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The Best Ewan McGregor Movies

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List of the best Ewan McGregor movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ewan McGregor'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 Ewan McGregor movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ewan McGregor movies will be at the top of the list. Ewan McGregor has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ewan McGregor movie of all time is.

Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen are few examples of the movies in Ewan McGregor's filmography. Some notable Ewan McGregor roles include Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels and heroin addict Mark Renton in Trainspotting and T2: Trainspotting.

If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ewan McGregor films to end the squabble once and for all. If you think the best Ewan McGregor role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ewan McGregor performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. 

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  • Big Fish1
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

    Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by...  more

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  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith2
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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi...  more

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  • Trainspotting3
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    Trainspotting

    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan...  more

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  • Moulin Rouge!4
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    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced,...  more

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  • Emma5
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    Emma

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

    Released1996

    Directed byDouglas McGrath

    Emma is a 1996 period film based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Directed by...  more

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  • The Ghost Writer6
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    The Ghost Writer

    Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor

    Released2010

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    The Ghost Writer is 2010 thriller film written by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski and...  more

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  • The Impossible7
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    The Impossible

    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor

    Released2012

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

    The Impossible is a 2012 drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G....  more
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen8
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    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor

    Released2011

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a 2012 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström....  more

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  • The Island9
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    The Island

    Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Bay

    The Island is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Michael Bay,...  more

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  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones10
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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has...  more

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  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace11
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen...  more

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  • I Love You Phillip Morris12
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    I Love You Phillip Morris

    Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

    I Love You Phillip Morris is a 2009 comedy film based on the 1980s and '90s real-life story of...  more

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  • Black Hawk Down13
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an...  more

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  • Shallow Grave14
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    Shallow Grave

    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston

    Released1994

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Shallow Grave is a 1994 British dark comedy film that marked the cinematic directorial debut...  more

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  • T2 Trainspotting15
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    T2 Trainspotting

    Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner

    Released2017

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    T2 Trainspotting is a 2017 British crime comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, based on...  more
  • A Life Less Ordinary16
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    A Life Less Ordinary

    Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor

    Released1997

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 American-British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle,...  more

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  • Angels & Demons17
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    Angels & Demons

    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Howard

    Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan...  more

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  • Velvet Goldmine18
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    Velvet Goldmine

    Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor

    Released1998

    Directed byTodd Haynes

    Velvet Goldmine is a British drama film directed and co-written by Todd Haynes set in Britain...  more
  • Beginners19
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    Beginners

    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer

    Released2010

    Directed byMike Mills

    Beginners is a 2010 film directed by Mike Mills. "Seventy-five-year-old Hal has found love...  more
  • Brassed Off20
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    Brassed Off

    Ewan McGregor, Pete Postlethwaite

    Released1996

    Directed byMark Herman

    Brassed Off is a 1996 British-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Mark Herman...  more
  • Beauty and the Beast21
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The...  more

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  • Robots22
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    Robots

    Halle Berry, Robin Williams

    Released2005

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

    Robots is a 2005 American computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Blue Sky...  more

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  • Miss Potter23
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    Miss Potter

    Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Noonan

    Miss Potter is a 2006 film directed by Chris Noonan. It is a biographical film of children's...  more
  • Stormbreaker24
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    Stormbreaker

    Mickey Rourke, Ewan McGregor

    Released2006

    Directed byGeoffrey Sax

    Stormbreaker is a 2006 British Action spy film based on Anthony Horowitz's novel of the same...  more
  • Down with Love25
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    Down with Love

    Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger

    Released2003

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Down with Love is a 2003 romantic comedy film. It was directed by Peyton Reed and stars Renée...  more

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