The Best James Franco Movies Films

The Best James Franco Movies

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List of the best James Franco movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. At the beginning of his acting career, James Franco appeared in Judd Apatow's short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks, setting the stage for this dynamic duo to collaborate on future films. James Franco's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top James Franco movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Franco movies will be at the top of the list. James Franco has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Franco movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Franco films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best James Franco role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest James Franco performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Everything from 127 Hours to Pineapple Express is included on this list.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Franco movies?" and "What are the greatest James Franco roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Franco's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Seth Rogan movies and best Jonah Hill movies.


James Franco has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Robert Altman and Judd Apatow. Is James Franco your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Andrew Dice Clay and Jeremy Renner films lists too.



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    127 Hours

    James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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    Pineapple Express

    Amber Heard, James Franco, Seth Rogen

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    This Is the End

    Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Spider-Man 2

    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    - 28
    Spider-Man

    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Interview

    James Franco, Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi

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    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

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    James Dean

    James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Edward Herrmann

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    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Tristan & Isolde

    James Franco, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong

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    Annapolis

    James Franco, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson

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    Flyboys

    James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester

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    Date Night

    Mila Kunis, Olivia Munn, Tina Fey

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    Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco

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    City by the Sea

    Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku

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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

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    Camille

    James Franco, Sienna Miller, David Carradine

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    Your Highness

    Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco

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    Howl

    James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker

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    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet

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    Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, James Franco

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    An American Crime

    James Franco, Ellen Page, Catherine Keener

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    - 6
    In the Valley of Elah

    Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

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    Sonny

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Mena Suvari

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    The Wicker Man

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski

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    The Great Raid

    James Franco, Sam Worthington, Connie Nielsen

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    G-Force

    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi

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    Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse

    Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel

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    Deuces Wild

    James Franco, Debbie Harry, Matt Dillon

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    The Green Hornet

    Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Seth Rogen

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    The Car Kid

    The Car Kid James Franco, Meat Loaf, Brad Renfro

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    Blind Spot

    James Franco, Ike Gingrich, Morgan H. Margolis

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    To Serve and Protect

    To Serve and Protect James Franco, Amy Acker, Craig T. Nelson

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    About Cherry

    James Franco, Heather Graham, Megan Boone

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    The Ape

    The Ape James Franco, Allison Bibicoff, Vince Jolivette

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    The Iceman

    James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans

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    The Company

    James Franco, Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell

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    Nights in Rodanthe

    James Franco, Diane Lane, Richard Gere

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    Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem

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    The Dead Girl

    James Franco, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne

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    Sal

    Sal James Franco, Jim Parrack, Vince Jolivette

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    - 1
    1973

    1973 James Franco, Gabrielle Union, Ben Foster

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    Mother Ghost

    James Franco, Dana Delany, Charles Durning

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    Love & Distrust

    Love & Distrust Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr., James Franco

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    Good Time Max

    James Franco, Richard Portnow, Charity Shea

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    The Broken Tower

    The Broken Tower James Franco, Michael Shannon, Dave Franco

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    At Any Cost

    At Any Cost James Franco, Gene Simmons, Glenn Quinn

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