Sean Penn is an American actor and director often considered to be one of the finest of his generation. He won Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘Mystic River’ (2003) and ‘Milk’ (2008).
He started his career when he first appeared in a small role on the TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie’ (1974). He was then seen in movies like ‘Taps’ (1981), and ‘Risky Business’ (1983). ‘Shanghai Surprise’ (1986), is the worst movie of Sean Penn’s career earning him a ‘Golden Raspberry Award’ nomination.
Sean Penn started getting critical acclaim for his performances in ‘Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam’ (1987), ‘Casualties of War’ (1988), ‘State of Grace’ (1990), and ‘Carlito's Way’ (1993). His first major success came with ‘Dead Man Walking’ (1995). Some of his best and top grossing movies include, ‘She's So Lovely’ (1997), ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ (1999), ‘I Am Sam’ (2001), ‘21 Grams’ (2003), ‘Mystic River’ (2003), ‘Milk’ (2008), ‘Fair Game’ (2011), and ‘The Tree of Life’ (2011). ‘The Indian Runner’ (1991) and ‘Into the Wild’ (2007) are two of his best directorial ventures.
Dave, a blue-collar worker who was abducted and sexually abused as a child 25 years earlier, is the prime suspect after the daughter of his neighborhood friend, ex-con Jimmy, is found dead. While their childhood friend Sean, now a homicide detective, investigating the crime, Jimmy takes law in his own hand by launching a separate investigation.
Jon Krakauer’s 1996 non-fiction book - Into the Wild - is the basis of this movie. Christopher McCandless, a young graduate from Emory University, abandons the life of privilege and sets out on a cross country drive to explore the life in wilderness. He meets various people en route who all influence him in their own meaningful way.
The Game is a psychological thriller focusing on a lonely investment banker who is gifted a voucher for a unique game by his estranged brother that ends up wreaking havoc in his life. Starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn as the two brothers, this film sees Douglas lose all his money in this game that becomes intrinsically connected to his real life.
After drug dealer Carlito Brigante is released early from prison thanks to an exploitation by his sleazy lawyer friend Dave Kleinfeld, he pledges to mend his ways and rekindles his romance with former girlfriend Gail. However, despite repeated attempts to avoid temptations, he is eventually dragged into his former violent lifestyle while assisting Kleinfeld against an Italian Mafia boss.
Sam Dawson is an intellectually disabled father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of a group of friends who also have disabilities. As Lucy grows up her intellectual superiority threatens their relationship. Things get more complicated when Lucy is placed in foster care but keeps coming back to her dad.
After a fatal automobile accident, lives of three unrelated individuals intersect each other – a mathematics professor with a bad heart condition, a grieving mother with a reckless past, and a reformed former convict with faith in Jesus. The movie presents three simultaneous stories about the past and present of these three individuals entwined by the fateful accident.
Poncelet is awaiting execution for rape and murder of a teenage couple. As the day of his execution nears he writes to Sister Helen Prejean, hoping that she will help him with his appeal. Based on a true incident, the story focuses on Sister Prejean’s interaction with Poncelet and how she guided the arrogant and remorseless man to open admission of his crime and acceptance divine forgiveness. .
The coming-of-age story revolves around the lives of sophomores, Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner, and their friends, Linda and Mike. Stacy’s older brother, Brad, is also trying to figure things out after a break up while Stacy becomes pregnant. There is also Jeff Spicoli, a stoned surfer who is constantly going up against teacher Mr.Hand.
Based on the eponymous novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line is a war drama revolving around a group of soldiers fighting to capture Guadalcanal for the Allied Forces during World War II. Featuring a brilliant star cast of Sean Penn, John Travolta, George Clooney, Jim Caviezel, and more, this film focuses on American soldiers trying to capture Japanese bunkers.
Through flashbacks, this biographical film records the career of Harvey Milk who became America's first openly gay person to be elected to public office on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors following a successful campaign led by his young partner and campaign manager Scott Smith. A year later, he is assassinated by his former conservative colleague Dan White.
Emmett Ray is a famed jazz guitarist, who believes that love is a hindrance to his musical career. His views start to change after he develops affection for a shy and mute woman. However, shortly after he gains fame, he gets married to a wealthy socialite on a whim.
Before Night Falls is a biographical drama film which revolves around the life and the writings of a well-known Cuban author named Reinaldo Arenas. The film spans the whole area of his life, starting from his childhood and how he embraced the Revolution and later faced persecution, to his exile and death in the United States.
