Since 1975, when he made his film debut in Landfall, Sam Neill has been appearing in films. Neill was born in Ireland and relocated to New Zealand as a child.
Neill is recognized as an international actor, having worked with directors from all over the world and traversed continents.
Neill is still acting in independent plays while chasing more prominent roles in blockbusters like Peter Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok. Neill is best recognized for his role in Jurassic Park as Dr. Alan Grant.
In Jurassic Park III, Neill resumed his role, and he will also appear in Jurassic World: Dominion. In addition to Event Horizon, In the Mouth of Madness, Possession, and Dead Calm, Neill has been in a number of classic horror films.
10) Dean Spanley
Toa Fraser, a New Zealander, directed Dean Spanley, a British fantasy comedy. The film is based on Lord Dunsany’s 1936 novella My Talks with Dean Spanley and is set in Edwardian England.
At a lecture held by a visiting swami, Neill portrays the title character, an eccentric clergyman who crosses encounters with members of an uptight family known as the Fisks. As members of the Fisk family, Jeremy Northam and Peter O’Toole co-star.
9) The Piano
Neill went to New Zealand to star in Jane Campion’s historical drama, which is set in the country’s far reaches during the nineteenth century and tells the story of forbidden love.
Holly Hunter portrays Ada McGrath, a mute Scottish woman who is sold by her father to Neill’s character Alisdair Stewart, a frontiersman in New Zealand.
McGrath, a gifted pianist, uses music to communicate. She has a hidden relationship with Harvey Keitel’s character, George Baines, a fellow frontiersman who has adopted many indigenous Mori practices.
8) Little Fish
Cate Blanchett plays a former heroin addict who seeks to collect money to acquire a computer game shop in Little Fish, an Australian drama.
When Tracey’s ex-boyfriend Jonny (Dustin Nguyen) returns to town, he persuades her to participate in a drug operation that will provide her with the funds she requires.
In this powerful story of pain, grief, and healing, Hugo Weaving plays Tracey’s drug-addicted stepfather. Brad “The Jockey” Thompson, a Sydney drug lord, is played by Neill.
In the year 2020, Sam Neill starred in the comedy-drama film Rams. The film is set in Western Australia, and it depicts the tension between two estranged brothers. Colin is played by Neill, and his brother Les is played by Michael Caton.
The siblings are farming separate flocks of sheep born from their family’s prized flock. When one of their rams contracts a rare and deadly sickness, the two brothers must band together to save their flock.
The film is a remake of an Icelandic film from 2015 that won a number of nominations at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including Neill’s Best Actor nomination.
6) Jurassic Park
With his epic sci-fi cautionary tale about a genetic scientist who decides to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, Steven Spielberg updated big-budget action flicks.
Dr. Alan Grant, played by Neill, is one of a select group of experts invited to see Dr. John Hammond’s new theme park. Needless to say, when the park’s electrical system fails, all hell breaks out.
Jurassic Park is a big-budget action movie classic with cutting-edge special effects, well-paced action sequences, and a noteworthy ensemble (including Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum).
5) Thor: Ragnarok
Even though Sam Neill’s role in Thor: Ragnarok was minor, it was noteworthy. Thor returned to Asgard after fighting the demon Surtur in the film, only to discover that something wasn’t quite right.
He came across a stageplay for Odin on exhibit, and he watched in awe as it was a dramatic play depicting Loki’s sacrifice. There were some fantastic cameos in the play. Loki was played by Matt Damon, Thor was played by Luke Hemsworth, and Odin was played by Neill.
The three performers had a pretty funny series of MCU appearances that the team was able to keep under wraps.
4) A Cry in the Dark
This film is based on the true tale of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, a New Zealand couple who claimed their infant daughter was abducted by a dingo (or wild Australian dog) when they were camping in 1980.
The pair, played by Meryl Streep and Neill, was probed by the media for their claims. The Chamberlains were put on trial for the killing of their daughter, and they were compelled to prove their innocence in front of a skeptical audience.
Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.
3 The Dish
The Dish is a 1969 Australian comedy that looks at the Parkes Observatory’s involvement in broadcasting footage of humanity’s first steps on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
The telescope, which is located in New South Wales, demonstrates how NASA enlisted the help of Australian employees to make television history.
The characters in the film are fictitious, despite the fact that they are based on true occurrences. Cliff Buxton, the pipe-smoking “Wishmaster” at the Parkes Observatory, is played by Neill.
2) Sweet Country
Sweet Country is a harsh and merciless Australian western set in 1929. The story takes place in the desert of the Northern Territory, where European settlers and Aboriginal Australians are fighting for land.
Neill portrays Fred Smith, a European colonizer who hires Aborigines as a farmer and preacher. The film provides significant societal critique through its detailed character studies.
1) Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of his hilarious masterpieces. The film follows the hardships and tribulations of a young orphan who joins in with an unconventional foster family, based on Barry Crump’s Wild Pork and Watercress.
He Faulkner is played by Neill, and Ricky is played by Julian Dennison. Trouble finds them, and the two are forced to retreat into the jungle to avoid being apprehended.