7 Christian Bale Movies To See Before “Dark Knight Rises”

By: 06.14.12  •  44 Comments

1. Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Bale’s first major role came with Steven Spielberg sitting in the director’s chair. That must have been tough. Playing a young British teenager separated from his parents in Japan, Bale showcased an uncanny ability to carry a movie, and as a 14-year-old no less. Even when working around a strong cast – featuring All-Star curmudgeon John Malkovich – Bale was the best part of Empire. So good, in fact, that he earned the “Best Performance By A Juvenile Actor” award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

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