Gladiator (2000) Tapped for the throne after the death of the emperor, Roman general Maximus instead finds himself condemned to death by the late ruler's power-hungry son. Escaping execution, Maximus becomes a powerful gladiator, bent on exacting revenge in the ring. Cast:Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris...1a
Russell Crowe in Ron Howard's 'A Beautiful Mind', 2001 - Director Ron Howard in tandem with Akiva Goldman's brilliant screenplay crafted a seriously intelligent film about the life & struggles of mathematician, John Nash. Kudos to Russell Crowe for not giving an 'over the top' performance, rather through rich character development & amazing gestures - allowing the audience to empathize with his character. Jennifer Connelly is superb as Nash's wife too!