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10 Patrick Swayze Movies You Must See

10 Patrick Swayze Movies You Must See

Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and composer known for his romantic, gritty, and comedic lead roles. Swayze was also renowned for his media image and appearance; in 1991, People magazine dubbed him the "Sexiest Man Alive."

Tobey Strickland
Oct 08, 2021

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Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and composer known for his romantic, gritty, and comedic lead roles. Swayze was also renowned for his media image and appearance; in 1991, People magazine dubbed him the "Sexiest Man Alive."

For his performances in the romance picture Dirty Dancing (1987), the thriller film Ghost (1990), and the road comedy film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Swayze earned three Golden Globe nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (1995).

He has appeared in well-known action flicks like Road House (1989) and Point Break (1993). In 1991, In 1997, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Swayze composed and recorded the hit song "She's a Woman."

Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and composer known for his romantic, gritty, and comedic lead roles. Swayze was also renowned for his media image and appearance; in 1991, People magazine dubbed him the "Sexiest Man Alive."

City Of Joy (1992)

In the Roland Joffé's City of Joy, Patrick Swayze portrays Max Lowe, a sad American physician seeking spiritual enlightenment in India. Max is saved by impoverished rural farmer Hazari Pal after being badly wounded in a mugging not long after landing in the Indian city of Calcutta (Om Puri).

Hazari chooses to return Max to his slum home, dubbed the "City of Joy" by the residents. There, Max meets Joan Bethel (Pauline Collins), an Irish doctor who persuades him that the way to enlightenment is to assist people around him.

The film lacked the critical and financial acclaim of Joffé's earlier films, such as the Academy Award-winning historical drama The Killing Fields (1984), and its white savior narrative has become antiquated.

Its positive theme, however, continues to connect with IMDb users, earning it the ninth highest rating for Patrick Swayze.

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything!  Julie Newmar (1995)

In the lengthy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!, Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo appear as three New York City drag queens on a cross-country road trip to Hollywood to participate in the "Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant."

Julie Newmar is a well-known actress. When their vehicle breaks down in the tiny backwater town of Snydersville, the gang faces discrimination as well as community solidarity.

Despite excellent performances from its three protagonists and a slew of fantastic cameos, the picture pales in comparison to the better Australian film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).

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The Outsiders (1983) 

In this coming-of-age ensemble drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Patrick Swayze is one of an outstanding group of future stars. The film depicts a violent conflict between two gangs of adolescents in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the mid-1960s.

Darrel "Darry" Curtis, an elder member of the "Greasers," a band of aggressive working-class teenagers who fight the richer "Socs," is played by Swayze.

Coppola's film, based on the famous book by S.E. Hinton, helped launch the careers of Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane.

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Road House (1989) 

Road House, a cult classic action film from the late 1980s, is one of those movies that is so terrible it's really good. Dalton, a bouncer at the Double Deuce, a roadside pub in Jasper, Missouri, is played by Patrick Swayze.

When Dalton discovers that unscrupulous businessman Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) is extorting money from local shops, including the Double Deuce's owner, he resolves to protect the community against Wesley and his thugs.

 Road House is still a lot of fun, despite the fact that it was a critical failure and received five Golden Raspberry nominations, including Worst Actor for Swayze. Just don't expect Citizen Kane to show up.

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Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty Dancing, released in 1987, is probably the most famous Patrick Swayze film, besides Ghost. Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) is a dancing teacher at a posh Catskills resort who falls in love with Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey), a young lady vacationing with her rich parents.

When Johnny's dancing partner Penny (Cynthia Rhodes) is unable to participate in their next dance performance, Baby, despite her overprotective father's desires, offers to take her place (Jerry Orbach).

Dirty Dancing is a true romantic coming-of-age classic that has firmly embedded itself in popular culture and continues to get regular cinema screenings to this day, making it one of Patrick Swayze's most lasting films.

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Keeping Mum (2005) 

Black humor from the United Kingdom Rowan Atkinson plays the naive pastor of the rural parish of Little Wallop in Keeping Mum.

His wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) has started an affair with American golf pro-Lance (Patrick Swayze), his promiscuous teenage daughter (Tamsin Egerton) is dealing with her developing sexuality, and his son (Toby Parkes) is being harassed at school, but he is focused on crafting the ideal sermon.

