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The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated September 1, 2019 3.6k votes 906 voters 65.1k views44 items

List RulesWhat you think are the best Keira Knightley movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

The best Keira Knightley movies show that she’s capable of great range. Her filmography includes action blockbusters, historical dramas, heartfelt comedies, and everything in between. Since the 2000s, she has appeared in plenty of critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. Her highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as her lifetime box office gross exceeds $1.5 billion. She can thank roles in giant blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean for that.

A London native, Keira Knightley is of Scottish, Welsh, and English descent. She was interested in acting from an early age, and started working as a child actor with small roles in films. Throughout the ‘90s, Keira Knightly appeared in several television films and as Queen Amidala’s body double Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Her first starring role was in the television movie Princess of Thieves. The movie that started getting her widespread recognition was the 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham. Following that movie, she costarred with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. From that point, she became a global star.

So what are the best Keira Knightley movies of all time? Is it her dramatic turn in Pride & Prejudice or her action trilogy Pirates of the Caribbean? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Keira Knightley movies below. Movie trailers (where available) have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Keira Knightley role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Keira Knightley movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler...  more

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley
    This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the...  more

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    The Imitation Game

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch
    The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a...  more

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the...  more

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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
    Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira...  more

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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert
    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by...  more

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    #29 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time#60 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan
    Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane...  more

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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian...  more

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    Last Night

    Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes
    Last Night is a 2010 drama romance film written and directed by Massy Tadjedin. It stars Keira...  more
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    The Duchess

    Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes
    The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda...  more

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    #2 of 14 Pretty Good Movies About Historical Royals#3 of 70 The Best Period Movies Set In The 18th Century

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    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Keira Knightley, Steve Carell
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more

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    #101 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#415 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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    Princess of Thieves

    Keira Knightley, Malcolm McDowell
    Princess of Thieves is a romantic action-adventure TV movie starring Keira Knightley, produced...  more
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    The Hole

    Keira Knightley, Thora Birch
    The Hole is a 2001 psychological horror film directed by Nick Hamm, based on the novel After...  more
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    The Edge of Love

    Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller
    The Edge of Love is a 2008 John Maybury drama film starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller,...  more
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    Begin Again

    Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo
    Begin Again is a 2014 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney...  more
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley
    (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen...  more

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    Anna Karenina

    Keira Knightley, Jude Law
    Anna Karenina is a 2012 British epic romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright. Adapted by...  more

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    #50 of 81 The Best Period Romance Movies#6 of 95 Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century

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    Laggies

    Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz
    Laggies is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton and written by Andrea...  more
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    Domino

    Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu
    Domino is a 2005 American action film directed by Tony Scott and written by Richard Kelly....  more

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    The Jacket

    Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig
    The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based...  more

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    #215 of 231 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#70 of 135 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

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    Never Let Me Go

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan
    Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo...  more
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    A Dangerous Method

    Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender
    A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira...  more
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    Everest

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    King Arthur

    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen
    King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David...  more

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    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley
    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Lasse...  more