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

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List Rules What 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. 

Keira Knightley has worked with many famous directors, including big names like George Lucas and David Cronenberg. Is Keira Knightley your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Selena Gomez and Jessica Alba films lists too.

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, following The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was directed by Gore ...more

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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The plot follows Will Turner, Elizabeth ...more

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joe Wright

Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola ...more

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the ...more

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The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

Released: 2014

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It ...more

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Seeking a Friend for the... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The ...more

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Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mark Romanek

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Begin Again is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Carney

Begin Again is a 2013 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who is discovered ...more

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Star Wars Episode I: The... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

Released: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

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The Duchess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell

Released: 2008

Directed by: Saul Dibb

The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of ...more

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Domino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tony Scott

Domino is a 2005 American action film directed by Tony Scott and written by Richard Kelly. Inspired by Domino Harvey, the English daughter of stage and screen actor Laurence Harvey, who became a ...more
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King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

Released: 2004

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as ...more

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A Dangerous Method is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Cronenberg

A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by ...more

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Laggies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Laggies Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2014

Directed by: Lynn Shelton

Laggies is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton and written by Andrea Seigel. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever, Jeff ...more
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The Hole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Thora Birch, Embeth Davidtz

Released: 2001

Directed by: Nick Hamm

The Hole is a 2001 psychological horror film directed by Nick Hamm, based on the novel After the Hole by Guy Burt. The film stars Thora Birch, whose headlining credit and highly publicized seven ...more
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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Cara Delevingne

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joe Wright

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Last Night is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington

Released: 2010

Directed by: Massy Tadjedin

Last Night is a 2010 drama romance film written and directed by Massy Tadjedin. It stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet. The film's official trailer was ...more
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The Edge of Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Maybury

The Edge of Love is a 2008 John Maybury drama film starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys from a script by Sharman Macdonald, Knightley's mother. Originally ...more
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Everest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
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The Nutcracker and the F... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on works by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. After being led by her ...more
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recrui... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Chris Pine

Released: 2014

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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The Jacket is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Keira Knightley Movies of All Time, Ranked
Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Maybury

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