My Favorite Alan Rickman Movies

Alan Rickman is a god. That’s something I realized last Father’s Day weekend, when we gave in on a whim and did a Harry Potter movie marathon. As Severus Snape, Mr. Rickman didn’t really have a lot of screen time in the films (save for Deathly Hallows, Part Two, essentially the big reveal of the entire series). Still, he made the most of every second he had on-screen. He made us fall in love with an outwardly unlovable character, one who turned out to have a good heart and was, in my belief, the true hero of the Harry Potter series.

Severus Snape is not the only memorable character Alan Rickman gave us. Really, would the first Die Hard movie be the smash that it is if it weren’t for how well Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber played against Bruce Willis’ John McClane?

Of course there are others, and here is a list of my favorite movies where Alan Rickman stole the show.

1. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

In this Ang Lee adaptation of the Jane Austen book, Alan Rickman played Colonel Christopher Brandon, the brooding gentleman who fell in love with and in the end won the flighty Marianne Dashwood. It is easy for the Colonel Brandon character to appear stodgy, but Mr. Rickman saved him from that trap and made him so obviously the better choice for Marianne than John Willoughby right from the start.

2. Galaxy Quest (1999)

J.J. Abrams called this movie the best Star Trek movie ever made. Here, Alan Rickman is the poor and utterly miserable Alexander Dane, a talented Shakespearean actor who got stereotyped because of his role as Dr. Lazarus in a defunct TV show. The character is a parody of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in the original Star Trek.

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

I’m ashamed to say that I ignored Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker books before I saw this movie. And this movie is truly hilarious. Alan Rickman lent his voice to the woebegone Marvin the Paranoid Android, always sighing, always complaining, and always bemoaning the fact that he’s just too brilliant.

4. Dogma (1999)

Kevin Smith’s movies are always fun. In this fast, smart and snappy dig at the Catholic Church, Alan Rickman was Metatron, Herald of the Almighty and the Voice of the One True God. Oh, but he’s glorious here as a smarmy seraphim who always seems like he’s in a constant state of PMS.

Alan Rickman is a god. One of these days, I’ll do an Alan Rickman movie marathon just to revel in his film presence.

So, do you have a favorite Alan Rickman movie that is not Harry Potter? Why don’t you share it in the comments below?


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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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  1. Loretta

    One of my favourite Alan Rickman roles was in Closet Land – very suspenseful. I, too, think Alan Rickman is a god, and I just heard of his death, and I am devastated. First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman a few days later. My cultural heroes… icons, really. When your phrase “Alan Rickman is a god” popped up on my search I’ve come to your site. Hello – I’m here because in my grief I am seeking like- minded company.

    1. Anna Sibal-Gonzaga

      Hello Loretta. I’m sorry for your loss. Alan Rickman was indeed one of the best actors ever. News of his death is also devastating to me. He will definitely be missed.

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