4. The Cider House Rules (1999)
Original Release Date: January 7, 2000
Box Office Earnings: It performed decently at the box office earning an overall $88.5 million on its $24 million budget.
Critical Acclaim: While it didn’t receive acclaim, The Cider House Rules still performed well with critics and audiences. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards in total and won two. Michael Caine took home the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the film also won the Best Screenplay award.
About the Role: Most of the time, Paul Rudd chooses to star in comedy films. But in this case, he played the rare dramatic role to great effect. The entire cast of this movie received a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. He portrayed the character Wally Worthington who eventually became a soldier and then, tragically, a paraplegic.
Simply the Best: This was one of several roles that proved Rudd’s true strength as an actor. Not only is he excellent at comedy and action, but he can hold his own in a dramatic setting as well. In this film, he got to play against other talented actors like Michael Caine and Charlize Theron, yet he never feels poorly cast or out of place.