John Hurt

John Hurt’s 10 Best Movies


John Hurt
John Hurt may not be an instantly recognizable name to casual film fans, but everyone who has seen a fair number of movies has seen his work.  He was Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series.  He was The Storyteller in Jim Henson’s wonderful and too-short-lived eponymous series.  He was nominated twice for Academy Awards in 1977 for Midnight Express, and for what is probably his most indelible performance, that of the title character in 1980’s The Elephant Man.  He was also the unfortunate victim in one of the most famous scenes in film history: the “chest burster” dinner scene in Ridley Scott’s Alien.  He brought gravitas and dignity to every project he participated in, and I always was instantly more interested in a film when his name appeared in the credits.  Hurt has an astounding 204 credits as an actor over the course of his career, rarely as the leading man.  As a result, some of the best films he was in; he was barely onscreen for more than a handful of a moments.  I would be lying if I said I’ve seen even a quarter of his filmography, but any movie he appeared in was better for his presence, and these are my ten best of those.

John Hurt, Midnight Express
Sir John Hurt’s Best 10
1. Alien (1979), Kane
2. The Elephant Man (1980), John Merrick
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (2011), Mr. Ollivander
4. Jim Henson’s The Storytelller (1987-1988), The Storyteller
5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2007), Trevor Bruttenholm
6. V for Vendetta (2005), Adam Sutler
7. Midnight Express (1978), Max
8. Recount (2008), Warren Christopher
9. Jackie (2016), Priest
10. Snowpiercer (2013), Gilliam
Honorable Mention:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 (2010), Mr. Ollivander

John Hurt, Daniel Radcliffe, Mr. Ollivander, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (0): None

Oscar Nominations (2): Midnight Express (1979), The Elephant Man (1981)


Golden Globe Wins (1): Midnight Express (1979)

Golden Globe Nominations (2):  Midnight Express (1979), The Elephant Man (1981)


Emmy Wins (0 ): None

Emmy Nominations (0): None

My Favorite Hurt Scene:
“The Chestburster” from Alien

Next Film: John Hurt released three films in the year of his death: That Good Night, Damascus Cover and My Name Lenny.
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