Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 4 Films: Val Kilmer

Happy 52nd birthday Val!

The Doors - 1991

Let me start off by saying that this film, in and of itself, was actually not that great a film in general. I liked it but it is not something I would watch over and over again. The reason it is on this list is because this is a Val Kilmer list and his portrayal of the late Doors-frontman Jim Morrison was absolutely phenomenal. It was directed by Oliver Stone and had quite a cast that included, besides Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Kevin Dillon, Billy Idol, Michael Wincott, Michael Madsen, Crispin Glover, among many others. Kilmer not only played the part of Jim Morrison but also actually sang the songs in the film. As far as acting goes, this is probably one of Kilmer's best roles.

Tombstone - 1993

In this Western action film based on a portion of the life of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, Kilmer plays Earp's freind, Doc Holliday. This was a great film. Kilmer portrayal of Holliday is one of the best, if not the best, in all of film history. It had an amazing cast that included Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Charlton Heston, Michael Biehn, Dana Delany, and Billy Bob Thornton, among many others.

Heat - 1995

Ths Michael Mann-directed crime action film was actually a remake of a made for television movie he also directed called L.A. Takedown that was released in 1989. This film had quite a cast which included the likes of Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, and many many others. Val Kilmer plays Chris, a member of De Niro's master thief's crew. The story centers around Pacino's character, who is a LAPD detective, and his hunt for De Niro and his crew. Heat was listed #38 in Empire magazine's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time in 2008. The soundtrack for this film was also pretty amazing.

The Saint - 1997

This espionage film was based on a series of books of the same name. Roger Moore starred in a British television series based on the books in the 1960s as well. Kilmer plays the main character, whose name is Simon Templar. It also starred Elisabeth Shue and Rade Serbedzija. This film was the #2 film in its opening weekend.

Honorable Mentions:

Top Gun (1986) - Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski
True Romance (1993) - Elvis Presley
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) - Col. John Henry Patterson


  1. I always really like Thunderheart.

  2. Val Kilmer? Oh yeah I remember that guy.