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The Best Emma Thompson Movies

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

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

The Winter Guest and Brideshead Revisited are only the beginning of the films on this list.

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

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  • 1
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Sense and Sensibility
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • 3
    Saving Mr. Banks
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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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  • 4
    Love Actually
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    20

    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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  • 5
    Primary Colors
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    Primary Colors

    John Travolta, Emma Thompson

    Released1998

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Henry V
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    Henry V

    Christian Bale, Emma Thompson

    Released1989

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • 7
    Howards End
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    Howards End

    Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1992

    Directed byJames Ivory

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  • 8
    The Remains of the Day
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    The Remains of the Day

    Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1993

    Directed byJames Ivory

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  • 9
    I Am Legend
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 10
    Much Ado About Nothing
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 British/American romantic comedy film based on William... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Nanny McPhee
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    Nanny McPhee

    Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury

    Released2005

    Directed byKirk Jones

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  • 12
    Treasure Planet
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    Treasure Planet

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 13
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • 14
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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    26

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • 15
    Brave
    45
    20

    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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  • 16
    Judas Kiss
    31
    9

    Judas Kiss

    Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino

    Released1998

    Directed bySebastian Gutierrez

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  • 17
    Stranger than Fiction
    44
    22

    Stranger than Fiction

    Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman

    Released2006

    Directed byMarc Forster

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  • 18
    Dead Again
    38
    18

    Dead Again

    Robin Williams, Emma Thompson

    Released1991

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • 19
    Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
    43
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    Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

    Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2010

    Directed bySusanna White

    Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is a 2010 British family film. It is a sequel to the 2005 film... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Wit
    47
    34

    Wit

    Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd

    Released2001

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 21
    Last Christmas
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    Last Christmas

    Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding

    Released2019

    Directed byPaul Feig

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  • 22
    The Tall Guy
    35
    22

    The Tall Guy

    Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1990

    Directed byMel Smith

    The Tall Guy is a 1989 romantic comedy and the feature film debut of screenwriter Richard... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Angels in America
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    16

    Angels in America

    Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 24
    The Children Act
    17
    2

    The Children Act

    Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci

    Released2018

    Directed byRichard Eyre

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  • 25
    The Boat That Rocked
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    The Boat That Rocked

    Gemma Arterton, January Jones

    Released2009

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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