As is the case with most stars of iconic super hero movies, Christian Bale’s legacy will always go something like Bruce Wayne first, any other role second. His turn as the Dark Knight resonates with many as the definitive name in Batman movies, but those familiar with his body of work know that playing the Caped Crusader (Bat-lisp and all) doesn’t do his talent justice. Considering his incredible body of work, Bale has to be considered one of his generation’s premier actors, neck-in-neck with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. What follows is a list of his absolute best work done outside of the realm of Gotham City. Before you flock to movie theaters July 20 to watch Christopher Nolan’s conclusion, be sure to check out the following classic Bale cuts.