Daydreamer Walter Mitty, the negative assets manager of Life magazine, finds his job at risk when the publication decides to go online. Matters complicate further when the negative 25 which is to be used for the cover of the last edition goes missing. To find Sean, the photographer, Walter steps out of his ordinary life and embarks on a real life adventurous journey around the world.
Joel Goodson decides to cut loose with his friend Mike, after his parents go away for a trip. He ends up having sex with prostitute Lana, getting the house burgled, and crashing his father’s Porsche. He finally decides to turn the house into a brothel with Lana for a night to earn enough to pay for the repairs.
This war drama film takes us to the Vietnam War, and it tells the story of Private Eriksson who must not only fight against the enemy but also his own squad leader, Sergeant Tony Meserve, when he orders the squad members to kidnap and rape a poor farm girl.
Bobby is heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debts before the Russian mafia kills him. However, he is forced to stop in a town in Arizona, when his car breaks down. He gets caught in various problems after he meets Grace, a local resident.
Based on real events, this crime thriller film tells the story of a furniture salesman in 1972, who comes up with a plan to kill the then-President of the US, Richard Nixon. His plan involves hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House in order to drop a gas bomb.
This Must be The Place is a comedy drama film, which tells the story of a former rockstar who, after his father’s death, sets out to find the Nazi war criminal, who is responsible for his father’s humiliation during the Second World War.
Retiring detective, Jerry Black, promises a mother to find the murderer of her young daughter. Unconvinced that it’s an open-and-shut case, Jerry buys petrol-pump, moves in that area where he discovers more cases and clues. As he grows closer to bartender Lori, her young daughter reports befriending a person nearer to suspect’s description. So now Jerry has to quickly nab the killer.
In 1949, Mobster Mickey Cohen rules the California criminal underworld and has even police and politicians in his pocket. A secret police unit called the Gangster Squad, comprising of Sergeant John O’Mara, Sergeant Jerry Wooters, Lieutenant Coleman Harris, Conwell Keeler, Max Kennard, and Navidad Ramirez finally manages to bring him down.
Based on two memoirs, one by Valerie Plame and the other by her diplomat husband, the film follows the life of Valerie Plame, an intelligence officer involved in several important projects. She has been able to hide her profession from the outside world until husband’s article in a popular magazine angers the White House and her identity is leaked.
Critically acclaimed, experimental-drama film, The Tree of Life, is based in Texas in 1950s. It explores the story of a father, a mother and three brothers, through the eyes of the youngest son Jack. He takes the viewers into his life and mind as a middle-aged adult, who is going through an existential crisis, while reminiscing his childhood struggles.
Silvia Broome, who grew up in South Africa, is an expert in various languages and thus works as an interpreter in the United Nations. One day, she accidentally overhears a conversation around a plan to kill the African dictator Zuwanie who is accused of genocide. Secret Service agent Keller and Woods are tasked to protect him. Keller, however has his doubts about Silvia’s claim and intention.
Based on an award-winning novel of the same name, this political drama film revolves around the life of Willie Stark, an idealistic lawyer, who becomes the governor of Louisiana. However, as he rises to power, he also finds himself involved with corruption.
The Gunman is an action drama film, which tells the story of an assassin, who is forced to go into hiding after he kills the minister of mines in Congo. Years later, when he returns to the country as a charity worker, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.
What Just Happened is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Ben, a veteran Hollywood producer, who is going through a tough time, but struggles to finish his new film, while also dealing with his personal problems. Meanwhile, he is also trying to maintain a relationship with his young daughter.
A low-paying pawn shop employee, Weslake joins in on a plan by an amateur musician Dillard, an illegal immigrant Ramon, a pimp named Broadwalk, and a homeless man named Turtle to break into the large safe in the pawn shop. But the rewards might not be what they expected.
Based on the life of Marjane Satrapi, the animated movie follows her journey from a young girl in Iran to growing up to be a punk-loving teenage and leaving for Paris. When she returns to Iran, it has become more intolerant with religious absurdities and liberals are being executed.
The flightless birds of the Bird Island are a happy population, except for the three outcasts – hot-tempered Red, speedy Chuck and explosive Bomb. When the mysterious green piggies arrive on their island, everyone happily welcomes them. But Red suspects that there is some covert reason behind their visit. With Chuck and Bomb, Red sets out to get to the bottom of it.
Sean Penn Awards
|Milk||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||2009|
|Mystic River||Best Actor in a Leading Role||2004|
|Mystic River||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||2004|