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The Best Chris Cooper Movies 

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Updated June 11, 2019 513 votes 97 voters 8.8k views 41 items

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List of the best Chris Cooper movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Chris Cooper'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 Chris Cooper movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Chris Cooper movies will be at the top of the list. Chris Cooper has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Chris Cooper movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Chris Cooper films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Examples of films on this list include The 24 Hour Woman and Silver City.

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

Joel Schumacher and Natalie Portman have both worked with Chris Cooper over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Chris Cooper have also been known to enjoy films starring Ewan McGregor and Ben Foster.

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Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Sayles

Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles.

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Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper

Released: 2007

Directed by: Billy Ray

Breach is a 2007 American historical and political thriller film directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay by Ray, Adam Mazer and William Rotko is based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, an FBI ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joe Johnston

October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2002

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

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Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Ross

Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...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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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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Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Redford

The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented ...more

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Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ben Affleck

The Town is a 2010 American drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck. The film opened in theaters in the United States on September 17, 2010, at number one with more than $23 ...more

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Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

Released: 2011

Directed by: James Bobin

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Maria Bello, Daryl Hannah, Tim Roth

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Sayles

Silver City is a 2004 political satire and drama film. It was written and directed by John Sayles. Chris Cooper portrays an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character that was noted ...more
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George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

Released: 2005

Directed by: Stephen Gaghan

Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke

Released: 1998

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth ...more

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Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Wells

The Company Men is an American drama film, written and directed by John Wells. It stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones. It premiered at the 26th Sundance Film ...more

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James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Sayles

Matewan is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell and Will Oldham, with David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe and ...more
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Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2007

Directed by: Peter Berg

The Kingdom is a 2007 action thriller directed by Peter Berg and starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Ashraf Barhom, with Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Piven, Richard ...more
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Jim Carrey, Anna Kournikova, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Me, Myself & Irene is a 2000 American comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers, and starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger. Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins, Daniel ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with Jamie Foxx, ...more

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Winona Ryder, John C. Reilly, Chris Cooper

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stacy Cochran

Boys is a 1996 American film starring Winona Ryder and Lukas Haas. The film was originally titled The Girl You Want. The film earned $516,350 in the United States box office. It is based on a ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff. It is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, ...more

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Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Christina Ricci

Released: 2008

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Shekhar Kapur, Shunji Twai, Natalie Portman, Randall Balsmeyer, + more

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