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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 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 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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David Morrissey, Charles Dance, Emily Watson 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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Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith 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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Brian Cox, David Morrissey, Emily Watson 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emily Watson Movies
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during the ...more

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Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 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 ...more

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Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black 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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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee 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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Gretchen Mol, Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a 2008 film made for television and directed by Mick Jackson.

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Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton 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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Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman 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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Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson 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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Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs 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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson 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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Emily Watson, Dominic West, Monica Dolan 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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Hayden Panettiere, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe 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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Within the Whirlwind Emily Watson, Ian Hart, Pam Ferris 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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Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais, Felicity Jones 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 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

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Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp, Rupert Everett 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 ...more

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John Turturro, Emily Watson, Orla Brady The Luzhin Defence is a 2000 film directed by Marleen Gorris, starring John Turturro and Emily Watson. The film centres on a mentally tormented chess grandmaster and the young woman he meets ...more

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Ali Landry, Kevin James, Sean Astin Little Boy is an upcoming American war comedy-drama film directed by Alejandro Gómez Monteverde and written by Monteverde and Pepe Portillo. The film stars Jakob Salvati, David Henrie, ...more

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Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, David Wenham Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 drama film directed by Jim Loach with screenplay by Rona Munro.

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Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton Gang. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Dwight ...more

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Emily Watson, Stephanie Leonidas, Benno Fürmann Crusade in Jeans is a 2006 Dutch film, an adaptation of the first half of the book Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman. The film was directed by Ben Sombogaart. It is unknown whether a sequel, ...more

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Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson 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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Fortunate Sons Emily Watson, Atossa Leoni Fortunate Sons is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Danielle Lurie.

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Paul Giamatti, Katheryn Winnick, Lauren Ambrose 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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Emily Watson, James Frain, Bernard Hill The Mill on the Floss is a tv film directed by Graham Theakston.

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Patrick Stewart, Emily Watson, Kate Robbins 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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Julie Walters, Gabriel Byrne, Nicholas Hoult 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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Nick Nolte, Brittany Murphy, Nathan Lane Trixie is a 2000 American mystery-crime film directed by Alan Rudolph and starring Emily Watson, Nick Nolte, Will Patton and Brittany Murphy.