Famous actors come and go, but a few make their mark on the stratosphere. We’re talking about the likes of Meryl Streep, Marlon Brando–people whose names you can’t help but revere. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of those people, but unfortunately he just announced his retirement. Rather than mourning the fact that he won’t be putting out any more films, we’re celebrating his career by taking a look at some of his best movies.
Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t one of those actors who churns out movie after movie. Sometimes, he’ll have upwards of five year gaps between films. But the ones he does work on are a perfect example of quality over quantity. So far his works have won him three Oscars and gotten him two additional nominations. We’re saying “so far” despite his retirement because he still has a film on the roster to come out later this year called Phantom Thread.
Here are some of our favorite Daniel Day-Lewis movies:
- My Left Foot (1989)
This is the movie that won him his first Oscar. In it, he plays author and artist Christy Brown, whose cerebral palsy makes him only able to control his left foot. He learns to create masterpieces despite his limitations.
- Gangs of New York (2002)
If Daniel Day-Lewis’ retirement is giving you a case of deja vu, it’s because he previously “semi-retired” to follow his passion of woodworking. However, Martin Scorsese convinced him to come back out for Gangs of New York.
- There Will Be Blood (2007)
Oil is liquid gold, and we know people will do crazy things for wealth. Not only is this a great movie, it’s also the source of that crazy “I drink your milkshake” scene.
- Lincoln (2012)
Yes, Lincoln might have been a bit on the boring side. But if you’re looking for authenticity, Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance as Abraham Lincoln feels like stepping back in time.