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List of the best Christopher Walken movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. One of Christopher Walken's first big breaks was a small role in Woody Allen's Annie Hall in 1977 and soon enough he was a favorite of fans and critics alike. Christopher Walken'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 Christopher Walken movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated selections from Christopher Walken's filmography will be at the top of the list.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including The Deer Hunter and Pulp Fiction.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Christopher Walken movies?" and "What are the greatest Christopher Walken roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Walken's intensity, you might also enjoy our list of best Robert De Niro movies and best Al Pacino movies.

Christopher Walken has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton. If you're a fan of Christopher Walken, then check out our lists of the best Willem Dafoe and Steve Buscemi movies as well.

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Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more

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Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1983

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1990

Directed by: Abel Ferrara

King of New York is a 1990 thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed by ...more

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Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Jay Mohr

Released: 1997

Directed by: Peter O'Fallon

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John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Foley

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Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gregory Widen

The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory ...more

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John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

Released: 2012

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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Biloxi Blues Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1999

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Jim Broadbent

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Irvin

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Christopher Walken, Kid Rock, Jaime Pressly

Released: 2001

Directed by: Dennie Gordon

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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Christopher Walken, Roger Moore, Grace Jones

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Glen

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Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher

Released: 1983

Directed by: Douglas Trumbull

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Jenny McCarthy, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Imogen Poots

Released: 2012

Directed by: Yaron Zilberman

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Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Dobkin

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Christopher Walken, Glenn Close

Released: 1991

Directed by: Glenn Jordan

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