film 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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Pride & Prejudice Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench 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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Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama war 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, ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana 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: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 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 ...more

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The Duchess Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell 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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The Imitation Game Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong 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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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards 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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Bend It like Beckham Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher 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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Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson 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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Anna Karenina Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Cara Delevingne Anna Karenina is a 2012 British epic romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright. Adapted by Tom Stoppard from Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel of the same name, the film depicts the tragedy of Russian ...more

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Begin Again Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine 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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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton 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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A Dangerous Method Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen 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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Never Let Me Go Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex ...more

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King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone 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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Last Night Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington 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 Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy 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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The Jacket Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based on the Jack London novel The Star Rover. Massy Tadjedin wrote the screenplay based on a story by ...more

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Princess of Thieves Keira Knightley, Malcolm McDowell, Stephen Moyer Princess of Thieves is a romantic action-adventure TV movie starring Keira Knightley, produced by Granada Productions in 2001 and first broadcast on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC in the ...more

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more

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Laggies Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell 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 Keira Knightley, Thora Birch, Embeth Davidtz 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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Domino Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu, Mickey Rourke 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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Neverland Keira Knightley, Bob Hoskins, Anna Friel Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they've been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy ...more

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Silk Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Michael Pitt Silk is the film adaptation of Italian author Alessandro Baricco's novel of the same name. It was released in September 2007 through New Line Cinema and directed by The Red Violin director, ...more

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Chris Pine Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a 2014 American action thriller film, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Branagh, and Keira Knightley star in leading roles. The film features ...more

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London Boulevard Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Ray Winstone London Boulevard is a 2010 British film noir released in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2010. It is based on Ken Bruen's 2001 novel of the same name, with screenplay and direction by William ...more

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Thunderpants Keira Knightley, Paul Giamatti, Stephen Fry Thunderpants is a 2002 British-German family film about a boy whose incredible capacity for flatulence gets him a job as an astronaut. The film was directed by Pete Hewitt, whose previous work ...more

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Looking Over: The Edge of Love Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys Looking Over: The Edge of Love is a 2008 short film starring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.

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Stories of Lost Souls Keira Knightley, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett Stories of Lost Souls is a compilation of eight cinematic stories of lonely souls in unexpected situations starring many of cinema's biggest names including Josh Hartnett, Hugh Jackman, Keira ...more

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Pure Keira Knightley, David Wenham, Marsha Thomason Pure is a 2002 British film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. It starred Molly Parker, Harry Eden, David Wenham and Keira Knightley.

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Steve Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Tom Mison Steve is a 2010 short film written and directed by Rupert Friend, and starring Keira Knightley, Tom Mison and Colin Firth. It screened at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival. The film was released ...more

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The Treasure Seekers Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, Peter Capaldi The Treasure Seekers is a 1996 British television family film directed by Juliet May and starring Camilla Power, Felicity Jones and Kristopher Milnes. In Edwardian England, a family have only a ...more

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The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers is a 2009 short film directed by Arran Brownlee and Corran Brownlee.

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Coming Home Peter O'Toole, Emily Mortimer, Paul Bettany Coming Home is a 1998 British serial directed by Giles Foster. The teleplay by John Goldsmith is based on the novel of the same name by Rosamunde Pilcher. Produced by Yorkshire Television, it ...more

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Innocent Lies Keira Knightley, Gabrielle Anwar, Joanna Lumley Innocent Lies is a 1995 British-French thriller film directed by Patrick Dewolf and starring Stephen Dorff, Gabrielle Anwar, Adrian Dunbar and Joanna Lumley. It is a loose adaptation of the ...more

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Deflation Keira Knightley, Del Synnott Deflation is a 2001 micro-budget short film, written and directed by Roger Ashton-Griffiths. It stars Del Synnott, features Keira Knightley, who also worked as part of the crew, and Sharman ...more

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A Village Affair Keira Knightley, Jeremy Northam, Claire Bloom