Keanu Reeves Shares His List of the Movies Everyone Should Watch


Keanu Reeves is, both famously and undeniably, one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. Or anywhere. No favor is too small for Neo. Just peep our winter cover story (in which he stars), where, during a conversation in Paris, Reeves went through a scroll-hunt on his phone, sifting through years of texts in search of something important: a list.

The list is a movie recommendations collection between friends—it just so happens both friends are megawatt movie stars. Carrie-Ann Moss, the actress who breathed life into The Matrix's Trinity, goes back nearly 20 years with Reeves. And as the story goes, Moss asked her co-star if he could throw out a couple movies that she should watch with her teenaged kids. Reeves, who has a tendency to take the requests of his friends quite seriously, didn't rattle off a couple personal favorites like most of us would. He went all in and created not one list, but two. A first pass of favorite films, and then, an updated collection. We present to you, the latter.

Moss was, as you will be once you page down, grateful. "His work ethic is unlike anyone I’ve ever met, and I’ve seen it up close: He trains harder, works harder, cares more, always asks more and more questions to understand the depth of what we’re doing. And while he was doing all of that for himself, he always had an eye out for me," she says. "Like when I asked him for those movies, it seems like a little thing, but he’s so busy, he’s exhausted, and took the time to write this very, very thoughtful list."


The list itself is a mix of capital-C Classics™ and a few personal classics—you know the type. Definitive to you, enough so that you feel compelled to pay them forward to the next viewer. Without further ado, we present:

"The KR New Recommends Film List"

The Neon Demon

A Clockwork Orange


The Bad Batch

Dr. Strangelove

Seven Samurai


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

The Evil Dead

Raising Arizona

The Big Lebowski

La Femme Nikita (the French version)

The Professional

Young Frankenstein

Blazing Saddles

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Road Warrior: Mad Max 2

FromEsquire US

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Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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