10 Must-See Paul Walker Movies In Honor Of The Actor's Fifth Death Anniversary
It's been five years since Paul Walker, the well-loved and hugely popular actor who breathed life into so many film characters, lost his life in a tragic accident on November 30, 2013.
The silver screen star was on his way from a charitable event spearheaded by his own foundation, Reach Out Worldwide, whose beneficiaries were the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
The passing of time has not at all dimmed the memories of the bright-eyed actor with an easygoing style and ruggedly handsome good looks.
Though Paul had many films in the early stages of his career, it was truly his role as Brian O'Connor in the Fast and Furious franchise that skyrocketed him to household name status.
Paul was one of those movie stars who kept his private life and family protected. When not working on a film project, he would go off the grid—usually out of the country on surfing trips to relax and de-stress. More details of his personal life were revealed in a documentary that paid tribute to his short but extraordinary life called I Am Paul Walker, released in August this year.
In a recent interview to promote the documentary, Paul's father and two brothers talked about his charity works that have largely been conducted away from the public eye. Some of these works include the times when Paul asked his friends, who were doctors and firefighters, to hop on a plane headed to Haiti, to help the victims of the 2010 earthquake that affected the island nation.
In an emotional part of the interview, his family described Paul as a loving son, dad, and older brother.
On the professional side, all seven of the Fast and Furious movies will forever be the pieces of Paul's life that everyone will remember him for, as they were also the projects he received most of his accolades from.
In 2002, Paul, along with Vin Diesel, was named Best On-Screen Team by the MTV Movie Awards for The Fast and the Furious, and snagged two more awards in 2014 and 2015 for Best On-Screen Duo (again with Vin Diesel) at the MTV Movie Awards for Fast and Furious 6, and the Choice Movie Actor: Action at the Teen Choice Awards for Furious 7, which went on to be the very last film Paul worked on.
To join those closest to Paul in preserving his legacy of iconic films and memorable characters, we've rounded up a list of 10 must-see films featuring him in many different lights. After all, just as his life was multi-faceted and four-dimensional, so is his body of work that will continue to delight movie lovers for years to come.
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As one of the first items on his filmography, Pleasantville thrust Paul into the big arena of acting when he found himself alongside movie giants of the era like William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels. To earn a spot in this film which eventually rung up three Oscar nominations was a positive portender for what was to come; Paul would eventually work his way from minor supportive cast member to leading man who captivated a worldwide audience.
Varsity Blues, 1999
The 90s were the golden era of coming of age movies, and Paul Walker rode that wave like a pro. Beginning his career with lighthearted movies like this is everything the sentimental Walker fan needs to further appreciate their idol's rise to fame. Varsity Blues a nice, nostalgic trip down memory lane, and it's also one of the handful of notable movies that highlight roles of Paul outside of the Fast and Furious universe.
She's All That, 1999
In the same vein as Varsity Blues, She's All That would continue to bring smiles and laughs to Paul's fans who have been with him since the very beginning. A teen-centric movie all about a jock on a mission to turn his high school's resident "unattractive girl" into the most desirable of them all, the 90s cult classic is a time capsule of Paul's adorably boyish years.
The Fast and Furious, 2001
Of course you can't miss out on the movie that started it all. The first installment in the million-dollar franchise was where we first saw the drag racing gang get together with Paul at front and center.
Into The Blue, 2005
While not exactly a blockbuster film, Into the Blue was a major hit with Paul Walker's most intense of female fans (and there are many). The reason for this is plain and simple: the film had Paul shirtless for most of his scenes and trained the spotlight on the washboard abs he needed for the role. The movie's action sequences and considerable plot comes second to the eye candy that was Paul and his co-star Jessica Alba.
Flags of Our Fathers, 2006
This Oscar-nominated creation showed how great Paul could be as a solo actor leading a film, but also one that could shine as part of an ensemble cast. Historical epic Flags of Our Fathers had Paul transform into a more capable talent who had developed better on-screen timing and finess over the years.
The Lazarus Project, 2008
Having proven his acting prowess and ability to take on other roles that require more artful execution, Paul's foray into the mystery and crime genre went rather well. The Lazarus Project saw him helming a film of this kind for the very first time and marked an expansion for his career, albeit it was one that ended too soon.
If anyone had asked Paul Walker if he would ever be in a period piece about a good old-fashioned American bank robbery, he probably would have laughed it off and consider it an impossibility. Yet the dad of one did eventually come to star in such a film alongside the unlikely tandem of Hayden Christensen and Chris Brown, creating one of the most unforeseen yet workable onscreen mash-ups in his career. Yet again, Takers was a testament to Paul's versatility as an actor; no matter who he was matched with, his flexibility shone through.
Taking on the responsibility of bringing a real-life American horror story to life, Paul portrayed Nolan Hayes, a father who desperately needed to keep his ailing daughter alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was the most dramatic and heartfelt role Paul had played until his untimely death.
Furious 7, 2015
Fans of Paul and the Fast and Furious franchise were exuberant when news reports communicated that the production and release of the 7th installment to the series would still be released, despite Paul not completing filming. The movie proved to be a tribute to the late actor as well as a technological feat for the industry considering that the film's visual effects team, with the help of two of Paul's brothers, managed to create CGI versions of Paul in crucial scenes.
I Am Paul Walker, 2018
Now here's something really special. A documentary highlighting Paul's childhood, his Hollywood career, personal life, and friend's and family's fondest memories of him was released this year. An emotional journey of a life that ended too soon, it's definitely worth checking out by the most diehard of Walker fans.
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