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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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Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson
Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more

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#532 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #114 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson
Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios ...more

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#349 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #265 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth
Nanny McPhee is a 2005 British fantasy film directed by Kirk Jones. The film stars Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. Thompson also scripted the film, which is adapted from Christianna Brand's Nurse ...more

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#600 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #38 of 78 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #28 of 31 Every Time A Children's TV Show Or Movie Dealt With Death

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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson
Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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#221 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #20 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #669 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson
Howards End is a 1992 film based upon the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, a story of class relations in turn-of-the-20th-century England. The film—produced by Merchant Ivory Productions ...more

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Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson
The Remains of the Day is a 1993 Merchant Ivory film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, Mike ...more

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#141 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #5 of 77 The Best Period Romance Movies

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Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves
Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 British/American romantic comedy film based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh who ...more

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#21 of 85 The Best Movies Based on Plays #17 of 77 The Best Period Romance Movies

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Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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#77 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #60 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Audra McDonald
Wit is a 2001 American television movie directed by Mike Nichols. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title by Margaret Edson. ...more
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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling and the final film in the series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron ...more

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#84 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #65 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson
In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, ...more

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#167 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #19 of 23 The Very Best Courtroom Thriller Movies

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Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, James Brolin
Last Chance Harvey is a 2008 British-American romantic drama film written and directed by Joel Hopkins. The screenplay focuses on two lonely people who tentatively forge a relationship over the ...more
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Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly
Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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#65 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #390 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #89 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck

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Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah
Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more

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#891 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #521 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #281 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Robin Williams, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh
This film is a 1991 psychological thriller/neo-noir written by Scott Frank and directed by Kenneth Branagh. It stars Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson, and co-stars Andy García, ...more

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#414 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #8 of 23 The Best Movies Where The Director Is Directing His Wife

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Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is a 2010 British family film. It is a sequel to the 2005 film Nanny McPhee. It was adapted by Emma Thompson from Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda books. Thompson ...more
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Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law, Sean Biggerstaff
The Winter Guest was British actor Alan Rickman's debut as a director, and stars Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson.
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Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench
Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars ...more

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Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk
Angels in America is a 2003 HBO miniseries adapted from the play of the same name by Tony Kushner. Kushner adapted his original text for the screen, and Mike Nichols directed. Set in 1985, the ...more

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#28 of 38 The Best Medical Movies Based on True Stories #20 of 69 The Best Meryl Streep Movies

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John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher
Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, which originally had ...more

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#334 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #454 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #59 of 320 The Best Political Films Ever Made

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The Song of Lunch
Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman
The Song of Lunch is a 2010 television adaptation of Christopher Reid's poem of the same name. It was directed by Niall MacCormick and stars Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Screened on 9 October ...more
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Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Bernadette Peters
Impromptu is a 1991 British-American period drama film directed by James Lapine, written by Sarah Kernochan, produced by Daniel A. Sherkow and Stuart Oken, and starring Hugh Grant as ...more
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Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike
An Education is a 2009 coming-of-age drama film, based on a memoir of the same name by British journalist Lynn Barber. The film was directed by Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by Nick Hornby, ...more

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#22 of 46 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic #34 of 35 Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs

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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