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The Best David Strathairn Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 1.2k votes 78 voters 7.4k 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.

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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    Directed byCurtis 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 LAPD...  more

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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Directed byJoseph 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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    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and directed by John Sayles. The film is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in...  more
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale

    Released1999

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    Directed byMichael 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 features...  more

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    Matewan

    James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Directed byJohn 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 Gordon...  more
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    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

    Released2012

    Released2012

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    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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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Bob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim Robbins. It tells the rise of Bob Roberts, a right-wing politician who is a candidate for an upcoming United...  more

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    A Dangerous Woman

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    A Dangerous Woman is a 1993 film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. The screenplay was written by his then wife Naomi Foner, loosely based on the award winning novel of the same name by Mary McGarry...  more
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony...  more

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    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton

    Released1984

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by John Sayles. It stars Joe Morton as "The Brother", an alien and escaped slave who, while fleeing...  more
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    Howl

    James Franco, Jon Hamm

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

    Directed byRob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

    Howl is a 2010 American experimental film which explores both the Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg's noted poem Howl. The film is written...  more

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Directed byPenny 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 film...  more

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    My Blueberry Nights

    Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    My Blueberry Nights is a 2007 romance/drama/road film directed by Wong Kar Wai, his first feature in English. The screenplay by Wong and Lawrence Block is based on a short Chinese-language film...  more

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    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    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, River...  more

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    Limbo

    Kris Kristofferson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1999

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Limbo is a 1999 drama film written, produced, edited, and directed by American independent filmmaker John Sayles. The drama features Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn, Vanessa Martinez...  more
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    The Tempest

    Russell Brand, Helen Mirren

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Taymor

    Directed byJulie Taymor

    The Tempest is a 2010 American film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, featuring Helen Mirren in the principal role of Prospera. The film is directed by Julie Taymor and...  more
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    The Uninvited

    Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byThomas Guard, Charles Guard

    Directed byThomas Guard, Charles Guard

    The Uninvited is a 2009 American psychological horror film directed by the Guard Brothers, and starring Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn. It is a remake of the...  more

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    Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even

    Jenny Lewis, David Strathairn

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byJoan Micklin Silver

    Directed byJoan Micklin Silver

    Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Joan Micklin Silver....  more
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    Fracture

    Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Fracture is a 2007 American-German mystery thriller film, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. It tells the story of a man accused of an attempt on his wife who...  more

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    City of Hope

    Angela Bassett, Gina Gershon

    Released1991

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    City of Hope is a 1991 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The film features Vincent Spano, Stephen Mendillo and Chris Cooper....  more
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

    Directed byMark Waters

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick Estate...  more

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    Iceman

    Danny Glover, David Strathairn

    Released1984

    Released1984

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Iceman is a 1984 science fiction film from Universal Studios. The screenplay was written by John Drimmer and Chip Proser, and was directed by Fred Schepisi. The cast included John Lone, Timothy...  more
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    Passion Fish

    Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Passion Fish is a 1992 American film written and directed by John Sayles. The film stars Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Strathairn, Leo Burmester, and Angela Bassett. It...  more
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    In the Gloaming

    Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byChristopher Reeve

    Directed byChristopher Reeve

    In the Gloaming is a 1997 HBO film based on a story written by Alice Elliott Dark. Directed by Christopher Reeve, it stars Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Sean Leonard....  more
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    Steel Toes

    David Strathairn, Ron Lea

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byMark Adam, David Gow

    Directed byMark Adam, David Gow

    A Jewish humanist and lawyer (Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn) is court-appointed to represent a Neo-Nazi Skinhead on trial for the racially-motivated murder of an East Indian immigrant....  more