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British actor Christian Bale has starred in various films, as well as advertisements and a video game. He made his acting debut in 1986, on the television film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. The following year, he made his film debut starring alongside John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson in the war film Empire of the Sun. Bale's role of a young boy, interned in China by the Japanese, received praise from most film critics. Two years later, Bale had a minor role in Henry V, a drama film based on William Shakespeare's play The Life of Henry the Fifth. It has been considered one of the best Shakespeare film adaptations ever made. In 1992, Bale starred as Jack Kelly in the Walt Disney musical drama Newsies, which was a critical and commercial failure; however, it gained a cult following. He received a role in the 1994 drama Little Women, which garnered positive reviews. Bale lent his voice for the Disney animated film Pocahontas in 1995, although it received a mixed reception and attained box office success. He starred as British journalist Arthur Stuart in the Todd Haynes-directed drama Velvet Goldmine (1998). Although critics were divided on the film, Bale's role was "eagerly anticipated". Bale portrayed Demetrius in the critically praised 1999 film A Midsummer Night's Dream, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play of the same name, directed by Michael Hoffman. The same year, he portrayed Jesus of Nazareth in the television movie Mary, Mother of Jesus.

In 2000, Bale starred in the psychological thriller American Psycho in which he played the serial killer Patrick Bateman. The same year, he starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the critically praised action crime film Shaft. He co-starred with Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz in the romance drama Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001). The film was panned by film critics and had a poor commercial performance. For the portrayal of Trevor Reznik in the psychological thriller The Machinist (2003), he lost 63 pounds (28.5 kg). Although the film was commended by critics, it was a commercial failure. Bale starred as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Batman Begins (2005), a reboot of the Batman film series directed by Christopher Nolan. He subsequently lent his voice in the Batman Begins based video game with the same title. In 2006, he portrayed German-American aviator Dieter Dengler in the war drama Rescue Dawn. Despite positive reviews, the film was a box office flop. The same year, he starred in The Prestige (2006) alongside Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. It received positive reviews and was a commercial success in the box office. Bale co-starred with Russell Crowe in the Western 3:10 to Yuma (2007) which was positively received by movie critics.

Bale reprised his role as Wayne / Batman in the second part of Nolan's Batman film series, the sequel of 2005's Batman Begins entitled The Dark Knight (2008). After its release, the film received highly positive reviews and is considered one of the best films of the 2000s. With more than $1 billion in revenue worldwide, it is the thirteenth highest-grossing film of all time. A year later, he starred in the fourth installment of the Terminator film seriesTerminator Salvation (2009) as John Connor. The film was poorly received by most movie critics, however, it was a commercial success. The same year, Bale starred together with Johnny Depp in the critical and commercial success Public Enemies as FBI agent Melvin Purvis. He acted alongside Mark Wahlberg in the biographical sports drama The Fighter (2010) as Dicky Eklund. The film was critically acclaimed and a commercial success. The Fighter earned Bale the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards. In 2012, Bale starred in the third and final installment of Nolan's Batman film trilogy entitled The Dark Knight Rises as Wayne / Batman. As with its prequels, the film received positive acclaim from movie critics. The Dark Knight Rises has earned more than $1 billion worldwide thus becoming the seventh highest-grossing film worldwide and the third highest-grossing film of 2012. For his role as Michael Burry in the biographical dramedy The Big Short, he was nominated for an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Films Edit

