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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. 

Notable directors that have worked with Ewan McGregor include names like Ron Howard, George Lucas and Michael Bay. Ewan McGregor has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Chris Cooper and Sting in terms of fame and success.

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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Lucas

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Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

Released: 2001

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim Burton

Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall

Released: 2010

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

Released: 2012

Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona

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Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2005

Directed by: Michael Bay

The Island is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. It was released on July 22, 2005, in the United States ...more

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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2002

Directed by: George Lucas

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Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mike Mills

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Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

Released: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielsen

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Mackenzie

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Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, 피터 뮬란

Released: 1994

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter

Released: 1997

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Released: 1998

Directed by: Todd Haynes

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Ewan McGregor, Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mark Herman

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Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Jeri Ryan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Down with Love is a 2003 romantic comedy film. It was directed by Peyton Reed and stars Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce. The story follows a woman who ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette

Released: 1996

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

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Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Chris Noonan

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Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane

Released: 2013

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

Released: 2009

Directed by: Grant Heslov

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