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The Best David Strathairn Movies

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

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

List films include The Uninvited, Simon Birch and more.

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


  • 1

    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe
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    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd
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  • 3

    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen
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  • 4

    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara
    We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts...  more

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  • 5

    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon
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  • 6

    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.
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  • 7

    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman
    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom...  more
  • 8

    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen...  more

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis
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  • 10

    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd
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  • 11

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale
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    Meryl Streep, Cher
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    James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper
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  • 14

    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
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  • 15

    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black
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  • 16

    Simon Birch

    Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd
    Simon Birch is a 1998 American comedy-drama film loosely based on A Prayer for Owen Meany by...  more
  • 17

    Harrison's Flowers

    Gerard Butler, Brendan Gleeson
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  • 18

    A Dangerous Woman

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    A Dangerous Woman is a 1993 film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. The screenplay was written by...  more
  • 19

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    Norman Reedus, Sarah Paulson
    The Notorious Bettie Page is a 2005 biographical film directed by Mary Harron. The screenplay...  more


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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles
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  • 21

    A League of Their Own

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  • 22

    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton
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  • 23


    James Franco, Jon Hamm
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    My Blueberry Nights

    Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz
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  • 25

    The Tempest

    Russell Brand, Helen Mirren
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