Title Year Role Director(s) Budget Box office Ref (s)
USD$
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna 1986 Alexei Marvin J. Chomsky Unknown N/A
Empire of the Sun 1987 Jim Graham Steven Spielberg 35,000,000 71,043,639
Mio in the Land of Faraway 1987 Yum Yum Vladimir Grammatikov Unknown Unknown
Henry V 1989 Falstaff's Boy Kenneth Branagh 9,000,000 Unknown
Treasure Island 1990 Jim Hawkins Fraser Clarke Heston Unknown N/A
A Murder of Quality 1991 Tim Perkins Gavin Millar Unknown Unknown
Newsies 1992 Jack Kelly Kenny Ortega 15,000,000 Unknown
Swing Kids 1993 Thomas Berger Thomas Carter Unknown Unknown
Little Women 1994 Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence Gillian Armstrong 18,000,000 50,083,616
Prince of Jutland 1994 Prince Amled Gabriel Axel Unknown Unknown
Pocahontas 1995 Thomas (voice) Mike Gabriel & Eric Goldberg 55,000,000 346,079,773
The Portrait of a Lady 1996 Edward Rosier Jane Campion Unknown Unknown
The Secret Agent 1996 Stevie Christopher Hampton Unknown Unknown
Metroland 1997 Chris Lloyd Philip Saville Unknown Unknown
All the Little Animals 1998 Bobby Platt Jeremy Thomas Unknown Unknown
Velvet Goldmine 1998 Arthur Stuart Todd Haynes 9,000,000 4,861,972
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 Demetrius Michael Hoffman 11,000,000 25,011,645
Mary, Mother of Jesus 1999 Jesus of Nazareth Kevin Connor Unknown N/A
Hot Wheels: The First Movie 1999 55,000,000 274
American Psycho 2000 Patrick Bateman Mary Harron 8,000,000 28,674,417
Shaft 2000 Walter Wade Jr. John Singleton 53,012,938 107,190,108
Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 Mandras John Madden 57,000,000 62,097,495
Equilibrium 2002 John Preston Kurt Wimmer 20,000,000 5,345,869
Laurel Canyon 2002 Sam Lisa Cholodenko Unknown 4,412,203 [72]

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Reign of Fire 2002 Quinn Abercromby Rob Bowman 60,000,000 82,150,183 [74]

[75]

Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Howl (voice) Hayao Miyazaki 24,000,000 235,184,110 [80]

[81]

The Machinist 2004 Trevor Reznik Brad Anderson 5,000,000 8,782,570 [78]

[79]

Batman Begins 2005 Bruce Wayne / Batman Christopher Nolan 150,000,000 374,218,673
Atlantis Planet 2005 James Rourke Brock 140,000,000 286
Harsh Times 2005 Jim Davis David Ayer 2,000,000 5,963,961
The Fast and the Furious Legacy 2005 30 million 314
The New World 2005 John Rolfe Terrence Malick 30,000,000 26,184,400 [83]

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Rescue Dawn 2006 Dieter Dengler Werner Herzog 10,000,000 7,037,886 [87]

[88]

The Prestige 2006 Alfred Borden / Fallon Christopher Nolan 40,000,000 107,896,006 [89]

[90]

3:10 to Yuma 2007 Dan Evans James Mangold 48,000,000 69,791,889 [91]

[92]

I'm Not There 2007 Jack Rollins / Pastor John Todd Haynes 20,000,000 11,498,547 [93]

[94]

The Dark Knight 2008 Bruce Wayne / Batman Christopher Nolan 185,000,000 1,004,558,444 [95]

[96]

Public Enemies 2009 Melvin Purvis Michael Mann 100,000,000 214,104,620 [99]

[100]

Terminator Salvation 2009 John Connor McG 200,000,000 371,628,539 [97]

[98]

The Fighter 2010 Dicky Eklund David O. Russell 11,000,000 129,217,009 [101]

[102]

The Flowers of War 2011 John Miller Zhang Yimou 94,000,000 95,311,434 [103]

[104]

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Bruce Wayne / Batman Christopher Nolan 250,000,000 1,084,439,099 [105]

[106]

American Hustle 2013 Irving Rosenfeld David O. Russell 40,000,000 251,171,807 [109]

[110]

Out of the Furnace 2013 Russell Baze Scott Cooper 22,000,000 15,434,849 [107]

[108]

Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014 Moses Ridley Scott 140,000,000 268,265,024 [111]
Knight of Cups 2015 Rick Terrence Malick Unknown 1,136,556 [112]
The Big Short 2015 Michael Burry Adam McKay 28,000,000 132,950,761 [113]

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The Promise 2016 Chris Terry George 100,000,000 10,089,551 [116]
Hostiles 2017 Captain Joseph J. Blocker Scott Cooper Unknown
Jungle Book 2018 Bagheera (voice) Andy Serkis Unknown In post-production

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