Chris Pine’s best movies

Chris Pine takes the lead in this week’s release of The Finest Hours, but thanks to a hugely successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise most will probably know him as James T. Kirk, but he’s got plenty of other good roles under his belt too.

He’s bagged a role in the DC Comics upcoming Wonder Woman and take on the role of Captain Kirk for a third time this summer, and in 2017 he’ll do it again for the fourth time in Star Trek Call of the Fleets.

Chris Pine's best movies

Chris Pine
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The 35 year old may have started out as Anne Hathaway’s love interest in The Princess Diaries 2, but he’s come a long way since then, playing a range of diverse and enjoyable characters.

This week sees him in The Finest Hours, a Disney production based on an incredible true story, it sees Pine take on the real-life role of Bernard ‘Bernie’ Webber as he leads a cast list that includes Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana.

The Finest Hours marks the return of Craig Gillespie to the director’s chair. Gillespie has brought us movies such as Lars the Real Girl and Fright Night and this is his first feature film since Million Dollar Arm.

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half.

On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. The Finest Hours is the story of their heroic mission, which is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.

Chris Pine stars in The Finest Hours this week, so here's his best movies to date

Chris Pine is Bernie Webber and Beau Knapp is Mel Gouthro in Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS, a heroic action-thirller based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.

The Finest Hours is released 19th February

Chris Pine’s best movies

Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness

The role of James T. Kirk remains the biggest of Pine’s career so far when the franchise was rebooted back in 2009. Pine, and the rest of the young cast, breathed new life into these popular characters as the Starship Enterprise set out on its maiden voyage.

This time around Kirk has a James Dean like swagger along with a major attitude as he struggles to find his place in the world. And the partnership between Pine and Zachary Quinto as Spock really is the heart and soul of the movie; Pine has that self confidence and cockiness to take gambles and risks paired with the logical Spock, who at first seems the more competent ruler, the calmer presence on the deck.

Star Trek Beyond is released this summer, and makes our list of must watch movies in 2016.


Pine teamed up with Denzel Washington for the uber exciting Unstoppable. Directed by Tony Scott this was a troubled character who is struggling to keep his home life together.

Washington and Pine are excellent together as the old timer showing the new guy the ropes while the young inspires the old. They are both carrying guilt from their personal lives but they manage to put their differences aside and risk their lives to save others. The pair work well and you can’t help but like them and will them on to succeed in the task that has been laid before them.

This Means War

This Means War is Bromance meets Romance as the friendship between CIA agents Tuck (Tom Hardy) and (Pine) is put to the test when they both fall for the same girl.

It’s all-out war, as the two spies battle each other with high-tech surveillance, advanced tactics, and an arsenal capable of bringing down a small country.

It might be your typical rom-com story but with Hardy and Pine leading up the cast it’s nothing but a joy to watch.


In a world where many post-apocalyptic films feature zombies, this one doesn’t. Instead this film’s culprit is a realistic infectious virus that has spread worldwide, killing almost everyone. Chris Pine, who plays Brian, the older brother of Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), who along with Brian’s girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Danny’s friend Kate (Emily VanCamp) are making their way to a place from their childhood where they’ll hold up and wait for the virus to die down. As they travel they strictly follow a set of rules that they believe will keep them all alive and stop them from becoming infected, but just like in every post-apocalyptic horror film, things don’t go as planned.

Pine does a great job of playing a young man who comes off as cold hearted SOB but he does what he does to protect his group. The rest of the cast also give excellent performances. This film didn’t come out till 2009, hoping to ride on the coattails of Star Trek’s success, but many people missed it.

Smokin’ Aces

Arguably his most alternative role to date, Pine shed the “pretty boy” romancer look he donned in The Princess Diaries follow-up to portray psychotic, neo-Nazi Darwin Tremor in gritty, con-crime drama Smokin’ Aces, alongside his on-screen brothers Kevin Durand and Maury Sterling. As well as Pine, the film hosts a whole bunch of famous faces including Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Alicia Keys and Ben Affleck.

Into the Woods

The film, based on the Stephen Sondheim musical, stars the likes of Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Johnny Depp, as well as Pine, as different fairy-tale characters that soon become part of a intertwined and dark, story.

Streep plays an evil witch who lays a curse upon a baker and his wife, so that they may never have children unless they help her reverse a curse of her own. As the two travel deep into the woods to retrieve items they need to fulfil the witch’s task, they encounter several different characters including Cinderella (and her prince, played by Pine), Little Red Riding Hood and Jack, from Jack And The Beanstalk, who either help or hinder them on their quest.

The Finest Hours is released 19th February

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