Before Irish actor Liam Neeson became the Avenging Father and Star Wars Action Hero Extraordinaire, he actually did a LOT of historical flicks! Let’s count ’em down:
Pilgrim’s Progress (1978) and Christiana (1979)
An adaptation of the 1678 John Bunyan novel/Christian allegory. Neeson plays “Greatheart.”
Neeson played Gawain (and hooked up with Helen Mirren’s Morgan le Fay) in this cheeseball King Arthur adaptation.
The Bounty (1984)
Based on the real-life 1789 naval mutiny. Neeson plays “Churchill.”
The Mission (1986)
In the 18th century, Jesuit missionaries (including Neeson) in South America try to convert an indigenous tribe, while various political and religious issues play out in the background.
Shining Through (1992)
A cheeseball movie that I secretly loved back in the day! Melanie Griffith (ha!) gets sent to Germany as a spy during World War II, infiltrating a Nazi’s (Neeson) household.
Ethan Frome (1993)
An adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel about a married guy who falls in love with his cousin in rural 19th-century Vermont.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of real-life industrialist and humanitarian Oskar Schindler, who saved over a thousand Jews from the Holocaust.
Rob Roy (1995)
Neeson played the title role, as the early 18th-century Scottish outlaw and hero.
Michael Collins (1996)
Neeson portrayed the Irish revolutionary and political leader in this early 20th-century biopic.
Les Misérables (1998)
Neeson played Valjean in this non-singing adaptation of the 1830s-set Victor Hugo novel.
Gangs of New York (2002)
Neeson played “Priest” Vallon, leader of the Irish Catholic gang, in this 1840s-New York-set men-bashing-each-others’-heads-in film.
A biopic about famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey (Neeson).
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
I had NO memory that Neeson was in this Crusades-y movie! He plays “Godfrey de Ibelin.”
Seraphim Falls (2006)
A post-Civil War Western.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
As the Greek god Zeus! And finally not wearing greyish brown!
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
As Zeus again in the Greek god sequel.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Another Western, although this one is a comedy. Neeson plays the villain.
Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016)
Neeson plays General Douglas MacArthur in this film about the 1950 Korean War battle.
Neeson plays one of two 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit monks who travel to Japan.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
A Coen Brothers film with six stories set in the “Old West.” Neeson plays “Impresario.”
What’s your favorite of Liam Neeson’s historical roles?