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The Best Emily Watson Movies

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

If you think the best Emily Watson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Emily Watson 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 The Luzhin Defence and Punch-Drunk Love.

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    Angela's Ashes

    Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson

    Released1999

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Angela's Ashes is a 1999 Irish-American drama film based on the memoir of the same name by Frank McCourt. It was co-written and directed by Alan Parker, and starred Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe...  more
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    Gosford Park

    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Gosford Park is a 2002 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Derek...  more
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    Hilary and Jackie

    David Morrissey, Charles Dance

    Released1998

    Directed byAnand Tucker

    Hilary and Jackie is a 1998 British biographical film directed by Anand Tucker. The screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce is often claimed to have been based on the memoir A Genius in the Family by...  more
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    The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

    Brian Cox, David Morrissey

    Released2007

    Directed byJay Russell

    The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a 2007 American-British family fantasy drama film directed by Jay Russell. The screenplay, written by Robert Nelson Jacobs, is an adaptation of Dick...  more

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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    War Horse is a 2011 American war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. After his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry, Albert (Jeremy Irvine) enlists to...  more

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    Corpse Bride

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton, Mike Johnson

    Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional...  more

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    The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    This film is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewis's book of the same name. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and starred Geoffrey...  more
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    Cradle Will Rock

    Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Cradle Will Rock is a 1999 drama film written, directed, and produced by Tim Robbins. The film fictionalizes the true events that surrounded the production of the 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by...  more
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    The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    Gretchen Mol, Emily Watson

    Released2008

    Directed byMick Jackson

    The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a 2008 film made for television and directed by Mick Jackson....  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 same name. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The novel was originally adapted in...  more

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    Miss Potter

    Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Noonan

    Miss Potter is a 2006 film directed by Chris Noonan. It is a biographical film of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, and combines stories from her own life with animated sequences...  more
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    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2008

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

    Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman. An ailing theatre director works on an increasingly elaborate stage production whose extreme commitment to...  more

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    Fireflies in the Garden

    Hayden Panettiere, Julia Roberts

    Released2008

    Directed byDennis Lee

    Fireflies in the Garden is a 2008 drama film starring Willem Dafoe, Ryan Reynolds, and Julia Roberts. Written and directed by Dennis Lee, the film premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film...  more
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    The Boxer

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    The Boxer is a 1997 film by Irish director Jim Sheridan. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson, the film centers on the life of a boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer Danny Flynn, played...  more
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    Within the Whirlwind

    Emily Watson, Ian Hart

    Released2009

    Directed byMarleen Gorris

    Within the Whirlwind is a 2009 film directed by Marleen Gorris and based on the book by Eugenia Ginzburg. It stars Emily Watson and Pam Ferris. Watson has described the film as "the most stretching...  more
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    Appropriate Adult

    Emily Watson, Dominic West

    Released2011

    Directed byJulian Jarrold

    Appropriate Adult is a 2011 British television film, starring Dominic West, Emily Watson and Monica Dolan. It is based on the true story of Gloucester serial killer Fred West, and focuses on the...  more
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    On Chesil Beach

    Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle

    Released2018

    Directed byDominic Cooke

    On Chesil Beach is a 2017 British drama film directed by Dominic Cooke, based on the book by Ian McEwan. Young spouses Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) destroy their marriage because...  more
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    Equilibrium

    Christian Bale, Sean Bean

    Released2002

    Directed byKurt Wimmer

    Equilibrium is a 2002 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs. The film follows John Preston, an...  more

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    Wah-Wah

    Julie Walters, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard E. Grant

    Wah-Wah is a 2005 drama film, written and directed by British actor Richard E. Grant and loosely based on his childhood in Swaziland. It stars Nicholas Hoult, Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda...  more
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    The Snurks

    Patrick Stewart, Emily Watson

    Released2004

    Directed byHolger Tappe, Lenard Fritz Krawinkel

    Boo, Zino & the Snurks also known as Back to Gaya is a 2004 German-Spanish animated film directed by Lenard Fritz Krawinkel and Holger Tappe....  more
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzmán....  more

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    The Mill on the Floss

    Emily Watson, James Frain

    Released1997

    Directed byGraham Theakston

    The Mill on the Floss is a tv film directed by Graham Theakston....  more
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    Cold Souls

    Paul Giamatti, Katheryn Winnick

    Released2009

    Directed bySophie Barthes

    Cold Souls is a 2009 comedy-drama film written and directed by Sophie Barthes. The film features Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, and David Strathairn. Giamatti stars as a fictionalised...  more
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    Cemetery Junction

    Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais

    Released2010

    Directed byStephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais

    Cemetery Junction is a 2010 British coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2010....  more
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    Separate Lies

    Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp

    Released2005

    Directed byJulian Fellowes

    Separate Lies is a 2005 British drama film directed by Julian Fellowes, who also wrote the screenplay, updating the 1951 novel A Way Through the Wood by Nigel Balchin, which had already been turned...  more