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The Best Dustin Hoffman Movies

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

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

This list has everything from Papillon to Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

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


  • 1

    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft


    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College....  more

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  • 2

    Midnight Cowboy

    Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight


    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The script was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight...  more

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  • 3

    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who discovers...  more

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  • 4

    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byRobert Benton

    Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its impact...  more

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  • 5


    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job....  more

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  • 6


    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen


    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. The film stars Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière, and...  more

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  • 7

    Little Big Man

    Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway


    Directed byArthur Penn

    Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by the...  more

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  • 8

    Straw Dogs

    Dustin Hoffman, David Warner


    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Straw Dogs is a 1971 psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The screenplay by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman is based upon Gordon M....  more

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  • 9


    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the 1987...  more

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  • 10


    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan...  more

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  • 11


    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey


    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan...  more

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  • 12

    Marathon Man

    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider,...  more

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  • 13


    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Sleepers is a 1996 American legal drama film written, produced, and directed by Barry Levinson, and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of the same name....  more

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  • 14

    All the President's Men

    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl...  more

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  • 15

    American Buffalo

    Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz


    Directed byMichael Corrente

    American Buffalo is a 1996 British/American drama film directed by Michael Corrente and starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Sean Nelson, the only members of the cast. The film is based on...  more
  • 16

    Wag the Dog

    Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet was loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart's novel American Hero. The...  more

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  • 17

    Meet the Fockers

    Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand


    Directed byJay Roach

    Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner...  more

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  • 18

    Runaway Jury

    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byGary Fleder

    Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The Runaway...  more

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  • 19

    Racing Stripes

    Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg


    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

    Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du Chau, produced by Alcon Entertainment, distributed by Summit Entertainment and Warner Bros. and stars Hayden...  more

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  • 20

    Last Chance Harvey

    Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson


    Directed byJoel Hopkins

    Last Chance Harvey is a 2008 British-American romantic drama film written and directed by Joel Hopkins. The screenplay focuses on two lonely people who tentatively forge a relationship over the...  more

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  • 21

    Billy Bathgate

    Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis


    Directed byRobert Benton

    Billy Bathgate is a 1991 American gangster film directed by Robert Benton, starring Loren Dean as the titular character and Dustin Hoffman as real-life gangster Dutch Schultz. The film co-stars...  more
  • 22

    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu


    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

    Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and Mark...  more

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  • 23

    Finding Neverland

    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet


    Directed byMarc Forster

    Finding Neverland is a 2004 historical fantasy drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by David Magee, based on the 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. The film is about...  more

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  • 24


    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byJames Foley

    Confidence is a 2003 drama film starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Foley, and written by Doug Jung....  more
  • 25


    Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty


    Directed byElaine May

    Ishtar is a 1987 American action comedy film written and directed by Elaine May and produced by Warren Beatty, who co-starred with Dustin Hoffman. The story revolves around a duo of incredibly...  more

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