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Empire of the SunEmpire of the Sun (1987)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Feat. Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson
A much–admired Spielberg epic in which a young boy witnesses the Japanese invasion of China in WWII. Based on the memoirs of sci–fi…
A Murder of QualityA Murder of Quality (1991)
Dir. Gavin Millar
Feat. Denholm Elliott, Glenda Jackson, Joss Ackland
Tele–movie based on the novel by John le Carré, who also served here as screenwriter, following the fictional character George Smiley…
Swing Kids (1993)
Dir. Thomas Carter
Feat. Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley
Affecting drama about the young sub–culture of pre–war Germany, who traded Nazi–ism for American jazz culture. A rare insight into…
Little WomenLittle Women (1994)
Dir. Gillian Armstrong
Feat. Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes
Impeccable version of Louisa May Alcott's classic of American girlhood updates the warm–hearted saga of four sisters and their…
Prince of JutlandPrince of Jutland (Prince of Denmark) (1994)
Dir. Gabriel Axel
Feat. Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Christian Bale
Retelling of the historical episode on which Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' was based, where a Danish prince feigns madness to avoid being murdered by his…
Secret Agent, TheSecret Agent, The (1996)
Dir. Christopher Hampton
Feat. Bob Hoskins, Gerard Depardieu, Patricia Arquette
Faithful period adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel concerning political intrigues in Edwardian London. Russian spy Bob Hoskins is ordered out…
JesusJesus (Mary, Mother of Jesus) (1999)
Dir. Kevin Connor
Feat. Christian Bale, Geraldine Chaplin, Hywel Bennett
Telemovie depiction of the Christ story through the eyes of Mary, that features sincere performances all round, especially from Bale. Despite being…
American PsychoAmerican Psycho (2000)
Dir. Mary Harron
Feat. Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
Mercifully sanitised adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' controversial novel, that wallowed in the depraved mind/antics of a homicidal Wall Street…
ShaftShaft (2000)
Dir. John Singleton
Feat. Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Toni Collette
Despite the excellent pedigree of those involved – Samuel L Jackson, Richard Roundtree, dir. John Singleton, Toni Collette – this revival…
Captain Corelli's MandolinCaptain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Dir. John Madden
Feat. Penelope Cruz, Christian Bale, Nicolas Cage
A melodiously played costume–drama, that unfolds on the Greek island of Cephalonia during WWII. Occupation by Italian and later German…
Reign of FireReign of Fire (2002)
Dir. Rob Bowman
Feat. Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey
Fire–breathing dragons are woken from their millennial slumbers by repairmen in the London Underground, and begin laying waste to the earth in…
Laurel CanyonLaurel Canyon (2002)
Dir. Lisa Cholodenko
Feat. Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale
Dropping in on the LA music scene, the writer–director of HIGH ART returns to her pet theme of conservatism yielding to a bohemianism, but…
EquilibriumEquilibrium (2003)
Dir. Kurt Wimmer
Feat. Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson
Modest, but intelligent sci–fi thriller, where a policeman misses his daily dose of emotion–lowering drug Prozium and realises the…
Machinist, TheMachinist, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Brad Anderson
Feat. Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside
A mind–twisting thriller in the industrial–gothic mould, this might at times feel like an off–cut from the David…
Batman BeginsBatman Begins (2005) Recommended
Dir. Christopher Nolan
Feat. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Angular and grim prequel explores the origins of brooding superhero Batman, here played by Christian Bale, from the childhood trauma of millionaire…
Harsh TimesHarsh Times (2005)
Dir. David Ayer
Feat. Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria
An urban masculine tale of crime, violence and staunch brotherhood in seedy South Central L.A., this is raw yet highly implicative about wasted male…
New World, TheNew World, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Terrence Malick
Feat. Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer
An epic naturalist meditation on the European settlement of America from dir. Terrence Malick (DAYS OF HEAVEN), which reveals a thoughtful and at…
Prestige, ThePrestige, The (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Christopher Nolan
Feat. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson
Another astounding feat of storytelling from the dir. of MEMENTO that spins a constantly intriguing yarn of two rival magicians who engage in a…
