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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?"


  • 1

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed...  more

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  • 2

    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt
    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and...  more

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  • 3


    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper
    Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the...  more

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  • 4

    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn
    Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean...  more

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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker
    Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by...  more

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  • 7

    Box of Moonlight

    Sam Rockwell, John Turturro
    Box of Moonlight is a 1996 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tom DiCillo and...  more
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    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman. An...  more

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  • 9

    An American Crime

    James Franco, Ellen Page
    An American Crime is a 2007 American crime-drama film. The film is based on the true story of...  more

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  • 10

    Living in Oblivion

    Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage
    Living in Oblivion is a 1995 low-budget independent comedy-drama film, written and directed by...  more
  • 11

    Out of Sight

    Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney
    Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore...  more

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    Your Friends & Neighbors

    Ben Stiller, Amy Brenneman
    Your Friends & Neighbors is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Neil LaBute and...  more
  • 13

    Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

    Jane Fonda, Katharine McPhee
    Peace, Love & Misunderstanding is a 2011 American independent comedy-drama film directed by...  more
  • 14

    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener
    Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and...  more

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  • 15


    Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix
    8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by...  more

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  • 16

    Walking and Talking

    Liev Schreiber, Anne Heche
    Walking and Talking is a 1996 independent film starring Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd...  more
  • 17

    The Soloist

    Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx
    The Soloist is a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and...  more

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  • 18

    A Late Quartet

    Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    A Late Quartet is a 2012 American drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Yaron...  more
  • 19

    Death to Smoochy

    Robin Williams, Edward Norton
    This film is a 2002 American black comedy film directed by and starring Danny DeVito, and...  more

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    Al Pacino, Evan Rachel Wood
    Simone is a 2002 American science-fiction romantic comedy film written, produced and directed...  more
  • 21

    The Ballad of Jack and Rose

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle
    The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Rebecca Miller, and...  more

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  • 22


    Colin Firth, Willa Holland
    Genova is a film directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener,...  more
  • 23

    The Croods

    Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage
    The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by...  more

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    Winona Ryder, John C. Reilly
    Boys is a 1996 American film starring Winona Ryder and Lukas Haas. The film was originally...  more

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  • 25

    The Interpreter

    Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn
    The Interpreter is a 2005 political thriller film starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, and...  more

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