Played a charming traveling salesman who seduces a frustrated housewife on vacation in the Catskills in Tony Goldwyn's directorial debut "A Walk on the Moon"
Portrayed a German literary professor in the 1930s, who is enlisted in the Nazi party in "Good"
Starred as Frank T. Hopkins, one of the greatest long-distance endurance horse riders, in "Hidalgo"
Starred in the darkly comic thriller "The Crew"
Appeared as one of the suitors of Isabel Archer in "Portrait of the Lady"
Co-starred with Ed Harris in the Western "Appaloosa"; also directed and co-scripted by Harris
Featured in the unimpressive horror sequel "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III" and the slightly better faring Western sequel "Young Guns II"
Had roles in "Swing Shift" (1984) and "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985); both cut before release of film
Starred in the Fox TV-movie remake of the 1970 action-thriller "Vanishing Point"
Appeared in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle "Daylight"
Made a cameo with former wife Exene Cervenka as a homeless couple in the quirky comedy "Floundering"
Played an FBI agent sent to infiltrate the Japanese crime organization Yakuza in the independent actioner "American Yakuza"
Played Lucifer in Gregory Widen's eerie supernatural feature "The Prophecy"
Re-teamed with "A History of Violence" director David Cronenberg for the Russian mob-themed "Eastern Promises"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
Starred opposite Sandra Bullock as a star baseball pitcher in recovery in the rehab-set comedy-drama "28 Days"
Acted in the quirky, progressive music-infused comedy "Salvation!"; met future wife, X singer Exene Cervenka
Cast as frontiersman Jim Bowie in the historical drama "The Alamo"
Delivered strong performance opposite Demi Moore in Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane"
Starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in "Alatriste," a Spanish film based on the series of novels written by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Cast as Sigmund Freud opposite Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"
Again starred as Aragorn in the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's <i>Lord of the Rings</i> adaptations, "The Return of the King"
Appeared as the weapons officer in Tony Scott's suspense thriller "Crimson Tide"
First leading role in a feature, Renny Harlin's suspenseful "Prison"
Plays a nice family man in a small town who gets in touch with a not-so-nice side of himself in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"
With Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, formed the third leg of the triangular romance in "A Perfect Murder"; also provided the original art used in the film
Acted in the ABC Afterschool Special "High School Narc"
Cast as a wheelchair-bound snitch in "Carlito's Way"
Co-starred as Sam Loomis, Marion Crane's boyfriend, in Gus Van Sant's remake of "Psycho"
Delivered impressive starring performance in "The Reflecting Skin"
Cast as the Man in the feature adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel "The Road"
Feature acting debut, "Witness" playing the brother of Alexander Godunov
Assumed the role that would forever be tied to his name: the mysterious ranger Strider in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic novel <i>The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring</i>
Portrayed David Morse's violent tempered brother with a remarkable turn in Sean Penn's powerful directorial debut "The Indian Runner"
Reprised role of Strider, also known as Aragorn, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
Appeared in "Let's Get Lost" the documentary biopic of jazz musician Chet Baker
Played first major TV role in the CBS historical miniseries, "George Washington" (CBS)
Portrayed Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs in feature adaptation of "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
Appeared as Ben, the patriarch of a peculiar American family, in "Captain Fantastic"
Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Captain Fantastic"; lost to Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea"