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The Best Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies of All Time, Ranked  

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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. 

Brett Ratner and Joel Schumacher both worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If Philip Seymour Hoffman movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Dianne Wiest and Jeff Bridges too.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener
Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including ...more
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Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham
Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, ...more
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Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, ...more
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Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more
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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, ...more
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Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright
Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 ...more
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Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, ...more
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Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman
This film is a 2007 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was written by Kelly Masterson, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Albert Finney. The film unfolds ...more
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Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of ...more
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Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks
Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more
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Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton
Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton ...more
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz
Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film was awarded the ...more
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Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar
Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more
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ejlinehan added Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger ...more
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Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut. The plot follows an ...more
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George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling
The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a screenplay written by Clooney, along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. The film is an adaptation of ...more
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Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan
Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more
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Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more
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Jennifer Aniston, Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller
Along Came Polly is a 2004 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hamburg, starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles.
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Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper
25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the novel by David Benioff. Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan (Edward Norton) ...more
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Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson
Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more
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Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Bauer
Flawless is a 1999 crime comedy-drama film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, who also wrote the screenplay. Other cast members include ...more
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Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton
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 ...more
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Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter
Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Gunton. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of ...more