9) My Own Private Idaho
Critics and fans might cite “Point Break,” “Parenthood” or even “Speed” as Keanu Reeves’ breakout roles but it was Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho” that separated him as a surprisingly good actor in the early 1990s – even though some of those other roles don’t require “great acting.”
Reeves plays Scott Favor, a rebellious Henry V lost soul combining elements of someone who can be despicable one minute and endearing the next.
This is also when he became best friends with co-star River Phoenix, who subsequently overdosed on drugs shortly after the movie. Their affection for each other and their chemistry oozes off the screen in this gem.