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The Best Anthony Hopkins Movies

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Here are the best Anthony Hopkins movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Anthony Hopkins's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world.

Anthony Hopkins is most famous for his role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Although he only had around 15 minutes of screen time, Anthony Hopkins won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his chilling performance as the cannibalistic serial killer. Along with his Oscar, Anthony Hopkins has also won three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. 

The order of these top Anthony Hopkins movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Anthony Hopkins movies will be at the top of the list. Anthony Hopkins has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Anthony Hopkins movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Anthony Hopkins films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

The list includes films like Thor, The Mask of Zorro, and many more.

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


  • 1

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn,...  more

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  • 2

    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt


    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Character: Frederick Treves

    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony...  more

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  • 3

    The Remains of the Day

    Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJames Ivory

    Character: James Stevens

    The Remains of the Day is a 1993 Merchant Ivory film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, Mike Nichols and...  more

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  • 4

    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Character: Col. William Ludlow

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of the...  more

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  • 5

    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes


    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The novel was originally adapted in...  more

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  • 6


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman


    Directed byRidley Scott

    Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence of...  more

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  • 7

    The Edge

    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byLee Tamahori

    Character: Charles Morse

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  • 8


    Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Character: Theodore "Ted" Crawford

    Fracture is a 2007 American-German mystery thriller film, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. It tells the story of a man accused of an attempt on his wife who...  more

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  • 9

    Meet Joe Black

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byMartin Brest

    Character: William Parrish

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  • 10

    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson


    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Character: Lt. William Bligh

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  • 11


    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman


    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Character: Odin

    Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live amongst...  more

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  • 12

    Howards End

    Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed byJames Ivory

    Character: Henry J. Wilcox

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  • 13


    Anthony Hopkins, James Woods


    Directed byOliver Stone

    Character: Richard Nixon

    Nixon is a 1995 American biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that tells the story of the political and personal life of United States President Richard Nixon, played by...  more

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  • 14

    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn


    Directed byAnthony Harvey

    Character: Richard

    The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine and...  more

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  • 15

    The World's Fastest Indian

    Anthony Hopkins, Walton Goggins


    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Character: Burt Munro

    The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 Japanese-American-Swiss-New Zealand biographical sports drama film based on the Invercargill, New Zealand speed bike racer Burt Munro and his highly modified...  more
  • 16


    Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore


    Directed byEmilio Estevez

    Character: John

    Bobby is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, and starring an ensemble cast. The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the hours leading up to the June 5, 1968...  more
  • 17

    The Human Stain

    Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington


    Directed byRobert Benton

    Character: Coleman Silk

    The Human Stain is a 2003 American drama film directed by Robert Benton. The screenplay by Nicholas Meyer is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Philip Roth. The film stars Anthony Hopkins...  more
  • 18

    All the King's Men

    Kate Winslet, Sean Penn


    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    Character: Judge Irwin

    All the King's Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who also produced and scripted. The...  more
  • 19

    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Character: Professor Abraham Van Helsing

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a 15th-century...  more

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  • 20

    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Character: Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro

    The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by Johnston McCulley. It was directed by Martin Campbell and stars Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins,...  more

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  • 21

    The Wolfman

    Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Character: Sir John Talbot

    The Wolfman is a 2010 American horror film directed by Joe Johnston. It is a remake of the 1941 film of the same name, and tells the story of Lawrence Talbot who returns to his eerie English hometown...  more
  • 22

    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman


    Directed byAlan Taylor

    Character: Odin

    Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity known...  more

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  • 23

    Hearts in Atlantis

    Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk


    Directed byScott Hicks

    Character: Ted Brautigan

    Hearts in Atlantis is a 2001 American/Australian drama thriller film directed by Scott Hicks and starring Anthony Hopkins. It is loosely adapted from Stephen King's novel....  more
  • 24

    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJohn Woo

    Character: Commander Swanbeck

    Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo, and the second film in the Mission: Impossible...  more

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  • 25


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Character: John Quincy Adams

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