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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.

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

Steven Spielberg and Brett Ratner have both worked with Emily Watson over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors.

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Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more

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Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson, Alan Parker

Released: 1999

Directed by: Alan 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, ...more

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Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Altman

Gosford Park is a 2001 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, ...more
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David Morrissey, Charles Dance, Emily Watson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Anand 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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Brian Cox, David Morrissey, Emily Watson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jay 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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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name. After his beloved horse is sold to the ...more

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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim 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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Cradle Will Rock Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim 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 ...more
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Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen 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 ...more
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Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brett 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 ...more

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Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Chris 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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Gretchen Mol, Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mick Jackson

The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a 2008 film made for television and directed by Mick Jackson.
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Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman

Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut. The plot follows an ...more

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Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kurt 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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Hayden Panettiere, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2008

Directed by: Dennis 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim 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, ...more
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Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Dominic 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 ...more
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Emily Watson, Dominic West, Monica Dolan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Julian 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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Julie Walters, Gabriel Byrne, Nicholas Hoult

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard 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, ...more
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Patrick Stewart, Emily Watson, Kate Robbins

Released: 2004

Directed by: Holger 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.
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Emily Watson, James Frain, Bernard Hill

Released: 1997

Directed by: Graham Theakston

The Mill on the Floss is a tv film directed by Graham Theakston.
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Within the Whirlwind Emily Watson, Ian Hart, Pam Ferris

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marleen 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 ...more
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Paul Giamatti, Katheryn Winnick, Lauren Ambrose

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sophie 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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Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais, Felicity Jones

Released: 2010

Directed by: Stephen 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.
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John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Hillcoat

The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny ...more