Scott Bakula has long dominated television, starring in long-running series such as “Quantum Leap” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Lately, he’s headlined in the CBS hit show “NCIS: New Orleans.” The veteran actor might be more famous for his TV roles, but Bakula is no stranger to the big screen. Let’s explore his top five greatest flicks:

“Lord of Illusions” (1995)

LordillusionsposterWritten and directed by horror mastermind Clive Barker, “Lord of Illusions” is a true cult classic. Bakula brings Barker regular, paranormal investigator Harry D’Amour to life with the perfect amount of bravado and self-deprecating humor. Complimenting Bakula is Famke Janssen as his romantic interest during the horror-noir romp.

“The Informant!” (2009)

The Informant!” may be Matt Damon’s greatest cinematic appearance, garnering a commendable criticalinformant reception, despite lukewarm audience reviews. Scott Bakula portrays FBI Special Agent Brian Shepherd. Riddled with dry humor, “The Informant!” assumes a Coen Bros. style comedy, which Bakula nails as the ever-exasperated Agent Shepherd.

“American Beauty” (1999)

American_Beauty_posterSam Mendes’ 1999 masterpiece usually connotes Kevin Spacey, the headliner, but “American Beauty” features one of Scott Bakula’s best performances. Though many of his roles (“Quantum Leap,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,”) are sci-fi oriented, “American Beauty” finds Bakula playing a normal guy. He assumes the right amount of dorky normality, and his portrayal of Jim Olmeyer in “American Beauty” really highlights Bakula’s on-screen versatility.

“Necessary Roughness” (1991)

There’s no denying Scott Bakula is a master of comedy and enjoyable cheesiness, and sports comedy “Necessary Necessary_roughness_posterRoughness” creates the perfect terrain for Bakula. It centers around the Texas State University football program in the aftermath of a scandal that forces the team to completely rebuild. Bakula stars as Paul Blake, a 34 year old who never attended university, but is recruited to star on the Texas State football team. Despite a decidedly mixed reception, several critics including the late, great Roger Ebert recognized the brilliance of “Necessary Roughness.”

“I-Man” (1986)

Truthfully, “I-Man” isn’t a great film, and probably not even a good one. One of the plentiful Walt Disney’s IManWonderful World of Color Sunday evening TV movies, “I-Man” features Scott Bakula as Jeffrey Wilder, a man who has an accident with a strange alien gas. Rather than dying from the foreign substance, he gains the ability to heal himself naturally. Sure, it’s goofy and the plot is predictable, but it’s simply a fun, corny sci-fi flick.