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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including Jesus' Son and Luck of the Draw.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Dennis Hopper movies?" and "What are the greatest Dennis Hopper roles of all time?"

Dennis Hopper worked with many famous directors, including big names like Ron Howard and Robert Altman. If Dennis Hopper movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Willem Dafoe and Ed Harris too.

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Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Released: 1986

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

Released: 2012

Directed by: Dennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...more

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Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis 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. ...more

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Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lou Castel

Released: 1977

Directed by: Wim 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 ...more

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Dennis Hopper, Raymond Burr, Sharon Farrell

Released: 1980

Directed by: Dennis 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 ...more
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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1986

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dennis Hopper Movies
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony 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 ...more

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Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tim 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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Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1993

Directed by: John 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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Dennis Hopper, Marjorie Cameron, Luana Anders

Released: 1963

Directed by: Curtis 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 ...more
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Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

Released: 1967

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1956

Directed by: George 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 ...more

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John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1969

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis 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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Dennis Hopper, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Fonda

Released: 1971

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

The Last Movie is a 1971 drama film from Universal Pictures. It was written by Stewart Stern and directed by Dennis Hopper, who also played a horse wrangler named after the state of Kansas. It ...more
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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dennis Hopper Movies
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin 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 ...more

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John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1965

Directed by: Henry 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 ...more

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Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1955

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more

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Paris Trout Ed Harris, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1991

Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Paris Trout is a 1991 drama film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, starring Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, and Ed Harris. It is based on the National Book Award-winning novel Paris Trout by the ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1957

Directed by: John Sturges

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. The ...more

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Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 2001

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's epic film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979. Coppola, along with editor/long-time collaborator ...more

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Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Frank McRae

Released: 1976

Directed by: Henry Jaglom

Tracks is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by Henry Jaglom. The film stars Dennis Hopper, Taryn Power and Dean Stockwell. The story involves a returned Vietnam veteran escorting a ...more
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Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda

Released: 1967

Directed by: Roger 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, ...more

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Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper, Carol Kane

Released: 1990

Directed by: Franco 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 ...more