Rescue DawnRescue Dawn (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Werner Herzog
Feat. Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies
In dramatizing the unforgettable true story of Dieter Dengler – heroic subject matter of doco LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY – Werner Herzog…
3:10 To Yuma3:10 To Yuma (2007) Recommended
Dir. James Mangold
Feat. Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster
Rugged and authentic remake of the '57 western, about a desperate, cash–strapped rancher escorting a notorious outlaw to Yuma via locomotive…
I'm Not ThereI'm Not There (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Todd Haynes
Feat. Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Arthouse maestro Todd Haynes directs this deliciously cinematic, kaleidoscopic musing on the life of Bob Dylan, with six different actors portraying…
Batman: The Dark KnightBatman: The Dark Knight (2008) Recommended
Dir. Christopher Nolan
Feat. Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
Christopher Nolan’s follow–up to BATMAN BEGINS pitches Christian Bale’s Batman against Heath Ledger’s lunatic Joker, propelling this…
Public EnemiesPublic Enemies (2009)
Dir. Michael Mann
Feat. Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale
Michael Mann transposes the cops–and–robbers psychology of HEAT to depression–era America in this ambitious, if at times inadequate…
Terminator SalvationTerminator Salvation (2009)
Dir. McG
Feat. Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood
Po–faced fourth installment in the TERMINATOR franchise sees a grizzly John Connor (Bale) lead the resistance against SKYNET and its army of…
Fighter, TheFighter, The (2010)
Dir. David O. Russell
Feat. Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
Mark Wahlberg comes out swinging in this tough–talking boxing chronicle of Irish–American slugger Micky Ward, who transforms his ailing…
Flowers of War, TheFlowers of War, The (2011)
Dir. Zhang Yimou
Feat. Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Paul Schneider
Dir. Zhang Yimou tackles the Nanking massacre with equal parts grim realism and stylish melodrama – befitting of a lavish wartime epic, less so…
Batman: The Dark Knight RisesBatman: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Recommended
Dir. Christopher Nolan
Feat. Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy
Christopher Nolan directs with bombast and brilliance this long–awaited finale to the "Dark Knight" trilogy, in which Christian Bale's aging…
Out of the FurnaceOut of the Furnace (2013)
Dir. Scott Cooper
Feat. Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson
Christian Bale plays a destitute ex–con whose resolve to cut ties with his past is tested when his brother falls in with a notorious group of…
American HustleAmerican Hustle (2013) Recommended
Dir. David O. Russell
Feat. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams
David O. Russell directs a full–house of acting talent in this wild crime drama about a FBI agent and con man collaborating to sting corrupt…
Exodus - God and KingsExodus - God and Kings (2014)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Feat. Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro
Ridley Scott directs this biblical epic in which a defiant Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and sets 600,000 slaves on a monumental…
Knight of CupsKnight of Cups (2015)
Dir. Terrence Malick
Feat. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
Terrence Malick's enigmatic ode to existential despair features Christian Bale as a screenwriter living in LA trying to make sense of the strange…
Big Short, TheBig Short, The (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Adam McKay
Feat. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
A nimble and pointed comedy with a serious agenda about four denizens in the world of high–finance who predict the credit and housing bubble…
Promise, ThePromise, The (2016)
Dir. Terry George
Feat. Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale
From the director of HOTEL RWANDA, this historical drama set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire follows an Armenian student caught up in a love…
HostilesHostiles (2017)
Dir. Scott Cooper
Feat. Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi
Slow–burning western set in 1892, when a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous…
ViceVice (2018) Recommended
Dir. Adam McKay
Feat. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Christian Bale provides another stunningly transformative performance, playing the insidious and power hungry Dick Cheney, Vice President to George…
Ford v FerrariFord v Ferrari (Le Mans '66) (2019)
Dir. James Mangold
Feat. Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal
Handsomely–mounted standard issue Hollywood biopic of how the Ford motor company entered the motor–racing game to try to topple Ferrari's…

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