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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?"

Steven Spielberg and Joseph McGinty Nichol are among those who have directed David Strathairn at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Released: 1997

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more

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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more

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Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Waters

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Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more

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George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Clooney

Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

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Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

Released: 1994

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke. ...more

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Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

Released: 1990

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

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

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Sayles

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale, Sophie Marceau

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1999 romantic comedy fantasy film based on the play A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. It was directed by Michael Hoffman. The ensemble cast ...more
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Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

Released: 1983

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Helen Hunt

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Robbins

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James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Sayles

Matewan is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell and Will Oldham, with David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe and ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tony Gilroy

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Debra Winger

Released: 1993

Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal

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Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd, Jan Hooks

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson

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The Notorious Bettie Page Norman Reedus, Sarah Paulson, Gretchen Mol

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mary Harron

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Gerard Butler, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody

Released: 2002

Directed by: Elie Chouraqui

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David Strathairn, Joe Morton, John Sayles

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Sayles

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James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

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Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

Released: 2007

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

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