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The Best Catherine Keener Movies 

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List of the best Catherine Keener movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Catherine Keener's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Catherine Keener movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Catherine Keener movies will be at the top of the list. Catherine Keener has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Catherine Keener movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Catherine Keener films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Full Frontal and Captain Phillips are included in this list.

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

Joel Schumacher and Judd Apatow have both worked with Catherine Keener over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If Catherine Keener movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Patricia Clarkson and Vera Farmiga too.

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Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Steve Carell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Judd Apatow

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow, about a middle-aged man's journey to finally lose their virginity. It was co-written ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener

Released: 2005

Directed by: Bennett Miller

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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Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sean Penn

Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more

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Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini

Released: 2009

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, it is adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It ...more

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Percy Jackson & the ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Catherine Keener Movies
Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2010

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Sam Rockwell, John Turturro, Catherine Keener

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tom DiCillo

Box of Moonlight is a 1996 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tom DiCillo and starring John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Lisa Blount and Catherine Keener.
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Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman

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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James Franco, Ellen Page, Catherine Keener

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

An American Crime is a 2007 American crime-drama film starring Ellen Page and Catherine Keener. The film is based on the true story of the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens by Indianapolis ...more

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Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage, Catherine Keener

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tom DiCillo

Living in Oblivion is a 1995 low-budget independent comedy-drama film, written and directed by Tom DiCillo and is also Peter Dinklage's debut role.

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Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh and ...more

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Ben Stiller, Amy Brenneman, Nastassja Kinski

Released: 1998

Directed by: Neil LaBute

Your Friends & Neighbors is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric, and Ben ...more
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Jane Fonda, Katharine McPhee, Elizabeth Olsen

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding is a 2011 American independent comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Elizabeth Olsen, ...more
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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Catherine Keener Movies
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Liev Schreiber, Anne Heche, Catherine Keener

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nicole Holofcener

Walking and Talking is a 1996 independent film starring Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd Field, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Corrigan. Walking and Talking is a story about two female best friends ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jena Malone

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joe Wright

The Soloist is a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.. It is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed ...more

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Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Imogen Poots

Released: 2012

Directed by: Yaron Zilberman

A Late Quartet is a 2012 American drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Yaron Zilberman. The film uses chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially, Beethoven's ...more
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Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Jon Stewart

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny DeVito

This film is a 2002 American black comedy film directed by and starring Danny DeVito, and co-starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Jon Stewart. The film received mixed ...more

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Al Pacino, Evan Rachel Wood, Winona Ryder

Released: 2002

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Simone is a 2002 American science-fiction romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Jena Malone

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rebecca Miller

The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Rebecca Miller, and starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis; it also stars Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan ...more

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Colin Firth, Willa Holland, Catherine Keener

Released: 2008

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Genova is a film directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, and Hope Davis. It was filmed in the titular city of Genoa during the summer of 2007. It was written ...more
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Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

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Winona Ryder, John C. Reilly, Chris Cooper

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stacy Cochran

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Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

The Interpreter is a 2005 political thriller film starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, and Catherine Keener. It was the final film to be directed by Sydney Pollack.

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