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The Best Daniel Day-Lewis Movies

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Here are the best Daniel Day-Lewis movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Recognized as one of the greatest actors of all time, Daniel Day-Lewis is widely known for being a very dedicated method actor who remains completely in character throughout production even if it means risking his own health. Nevertheless, Daniel Day-Lewis has proven time after time that he is still one of the best working actors today, earning three Academy Awards for Best Actor, the most by any actor in history. Daniel Day-Lewis'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 Daniel Day-Lewis movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Daniel Day-Lewis movies will be at the top of the list. Daniel Day-Lewis has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Daniel Day-Lewis movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Daniel Day-Lewis films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

The list of films include There Will Be Blood, My Left Foot, The Gangs of New York, and many more.

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    There Will Be Blood

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!...  more

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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese...  more

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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name...  more

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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The...  more

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    My Left Foot

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw

    Released1989

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy,...  more

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    In the Name of the Father

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson

    Released1993

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, four...  more
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    The Crucible

    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released1996

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same name. It was directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, Winona Ryder as...  more
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    The Age of Innocence

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

    Released1993

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Age of Innocence is a 1993 American film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name. The film was released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Daniel...  more

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    Gandhi

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom's...  more

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    A Room with a View

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1985

    Directed byJames Ivory

    A Room with a View is a British romance drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant of E. M. Forster's 1908 novel of the same name. The film follows closely the novel by use of...  more

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    The Boxer

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    The Boxer is a 1997 film by Irish director Jim Sheridan. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson, the film centers on the life of a boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer Danny Flynn, played...  more
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    Nine

    Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson

    Released2009

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Nine is a 2009 musical drama metafilm directed and produced by Rob Marshall. The screenplay, written by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella, is based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 musical...  more
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche

    Released1988

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1988 American film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. Director Philip Kaufman and screenplay writer Jean-Claude...  more

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    The Ballad of Jack and Rose

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle

    Released2005

    Directed byRebecca Miller

    The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Rebecca Miller, and starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis; it also stars Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan...  more

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    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    The Bounty is a 1984 British adventure drama historical film directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, and produced by Bernard Williams with Dino De Laurentiis as...  more
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey

    Released1985

    Directed byStephen Frears

    My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title...  more

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    Sunday Bloody Sunday

    Murray Head, Glenda Jackson

    Released1971

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Sunday Bloody Sunday is a 1971 British drama film directed by John Schlesinger. A free-spirited young bisexual artist has simultaneous relationships with a female recruitment consultant and a male...  more

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    Stars and Bars

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Cusack

    Released1988

    Directed byPat O'Connor

    Stars and Bars is an American comedy film released in 1988, directed by Pat O'Connor and based on a book by William Boyd. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Henderson Dores....  more
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    Eversmile, New Jersey

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Mirjana Joković

    Released1989

    Directed byCarlos Sorín

    Eversmile, New Jersey is an Argentine and British comedy-drama film released in 1989, directed by Carlos Sorín, and written by Sorín, Jorge Goldenberg, and Roberto Scheuer. The film stars Daniel...  more
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    Nanou

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released1986

    Directed byConny Templeman

    Nanou is a 1987 drama film directed by Conny Templeman....