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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?"

Dakota Fanning has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Teri Hatcher and Helena Bonham Carter in terms of fame and success.

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tony 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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Uptown Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Carmen Electra, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear

Released: 2003

Directed by: Boaz 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. ...more

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I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jessie 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 ...more

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Dreamer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 2005

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary 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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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen

Released: 2005

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bo 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 ...more

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The Secret Life of Bees ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gina 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 ...more

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry 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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The Twilight Saga: Break... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2012

Directed by: Bill 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 ...more

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Push is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Chris Evans

Released: 2009

Directed by: Paul 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, ...more

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The Twilight Saga: Break... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bill 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 ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto

Released: 1988

Directed by: Hayao 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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Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Slade

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Lilo & Stitch 2: Sti... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Dakota Fanning, Tia Carrere, Emily Osment

Released: 2005

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more

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The Twilight Saga: New M... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2009

Directed by: Chris Weitz

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

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Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2002

Directed by: Andy Tennant

Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by ...more

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The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Tatum O'Neal

Released: 2010

Directed by: Floria 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 ...more

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Now Is Good is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario, Rose Leslie

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ol 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 ...more
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Hounddog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright, David Morse

Released: 2007

Directed by: Deborah 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. ...more

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Hansel and Gretel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Hansel and Gretel Dakota Fanning, Taylor Momsen, Howie Mandel

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gary 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 ...more
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Effie Gray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Effie Gray Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Claudia Cardinale

Released: 2014

Directed by: Richard Laxton

Effie Gray is a 2014 British biographical drama film directed by Richard Laxton. Its subject is the love triangle involving Victorian art critic John Ruskin his wife Euphemia "Effie" ...more
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Very Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook

Released: 2014

Directed by: Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal

Very Good Girls is a romantic drama film directed by Naomi Foner. School friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) fall for the same guy (Boyd Holbrook).
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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dakota Fanning Movies
Trapped Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2002

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

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