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The Best Ed Harris Movies

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

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

List is made up of many different films from Ed Harris' filmography, including Apollo 13, The Truman Show, and Pollock.

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


  • 1

    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris
    The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling...  more

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  • 2

    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law
    Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken...  more

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  • 3


    Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer
    Pollock is a 2000 biography drama film written by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith, Barbara...  more
  • 4

    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery
    The Rock is a 1996 action film that primarily takes place on Alcatraz Island and in the San...  more

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  • 5

    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard
    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars...  more

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  • 6

    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe
    A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a...  more

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  • 7

    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti
    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed...  more

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  • 8

    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
    The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James...  more

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  • 9

    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello
    This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh...  more

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  • 10

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin
    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer...  more

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  • 11

    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman
    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom...  more
  • 12

    Sweet Dreams

    Jessica Lange, John Goodman
    Sweet Dreams is a 1985 biographical film which tells the life story of country music singer...  more


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  • 13

    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan
    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,...  more

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  • 14


    Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen
    Appaloosa is an American western based on the 2005 novel, Appaloosa, by writer Robert B....  more

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  • 15

    The Hours

    Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep
    The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring...  more

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  • 16

    Milk Money

    Melanie Griffith, Ed Harris
    Milk Money is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring...  more
  • 17


    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris
    Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by...  more

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  • 18

    Places in the Heart

    Sally Field, John Malkovich
    Places in the Heart is a 1984 American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about...  more

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  • 19


    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon
    Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan...  more

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  • 20

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger
    National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 mystery/adventure film. It is a sequel to the...  more

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  • 21


    Stephen King, Ed Harris
    Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A....  more

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  • 22

    State of Grace

    Sean Penn, Gary Oldman
    State of Grace is a 1990 neo-noir film starring Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman, also...  more

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  • 23


    Ed Harris, Joe Strummer
    Walker is a 1987 American-Mexican Acid Western film directed by Alex Cox and starring Ed...  more
  • 24

    The Way Back

    Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan
    The Way Back is a 2010 epic drama film directed by Peter Weir, from a screenplay by Weir and...  more

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  • 25

    Copying Beethoven

    Diane Kruger, Ed Harris
    Copying Beethoven is a 2006 dramatic film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by...  more