Keanu Reeves: 10 greatest movies of all time

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 14: (EDITORS NOTE; Image has been converted to black and white) Keanu Reeves attends 'Keanu Reeves places his hand prints in cement' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on May 14, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 14: (EDITORS NOTE; Image has been converted to black and white) Keanu Reeves attends 'Keanu Reeves places his hand prints in cement' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on May 14, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) /
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6. My Own Private Idaho

Original Release Date: September 29th, 1991

Box Office Earnings: For a small indie, director Gus van Sant did well, leveraging a $2.5m budget to eventually gross $6.4m domestically.

Critical Acclaim: Audiences and critics seem to agree on this one, with both giving the film a solid 81% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

About the Role: My Own Private Idaho follows two street hustlers from Oregon, Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves) as they seek out Mike’s mother in Idaho and then Rome, Italy. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV, Henry IV Part II, and Henry V, the film is a slow-burning story about two damaged men and the desires that they harbor.

Simply the Best: According to Wikipedia, both Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix helped secure financing for director van Sant by agreeing to star. Their dedicated and deeply-felt performances helped to elevate the material and kept viewers invested in the purposefully meandering plot. Along with being a meditation on the self and the mind, the film was considered groundbreaking in its depiction of queer representation, especially for the frankness with which it addressed male-on-male sex and romantic love for the same sex. In many circles, it is still celebrated as a cult classic today.