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The Best Alan Rickman Movies

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This is a list of the best Alan Rickman movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Alan Rickman's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, with the Harry Potter franchise earning billions around the world. The order of these top Alan Rickman movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Alan Rickman movies will be at the top of the list. Alan Rickman has been in a lot of films, from Die Hard to Galaxy Quest, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Alan Rickman movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Alan Rickman films from Alan Rickman's filmography to settle the score.

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

Examples of films on this list include all eight entries in the Harry Potter franchise, in which Rickman played Professor Severus Snape, along with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, a film enlivened by Rickman's performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Alan Rickman movies?" and "What are the greatest Alan Rickman roles of all time?"

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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery

    Released1991

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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    Dogma

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1999

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    Truly, Madly, Deeply

    Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson

    Released1991

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Newell

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2007

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Quigley Down Under

    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman

    Released1990

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian western film. Starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and Laura San Giacomo, it was directed by Simon Wincer....  more

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    Released2005

    Directed byGarth Jennings

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    Alice in Wonderland

    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

    Released2010

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Bottle Shock

    Eliza Dushku, Chris Pine

    Released2008

    Directed byRandall Miller

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    Something the Lord Made

    Gabrielle Union, Alan Rickman

    Released2004

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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    An Awfully Big Adventure

    Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Newell

    An Awfully Big Adventure is a 1995 British coming-of-age film directed by Mike Newell. The story focuses on a teenage girl who joins a seedy theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of...  more
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    Snow Cake

    Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2006

    Directed byMarc Evans

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    Closet Land

    Alan Rickman, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1991

    Directed byRadha Bharadwaj

    Closet Land is a 1991 independent film written and directed by Radha Bharadwaj. The film stars Madeleine Stowe as Victim, a young author of children's books who is interrogated by a sadistic secret...  more
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    The January Man

    Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline

    Released1989

    Directed byPat O'Connor

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