The 10 Best Julian Sands Movies, Ranked by Rotten Tomatoes

British actor Julian Sands was recently found and confirmed dead after disappearing while hiking in California’s San Gabriel Mountains. Sands is a beautiful, talented and incredibly versatile actor, most famous for his worthy performance as George Emerson in the romantic drama. A room with a view. He also acted as a demon Warlock and historical figures since Percy Bysshe Shelley with Franz Liszt.

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Sands is not afraid of playing monsters, including the obsessive surgeon Boxing Helena, The famous character Dario Argento’s kitschy The Phantom of the Operaand pedophile farmers in Painted birds. With a career spanning 70 films and more than 50 television shows, Sands left behind a legacy of outstanding character actors.

10 ‘Warlock’ (1989)

Julian Sands in 'Warlock' (1989)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Warlock (Sands), the son of Satan, was arrested and sentenced to death in 1691. Satan had awakened Warlock 300 years into the future, giving him a mission to find the three parts of the Grand Grimoire. He is pursued by the time-traveling witch hunter, Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant) and the beautiful servant, Kassandra (Lori the singer).

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The film received mixed reviews, with some critics finding The Warlock A kind of time travel version of The Terminator. Sands was praised for his “hugely brutal presence”. He reprived the role in the 1993 sequel Warlock: Armageddon.

9 ‘Gothic’ (1986)

Top left clockwise: Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Gabriel Byrne and Myriam Cyr in 'Gothic' (1986)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

On a hot summer night in 1816, Mary Shelley (Natasha Richardson), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Sands), Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne), Dr. John Polidori (Timothy Spall) and Claire Clairmont (Myriam Cyr) held a séance in a remote Swiss mansion. The group is later haunted by a terrifying visitation, based on their personal fears of the worst. The night inspired Mary to write ‘Frankenstein’ and Polidori ‘The Vampyre’.

According to the actual meeting of these great writers, Ken Russell’s campy Gothic at the top. Critics were not particularly impressed, but the film became a cult favorite. Chance is clearly amused as the wide-eyed, flamboyant Percy, who sees the tragedy of his own death by drowning less than 10 years later. GothicThe Shelleys’ performance is heightened by the tragic early deaths of Richardson at 45, and now Sands at 65.

8 ‘Tale of a Vampire’ (1992)

Julian Sands and Suzanna Hamilton in 'Tale of a Vampire' (1992)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56% (Audience Score)

before Interview with the Vampire Hit the screen, Sands gave an outstanding performance as a melancholy, undead Alex Tale of a Vampire. Alex is saddened by the loss of his love, Virginia, but meets a young woman – Ann (Suzanna Hamilton) – who greatly resembles her. Ann is grieving the loss of her own lover, and the two begin a strained, uneasy relationship.

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Tale of a Vampire A slow-paced horror film, the focus is on interpersonal drama rather than traditional blood-sucking. It is the first English film by a Japanese female director Shimako SatoBased on the poem of Edgar Allan Poe.

7 ‘Empty Lunch’ (1991)

Julian Sands in 'Naked Lunch' (1991)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

This strange surrealist film stars Sands in a supporting role as a shape-shifting centipede. William (Peter Weller) is an exterminator who is affected by his own insecticide, making him hallucinate people as giant insects. He meets Yves Cloquet (Sands) in North Africa, who initially appears to be a nice gentleman from Switzerland.

Critics feel that there are some naked lunchAgree with the body horror (usually for the director David Cronenberg) is not to everyone’s taste. Sands is ironically never more beautiful on the screen as Cloquet in his previous form of seapede.

6 ‘Suddenly’ (1991)

Julian Sands and Hugh Grant in 'Impromptu' (1991)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

In 1830s Paris, controversial but accomplished female writer George Sand (Judy Davis) following composer Frédéric Chopin (Hugh Grant). Sand’s confidant is Countess Marie D’Agoult (Bernadette Peters), the mistress of pianist Franz Liszt (Sands) – who secretly wanted Chopin for himself.

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suddenly It received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising it as an entertaining historical comedy. Sands shines as the passionate, passionate Liszt and has wonderful chemistry with Peters.

5 ‘The Painted Bird’ (2019)

Julian Sands in 'The Painted Bird' (2019)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

This brutal art war film follows a young boy (Petr Kotlár) terrifying experience during the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe. Sands is excellent as Garbos, the child-abusing farmer with whom the boys are forced to live. His gruesome death – a boy tricked into falling into a rat hole – is heartwarming.

Sands proved his versatility and range Painted birds, and his willingness to tackle a truly terrifying character. He has been praised as “the world’s best character actor” and for giving “a striking yet nuanced performance”.

4 ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ (1995)

Julian Sands in 'Leaving Las Vegas' (1995)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Ben (Nicholas Cage), having lost his family, friends and job, went to Las Vegas with the intention of drinking himself to death. He met and bonded with Sera (Elisabeth Shue), a prostitute who works for the abusive pimp, Yuri (Sands).

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Sands is as cold as Yuri’s badass, and his scenes with Shue feel very uncomfortable. Leave Las Vegas Overall, it has been praised and nominated for several Academy Awards.

3 ‘The Killing Field’ (1984)

Julian Sands and John Malkovich in 'The-Killing-Fields' (1984)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

This contemporary historical drama continues the experiences of two journalists: Puja Dith Pran).Mr. Ngok) and American Sydney Schnaberg (Sam Waterton) – records the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.

Sands plays a supporting role as Jon Swain, a British journalist who unsuccessfully tries to help Pran escape with a forged passport. Although Sands’ screen time was small, his work was quite memorable Killing field That would become an early breakout film.

2 ‘Arachnophobia’ (1990)

Julian Sands in 'Arachnophobia' (1990)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Entomologist James Atherton (Sands) discovers a new (scary) spider species during a field trip to Venezuela. The terrible arachnid immediately killed the photographer and emigrated to the United States through the latter’s coffin. Atherton and the spider (and more spider kin) gather in a small town in California, where the arachnid family has been brutally busy.

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Arachnophobia Hailed by critics as a sharp horror comedy that is still fun today. Sands is excellent as the skeptical English scientist, whose initial skepticism of the arachnid culprit is redeemed in his valiant (if failed) attempt to capture the ‘common’ spider.

1 ‘Room with a View’ (1985)

Julian Sands in 'A Room With A View' (1985)
Image via Merchant Ivory Productions

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter), a proper Edwardian Englishwoman, meets the free-spirited George Emerson (Sands) on a trip to Florence. George suddenly kisses Lucy in the poppy field, leading to her servant, Charlotte (Mackie Smith), cut their journey short. Back in England, Lucy becomes Cecil’s respectful but snobbish (Daniel Day-Lewis). When George and his father (Denholm Eliot) Accidentally moving nearby, Lucy must choose between respect and repressed lust.

A room with a view It is a beautiful romantic comedy film, received warmth from critics and audiences alike. Sands is wonderful as the enigmatic George, changing from silence to spontaneous declarations of passion – always with a sincerity that is both believable and endearing.

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