The Best Val Kilmer movies: Ranked

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Val Kilmer is one of those rare actors with a unique charm, wit, and dedication to craft that sets him apart from the rest.

We are here with the top 10 movies of Val Kilmer that is a must watch.

Batman Forever:

Of the Batman movies, Val Kilmer tends to be the forgotten Batman; which is a shame, because he does a fantastic job playing both Bruce Wayne and Batman in Batman Forever. He is thoughtful yet emotionally distant, strong yet internally fragile. Plus, he plays up the tortured soul part really well.

Willow:

In Willow, Val Kilmer plays the disgraced knight Madmartigan, a rogue that teams up with Willow to help him bring the baby Elora Danan to safety and fulfil a prophecy. Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan is kind of like a Shakespearean Han Solo. He is cocky and brash but also wildly romantic to Romeo levels. He gives the movie it’s adventurous and swashbuckling charisma, something it desperately needs.

The Prince of Egypt:

Released in 1998, the movie is practically now an animated classic. It is retelling of the famous Bible story about the baby Moses being rescued by an Egyptian woman and growing up as a prince of Egypt who eventually goes into exile. 

He returns to Egypt after speaking with God about rescuing people, the Hebrews, from the Egyptians, who are keeping them as slaves. 

The Ghost and the Darkness:

This very well could be one of Val Kilmer’s most underrated movies. About engineer John Henry Patterson, tasked with getting the production of an African railroad back on track, things continue to go sideways as two man-eating lions hunt and kill the railroad workers, putting them further behind. 

So, John hires famed and skilled hunter Charles Remington to help him hunt the lions and put a stop to their terror.

Top Gun:

Directed by Tony Scott, the movie is about the best pilots in the US Navy training at an academy knows as Top Gun. Val Kilmer plays Iceman, the main antagonist to Tom Cruise’s Maverick. Iceman is cold, calculated, and doesn’t put emotion into his flying, a huge contrast to Maverick. 

That plays off well in the movie with Iceman frequently getting Maverick’s reckless flying styles.

Heat:

Written and directed by Michael Mann, Heat is a crime epic about thief Neil McCauley trying to escape the clutches of Lieutenant Vincent Hanna. Val Kilmer plays McCauley’s right-hand man Chris Shiherlis. The movies could very well be Mann’s magnum opus, which is one reason it ended up on the list, but not the only reason. 

Real Genius:

The young actor plays Chris Knight, an irrelevant teenage genius that’s given the responsibility of mentoring a new, younger genius. So that he can graduate from the academy, Chris Knight is forced to solve a problem for his professor, but when he finds out his invention is going to be used as a weapon, he fights back.

The Doors:

Directed by Oliver Stone, the movie is about Jim Morrison’s early life as a UCLA film student before eventually becoming the lead singer of The Doors, a superstar, and a pop culture icon. Eventually, Jim Morrison gets swallowed up by frame and unexpectedly died in Paris at the age of 27. 

Tombstone:

About famous would west lawman Wyatt Earp retiring in the small town of Tombstone, Arizona, the movies was directed by George P. Cosmatos and stars Kurl Russell as the famous lawman who befriends Doc Holliday, a gunslinger, gambler, and dentists that foes to the warm climate of Arizona due to tuberculosis. 

The Saint:

It is about a talented, international thief that goes by the name Simon Templar. He is hired by a Russian oil businessman to steal a formula for cold fusion but ends up falling in love with scientists that invented it and, realizing what the Russian businessman will do with the formula, decides to turn against him, instead.

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