You loved him as X-Men: First Class' Magneto. Now check out these other Michael Fassbender movies, starting with last year's controversial Shame.

By Chris Nashawaty
Updated April 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

? SHAME (2011, NC-17, 1 hr., 41 mins.)

British director Steve McQueen’s unrelenting indie is not for the prudish. And it certainly isn’t a date movie. But as a charming yet desperate New York City sex addict, Fassbender shows why he may be the most fearless actor alive (trust me, this thing’s rated NC-17 for a reason). He’s insatiable, like a shark that thinks it’ll die if it stops screwing, and his performance is a go-for-broke marvel. Too bad the rest of the movie’s so glum and chilly. It makes Bad Lieutenant look like Snow White. B

? FISH TANK (2010, Not Rated, 2 hrs., 4 mins.)

Andrea Arnold’s blue-collar British import about the troubled relationship between a teenage girl and her screwed-up mother is loaded with aching, heartbreaking performances. It’s an underseen gem. As the new man in this broken family’s lives, Fassbender is the kind of sympathetic predator we can’t quite figure out…until it’s too late. A-

? INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009, R, 2 hrs., 33 mins.)

Lost between Brad Pitt’s jut-jawed heroism and Christoph Waltz’s ”that’s-a-bingo” Nazi menace, Fassbender was one of Quentin Tarantino’s sliest casting coups in this bloody riff on WWII films. As the cucumber-cool British lieutenant Archie Hicox, he’s like a reincarnation of Cary Grant — smooth, dangerous, and unpredictable. Just like the actor playing him. A-

? HUNGER (2009, Not Rated, 1 hr., 36 mins.)

If you’re wondering where Fassbender first grabbed Hollywood’s attention, look no further than this bleak and blistering re-creation of the last six weeks of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands’ life as he wasted away in a Belfast prison in 1981. Fassbender, who shed more than 30 pounds for the role, turns into a living ghost before your eyes and makes you feel the weight of Sands’ humanity. A-