9. Michael Collins
If there’s one thing that Liam Neeson is good at, it’s playing a strong Irish man. In 1996’s Michael Collins, Neeson plays Irish revolutionary Michael Collins who was widely known to the Irish people as a hero for his actions. Other actors like Julia Roberts and Aidan Quinn star alongside Neeson. The film is one of the better biopics and shows the harsh conditions that those fighting for their freedom in Ireland were living in. Historical films like this that explores a figure’s story and their personal accomplishments are truly unique. Neeson captured the emotions and strength that the real Collins must’ve possessed to accomplish all that he did. And unlike some biopics where the lead actor has to fake their accent, Neeson had no trouble speaking with the Irish accent that he has always had.
In 2004 Neeson starred in Kinsey, a biopic of Professor Alfred Kinsey who was widely known as the pioneer of human sexuality research. Very much like his work in Michael Collins, Neeson takes this real life person and their contribution to history and creates a performance that earned the film numerous award nominations and even a few wins. With the world we live in today and the openness to sexuality we have, this film really explores the feelings that once existed towards the subject. This film has an all-star cast of actors beside Neeson including Laura Linney, Chris O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow and Tim Curry. This role in particular is one of Neeson’s most unique to date. Neeson is typically portraying a rough action hero or a man with incredible skills, in this film he is simply a relatively normal professor with an interest in human nature and the complexities of sexuality.