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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emma Thompson Movies
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robin Williams, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh Dead Again 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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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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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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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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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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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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Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...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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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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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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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, 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 dying pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...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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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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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, 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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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, 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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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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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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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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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.