Your Top Three: Kevin Costner Movies

Your Top Three: Kevin Costner Movies

Feb 18, 2014

Your Top Three is a series here at where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks.

We are currently experiencing a serious Kevin Costner resurgence. Not that he was really gone recently, but his roles are becoming much more notable this year. First we got to see him offer No Way Out-referencing support in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now this weekend he's pulling the Liam Neeson trick by starring in the Luc Besson-scripted, paternal-antihero revenge flick 3 Days to Kill. In a little over a month we'll see him starring again in another sports movie, Draft Day. And this isn't all for him in 2014, either. In November, he returns with yet another sports movie, McFarland.

I'm not a huge Costner fan. My not being a big sports guy, especially a baseball guy, probably makes that the case more than what I think of his acting talent. Until his surprisingly touching bit as Pa Kent in Man of Steel last year, I don't think I'd seen a full Costner movie since 2000's Thirteen Days. And before that I probably hadn't seen one of his movies in a theater since The Bodyguard. He's done some fine work, though, even when he's doing one of his notoriously terrible accents. And as you'll see in my picks for my top three Costner movies, sometimes when he's really awful is when he's the most enjoyable.

Here are my top three Kevin Costner movies:

1. JFK

One of the more forgivable performances by Costner in bad accent can be found dominating this Oliver Stone movie about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It's a poignantly perplexing work, appropriately hard to follow because the investigation itself took Jim Garrison down plenty of rabbit holes, and of course no conspiracy theories have ever been proven as fact, so it has to be left totally open to discussion.


2. Field of Dreams

Fantastically cheesy, this movie should not be so enjoyable for someone as cynical as myself, but I actually have a soft spot for its magical quest. I don't care about the baseball aspect, only the journey and the universality of Costner's character's passion. Plus it's the film debut of Gaby Hoffman, who has now grown into a phenomenally great actress.


3. The Postman

One of the all-time greatest bad movies ever made, one I'm surprised isn't more beloved as a campy "midnight movie." It's just totally ridiculous all the way through, but it's particulalry awesome when Tom Petty shows up as the Mayor of Bridge City, who is also implied to actually be Tom Petty playing himself. 


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