7 best films starring late Donald Sutherland

By Adam C. BetterJun 27, 2024 14:01 PMFilms
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1. M*A*S*H (1970)

In the American dark comedy film set during the Korean War, Donald Sutherland portrays Capt. Benjamin Franklin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce Jr, a surgeon trying to maintain his sanity amidst the chaos. Martini parties and practical jokes become his coping mechanisms as combat persists around him. The movie received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and even inspired a spin-off series. It can be purchased or rented on Amazon, Apple TV, and YouTube.

2. The Hunger Games (2012)

One of Sutherland's most well-known roles appeals to younger audiences as he portrays President Snow, the villain of the Hunger Games franchise. These movies, totaling four in the series, captivated fans and garnered extraordinary success, earning $695.2 million against a $78 million budget. You can stream the entire Hunger Games franchise on Amazon Prime Video.

3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Donald Sutherland stars in this American science-fiction horror film as a public health inspector who gradually discovers that the people around him have been replaced with duplicates. This 1978 movie is a remake of the 1956 film and is best known for the viral pointing finger image featuring Sutherland. Invasion of the Body Snatchers can be purchased or rented on Amazon, Apple TV, and YouTube.

4. Don't Look Now (1973)

In this psychological thriller, Sutherland and Julie Christie portray a married couple attempting to connect with their deceased daughter through a clairvoyant. Though the film wasn't initially well-received, it has since gained recognition as an influential piece in horror cinema. Don't Look Now is available for purchase or rent on Amazon, Apple TV, and YouTube.

5. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

Donald Sutherland takes on a comedic role as 'Oddball' in this movie. As part of a crew of American GIs, including Clint Eastwood, Sutherland's character goes AWOL during World War II to steal Nazi gold from a French bank located behind enemy lines. This earlier role showcases his versatility and contributed to his future success in more serious roles. Kelly's Heroes can be purchased or rented on Amazon, Apple TV, and YouTube.

6. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

In The Dirty Dozen, Sutherland plays Vernon L. Pinkley, an officer recruited for a risky mission during World War II. The film revolves around a group of soldiers who are on death row for various crimes but are given the opportunity to redeem themselves by parachuting across enemy lines to assassinate German personnel. This commercially successful film ranks as the fourth-highest grossing movie in 1967 and the highest for MGM that year. You can purchase or rent The Dirty Dozen on Amazon, Apple TV, and YouTube.

7. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Sutherland appears in this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic alongside Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. He portrays Mr. Bennett, the amiable and caring father of the Bennett children. Despite initially wanting to quit the role, Sutherland's performance delighted fans. The actor later expressed his fondness for the film, stating that it was one of his favorites among all the movies he has done. Pride and Prejudice can be streamed on BBC iPlayer and Netflix.

Donald Sutherland's illustrious career spans around 90 movies, including notable works such as The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Animal House (1978), The First Great Train Robbery (1978), Ordinary People (1980), Eye of the Needle (1981), Ad Astra (2019), Alone (2020), and Miranda's Victim (2023).

Heart Land, an upcoming thriller, marks Sutherland's final role. In this film, he plays the character Rick, set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, where a group of children strives to survive. Details about the film's release date remain unknown.

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