After appearing as a background player in a couple of television shows during the 1980s, actor Keanu Reeves side-stepped from the small screen onto the big screen, appearing in such films as Speed (1994) and The Matrix (1999). But before he became a global icon and a box-office star, he had to work his way up to the top.
Yep, Reeves might be known for his roles in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), John Wick (2014), and Toy Story 4 (2019), but he has also appeared in lesser-known films too! These films have kept the actor in work for decades, and have allowed him to work across genres, from sci-fi and action movies, to horror, drama, and beyond.
But are you familiar with all of Keanu Reeves’ movies? Can you list all of the films he has featured in, since he first started appearing on screen?
Well, don’t sweat it if you can’t, because in this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Keanu Reeves, with a list of all his movies. Taking it decade by decade, I am breaking down the movies of Keanu Reeves, to provide you with a long list of all his films, including movies where he popped up in uncredited parts and minor cameos.
As noted above, Keanu Reeves got his first onscreen role in the 1980s via television, appearing in bit parts for shows such as Hangin’ In and Night Heat. However, in 1985 he started to dip his toe into the movie industry waters, with the role of ‘Stereo Teen #1’ in the TV movie, Letting Go.
Sure, it was hardly an iconic part, but it gave Reeves his first opportunity to appear in a feature-length story and soon he was popping in more movies including Youngblood and Act of Vengeance. He then continued to build up his portfolio, with roles in Teenage Dream and The Brotherhood of Justice.
None of the roles put Reeves on the map, but as the decade rolled on, things did start to change. In 1988 he appeared in Dangerous Liaisons, and then in 1989 he appeared in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, as well as Parenthood.
These last two movies really helped to drive Reeves forward – with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure raising his profile considerably. The movie was a big hit with young audiences, and this helped to increase Reeves’ popularity as the decade came to an end.
Keanu Reeves’ movies during the 1980s included:
- Letting Go (1985)
- Youngblood (1986)
- Act of Vengeance (1986)
- Teenage Dream (1986)
- The Brotherhood of Justice (1986)
- River’s Edge (1986)
- Under the Influence (1986)
- Babes in Toyland (1986)
- The Night Before (1988)
- Permanent Record (1988)
- The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)
- Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
- Parenthood (1989)
Moving into the ‘90s now, and having had a steady run of acting work the previous decade, Keanu Reeves continued to appear on film. In fact, the ‘90s was a busy decade for the young actor, with Reeves appearing in no less than twenty movies during this time.
In 1991 he appeared in Point Break, and from here he had a strong run of films including Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, My Own Private Idaho, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Once again, these movies helped to elevate his profile even further, and opened him up to new audiences.
As the decade continued to march on, the roles came thick and fast, and ranged from the Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, to the high-octane action movie, Speed. Other films included A Walk in the Clouds, Chain Reaction, and The Devil’s Advocate.
Then in summer 1999, just as the decade (and the century) was beginning to wrap up, Reeves took on what would become one of his signature parts – that of Neo in The Matrix. This mind-bending sci-fi action film was a huge success, both critically and commercially, and playing the role of Neo pushed Reeves into a whole new level of popularity.
Keanu Reeves’ movies during the 1990s included:
- I Love You to Death (1990)
- Aunt Julia and the Screenwriter (1990)
- Providence (1991)
- Point Break (1991)
- Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
- My Own Private Idaho (1991)
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
- Freaked (1993)*
- Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
- Little Buddha (1993)
- Speed (1994)
- Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
- A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
- Chain Reaction (1996)
- Feeling Minnesota (1996)
- The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
- The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
- The Matrix (1999)
- Me and Will (1999)
Onto the 2000s, and Reeves continued to keep his foot on the gas pedal. He appeared in a string of movies, with films including The Watcher, The Gift, and Constantine.
Due to the phenomenal success of The Matrix, Reeves reprised the role of Neo for two live-action sequels, and even provided some voice work for the animated film, The Animatrix. His films throughout this decade included:
- The Replacements (2000)
- The Watcher (2000)
- The Gift (2000)
- Sweet November (2001)
- Hardball (2001)
- The Animatrix (2003)
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
- The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
- Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
- Ellie Parker (2005)
- Thumbsucker (2005)
- Constantine (2005)
- A Scanner Darkly (2006)
- The Lake House (2006)
- Street Kings (2008)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
- The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Moving into the 2010s, and there was still no slowing Reeves down. He appeared in yet more movies, with at least one new film appearing almost every year.
The only year that didn’t see a new Reeves movie was 2011, but the actor sure made up for it at other times. In 2016, Reeves appeared in a whopping five movies in the same year.
Reeves had many notable films during the 2010s, including 47 Ronin, Knock Knock and Toy Story 4, but one of his biggest parts came in 2014 when he took on the title role for the action movie, John Wick. This film was not only well received by critics and audiences alike, but it also paved the way for sequels John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
Keanu Reeves’ movies throughout the 2010s included:
- Henry’s Crime (2010)
- Generation Um… (2012)
- Man of Tai Chi (2013)
- 47 Ronin (2013)
- John Wick (2014)
- Knock Knock (2015)
- Exposed (2016)
- Keanu (2016)
- The Whole Truth (2016)
- The Neon Demon (2016)
- The Bad Batch (2016)
- To The Bone (2017)
- John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
- A Very Bad Day (2017)
- Siberia (2018)
- Destination Wedding (2018)
- Replicas (2018)
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
- Always Be My Maybe (2019)
- Toy Story 4 (2019)
- Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
And finally, sliding into the 2020s and Reeves continues to appear in high-profile films, including a mix of animated features and live-action blockbusters. His films have included Bill & Ted Face the Music, as well as another Matrix sequel, and an animated DC film.
Keanu Reeves’ movies in the 2020s include:
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)
- Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
- The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
- DC Super Pets (2022)
- John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)
So, those are all the Keanu Reeves movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of John Wick or is Parenthood your No.1 movie? Perhaps Bill & Ted Face the Music is the only film for you, or possibly A Walk in the Clouds?
Whatever your favourite Keanu Reeves movie, be sure to drop a comment below.
And if you are a fan of Keanu Reeves you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his most popular action films, Speed.
If you’ve not watched Speed before, the film is a tense, action-packed thrill-ride, in which Reeves plays police officer Jack Traven. In the movie, Traven has to foil a terrorist from exploding a bomb on a bus, and he enlists a passenger (played by Sandra Bullock) to help him out.
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