Javier Bardem


Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (born March 1, 1969) is a Spanish actor. He is the the first Spanish actor to nominated for an Academy Award (Best Actor) for Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls (2000), with Johnny Depp, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Santiago Magill and Michael Wincott. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh Joel & Ethan Coen‘s No Country for Old Men (2007), with Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald, and Woody Harrelson.

Bardem has also received critical acclaim for his roles in films such as Bigas Luna’s Jamón Jamón (1992), with Jordi Mollá and Penélope Cruz (whom he married in 2010), Manuel Gómez Pereira’s Mouth to Mouth (1995), with Aitana Sánchez-Gijón; Pedro Almodóvar‘s Live Flesh (1997), Fernando León de Aranoa’s Mondays in the Sun (2002), with Luis Tosar and José Ángel Egido; Alejandro Amenábar’s The Sea Inside (2004), with Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera, and Celso Bugallo; Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), with Patricia Clarkson, Cruz, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Messina; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful (2010), earning his third Academy Award nomination (Best Actor); and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall (2012), with Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Judi Dench.

Other notable films include Álex de la Iglesia’s Dance with the Devil (1997), with Rosie Perez; John Malkovich’s The Dancer Upstairs (2002), with Juan Diego Botto and Laura Morante; Michael Mann‘s Collateral (2004), with Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx., Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, and Bruce McGill; Miloš Forman‘s Goya’s Ghost (2006), with Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgård; Mike Newell’s Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), with Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hector Elizondo, Liev Schreiber, Ana Claudia Talancón, Fernanda Montenegro, Laura Harring, and John Leguizamo; and Eat Pray Love (2010), with Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, and Billy Crudup.

Later films include Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder (2013), with Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, and Rachel McAdams; Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor (2013), with Michael Fassbender, Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt; Autómata (2014), with Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, and Tim McInnerny; The Gunman (2015), with Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, and Ray Winstone; The Last Face (2016), with Charlize Theron, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Jean Reno; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), with Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and Kevin McNally; and Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! (2017), with Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, and Kristen Wiig

Films in the 2020’s Sally Potter’s The Road Not Taken (2020), with Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, and Laura Linney; Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (2021), with Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Brolin, Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, and Jason Momoa.

Bardem has also won several other awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival (tied with Elio Germano), and two Volpi Cups at Venice Film Festival.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Ages of Lulu (1990) – directed by Bigas Luna – aka Las edades de Lulú
  • High Heels (1991) – directed by Pedro Almodóvar – aka Tacones lejanos
  • Brain (1991) – directed by Paul De La Sierra – short
  • Amo tu cama rica (1992) – directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro
  • Jamón Jamón (1992) – directed by Bigas Luna
  • The Bilingual Lover (1993) – directed by Vicente Aranda – aka El Amante Bilingüe
  • Huidos (1993) – directed by Sancho Garcia
  • Golden Balls (1993) – directed by Bigas Luna – aka Huevos de oro
  • The Detective and Death (1994) – directed by Gonzalo Suárez – aka El detective y la muerte
  • Numbered Days (1994) – directed by Imanol Uribe – aka Días contados
  • The Tit and the Moon (1994) – directed by Bigas Luna – aka La teta y la luna
  • Pronòstic reservat (1994) – directed by Antonio Mollà – short
  • Mouth to Mouth (1995) – directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira – aka Boca a boca
  • La Madre (1996) – directed by Miguel Bardem – short
  • Éxtasis (1996) – directed by Mariano Barroso
  • Mambrú (1996) – directed by Pedro Pérez Jiménez – short
  • Not Love Just Frenzy (1996) – directed by Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Bardem, & David Menkes – aka Más que amor, frenesí
  • Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1997) – directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira – aka El amor perjudica seriamente la salud
  • Airbag (1997) – directed by Juanma Bajo Ulloa
  • Dance with the Devil (1997) – directed by Álex de la Iglesia – aka Perdita Durango
  • Live Flesh (1997) – directed by Pedro Almodóvar – aka Carne trémula
  • Torrente, the Dumb Arm of the Law (1998) – directed by Santiago Segura – aka Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley
  • Between Your Legs (1999) – directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira – aka Entre las piernas
  • Los Lobos de Washington (1999) – directed by Mariano Barroso – also executive producer
  • Second Skin (1999) – directed by Gerardo Vera – aka Segunda piel
  • Before Night Falls (2000) – directed by Julian Schnabel
  • Don’t Tempt Me (2001) – directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes – uncredited cameo – aka Bendito Infierno, Sin noticias de Dios, & No News From God
  • The Dancer Upstairs (2002) – directed by John Malkovich
  • Mondays in the Sun (2002) – directed by Fernando León de Aranoa – aka Los lunes al sol
  • Collateral (2004) – directed by Michael Mann
  • The Sea Inside (2004) – directed by Alejandro Amenábar – aka Mar adentro
  • Goya’s Ghost (2006) – directed by Miloš Forman
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) – directed by Mike Newell
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – directed by Woody Allen
  • Biutiful (2010) – directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Eat Pray Love (2010) – directed by Ryan Murphy
  • Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony (2012) – directed by Álvaro Longoria – narrator – documentary
  • Skyfall (2012) – directed by Sam Mendes
  • Sherman and Pacifico (2012) – directed by Daniel Tarr – short
  • To the Wonder (2013) – directed by Terrence Malick
  • Scorpion in Love (2013) – directed by Santiago A. Zannou – aka Alacrán enamorado
  • L’Agent (2013) – directed by Penélope Cruz – short
  • The Counselor (2013) – directed by Ridley Scott
  • Autómata (2014) – directed by Gabe Ibáñez
  • The Gunman (2015) – directed by Pierre Morel
  • The Last Face (2016) – directed by Sean Penn
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) – directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
  • Mother! (2017)* – directed by Darren Aronofsky
  • Loving Pablo (2017) – directed by Fernando León de Aranoa – aka Escobar – also producer
  • Thy Kingdom Come (2018) – directed by Eugene Richards – short – also producer
  • Everybody Knows (2018) – directed by Asghar Farhadi – aka Todos lo saben
  • The Roads Not Taken (2020) – directed by Sally Potter
  • Dune (2021) – directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • The Little Mermaid (TBA) – directed by Rob Marshall
  • The Good Boss (TBA) – directed by Fernando León de Aranoa – aka El buen patrón