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The Best Ethan Hawke Movies

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

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

This list is made up of films like Training Day and Brooklyn's Finest.

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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke
    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter...  more

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    #193 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#76 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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    Before Sunrise

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
    Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and...  more

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    #108 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#99 of 440 Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law
    Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It...  more

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    'Gattaca' Is An Underrated '90s Classic That NASA Called The Most Plausible Sci-Fi Film Of All Time#100 of 231 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg
    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David...  more

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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
    Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise. Like its...  more

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    #13 of 32 The Best Movies That Take Place in Real Time#10 of 16 16 Long-Anticipated Sequels That Were Totally Worth The Wait

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    Boyhood

    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette
    Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by...  more

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    A Midnight Clear

    Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise
    A Midnight Clear is a 1992 American war film directed by former actor Keith Gordon with an...  more
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    White Fang

    Ethan Hawke, James Remar
    White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke,...  more

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    #90 of 96 The Best Film Adaptations Of Young Adult Novels#33 of 109 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

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    Great Expectations

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro
    Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the...  more

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    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke
    This film is a 2007 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was written by Kelly...  more

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    #112 of 173 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#324 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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    Alive

    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke
    Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974...  more

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    #27 of 318 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#77 of 94 The Worst January Movie Releases

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    First Reformed

    Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried
    First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over...  more
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    Tape

    Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke
    Tape is a 2001 American camcorder drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by...  more
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    What Doesn't Kill You

    Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo
    What Doesn't Kill You is a 2008 film directed by Brian Goodman....  more
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    Reality Bites

    Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger
    Reality Bites is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by...  more

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    #499 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#232 of 306 The Best Ensemble Movies

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    New York, I Love You

    Natalie Portman, Blake Lively
    New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven...  more
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    Fast Food Nation

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis
    Fast Food Nation is a 2006 American-British comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater....  more
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    Staten Island

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio
    Staten Island is a 2009 crime film written and directed by James DeMonaco in his directorial...  more
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    Juliet, Naked

    Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke
    Juliet, Naked is a 2018 British-American comedy-drama film directed by Jesse Peretz, based on...  more
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio
    Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by...  more

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    #33 of 720 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#30 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

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    The Woman in the Fifth

    Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas
    The Woman in the Fifth is a 2011 French-British-Polish drama film directed and written by...  more
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    Lion's Den

    Ethan Hawke, Dylan Kussman
    Lion's Den is a 1988 short film directed by Bryan Singer and editor/composer John Ottman. It...  more
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    The Hottest State

    Michelle Williams, Alexandra Daddario
    The Hottest State is a 2006 drama film directed and written by Ethan Hawke, which he based on...  more
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    Quiz Show

    Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese
    Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film produced and directed by Robert Redford,...  more

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    Tesla

    Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson
    Tesla is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Michael Almereyda. A stylistic...  more