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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Daniel Day-Lewis movies?" and "What are the greatest Daniel Day-Lewis roles of all time?"

Daniel Day-Lewis is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson. If you're a fan of Daniel Day-Lewis, then check out our lists of the best Jeff Bridges and Philip Seymour Hoffman movies as well.

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Martin 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 ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim 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 ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jim 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, ...more

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Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nicholas 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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Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis

Released: 1993

Directed by: Martin 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

Released: 1982

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis

Released: 1984

Directed by: Roger 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench

Released: 1985

Directed by: James 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 ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim 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, ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Stellan Skarsgård

Released: 1988

Directed by: Philip 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Jena Malone

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rebecca 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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Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Penélope Cruz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Rob 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stephen 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch

Released: 1971

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a 1971 British drama film written by Penelope Gilliatt, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Murray Head, Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch. It tells the story of a ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Cusack, Keith David

Released: 1988

Directed by: Pat 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.
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Mirjana Joković

Released: 1989

Directed by: Carlos 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 ...more
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Nanou Daniel Day-Lewis

Released: 1986

Directed by: Conny Templeman

Nanou is a 1987 drama film directed by Conny Templeman.