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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
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
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Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley
Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones
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Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker
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Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly
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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George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels
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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Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey
The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. ...more

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Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer
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John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick
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Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale, Sophie Marceau
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Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell
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Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Helen Hunt
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James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell
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
The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Debra Winger
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Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd, Jan Hooks
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Gerard Butler, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody
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James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker
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David Strathairn, Joe Morton, John Sayles
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Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina
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Jenny Lewis, David Strathairn, Ben Savage
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