Whether in romantic comedies, legal dramas, action thrillers or musicals, Richard Gere has been pretty durable as a leading man in a career spanning over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? Let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.
Born in 1949, Gere kicked off his movie career with a memorable supporting turn in Richard Brooks‘ “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” (1977), followed by a leading role in Terrence Malick‘s “Days of Heaven” (1978). He became a sex symbol with Paul Schrader‘s “American Gigolo” (1982) and a romantic idol with Taylor Hackford‘s “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination as Best Drama Actor.
Despite his box office bravura, Gere has never competed at the Oscars. Perhaps the closest he ever came was with his leading role in Rob Marshall‘s Broadway adaptation “Chicago” (2002), for which he won the Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actor and earned a SAG bid as Best Actor (he also took home the Ensemble prize). Yet on nominations morning, Gere was left off, although the film did contend in 13 categories and won Best Picture. He reaped additional Globe noms for “Pretty Woman” (1990) and “Arbitrage” (2012), both of which failed to translate at the Academy.
Gere has also enjoyed success on the small screen, earning an Emmy nomination for his supporting turn in the TV movie “And the Band Played On” (1993).
Tour our photo gallery of Gere’s 12 greatest films, including some of the titles listed above, as well as “The Cotton Club” (1984), “Primal Fear” (1996), “I’m Not There” (2007) and more.
– Original text and gallery published in August 2019.