Heath Ledger

Heathcliff Andrew "Heath" Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.

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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

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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On the first day at his new school, Cameron instantly falls for Bianca, the gorgeous girl of his dreams. The only problem is that Bianca is forbidden to date until her ill-tempered, completely un-dateable older sister Kat goes out, too. In an attempt to solve his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gil Junger
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Larisa Oleynik

On the first day at his new school, Cameron instantly falls for Bianca, the gorgeous girl of his dreams. The only problem is that Bianca is forbidden to date until her ill-tempered, completely un-dateable older sister Kat goes out, too. In an attempt to solve his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gil Junger
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Larisa Oleynik

A Knight's Tale (2001)

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William Thather, a knight's peasant apprentice, gets a chance at glory when the knight dies suddenly mid-tournament. Posing as a knight himself, William won't stop until he's crowned tournament champion—assuming matters of the heart don't get in the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Helgeland
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Rufus Sewell  •  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Paul Bettany

William Thather, a knight's peasant apprentice, gets a chance at glory when the knight dies suddenly mid-tournament. Posing as a knight himself, William won't stop until he's crowned tournament champion—assuming matters of the heart don't get in the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Helgeland
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Rufus Sewell  •  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Paul Bettany

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflict  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Randy Quaid  •  Michelle Williams

Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflict  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Randy Quaid  •  Michelle Williams

Candy (2006)

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A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Armfield
CAST:  Abbie Cornish  •  Heath Ledger  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Tony Martin

A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Armfield
CAST:  Abbie Cornish  •  Heath Ledger  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Tony Martin

Casanova (2005)

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With a reputation for seducing members of the opposite sex, regardless of their marital status, a notorious womanizer discovers a beauty who seems impervious to his charms. However, as he continues to pursue the indifferent lady, he finds himself falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Sienna Miller  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Oliver Platt

With a reputation for seducing members of the opposite sex, regardless of their marital status, a notorious womanizer discovers a beauty who seems impervious to his charms. However, as he continues to pursue the indifferent lady, he finds himself falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Sienna Miller  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Oliver Platt

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

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

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"Lords of Dogtown" tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Hardwicke
CAST:  Emile Hirsch  •  Victor Rasuk  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  John Robinson

"Lords of Dogtown" tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Hardwicke
CAST:  Emile Hirsch  •  Victor Rasuk  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  John Robinson

Monster's Ball (2001)

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Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Heath Ledger  •  Sean Combs

Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Heath Ledger  •  Sean Combs

Ned Kelly (2003)

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After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from everyone who seeks them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Naomi Watts

After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from everyone who seeks them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Naomi Watts

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. However, they are put to the test when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Matt Damon  •  Mackenzie Crook  •  Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. However, they are put to the test when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Matt Damon  •  Mackenzie Crook  •  Roger Ashton-Griffiths

The Patriot (2000)

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After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, America, against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Heath Ledger  •  Joely Richardson  •  Jason Isaacs

After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, America, against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Heath Ledger  •  Joely Richardson  •  Jason Isaacs

Two Hands (1999)

A 19-year-old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile, two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Bryan Brown  •  Rose Byrne  •  David Field

A 19-year-old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile, two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Bryan Brown  •  Rose Byrne  •  David Field

The Order (2003)

For centuries, a secret Order of priests has existed within the Church. A renegade priest, Father Alex Bernier, is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of the Order's most revered members. Following a series of strangely similar killings, Bernier ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Helgeland
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Mark Addy

For centuries, a secret Order of priests has existed within the Church. A renegade priest, Father Alex Bernier, is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of the Order's most revered members. Following a series of strangely similar killings, Bernier ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Helgeland
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Mark Addy

Blackrock (1997)

In New South Wales, Jared surfs with his mates and has a first girl. He hosts a beach party for his older pal, Ricko, and witnesses four of his mates gang-rape a 15 year old. He does nothing, and the next day, she's found murdered. At school, the boys and the girls ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Vidler
CAST:  Simon Lyndon  •  Laurence Breuls  •  Linda Cropper  •  Chris Haywood

In New South Wales, Jared surfs with his mates and has a first girl. He hosts a beach party for his older pal, Ricko, and witnesses four of his mates gang-rape a 15 year old. He does nothing, and the next day, she's found murdered. At school, the boys and the girls ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Vidler
CAST:  Simon Lyndon  •  Laurence Breuls  •  Linda Cropper  •  Chris Haywood

Paws (1997)

A talking Terrier with impressive computer skills teams up with two youngsters to stop a million dollars from falling into the wrong hands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karl Zwicky
CAST:  Billy Connolly  •  Nathan Cavaleri  •  Emilie François  •  Joe Petruzzi

A talking Terrier with impressive computer skills teams up with two youngsters to stop a million dollars from falling into the wrong hands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karl Zwicky
CAST:  Billy Connolly  •  Nathan Cavaleri  •  Emilie François  •  Joe Petruzzi

The Four Feathers (2002)

The story, set in 1885, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shekhar Kapur
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Wes Bentley  •  Kate Hudson  •  Djimon Hounsou

The story, set in 1885, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shekhar Kapur
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Wes Bentley  •  Kate Hudson  •  Djimon Hounsou

Clowning Around (1991)

Follows a boy who realizes there is more to being a clown, than just clowning around.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Whaley
CAST:  Clayton Williamson  •  Heath Ledger  •  Annie Byron  •  Jean-Michael Dagory

Follows a boy who realizes there is more to being a clown, than just clowning around.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Whaley
CAST:  Clayton Williamson  •  Heath Ledger  •  Annie Byron  •  Jean-Michael Dagory

The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy (2013)

This feature-length documentary delves into the trilogy, opening with the inspiration and vision for the new Batman films and inching its way toward the Rises finale and the culmination of nearly a decade of creative blood, sweat and tears. Candid, thoughtful and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Hillhouse
CAST:  Christopher Nolan  •  Jonathan Nolan  •  Jeff Jensen  •  Zack Snyder

This feature-length documentary delves into the trilogy, opening with the inspiration and vision for the new Batman films and inching its way toward the Rises finale and the culmination of nearly a decade of creative blood, sweat and tears. Candid, thoughtful and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Hillhouse
CAST:  Christopher Nolan  •  Jonathan Nolan  •  Jeff Jensen  •  Zack Snyder

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Heath Ledger  •  Johnny Depp  •  Jude Law

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  Heath Ledger  •  Johnny Depp  •  Jude Law
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