendes’ character, while Bradley Cooper stars as a cop who must face family troubles, a corrupt department, and his intertwined past over the course of 15+ years. The film can be slow-moving at times, but I thought it was incredibly powerful and a great watch.
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Although we may not see his face in the film, this list would not be complete without including Cooper’s turn as Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the most beloved Marvel films by both critics and fans, Guardians of the Galaxy is known for its fun tone and excellent soundtrack. The film was directed by James Gunn and was released in 2014. It has since spawned a sequel with a third movie coming soon. Besides, who doesn’t want to see Bradley Cooper as a raccoon?!
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Next up is a highly critically regarded film that garnered eight Oscar noms and even a groundbreaking win: Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell. The first of many films starring dynamic duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (see also: American Hustle, Joy, and Serena), Silver Linings Playbook is based on a novel of the same name and follows Cooper and Lawrence as Pat and Tiffany, two adults struggling with mental health issues who find a passion for love, life, and dance. The rom-dramedy made Jennifer Lawrence the youngest person ever to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, and scored Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jackie Weaver acting noms as well. Silver Linings Playbook is undeniably an excellent movie and I’d highly recommend giving it a watch.
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The Hangover simply had to be included due to its iconicness. In case you didn’t already see Bradley Cooper as a master of comedic as well as dramatic acting, this early entry into his filmography will cement that idea. Directed by Todd Philips, who you may know from his most recent film, Joker, the film follows a trio of guys played by Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, who have a wild night at a bachelor party in Vegas and wake up with no memory of the night before…and no groom. They must retrace their steps to find out what happened to them, in a wild ride filled with drugs, danger, and a whole lot of fun. The film was well received by critics, fans, and the box office; along with its two sequels, The Hangover has cemented its status as a classic comedy film.
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Coming in at number one is none other than A Star is Born! Following the original A Star is Born in 1937, the Judy Garland remake in 1954, and the Barbra Streisand version in 1976, this fourth installment is one of the best, most moving films in recent memory. The Oscar winning movie follows Lady Gaga as rising star Ally and her relationship with troubled superstar Jackson Maine. I cried some of the hardest I’ve ever cried during this movie, and boy were all the tears worth it. The film even sparked romance rumors between its two stars — that’s how great their acting and chemistry was! You can catch me belting “Shallow” any time it comes on, and you should catch this film as soon as you’re able. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut never fails to impress, and this two year anniversary of it’s release is the perfect excuse to watch it.
After listing his top five films, we hope that Bradley finally wins an Oscar soon, having received eight nominations so far!
About The Author:
Tea Kingley is a senior at Emerson College who is majoring in Marketing and Film. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves being both in front of the camera and a member of the crew. Tea also enjoys marketing, social media, and writing. She’s a TV, movie, and pop culture aficionado. Tea is always eager to discuss the latest releases and news.
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