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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?"

If you're a fan of Emma Thompson, then check out our lists of the best Maggie Smith and Margo Martindale movies as well.

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The Children Act Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
The Children Act is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. As her marriage crumbles, a judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who ...more
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Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry
Peter's Friends is a 1992 British comedy film written by Rita Rudner and her husband Martin Bergman, and directed and produced by Kenneth Branagh. The film follows seven friends in an acting ...more
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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emma Thompson Movies
Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith
Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Emma Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Felicity Jones
Brideshead Revisited is a 2008 British drama film directed by Julian Jarrold. The screenplay by Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies is based on the 1945 novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, which ...more
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Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Maria Canals Barrera
Imagining Argentina is a 2003 Spanish-British-American drama historical film written and directed by Christopher Hampton and starring Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Leticia Dolera and ...more
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Emma Thompson, Rufus Sewell, Alex Kingston
Carrington is a 1995 British biographical film written and directed by Christopher Hampton about the life of the English painter Dora Carrington, who was known simply as "Carrington". ...more

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson, Danny DeVito
Junior is a 1994 American comedy film written by Kevin Wade and Chris Conrad and directed by Ivan Reitman. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a scientist who undergoes a male pregnancy as part of ...more

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Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Rowan Atkinson
The Tall Guy is a 1989 romantic comedy and the feature film debut of screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Mel Smith. It was produced by London Weekend Television for theatrical release and ...more
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Gemma Arterton, January Jones, Emma Thompson
The Boat That Rocked is a 2009 British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis, with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting. The film has an ensemble cast ...more
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Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino, Alan Rickman
Judas Kiss is a 1998 American crime thriller film that starred Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Carla Gugino, Simon Baker-Denny, Gil Bellows, Richard Riehle, and Til Schweiger. It ...more
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Late Night is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emma Thompson Movies
Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Hugh Dancy
Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra. A Late-night talk show host, Katerine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is about to lose her show but teams up with a new female ...more
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We Know Where You Live. Live! Emma Thompson, Tom Jones, Eddie Izzard
We Know Where You Live. Live! is a 2001 comedy film written by Ivor Baddiel, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman and 7 others and directed by Declan Lowney.
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Look Back in Anger Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Siobhan Redmond
Look Back in Anger is a 1989 British videotaped television production of John Osborne's play. It features Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond, Gerard Horan, and Edward Jewesbury. It ...more
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Effie Gray Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Claudia Cardinale
Effie Gray is a 2014 British biographical drama film directed by Richard Laxton. Its subject is the love triangle involving Victorian art critic John Ruskin his wife Euphemia "Effie" ...more
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Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson
Maybe Baby is a 2000 British comedy film starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. It was written and directed by Ben Elton, based upon his novel Inconceivable.

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Last Christmas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emma Thompson Movies
Last Christmas Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
Last Christmas is a 2019 British romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig. Working as an elf in a Christmas shop, a woman (Emilia Clarke) encounters a man (Henry Golding) who may be exactly ...more
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Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Miller
Johnny English Strikes Again is a 2018 action comedy film directed by David Kerr, and the third film in the series. After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover ...more

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