The best Colin Firth movies and TV shows streaming right now
If you’re a fan of the very British institution that is Colin Firth, then you probably won’t waste any time watching HBO’s gripping new crime drama. The staircase.
Based on the real-life story of Michael Peterson, a North Carolina novelist and aspiring politician accused of murdering his wife Kathleen (played by Toni Collette), the series captivated viewers with its extremely compelling whodunit and brilliant, layered performances. of its two main stars.
But The staircase is just the latest entry in a catalog of outstanding performances by Colin Firth. Although he’s famous for playing a variety of high-lipped English gentlemen in period dramas, the Oscar-winning actor can always be counted on to switch him up in romantic comedies, thrillers, musicals and more when the opportunity presents itself.
With a career spanning decades and a slew of projects under his belt, it can be hard to figure out which of Firth’s film and TV roles are worthwhile. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of his essential performances that you can stream right now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Now.
Take a look at some of our favorites…
love in fact
Watch a rerun of the beloved romantic comedy love in fact is now a Christmas tradition for many moviegoers. After 10 different stories exploring different aspects of love, Firth has won hearts as Jamie, a lovable, goofy comic writer who escapes to his cabin in France after discovering his girlfriend is cheating on him with his brother.
There he meets the Portuguese governess Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz), and although she does not speak a word of her language (and Aurélia is unable to understand him), Jamie falls in love. In a heartwarming turn of events, he begins to learn Portuguese and then uses what little he has learned to propose to her – to which she replies yes in English. Who said love can’t conquer everything?
love in fact is now streaming on Netflix.
Based on director Sam Mendes’ grandfather’s war stories, this epic Oscar-winning film follows two young British soldiers, Lance Cpl Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Cpl Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), who must cross the No Man’s Land to deliver an important message about an attack that could save over a thousand of their fellow soldiers – including Blake’s brother.
Firth plays General Erinmore, the commander who gives Blake and Schofield their orders to undertake the perilous mission, and his performance is utterly captivating. War movies might cost two cents, but given that the film won three Oscars and seven Baftas trophies, this blockbuster is definitely worth watching.
1917 is now streaming on Netflix.
Who doesn’t love seeing Colin Firth go wild in a lighter role? In the 2008 film adaptation of the popular musical, 20-year-old bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) prepares to celebrate her dream wedding on the picturesque Greek island of Kalokairi.
Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she reads her mother’s diary and discovers that her father could be one of three men: Harry Bright (Colin Firth), Sam Carmichael (Pierce Brosnan) or Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgard). ). Naturally, she decides to invite all three to the wedding, where chaos and hilarity ensue.
In case you had any doubts about Firth’s inexhaustible talents, this colorful and crazy musical features the actor playing guitar while performing Abba’s our last summer. Trust us, this is something you really have to see for yourself.
Mama Mia! is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Handyman, tailor, soldier, spy
As if a movie starring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and John Hurt wasn’t stellar enough, this international spy thriller gives an added bonus thanks to Firth’s presence in what critics have dubbed a… one of the best British spy films ever made.
Based on John le Carré’s Cold War spy novel of the same name, Handyman, tailor, soldier, spy follows a British agent (Oldman) who comes out of retirement to root out a Soviet Secret Service mole in 1970s England. It’s a cat-and-mouse mystery of heart-pounding tension, and Firth’s turn as the suave, carefree Bill Haydon, who may or may not have chosen to betray his country, does a lot to arouse suspicion.
Handyman, tailor, soldier, spy is now streaming on Netflix.
The English Patient
Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient tells the story of a badly burned man, Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes), who is cared for by a French-Canadian nurse (Juliette Binoche) in a ruined Italian monastery near the end of World War II.
Another patient at the makeshift hospital, David Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), questions the desperately injured man about his story, and through flashbacks it is revealed that the ‘English patient’ had an affair with a married English woman. , Katharine (Kristin Scott Thomas), while undertaking her work mapping the African landscape.
Colin Firth, meanwhile, plays the supporting role of the jealous Geoffrey Clifton, Katharine’s husband. There are stellar performances all around, which is why it’s won nine Oscars, five Baftas and two Golden Globes.
The English Patient is now streaming on Now.
Bridget Jones Diary
No decent roundup of romantic comedies, or even a roundup of Colin Firth’s best roles, could be compiled without one of the most popular and beloved films of all time: Bridget Jones Diary.
Based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same name by Helen Fielding, itself inspired by Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice – the film follows the thirty-year-old Bridget (Renée Zellweger), who decides to regain control of her life at the start of the school year by starting a diary.
Firth, of course, plays the insufferable Mark Darcy, who goes up against the slippery Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) in an attempt to win Bridget’s affection. And despite a terrible first impression in which he criticizes Bridget’s dress sense and smoking habit, he successfully turns over a new leaf. Who could forget this comforting phrase: “I love you as you are”?
Bridget Jones Diary is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Fact: Colin Firth is a dapper action hero.
In this entertaining spin on the spy genre, Firth plays suave secret agent Harry Hart, who recruits a street kid named Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) as his mentee. Together, they must take down twisted tech billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) before he can unleash a global threat to humanity.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is now streaming on Disney+.
Any movie that sees Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci team up is a can’t-miss, heartbreaking romantic drama. Supernova is no exception.
The film follows musician Sam (Firth) and novelist Tusker (Stanley Tucci), 20-year-old partners who embark on a road trip across England in a camper van to visit old friends, family and to places from their past. Along with the beauty of their country adventure comes a heartbreaking motive: Tusker has been diagnosed with dementia praecox and the couple want to make the most of the precious time they spend together.
During the couple’s journey, two secrets are revealed: first, that Tusker has lost the ability to write, and second, that he plans to kill himself before his dementia becomes too severe. It’s powerful, moving, and Firth and Tucci prove exactly why they’re Hollywood legends by portraying the realities of love and loss.
Supernova is available to rent on Amazon Prime now.
The King’s Speech
One of the most iconic performances of his career, Firth’s wondrous portrayal of a new king struggling to overcome a speech impediment won him the Best Actor award at the Oscars.
Based on the true story of Prince Albert, The King’s Speech follows Queen Elizabeth’s father, known as ‘Bertie’ to family and close friends, who reluctantly assumes the throne as King George VI after the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII. Plagued by a debilitating stutter, Bertie’s wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), hires an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to coach her husband. Through an array of unconventional techniques and the aftermath of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.
The King’s Speech is now streaming on Netflix.
Pride and Prejudice
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that Colin Firth’s role as the dashing Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s phenomenally successful 1995 adaptation Pride and Prejudice earned his British Heartbeat status.
The classic Regency romance follows Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) and the stern, pompous Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Colin Firth) who butt heads despite being attracted to each other. The eight-part series was faithful to Austen’s novel of the same name, though it took creative license with a now-iconic scene involving Firth, a lake, and a wet shirt. It was the role that launched Firth’s acting career, and remains firmly in the national consciousness today.
Pride and Prejudice is available to rent on Amazon Prime now.
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