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The Best Dennis Hopper Movies

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

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

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    The American Friend

    Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz

    Released1977

    Directed byWim Wenders

    The American Friend is a 1977 film by Wim Wenders, loosely adapted from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith. The film is of the neo-noir genre, and features Dennis Hopper as career criminal...  more
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    Easy Rider

    Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper

    Released1969

    Directed byDennis Hopper

    Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film directed by Dennis Hopper. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are freewheeling motorcyclists that sell cocaine smuggled from...  more

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    True Romance

    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Scott

    True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast featuring Dennis Hopper, Val...  more

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    Blue Velvet

    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken from...  more

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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the...  more

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    Waterworld

    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

    Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 screenplay...  more

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    The Sons of Katie Elder

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1965

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. The movie was filmed principally in Mexico. The film Four Brothers is...  more

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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. The...  more

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    Flashback

    Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper

    Released1990

    Directed byFranco Amurri

    Flashback is a 1990 action comedy film starring Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland and Carol Kane, written by David Loughery and directed by Franco Amurri. The film received an R rating by the Motion...  more
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    The Trip

    Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

    Released1967

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Trip is a counterculture-era cult film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including...  more
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    The Osterman Weekend

    John Hurt, Dennis Hopper

    Released1983

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Osterman Weekend is a 1983 suspense thriller film directed by Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum. The film stars Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Burt Lancaster, Dennis...  more
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    Black Widow

    Dennis Hopper, Debra Winger

    Released1987

    Directed byBob Rafelson

    Black Widow is a 1987 thriller film starring Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey and Nicol Williamson. Dennis Hopper has a short role at the beginning of the film. It is a crime drama about two...  more

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    Out of the Blue

    Dennis Hopper, Raymond Burr

    Released1980

    Directed byDennis Hopper

    Out of the Blue is a 1980 Canadian drama film directed by and starring Dennis Hopper. The film was written and produced by Gary Jules Jouvenat. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film...  more
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    River's Edge

    Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byTim Hunter

    River's Edge is a 1986 American drama film directed by Tim Hunter, written by Neal Jimenez, and starring Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck, and Dennis Hopper. The movie was...  more
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    Night Tide

    Dennis Hopper, Marjorie Cameron

    Released1963

    Directed byCurtis Harrington

    Night Tide is a 1961 thriller film, written and directed by Curtis Harrington and starring Dennis Hopper. It was filmed in 1960, premiered in 1961, but was held up from general release until 1963....  more
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    Boiling Point

    Viggo Mortensen, Dennis Hopper

    Released1993

    Directed byJames B. Harris

    Boiling Point is a 1993 action-thriller film written and directed by James B. Harris, and starring Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Lolita Davidovich, Viggo Mortensen and Dan Hedaya....  more
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene Hackman) and a local drunk (Dennis Hopper) train a small town high school basketball team to become a...  more

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    Red Rock West

    Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Red Rock West is a 1993 neo-noir film directed by John Dahl. It was written by Dahl and his brother Rick, and shot in Montana and Willcox, Arizona. The film was well received at the prestigious...  more

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    My Science Project

    Dennis Hopper, Richard Masur

    Released1985

    Directed byJonathan R. Betuel

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    Samson and Delilah

    Elizabeth Hurley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released1996

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Samson and Delilah is a German/Italian/American telefilm that was first shown on TNT in the USA. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg. The lion is a puppet from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. This biblical...  more
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    EDtv

    Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley

    Released1999

    Directed byRon Howard

    EDtv is a 1999 American satirical comedy film directed by Ron Howard. An adaptation of the Quebec film Louis 19, le roi des ondes, it stars Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Ellen...  more

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    Jason and the Argonauts

    Natasha Henstridge, Dennis Hopper

    Released2000

    Directed byNick Willing

    Jason and the Argonauts, is a 2000 TV movie, directed by Nick Willing and produced by Hallmark Entertainment. It is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts....  more
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    The Crow: Wicked Prayer

    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tara Reid

    Released2005

    Directed byLance Mungia

    The Crow: Wicked Prayer is a 2005 American supernatural action film directed by Lance Mungia and inspired by Norman Partridge's novel of the same title. It is the fourth and final film of The Crow...  more

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    The Indian Runner

    Viggo Mortensen, Patricia Arquette

    Released1991

    Directed bySean Penn

    The Indian Runner is a 1991 crime drama film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is based on Bruce Springsteen's song, "Highway Patrolman"....  more
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    Giant

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean

    Released1956

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and...  more

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