Paul Sorvino is one of the legendary actors of his – or any – generation. The New York native began his career in the 1970s, gained a new level of fame as one of the stars of Freedmenand continued to work until his death on July 25, 2022. Sorvino’s legacy will live on with Freedmen; it’s a must-watch for many moviegoers. Here are five more Sorvino films to watch when the credits roll on the mob classic (in chronological order).
1. “The Gambler” (1974)
He starred in the movie Al Pacino Panic in Needle Park in 1970, but in 1974 The player was one of Sorvino’s first film roles. He plays bookmaker Hips against James Caan player Axel Freed. Among the New York detective films of the 1970s (including The French Connection, average streets, Serpicoand Taxi driver), The player is one of the best (and perhaps the most underrated). It’s also perhaps one of Sorvino’s most overlooked films of his entire career.
2. “Reds” (1981)
Warren Beatty starred in and directed this film which won three Oscars and racked up nine other nominations. Still, the supporting roles in this ensemble drama are almost as crucial as the lead, and Sorvino more than holds his own alongside Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman and Diane Keaton. For this reason, it is one of Sorvino’s films not to be missed.
3. “Nixon” (1995)
Sorvino’s films included plenty of gritty drama, and this biopic of the former US president is one of them. The Freedmen star has proven he can stand out in a set of winners in Redsand he did it again Nixon.
As former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger opposite Anthony Hopkins’ incumbent Nixon, he morphed into a well-known real-life person. IMDb reviewers praised Sorvino’s work as Kissinger, but professional reviewers weren’t so kind. The Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Performance by a Cast was one of Sorvino’s only notable nominations.
4. ‘Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)
Sorvino’s role in Baz Luhrmann’s film isn’t the biggest, but he makes the most of his screen time as the head of the Capulet household. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio take center stage in most scenes, but Sorvino leaves his mark in Luhrmann’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic 20th-century tale.
5. “The cooler” (2003)
In one of the best gamer movies of all time, Sorvino’s role is little more than a cameo. Yet, as it has in other notable films on this list, it made its presence felt. His take on a former barfly shines alongside Alec Baldwin’s ruthless casino boss, who received rave reviews. Sorvino has had a bigger role in his career, but it remains one of his best roles and one of the best movies on his resume.
Paul Sorvino bonus movies to watch: ‘The Rocketeer’, ‘A Touch of Class’ and ‘Papa’
Sorvino has an uncredited cameo in the Tom Cruise hit The company, where he appeared alongside other screen legends such as Wilford Brimley, Gene Hackman and Hal Holbrook. The role is so small that it barely registers as a Sorvino movie, but we wanted to note that.
The 1991 movie The Rocket sees Sorvino playing to tap. As gang leader Eddie Valentine, he provides muscle to a Nazi spy trying to retrieve a valuable rocket pack before the start of World War II. The Disney movie is one of the best movies based on a comic that most people don’t know about.
Sorvino is one of the hottest stars of the 1973s A touch of class. George Segal and Glenda Jackson (who won an Oscar for the film) play a married man and a divorcee, respectively, who agree to have an affair. Sorvino plays a friend of Segal’s character.
Father is one of Sorvino’s lesser-seen movies, and it most certainly plays against his badass stereotype. The film centers on an adopted young man searching for his biological parents who learns that his mother has died and his father is living in a home for the mentally handicapped. Sorvino plays another resident of the house. The film escaped criticism, but audiences rated it 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
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