Few actors today deliver so consistently that you can convince yourself to watch any film they're in. Edward Norton is one of those rare few.
Whether it's a 90s classic or an underrated 2000s flick, do yourself a favor and stream one of these Norton-led treasures tonight.
1. American History X
Arguably Ed Norton's grittiest role to date, American History X addresses sensitive realities about race in the United States with a deft touch.
It's a bird! It's a man! It's Birdman, a masterfully controlled but chaotic film starring Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and a host of other talented performers. A movie about a play, Birdman is literally an acting class.
3. Primal Fear
I don't want to spoil anything about Primal Fear. The movie's title is apt, and Norton's performance is why.
4. The Illusionist
The Illusionist fell by the wayside for many who saw Christopher Nolan's similar film, The Prestige. However, The Illusionist is not The Prestige. The Illusionist is, however, excellent.
5. Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson. Ensemble comedy. Ed Norton as “Scout Master Ward.”
Wanna smile tonight? There's your elevator pitch.
6. The People vs. Larry Flynt
Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt tells the unbelievable account of Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt. Norton plays Larry Flynt's lawyer, more than holding his own in this cinematic ode to hedonism.
If there was ever a believable role for Edward Norton, it's that of a degenerate gambler. With a buddy like Matt Damon to serve as an enabler, you have one heck of a thriller on your hands.
8. Fight Club
I'll abide by Rule Number One of Fight Club and refrain from discussing the plot. Just know that Fight Club has earned its cult-classic status legitimately.
9. Red Dragon
In a list of films where Norton so often plays the bad guy (or at least, morally questionable guy), Red Dragon is a welcomed flip of the script. Don't take that to mean Red Dragon is a feel-good movie, though.
10. Death to Smoochy
One of the lesser-seen Norton films, Death to Smoochy opened to polarized critical opinion. But with Robin Williams and Edward Norton embroiled in a revenge plot revolving around a children's TV show, how could you not check out Death to Smoochy?
11. 25th Hour
The 25th Hour is a film about a convicted dealer's last day of freedom before doing a bid. With Norton taking the lead, Spike Lee behind the lens, and Game of Thrones' David Benioff penning the script, take two hours and 15 minutes for this heavy dose of Ed.
12. The Score
Is The Score Edward Norton's best film? No. Does The Score fall within Robert DeNiro's top-five all-time roles? Not by a long shot. But The Score is a heist movie pairing Ed Norton and Bobby D, and for that reason alone, it is worth your time.
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