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The Best Edward Norton Movies

Updated November 1, 2019 4.4k votes 1.4k voters 81.9k views29 items

List RulesVote for the best Edward Norton movies in your opinion, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

Perhaps one of the greatest actors of this generation, Edward Norton has starred and co-starred in so many critically acclaimed films that its hard to even remember them all. For that reason, we're ranking the best Edward Norton movies of all time, with help from film buffs like you who are voting on the list. His earlier stuff, like Primal Fear and American History X, are among the best Edward Norton films ever made, with the first of those two winning him a Golden Globe and the latter an Academy Award nomination. Almost 20 years later, he's still a force to be reckoned with, illuminating the silver screen alongside Michael Keaton in 2014's black comedy Birdman. It might be difficult for you to choose favorites on this Edward Norton movies list, but pick your absolute favorites and help them rise to the top.   

Many of these Edward Norton movies are streaming on Netflix Instant - just search the actor's name and you'll see all the movies he's in that are currently available for you to watch. Vote for favorite Edward Norton films, regardless of whether Norton was a star, co-star, or supporting actor in the movie. 

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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The...  more

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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

    American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David...  more

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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of...  more

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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and...  more

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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

    The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and...  more

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    Leaves of Grass

    Susan Sarandon, Edward Norton

    Released2009

    Directed byTim Blake Nelson

    Leaves of Grass is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by, and featuring, Tim...  more
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    Pride and Glory

    Colin Farrell, Edward Norton

    Released2008

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Pride and Glory is a 2008 drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor. It stars Edward Norton, Colin...  more
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    25th Hour

    Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Lee

    25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the novel by David...  more

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    Rounders

    Matt Damon, Edward Norton

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Rounders is a 1998 American drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker,...  more

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    Birdman

    Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

    Released2014

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014...  more

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    The Score

    Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando

    Released2001

    Directed byFrank Oz

    The Score is a 2001 thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward...  more

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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the...  more

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    The Painted Veil

    Naomi Watts, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Curran

    The Painted Veil is a 2006 American drama film directed by John Curran. The screenplay by Ron...  more

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    Stone

    Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro

    Released2010

    Directed byJohn Curran

    Stone is a 2010 American crime thriller film directed by John Curran and starring Robert De...  more
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    Down in the Valley

    Kat Dennings, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Jacobson

    Down in the Valley is a 2005 film starring Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse and...  more
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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and...  more

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    Everyone Says I Love You

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released1996

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Everyone Says I Love You is a 1996 American musical comedy film written and directed by Woody...  more
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    The Invention of Lying

    Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey

    Released2009

    Directed byRicky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

    The Invention of Lying is a 2009 fantasy romantic comedy film that was written and directed by...  more
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    The Incredible Hulk

    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler

    Released2008

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

    The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character...  more

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    The People vs. Larry Flynt

    Courtney Love, Edward Norton

    Released1996

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    The People vs. Larry Flynt is a 1996 American biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman...  more

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    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

    Released2012

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the...  more

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    Keeping the Faith

    Ben Stiller, Edward Norton

    Released2000

    Directed byEdward Norton

    Keeping the Faith is a 2000 American romantic comedy film written by Stuart Blumberg, and...  more
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    Death to Smoochy

    Robin Williams, Edward Norton

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    This film is a 2002 American black comedy film directed by and starring Danny DeVito, and...  more

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    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Released2005

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and...  more

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