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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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  • White Fang1
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    White Fang

    Ethan Hawke, James Remar

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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

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  • Gattaca2
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It...  more

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  • Dead Poets Society3
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

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

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  • Before Sunrise4
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    Before Sunrise

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released1995

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and...  more

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  • Reality Bites5
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    Reality Bites

    Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger

    Released1994

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Reality Bites is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by...  more

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  • Before Sunset6
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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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

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  • Dad7
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    Dad

    Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byGary David Goldberg

    Dad is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and...  more

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  • Boyhood8
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    Boyhood

    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

    Released2014

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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

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  • Training Day9
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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

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  • Brooklyn's Finest10
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    Brooklyn's Finest

    Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C....  more

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  • The Hottest State11
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    The Hottest State

    Michelle Williams, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2006

    Directed byEthan Hawke

    The Hottest State is a 2006 drama film directed and written by Ethan Hawke, which he based on...  more
  • The Newton Boys12
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    The Newton Boys

    Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton...  more
  • The Woman in the Fifth13
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    The Woman in the Fifth

    Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Released2011

    Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski

    The Woman in the Fifth is a 2011 French-British-Polish drama film directed and written by...  more
  • Hamlet14
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    Hamlet

    Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber

    Released2000

    Directed byMichael Almereyda

    Hamlet is a 2000 American film written and directed by Michael Almereyda, set in contemporary...  more

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  • Fast Food Nation15
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    Fast Food Nation

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Fast Food Nation is a 2006 American-British comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater....  more
  • First Reformed16
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    First Reformed

    Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Schrader

    First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over...  more
  • Sinister17
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by...  more

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  • What Doesn't Kill You18
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    What Doesn't Kill You

    Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2008

    Directed byBrian Goodman

    What Doesn't Kill You is a 2008 film directed by Brian Goodman....  more
  • Staten Island19
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    Staten Island

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2009

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

    Staten Island is a 2009 crime film written and directed by James DeMonaco in his directorial...  more
  • Waterland20
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    Waterland

    Lena Headey, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    Waterland is a 1992 film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, based on the 1983 novel of the same...  more
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf21
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    White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf

    Ethan Hawke, Alfred Molina

    Released1994

    Directed byKen Olin

    White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf is the sequel to the 1991 film White Fang. It was...  more
  • Great Expectations22
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    Great Expectations

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro

    Released1998

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the...  more

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  • Alive23
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    Alive

    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke

    Released1993

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974...  more

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  • New York, I Love You24
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    New York, I Love You

    Natalie Portman, Blake Lively

    Released2008

    Directed byBrett Ratner, Shekhar Kapur, Shunji Twai, Natalie Portman, Randall Balsmeyer

    New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven...  more

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  • Adopt a Highway25
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    Adopt a Highway

    Elaine Hendrix, Ethan Hawke

    Released2019

    Directed byLogan Marshall-Green

    Adopt a Highway is a 2019 American drama film directed by Logan Marshall-Green. An ex-felon...  more