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The Best Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated June 3, 2019 2.6k votes 401 voters 35.1k views

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The best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies of all time prove that he was one of the greatest actors ever, excelling in both comedic and dramatic roles. Hoffman was active from the 1990s all the way up to his death in 2014. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as his lifetime box office gross exceeded $2.4 billion.

Born in Rochester, New York, Hoffman and his siblings were raised mainly by their mother, a family court judge. Since watching a stage production of All My Sons at age 12, Hoffman was enthralled by acting. Later, he joined a drama club and attended New York University as a drama student. It’s no wonder that some of the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies are dramas.

Following graduation from NYU, Hoffman worked in off-Broadway stage productions and had small film roles throughout the ‘90s. It wasn’t until the 2000s that he experienced critical success in both film and on stage. On the movie screen, his breakout role was as Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote. In fact, it is considered to be one of the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies by critics.

Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014 from a drug overdose. It came unexpectedly as it was reported that he had his drug use under control. He had two movies released posthumously, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

So what are the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies of all time? Is it one of his dramatic or comedic roles? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman movies below. Movie trailers have been included if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Philip Seymour Hoffman role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

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  • 1
    Boogie Nights
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Capote
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    Capote

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper

    Released2005

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    The Big Lebowski
    82
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 4
    Magnolia
    77
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    Magnolia

    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore

    Released1999

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    76
    26

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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  • 6
    Almost Famous
    74
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • 7
    Moneyball
    68
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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Scent of a Woman
    68
    27

    Scent of a Woman

    Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1992

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Doubt
    73
    15

    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

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  • 10
    Charlie Wilson's War
    61
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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 11
    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    56
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    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke

    Released2007

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    This film is a 2007 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was written by Kelly... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Twister
    69
    35

    Twister

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Master
    68
    17

    The Master

    Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2012

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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  • 14
    Cold Mountain
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    Cold Mountain

    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Released2003

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    The Ides of March
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    The Ides of March

    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

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  • 16
    Happiness
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    Happiness

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon

    Released1998

    Directed byTodd Solondz

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  • 17
    Red Dragon
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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  • 18
    Mission: Impossible III
    47
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 19
    Along Came Polly
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    Jennifer Aniston, Alec Baldwin

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Hamburg

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  • 20
    Flawless
    40
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    Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1999

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 21
    Punch-Drunk Love
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Synecdoche, New York
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    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2008

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

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  • 23
    Patch Adams
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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    39
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    25th Hour
    37
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    25th Hour

    Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Lee

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