Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton’s 10 Best Movies

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and has enjoyed a career renaissance thirty years later.  With a stellar resume of both comedic and dramatic roles, Keaton has laid down landmark performances in both the DC (Batman) and Marvel (Vulture) film universes, and his only Oscar nomination came in 2015 from playing a washed-up super hero actor in 2014’s Birdman.  He’s been an anchor voice in two Pixar films: Cars and Toy Story 3, and was Tim Burton’s go-to actor before Burton and Johnny Depp mutually ruined each other’s careers.  Keaton will be reuniting with Burton for the director’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo for Disney.  With dramatic roles in films like The Founder and Spotlight, it would be great if someone could find a showcase for his comedic skills, because Keaton’s timing is a thing of beauty.  At any rate, it’s fantastic that Michael Keaton is a big star again.  Movies are better for it.

Michael Keaton in Spotlight
Michael Keaton’s Best 10
1. Spotlight (2015) Walter Robinson
2. Toy Story 3 (2010) Ken
3. Batman (1989) Bruce Wayne/Batman
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Adrian Toomes/The Vulture
5. Clean and Sober (1986) Daryl Poynter
6. Live from Baghdad (2002-HBO) Robert Wiener
7. The Founder (2016) Ray Kroc
8. Cars (2006) Chip Hicks
9. Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Dogberry
10. Batman Returns (1992) Bruce Wayne/Batman
Honorable Mention: Beetlejuice (1988) Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton in Batman

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (0): None

Oscar Nominations (1): Birdman (2015)

Michael Keaton in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Golden Globe Wins (1): Birdman (2015)

Golden Globe Nominations (2): Live from Baghdad (2002), Birdman (2015)

Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton in Clean and Sober

Emmy Wins (0): None

Emmy Nominations (1): Fred Roger’s Favorite Neighbor (2004-Producer) 

Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

My Favorite Keaton Scene:
“You Ever Dance With the Devil in the Pale Moonlight” Batman (1989)

Next Film: Keaton will be back in theaters in September, playing Mitch Rapp’s (Dylan O’Brien) mentor in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s best-seller, American Assassin.  Keaton is attached to Tim Burton’s live action remake of Disney’s Dumbo, and it looks like he’ll be reprising his role as The Vulture in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

13 thoughts on “Michael Keaton’s 10 Best Movies”

    1. Hey, he’s done a lot of stuff, and I knew I was going to get flak for that and Birdman. I don’t love Beetlejuice as much as some of his other films, but his resume at this stage in his career is pretty deep.

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      1. Wow, I didn’t even notice that you left out Birdman – I absolutely hated the film. I don’t understand its appeal at all (and even skipped my annual Oscar blog post because of it). The reason I mentioned Beetlejuice was not because of the film as such – but because of how shockingly – impressively! different Keaton was in there. I mean comparing his performances in Beetlejuice and Batman Returns, you would never believe that was the same actor! That’s skill.

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    1. I actually haaaate Birdman. I think it’s a brilliant directorial exercise, but as a film to actually watch and enjoy, not so much and not when there’s so many other things Keaton has done that are brilliant, though I know I’m in the minority on this one (but I write the lists, soooo) lol

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  1. Dave, I love you for recognizing the genius of Keaton’s Dogberry. When that movie came out, people were saying he was the worst thing about that movie, and KEANU REEVES was in that movie. I’m also glad you put in Batman Returns.

    But Birdman is one of my favorite movies of recent years, and I cannot believe you left it out. It is more than just a technical excersise, brilliant though that excersise might have been (I don’t think anyone would deny that the tracking shots and the percussive score, the obvious stuff, were the stuff of wizardry). But the movie got me in the gut, too.

    If your life has included any close, personal experience with people who suffer from mental illness, you will appreciate this movie a lot better than if not, because it is about a man with untreated, undiagnosed schizophrenia, and it is perfectly, devastatingly on target. And I thought that the central theme of a vague, lost, aging person trying to recapture his former glory rose above the level of a trope and was heartfelt and emotional and painful. When the character’s show was well-revieved, I wanted to cheer for him, even though I had figured out the way his story was obviously going to end. Plus, though I have no actual experience with the industry covered in this movie, the depiction feels honest and authentic, and makes me want to stay away from a life of showbiz at all costs.

    Plus the Birdman suit, and the scene with the dinosaur, was awesome.

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    1. I have a lot of experience unfortunately with that area but maybe thats one of the reasons it rubs me wrong. Hmm. At any rate, Keaton has managed after nearly 15 years of irrelevance to make himself one of the top actors in Hollywood again and he should’ve been nominated for Spotlight and probably The Founder as well. That he has only one Oscar nom with his body of work is lunacy.

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      1. One of the reasons the Oscars are irrelevant!

        He was fantastic in Spotlight. I have not seen the Founder. I have to be prepared to spend two hours watching the triumph of a kinda evil guy who really lived. Birdman is not a pleasant film, it is emotionally devastating, but when a film hits me, it hits me. I thought it was like a cinematic roller coaster. Beetlejuice goes waaaaaay above Cars by the way, Keaton is only the B man for like 12 minutes, and yet he IS that movie, and you don’t feel cheated. One of the great comic performances of all time. If only Burton had stuck with Keaton, it might have balanced out his work with Depp.

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