When Bradley Cooper earned a best actor nod for his performance in American Sniper, it marked his third consecutive Oscar nomination.
Cooper has also given great performances in lesser-known movies that went mostly overlooked by audiences. Let’s take a look at some of the best Bradley Cooper movies and performances that you might have missed.
Seasoned writer Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) narrates his new novel about a struggling writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) who rockets to fame after passing off a masterfully written manuscript from the 1940s as his own. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought when the real author surfaces (Jeremy Irons). Release date: September 7, 2012.
The Place Beyond the Pines
This slow-burning crime saga explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke Glanton’s (Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. Release date: March 29, 2013.
Bradley Cooper plays a supporting role as a psychiatrist in this overlooked horror thriller about Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger), an idealistic social worker, who rescues 10-year-old Lilith (Jodelle Ferland) from her abusive parents. When Emily welcomes the girl into her home, she discovers that the situation is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Release date: October 1, 2010.
Wet Hot American Summer
This hilarious cult classic spoofs the ’80s summer-camp comedies. Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino and Marguerite Moreau star as counselors trying to get some action on the last day of summer camp. Release date: July 27, 2001.