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The Best Frank Whaley Movies

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

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

List includes The Cell 2, The Jimmy Show, more.

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    Career Opportunities

    Jennifer Connelly, John Candy

    Released1991

    Directed byBryan Gordan

    Career Opportunities is a 1991 American romantic comedy film starring Frank Whaley in his first lead role and co-starring Jennifer Connelly. It was written and co-produced by John Hughes and directed...  more

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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone....  more

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    #292 of 362 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#128 of 303 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy...  more

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    Little Monsters

    Fred Savage, Howie Mandel

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Greenberg

    Little Monsters is a 1989 fantasy comedy film starring Fred Savage as Brian Stevenson, a sixth-grader who has recently moved to a new town, and Howie Mandel as Maurice, the monster under the bed. The...  more

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    Vacancy

    Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson

    Released2007

    Directed byNimród Antal

    Vacancy is a 2007 American horror film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. It was distributed by Screen Gems and was released on April 20, 2007. Early in the film's...  more

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    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater....  more
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    Hoffa

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1992

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and DeVito...  more
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    Crazy Eights

    Gabrielle Anwar, Traci Lords

    Released2006

    Directed byJames K. Jones

    Crazy Eights is a 2006 B-grade horror film that follows the story of six companions as they fill the last request of a dead friend. The film is distributed by the After Dark Horrorfest which annually...  more
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    When Trumpets Fade

    Timothy Olyphant, Jeffrey Donovan

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    When Trumpets Fade is a TV war film from 1998 directed by John Irvin, produced by John Kemeny and written by W.W. Vought. It is based on a true story of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest in Autumn of 1944...  more
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    World Trade Center

    Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2006

    Directed byOliver Stone

    World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Peña, Maggie...  more

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    Swimming with Sharks

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byGeorge Huang

    Swimming With Sharks is a 1994 American comedy-drama film written and directed by George Huang. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, and Michelle Forbes....  more
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma Thurman),...  more

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    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance that...  more

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    A Midnight Clear

    Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise

    Released1992

    Directed byKeith Gordon

    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 the...  more
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    Where There's a Will

    Marion Ross, Keith Carradine

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Putch, William Beaudine

    Where There's a Will is a 1936 British comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring Will Hay, Graham Moffatt and Norma Varden. It features an incompetent solicitor who unwittingly becomes...  more
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    Swing Kids

    Christian Bale, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Swing Kids is a 1993 American musical comedy film directed by Thomas Carter and starring Christian Bale, Robert Sean Leonard and Frank Whaley. In pre-WWII Germany, two high school students, Peter...  more
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    The Freshman

    Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick

    Released1990

    Directed byAndrew Bergman

    The Freshman is a 1990 American comedy film starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, in which Brando parodies his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. It is written and directed by...  more
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    The Cell 2

    Tessie Santiago, Frank Whaley

    Released2009

    Directed byTim Iacofano

    The Cell 2 is a 2009 direct-to-video sequel from the 2000 film The Cell....  more
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    Chelsea Walls

    Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson

    Released2001

    Directed byEthan Hawke

    Chelsea Walls is a 2001 independent film directed by Ethan Hawke and released by Lions Gate Entertainment. It stars Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, and Robert Sean Leonard among...  more
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    The Jimmy Show

    Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke

    Released2001

    Directed byFrank Whaley

    The Jimmy Show is a 2001 drama written and directed by Frank Whaley, based on the Off-Broadway play Veins and Thumbtacks by Jonathan Marc Sherman. The film stars Whaley, Carla Gugino, and Ethan Hawke....  more
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    Pursuit of Happiness

    Amy Jo Johnson, Jean Stapleton

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Putch

    For many people, they're not even sure what happiness is. And so, inspired and intrigued by this "unalienable" right, director Andrew Shapter set out to explore the myths and the truths of the...  more
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    Ruffian

    Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey

    Released2007

    Directed byYves Simoneau

    Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down in a...  more
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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 the novel of the same name that he had written and published ten years earlier, in 1996. The film debuted...  more
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    Hustlers

    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez

    Released2019

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

    Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy former strip club...  more
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    Retroactive

    Jim Belushi, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1997

    Directed byLouis Morneau

    Retroactive is a 1997 adventure science fiction action film directed by Louis Morneau....  more