John Cusack has defined an entire generation of women’s “type of guy” (myself included) through his irresistibly quirky nature and considering the name of this blog I’m guessing he’s an all around fan favorite for TDQ readers. At 47-years-old he’s a the ungettable bachelor having dated a gamut of actresses but has yet to settle down which only makes him more desirable. Recently, Mr. Cusack appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler playing the infamous Richard Nixon making the actor virtually unrecognizable. Although a wonderful movie it did not make it on the list because John has way too many good roles to include a film where he only had a bit part. That being said, here are my top 5 Cusack movies:
- Say Anything (1989) – this movie should be on every person’s list because it made John who he is as an actor today. The epitome of 80’s teen romance movies, I still swoon at the thought of one day finding a man with a boombox (maybe an iPod with speakers now) playing Peter Gabriel’s “Your Eyes” outside my window.
- High Fidelity (2000) – a cult classic, co-starring Jack Black before he was a household name, about a music geek that owns a record store and can’t figure out why he keeps failing at relationships. The movie is super quirky, funny, and full of music trivia for all those audiophiles out there.
- Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) – I love this movie! I own the film and the soundtrack to boot – I saw it in the theater with my best friend and we laughed our asses off the entire time. It’s about an assassin who returns to his hometown after a long absence to attend his high school reunion and ends up rekindling an old flame. If you haven’t seen it you must put it on your list because this movie is hilarious, dark, and simultaneously romantic.
- Being John Malkovich (1999) – this film is also a cult classic and a personal fave because of the insanity that is the overall premise of this script by Charlie Kaufman. Cusack’s character finds a portal into John Malkovich’s brain thus “Being John Malkovich” – extremely funny to me.
- The Grifters (1990) – I studied this film during college mostly because of its editing and filmic style but also because it’s a great film co-starring Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The film is about a veteran con artist (Huston), her son (Cusack), and another con (Bening) who end up in a bizarre love/con triangle.