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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 Lambs1
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime...  more

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  • The Elephant Man2
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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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

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  • The Remains of the Day3
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    The Remains of the Day

    Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1993

    Directed byJames Ivory

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

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    #557 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#173 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

  • Legends of the Fall4
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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

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    #222 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#69 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

  • Red Dragon5
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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

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  • Hannibal6
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    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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

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    #21 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins#9 of 12 Movie Endings That Are Better Than The Books They Were Based On

  • The Edge7
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    The Edge

    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1997

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    The Edge is a 1997 American survival drama film directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Anthony...  more
  • Meet Joe Black8
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    Meet Joe Black

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Brest

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

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  • The World's Fastest Indian9
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    The World's Fastest Indian

    Anthony Hopkins, Walton Goggins

    Released2005

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 Japanese-American-Swiss-New Zealand biographical sports...  more
  • The Bounty10
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    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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

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  • Fracture11
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    Fracture

    Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2007

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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

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    #43 of 44 The Best Cheating Wife Movies#38 of 46 The Greatest Legal Dramas Ever Made

  • Nixon12
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    Nixon

    Anthony Hopkins, James Woods

    Released1995

    Directed byOliver Stone

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

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    #29 of 46 35+ Great Political Movies Based on True Stories#17 of 47 The Best Historical Movies from the '90s

  • The Lion in Winter13
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

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

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    #153 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#186 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • Howards End14
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    Howards End

    Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1992

    Directed byJames Ivory

    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 Stain15
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    The Human Stain

    Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Benton

    The Human Stain is a 2003 American drama film directed by Robert Benton. The screenplay by...  more
  • Magic16
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    Magic

    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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

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  • Thor17
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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

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    #223 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys#211 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • The Mask of Zorro18
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    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 Dracula19
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas20
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and...  more

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  • Hearts in Atlantis21
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    Hearts in Atlantis

    Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk

    Released2001

    Directed byScott Hicks

    Hearts in Atlantis is a 2001 American/Australian drama thriller film directed by Scott Hicks...  more
  • Mission: Impossible II22
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Woo

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

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  • Amistad23
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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

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  • Bad Company24
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    Bad Company

    Kerry Washington, Chris Rock

    Released2002

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by...  more
  • Bobby25
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    Bobby

    Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore

    Released2006

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

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