Christian Bale

A Welsh-born English actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in films produced by independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade", citing his cult status on the Internet. EW called Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment" in anticipation of the release American Psycho (2000). The Guardian named Bale as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. Bale is most well-known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. All three films earned critical praise and did well at the box office by making over 2 billion combined dollars between the three films. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales to parents of English descent. His father, David Bale, was an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager and his mother, Jenny James, was a circus clown and performer. He is the youngest of four children. After leaving Wales in 1976, ...

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American Hustle (2013)

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A conman and his seductive partner are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, who pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Amy Adams  •  Jeremy Renner

A conman and his seductive partner are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, who pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Amy Adams  •  Jeremy Renner

The Prestige (2006)

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A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Scarlett Johansson

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Scarlett Johansson

The Dark Knight (2008)

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Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Michael Caine

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Michael Caine

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

A film adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about lovers whose romantic affections are manipulated by fairy magic. The setting is updated to a Tuscan hill town in the late 19th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Rupert Everett  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Sophie Marceau

A film adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about lovers whose romantic affections are manipulated by fairy magic. The setting is updated to a Tuscan hill town in the late 19th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Rupert Everett  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Sophie Marceau

American Psycho (2000)

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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mary Harron
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Justin Theroux  •  Josh Lucas

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mary Harron
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Justin Theroux  •  Josh Lucas

Batman Begins (2005)

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Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Equilibrium (2002)

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In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kurt Wimmer
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Dominic Purcell  •  Sean Bean  •  Christian Kahrmann

In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kurt Wimmer
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Dominic Purcell  •  Sean Bean  •  Christian Kahrmann

Henry V (1989)

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Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Derek Jacobi  •  Brian Blessed  •  James Larkin

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Derek Jacobi  •  Brian Blessed  •  James Larkin

I'm Not There (2007)

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Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Haynes
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Heath Ledger  •  Julianne Moore  •  Ben Whishaw

Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Haynes
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Heath Ledger  •  Julianne Moore  •  Ben Whishaw

Laurel Canyon (2003)

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Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. As Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Christian Bale  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Natascha McElhone

Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. As Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Christian Bale  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Natascha McElhone

Little Women (1994)

With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Armstrong
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Trini Alvarado  •  Samantha Mathis

With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Armstrong
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Trini Alvarado  •  Samantha Mathis

Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

They're two best friends, a million miles from home. On an incredible adventure, beyond the boundaries of space and time. A fantasy about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vladimir Grammatikov
CAST:  Nick Pickard  •  Christian Bale  •  Timothy Bottoms  •  Susannah York

They're two best friends, a million miles from home. On an incredible adventure, beyond the boundaries of space and time. A fantasy about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vladimir Grammatikov
CAST:  Nick Pickard  •  Christian Bale  •  Timothy Bottoms  •  Susannah York

Newsies (1992)

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A week in the life of the exploited, child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York. When their publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, tries to squeeze a little more profit out of their labours, they organize a strike, only to be confronted with the Pulitzer's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Ortega
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Bill Pullman  •  Ann-Margret  •  Robert Duvall

A week in the life of the exploited, child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York. When their publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, tries to squeeze a little more profit out of their labours, they organize a strike, only to be confronted with the Pulitzer's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Ortega
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Bill Pullman  •  Ann-Margret  •  Robert Duvall

Pocahontas (1995)

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Pocahontas, daughter of a Native American tribe chief, falls in love with an English soldier as colonists invade 17th century Virginia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Gabriel  •  Eric Goldberg
CAST:  Irene Bedard  •  Mel Gibson  •  David Ogden Stiers  •  John Kassir

Pocahontas, daughter of a Native American tribe chief, falls in love with an English soldier as colonists invade 17th century Virginia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Gabriel  •  Eric Goldberg
CAST:  Irene Bedard  •  Mel Gibson  •  David Ogden Stiers  •  John Kassir

Reign of Fire (2002)

In post-apocalyptic England, an American volunteer and a British survivor team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. The Brit -- leading a clan of survivors to hunt down the King ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Bowman
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Izabella Scorupco  •  Gerard Butler

In post-apocalyptic England, an American volunteer and a British survivor team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. The Brit -- leading a clan of survivors to hunt down the King ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Bowman
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Matthew McConaughey  •  Izabella Scorupco  •  Gerard Butler

Rescue Dawn (2006)

A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Werner Herzog
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Steve Zahn  •  Marshall Bell  •  Toby Huss

A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Werner Herzog
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Steve Zahn  •  Marshall Bell  •  Toby Huss

Shaft (2000)

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

The Machinist (2004)

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The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is suffering from insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Aitana Sánchez-Gijón  •  John Sharian

The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is suffering from insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Aitana Sánchez-Gijón  •  John Sharian

The New World (2005)

A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Q'orianka Kilcher  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Christian Bale

A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Q'orianka Kilcher  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Christian Bale

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself forged by the music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Haynes
CAST:  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Christian Bale  •  Toni Collette

Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself forged by the music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Haynes
CAST:  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Christian Bale  •  Toni Collette
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