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Kevin Costner has never been a blockbuster megastar, but through decades of critically-acclaimed performances in movies both big and small, his staunch, quiet reliability has emerged as his very appeal.
After rising to prominence in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” and the baseball-themed successes “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams,” Costner went on to win two Academy Awards out of three nominations for writing, directing and starring in “Dances with Wolves.” But that film didn’t launch Costner into super-stardom. Through the decades since, he has established himself as a different kind of leading man. He doesn’t always attract much attention, and the material he’s given isn’t always worthy of his talents. Yet through it all, his charm and charisma consistently leave a mark.
In any case, Costner appears to be in the midst of a resurgence. In 2013, he turned to television in the miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys,” and went on to win the Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award — the rare person to nab the trifecta — for Best Actor. Last year, he generated serious Oscar buzz for his turn in the socially-conscious drama “Black or White.” And this year, the actor went back to his inspirational sports route with “McFarland, USA,” a Disney-produced indie that earned strong reviews and grossed over $40 million domestically.
In honor of Costner’s creative comeback, we’ve gone through Costner’s extensive filmography and have pulled out what we consider to be his seven best performances. Read on below for the full list.