Charlie Hunnam’s Best Performances Ranked Outside Of ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

Charlie Hunnam may be best known for playing Jax Teller in Kurt Sutter’s epic biker drama, Sons of Anarchy, but he is one of the few TV stars who actually made a successful jump to the big screens. Outside of his role on Sons of Anarchy, here is a look at Hunnam’s best performances in front of the camera. 

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6. ‘Green Street’

Green Street was met with mixed reviews when it first released, but it has since developed a cult following. In the movie, Hunnam plays the part of a soccer hooligan who shows an American named Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) the ins and outs of the sport’s illegal side.

The movie was released in 2005 and won a few awards. This includes taking home the honor of best feature at the Malibu Film Festival and the L.A. Femme International Film Festival. This may not be Charlie Hunnam’s best performance, but it is definitely worth a watch.

5. ‘Crimson Peak’

Crimson Peak saw Hunnam team up with his longtime friend Guillermo del Toro. The gothic romance is about a young bride who is taken to a creepy mansion only to find that her new home is nothing what it seems. Not only do ghosts and other creatures roam free in the house, but she discovers that her husband married her for money and is planning to end her life.

Hunnam has a minor role in the movie and plays the part of Dr. Alan McMichael. The film boasted a star-studded cast with the likes of Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Jim Beaver.

4. ‘The Lost City of Z’

The Lost City of Z marked one of Charlie Hunnam’s first projects following the end of Sons of Anarchy. The movie is an adaptation of the award-winning book by David Grann and centers around the story of a British explorer named Percy Fawcett. The movie follows Fawcett’s tragic attempt to discover a lost civilization deep in the Amazon.

Hunnam played the lead in the film and his performance was met with generally positive reviews. According to TV Over Mind, critics praised the actor for his portrayal of Fawcett, calling it masterful. He was also nominated for best actor by the International Online Cinema Awards.

3. ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

The legend of King Arthur has been adapted many times, but Guy Ritchie was able to put an interesting twist on the tale. In Ritchie’s version, the sword, Excalibur, was the centerpiece of a story that was filled with fantastical elements. Charlie Hunnam played a young Arthur in the movie, which introduced the character as a streetwise young man with a history of violent encounters.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was easily one of the largest projects Hunnam has worked on with a budget of $175 million. Although the movie did not receive great praise from critics, it managed to win Hunnam the Male Star of the Year from CinemaCon.

2. ‘Pacific Rim’

Pacific Rim is one of those movies that either you love it or hate it. While the film is chalked full of plot holes, watching massive robots go toe-to-toe with strange creatures elevates this to one of Hunnam’s best movies to date. Hunnam played the part of Raleigh Becket in the del Toro directed film.

His performance was so good that he was given the Hauding Award for Best Global Emerging Actor at the time. Charlie Hunnam, unfortunately, did not reprise his role for the movie’s sequel.

1. ‘Papillon’

Papillon was a remake of a ‘70s movie of the same name. The film follows the story of a wrongfully accused prisoner named Henri “Papillon” Charriere, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Charriere spent years on Devil’s Island, a penal colony in French Guiana, before making his escape.

Although the movie was met with average reviews, Charlie Hunnam received a lot of praise for his portrayal of Charriere. He also shared some intense scenes with Rami Malek, who has won a Golden Glove and an Academy Award for previous performances.