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The Best Anthony Hopkins Movies

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List RulesVote for your favorite Anthony Hopkins movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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.

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    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...  more

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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Character: Frederick Treves

    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely...  more

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    The Remains of the Day

    Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: James Stevens

    The Remains of the Day is a 1993 Merchant Ivory film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the...  more

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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: Col. William Ludlow

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring...  more

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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the...  more

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    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

    Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of...  more

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    The Edge

    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: Charles Morse

    The Edge is a 1997 American survival drama film directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Anthony...  more
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    Meet Joe Black

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: William Parrish

    Meet Joe Black is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed...  more

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    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson

    Character: Lt. William Bligh

    The Bounty is a 1984 British adventure drama historical film directed by Roger Donaldson,...  more

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    Fracture

    Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: Theodore "Ted" Crawford

    Fracture is a 2007 American-German mystery thriller film, directed by Gregory Hoblit and...  more

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    Nixon

    Anthony Hopkins, James Woods

    Character: Richard Nixon

    Nixon is a 1995 American biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that...  more

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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Character: Richard

    The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the...  more

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    The World's Fastest Indian

    Anthony Hopkins, Walton Goggins

    Character: Burt Munro

    The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 Japanese-American-Swiss-New Zealand biographical sports...  more
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    Bobby

    Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore

    Character: John

    Bobby is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, and starring an...  more
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    Magic

    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret

    Character: Corky / Voice of Fats

    Magic is a 1978 American psychological horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and...  more

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    Howards End

    Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter

    Character: Henry J. Wilcox

    Howards End is a 1992 film based upon the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, a story of...  more

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    The Human Stain

    Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington

    Character: Coleman Silk

    The Human Stain is a 2003 American drama film directed by Robert Benton. The screenplay by...  more
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro

    The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by...  more

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Character: Professor Abraham Van Helsing

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford...  more

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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Character: Odin

    Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Character: Odin

    Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the...  more

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    Hearts in Atlantis

    Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk

    Character: Ted Brautigan

    Hearts in Atlantis is a 2001 American/Australian drama thriller film directed by Scott Hicks...  more
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Character: John Quincy Adams

    Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story...  more

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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: Commander Swanbeck

    Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a...  more

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    Bad Company

    Kerry Washington, Chris Rock

    Character: Officer

    Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by...  more