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The Best Dakota Fanning Movies

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

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

List contains films like War of the Worlds and The Twilight Saga.

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


  • 1

    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington


    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film...  more

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  • 2

    Uptown Girls

    Carmen Electra, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Uptown Girls is a 2003 teen comedy film directed by Boaz Yakin, who was working from a screenplay which Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik and Lisa Davidowitz had adapted from the story by Allison Jacobs. It...  more

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  • 3

    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey


    Directed byGary Winick

    Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount...  more

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  • 4


    Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell


    Directed byJohn Gatins

    Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. The film was written and...  more

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  • 5

    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byJessie Nelson

    I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and in the process teaches his...  more

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  • 6

    The Secret Life of Bees

    Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

    The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith, with his...  more

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  • 7

    The Cat in the Hat

    Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin


    Directed byBo Welch

    Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. The film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the Cat...  more

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  • 8

    Hide and Seek

    Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byJohn Polson

    Hide and Seek is a 2005 American horror film starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It was directed by John Polson. The film opened in the United States on January 28, 2005 and was a massive box...  more

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  • 9


    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and...  more

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  • 10

    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman...  more

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  • 11

    Hansel and Gretel

    Dakota Fanning, Taylor Momsen


    Directed byGary J. Tunnicliffe

    Hansel and Gretel is a 2002 film adaptation of the Brothers Grimm children's story. It stars Jacob Smith and Taylor Momsen as the eponymous characters. It includes the Sandman, played by Howie Mandel...  more
  • 12

    My Neighbor Totoro

    Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani


    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika...  more

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  • 13

    Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

    Dakota Fanning, Tia Carrere


    Directed byMichael LaBash, Anthony Leondis

    Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is a 2005 direct-to-video animated film produced by DisneyToon Studios. The film is a followup to the 2002 Disney feature film Lilo & Stitch and takes place...  more
  • 14

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene


    Directed byBill Condon

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a 2012 American romantic fantasy and adventure film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The second part of a...  more

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  • 15


    Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle


    Directed byPaul McGuigan

    Push is a 2009 American science fiction superhero thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan. The film stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Gretsch, Djimon Hounsou, and...  more

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  • 16

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene


    Directed byBill Condon

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is the 2011 film based off the fourth and final novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. This currently optioned property is expected to start production in...  more

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  • 17

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene


    Directed byDavid Slade

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, commonly referred to as Eclipse, is a 2010 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2007 novel Eclipse. It is the third installment of The Twilight Saga...  more

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  • 18

    The Twilight Saga: New Moon

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene


    Directed byChris Weitz

    New Moon is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, based on a novel of the same name written by Stephanie Meyer....  more

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  • 19

    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byFloria Sigismondi

    The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name written and directed by Floria Sigismondi. It is based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by...  more

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  • 20

    Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. A young New York City fashion designer (Reese Witherspoon) finds herself running home to divorce her high school...  more

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  • 21

    Nine Lives

    Amanda Seyfried, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byRodrigo García

    Nine Lives is a 2005 American drama film written and directed by Rodrigo García. The screenplay, an example of hyperlink cinema, relates nine short, loosely intertwined tales with nine different...  more

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  • 22

    Now Is Good

    Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario


    Directed byOl Parker

    Now Is Good is a 2012 British teen drama film directed by Ol Parker. Based on the 2007 novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham, it was adapted by Parker who had recently written the screenplay for The...  more
  • 23


    Dakota Fanning, Shannon Elizabeth


    Directed byGregory Poirier

    Tomcats is a 2001 American comedy film written and directed by Gregory Poirier....  more
  • 24

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. A TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for...  more

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  • 25


    Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright


    Directed byDeborah Kampmeier

    Hounddog is a 2007 coming-of-age drama film written, directed, and produced by Deborah Kampmeier and starring Dakota Fanning, Isabelle Fuhrman, Robin Wright Penn, and Piper Laurie, among others. It...  more

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