Keeping Mum never rises beyond a mediocre comedy, despite a superb ensemble cast that includes Dame Maggie Smith in a pitch-black performance as the hilariously malevolent maid Grace Hawkins. In one of his last cinematic appearances, Patrick Swayze portrays the sleazy jerk to an excellent comic effect.

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Ghost (1990) 

A love fantasy film with a twist. Ghost was a box office and critical success, cementing Patrick Swayze's reputation as a sex icon. The story revolves around Swayze's character, Sam Wheat, who is shot and murdered while going home with his lover, Molly Jensen, in an apparent mugging (Demi Moore).

Sam learns that he is now a non-corporeal ghost who can only interact with Molly via a psychic medium (Whoopi Goldberg in an Academy Award-winning role).

It is one of the most beloved romantic films of the 1990s, and it has a famous pottery scene.

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11: 14 (2003)

Greg Marcks wrote and directed the neo-noir dark comedy thriller 11:14 in 2003. (in his feature directorial debut).

Rachael Leigh Cook, Ben Foster, Clark Gregg, Colin Hanks, Shawn Hatosy, Barbara Hershey, Stark Sands, Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze, and Henry Thomas appear in the picture. It covers five distinct stories, all of which build up to a sequence of events that occur at 11:14 p.m. one evening.

On May 16, 2003, the film debuted at the 56th Cannes Film Festival, and on September 5, 2003, it showed at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival.

It had a limited theatrical release on August 12, 2005, in San Francisco, California, before being released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 11, 2005, by New Line Home Entertainment.

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Point Break (1991)

W. Peter Iliff wrote the screenplay for Point Break, a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty, and Gary Busey appear in the picture, which takes its title from the surfing phrase "point break," which describes how a wave breaks when it strikes a point jutting out from the coast.

Reeves plays an undercover FBI agent charged with uncovering the identity of a gang of bank robbers while also developing a complicated connection with the organization's leader in the film. Point Break was first conceived in 1986 when Iliff prepared a treatment for the film.

Bigelow and her husband, James Cameron, worked on the screenplay quickly, and shooting began four years later.

Before being released for conventional viewing on July 12, 1991, it was filmed throughout the western coast of the continental United States and was officially budgeted at $24 million. Point Break received mostly favorable reviews upon its first release, with reviewers complimenting Reeves and Swayze's chemistry.

The picture earned over $83.5 million in theaters and has subsequently developed a cult following. Point Break was re-released on Blu-ray on June 14, 2011, after the film's popularity; it also inspired a remake in 2015.

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Donnie Darko (2001)

Richard Kelly wrote and directed the 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller Donnie Darko, which was produced by Flower Films.

The film follows Donnie Darko, a disturbed adolescent who barely avoids a strange accident and gets visions of Frank, a mystery person dressed in a rabbit suit who tells him that the world will end in just over 28 days. Frank starts to persuade Donnie to conduct a series of crimes.

Kelly began developing the project in late 1997, after graduating from film school and beginning to write screenplays. He based the tale on an early concept of a jet engine crashing into a home with no-one understanding where it came from.

Kelly insisted on directing the picture himself and battled producers until 2000 when Barrymore's Flower Films agreed to finance it on a $4.5 million budget. Filming took place over the course of 28 days in the summer of 2000, mostly in California.

The soundtrack includes an American version of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews, which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The film had its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2001, and a limited theatrical release on October 26.

The film's advertising featured a falling aircraft, and the September 11 attacks had occurred a month and a half earlier, thus it received little publicity, resulting in a low box office performance of $517,375 in its first run.

Despite this, Donnie Darko garnered excellent reviews and was ranked No. 2 on Empire's "50 Greatest Independent Films of All Time," as well as No. 53 on Empire's "500 Greatest Movies of All Time."

 It went on to earn $7.5 million worldwide after reissues. The film was released on home video in March 2002, grossing $500,000 and gaining a cult following. In 2007, the film was adapted for the stage, and a sequel, S. Darko, was released in 2009 without Kelly's participation. He stated in 2021 that he was working on a new sequel.

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