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

Updated September 1, 2019 3.7k votes 899 voters 64.8k 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 Pearl1

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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

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  • The Imitation Game2
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    The Imitation Game

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2014

    Directed byMorten Tyldum

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

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest3
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the...  more

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End4
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2007

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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

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  • Love Actually5
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by...  more

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  • Pride & Prejudice6
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane...  more

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  • Atonement7
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian...  more

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    #205 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time#28 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

  • Bend It like Beckham8
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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2002

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

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

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  • Last Night9
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    Last Night

    Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes

    Released2010

    Directed byMassy Tadjedin

    Last Night is a 2010 drama romance film written and directed by Massy Tadjedin. It stars Keira...  more
  • The Duchess10
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    The Duchess

    Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed bySaul Dibb

    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#41 of 78 The Best Period Romance Movies

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World11
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    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Keira Knightley, Steve Carell

    Released2012

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

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

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    #525 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#104 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • Princess of Thieves12
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    Princess of Thieves

    Keira Knightley, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

    Princess of Thieves is a romantic action-adventure TV movie starring Keira Knightley, produced...  more
  • The Hole13
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    The Hole

    Keira Knightley, Thora Birch

    Released2001

    Directed byNick Hamm

    The Hole is a 2001 psychological horror film directed by Nick Hamm, based on the novel After...  more
  • The Edge of Love14
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    The Edge of Love

    Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Maybury

    The Edge of Love is a 2008 John Maybury drama film starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller,...  more
  • Anna Karenina15
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    Anna Karenina

    Keira Knightley, Jude Law

    Released2012

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Anna Karenina is a 2012 British epic romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright. Adapted by...  more
  • Laggies16
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    Laggies

    Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2014

    Directed byLynn Shelton

    Laggies is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton and written by Andrea...  more
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace17
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen...  more

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  • Begin Again18
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    9

    Begin Again

    Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Carney

    Begin Again is a 2014 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney...  more
  • Domino19
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    Domino

    Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu

    Released2005

    Directed byTony Scott

    Domino is a 2005 American action film directed by Tony Scott and written by Richard Kelly....  more
  • The Jacket20
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    The Jacket

    Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Maybury

    The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based...  more

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  • Everest21
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    Everest

  • Never Let Me Go22
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    Never Let Me Go

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2010

    Directed byMark Romanek

    Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo...  more
  • A Dangerous Method23
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    A Dangerous Method

    Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira...  more
  • King Arthur24
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    King Arthur

    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen

    Released2004

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    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 Realms25
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    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley

    Released2018

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Lasse...  more