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The Best David Strathairn Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 1.5k votes 76 voters 7.1k views72 items

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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.

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Sneakers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1992

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter... more on Wikipedia

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    The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts... more on Wikipedia

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    The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon

    Released1994

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl... more on Wikipedia

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    Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Firm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman

    Released1993

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom... more on Wikipedia

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    Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1995

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Eight Men Out is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and... more on Wikipedia

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1999 romantic comedy fantasy film based on the play A Midsummer... more on Wikipedia

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    Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Silkwood

    Meryl Streep, Cher

    Released1983

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron... more on Wikipedia

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    Matewan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Matewan

    James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Matewan is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Bourne Legacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

    Released2012

    Directed byTony Gilroy

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    Bob Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Bob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Simon Birch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Simon Birch

    Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd

    Released1998

    Directed byMark Steven Johnson

    Simon Birch is a 1998 American comedy-drama film loosely based on A Prayer for Owen Meany by... more on Wikipedia
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    Harrison's Flowers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Harrison's Flowers

    Gerard Butler, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2002

    Directed byElie Chouraqui

    Harrison's Flowers is a 2001 French film by Elie Chouraqui. It stars, among others, Andie... more on Wikipedia
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    A Dangerous Woman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    A Dangerous Woman

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released1993

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

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    The Notorious Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Notorious Bettie Page

    Norman Reedus, Sarah Paulson

    Released2006

    Directed byMary Harron

    The Notorious Bettie Page is a 2005 biographical film directed by Mary Harron. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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    The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account... more on Wikipedia
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    The Brother from Another Plane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Sayles

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    Howl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    Howl

    James Franco, Jon Hamm

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

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    My Blueberry Nights is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    My Blueberry Nights

    Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz

    Released2007

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    My Blueberry Nights is a 2007 romance/drama/road film directed by Wong Kar Wai, his first... more on Wikipedia
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    The Tempest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best David Strathairn Movies
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    The Tempest

    Russell Brand, Helen Mirren

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Taymor

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