From The Mummy to Gladiator, Check Out Russell Crowe's Best Roles

As the Oscar winner's latest flick hits theaters, we look back at his biggest movies

By Julianna Ress Jun 09, 2017 6:30 PMTags
The Mummy, Annabelle Wallis, Russell CroweChiabella James/Universal Pictures

When Russell Crowe is involved, it's obvious we're in for something epic.

The Academy Award-winning actor takes on the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll in The Mummy, in which he lends aid to protagonist Nick Morton, portrayed by Tom Cruise.

If Crowe's past roles are any indication, The Mummy is set to not only be one of the biggest movies of the year, but another captivating action film to add to the Russell Crowe canon.

Crowe's filmography, spanning nearly three decades, includes blockbusters like Gladiator, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor, a thought-provoking true story in A Beautiful Mind and even Crowe's singing of some of the most iconic Broadway songs in Les Misérables. Most recently, he starred alongside Ryan Gosling for 2016's action-packed comedy The Nice Guys.

Whether he's playing a detective in L.A. Confidential, a captain in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World or a boxer in Cinderella Man, the 53-year-old actor brings his best acting chops to any role he takes on.

As The Mummy hits theaters, we revisit Crowe's best roles to date, and his résumé is one of the most impressive in Hollywood.

The Mummy

As the head of the mysterious Prodigium, Crowe's Dr. Henry Jekyll helps Tom Cruise's Nick Morton realize the danger the world is in. 

The Nice Guys

Paired with Ryan Gosling, Crowe acts as private investigator in the '70s. 

The Water Diviner

Crowe stars and directs this flick about about a father searching for his missing sons. 


The star takes on the Biblical flood in this 2014 film. 

Man of Steel

We see the resemblance! The actor plays Jor-El, father to Henry Cavill's Kal-El. 

Les Misérables

And he's Javert! The star shows off his singing skills in the 2012 musical. 

American Gangster

Crowe's Detective Richie Roberts takes on drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington).

3:10 to Yuma

Wild, wild west! The Oscar winner played an outlaw captured by local authorities. 

Cinderella Man

In the 2005 film, Crowe plays James Braddock, a former boxer who heads back into the ring during the Great Depression. 

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

During the Napoleonic wars, Crowe's British Captain Aubrey pursues a French vessel seeking to expand the emperor's reach. 

A Beautiful Mind

The actor took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of mathematician John Nash. 

Proof of Life

Hostage negotiator Terry Thorne (Crowe) works to secure the release of a kidnapped engineer. 


It was clear all were entertained, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who awarded Crowe with the Best Actor award for the 2000 film.

The Insider

Nominated for an Oscar, Crowe stars as a whistle blower exposing his former employer, a tobacco company. 

L.A. Confidential

On the QT and very hush, hush: Crowe's Detective Bud White investigates police corruption in Los Angeles in the 1950s. 

The Mummy comes to theaters everywhere June 9.

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