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5 Great Movies with Sam Rockwell

In honour of the great Sam Rockwell’s birthday, Itcher is taking a look back at some of his most memorable roles (and dance moves) over the years. This is 5 Great Movies with Sam Rockwell.


THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Martin McDonagh, 2017)

The role of a troubled, dimwitted and racist police deputy in the controversial Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earned Rockwell an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.  The story of a grieving mother publicly confronting the police over the murder and rape of her daughter also earned spectacular leading lady Frances McDormand Best Actress awards.


MOON (Duncan Jones, 2009)

A sci-fi movie that both is and isn’t a one-man Sam Rockwell show, Moon follows a man stationed on, well, the Moon for a three year mining operation. As he nears the end of his time, he starts to experience something of a personal crisis – one that’s compounded by a startling revelation.

6 Movies like Moon: Isolated in Space


GALAXY QUEST (Dean Parisot, 1999)

Jokingly called ‘the greatest Star Trek movie ever made’, Galaxy Quest is a loving and utterly hilarious spoof that sees the cast of a sci-fi series mistaken for a real elite spaceship crew by an alien civilisation. Rockwell plays one of the show’s ‘redshirts’, typically short-lived minor characters.

5 Movies like Galaxy Quest: Space Silliness and Fandom Fun


THE GREEN MILE (Frank Darabont, 1999)

A black man on Death Row with a mysterious gift begins to affect the lives of his prison guards in this beloved Stephen King adaptation. Sam Rockwell joins a spectacular  cast that includes Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Hanks.

6 Movies like The Green Mile: Magical Realism


CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (George Clooney, 2002)

George Clooney’s directorial debut saw Rockwell take on the role of popular game show host Chuck Barris, who dubiously claimed that he also worked as a CIA assassin. Both Clooney’s efforts behind (and in front of) the camera and Rockwell’s performances were praised.


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