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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ethan Hawke movies?" and "What are the greatest Ethan Hawke roles of all time?"

Natalie Portman and Frank Marshall have both worked with Ethan Hawke over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If you're a fan of Ethan Hawke, then check out our lists of the best Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Dern movies as well.

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Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke
Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg
Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse, a young American man, and Céline, a ...more

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Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff
Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise. Like its predecessor, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. He shares screenplay credit with actors ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane
Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. ...more

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Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington
Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson
Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more

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Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley
White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Seymour Cassel. Based on Jack London's novel White Fang, it tells the ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke
Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth ...more

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Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman
This film is a 2007 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was written by Kelly Masterson, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Albert Finney. The film unfolds ...more
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Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger, Ben Stiller
Reality Bites is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Stiller, with supporting roles by Janeane ...more

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John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas
Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team. The ...more

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Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard
Tape is a 2001 American camcorder drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Stephen Belber, based on his play of the same name. It stars Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma ...more
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First Reformed
Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer
First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young ...more

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Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne
Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. The cast also includes John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja ...more
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Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg
A Midnight Clear is a 1992 American war film directed by former actor Keith Gordon with an ensemble cast featuring Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, and Arye Gross. Set towards ...more
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Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke
Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film produced and directed by Robert Redford, and written by Paul Attanasio, based on Richard N. Goodwin's memoir Remembering America: A Voice From ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, James Cromwell
Snow Falling on Cedars is a film directed by Scott Hicks. It is based on David Guterson's award-winning novel of the same title. It was released in 1999 and was nominated for an Academy Award ...more
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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh
Waking Life is a 2001 American adult animated docufiction/drama film, directed by Richard Linklater. It was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and it was the first animated film released by ...more

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Michelle Williams, Alexandra Daddario, Ethan Hawke
The Hottest State is a 2006 drama film directed and written by Ethan Hawke, which he based on the novel of the same name that he had written and published ten years earlier, in 1996. The film ...more
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Brooklyn's Finest
Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle
Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin. The film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. The film was ...more
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Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Jack Lemmon
Dad is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and starring Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Spacey and Ethan Hawke. It is based on William ...more
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Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell
Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke
This film is a 2005 film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD ...more

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Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig
The Woman in the Fifth is a 2011 French-British-Polish drama film directed and written by Paweł Pawlikowski. Adapted from Douglas Kennedy's 2007 novel of the same name, the film centers on a ...more