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The Best George Clooney Movies

Updated December 28, 2020 5.5k votes 1.5k voters 114.6k views33 items

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This is a of the best George Clooney movies, ranked best to worst - with movie trailers when available. George Clooney started his career on classic TV shows like Roseanne and ER, but soon enough he became one of Hollywood's most sought after actors. George Clooney'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 George Clooney movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated George Clooney movies will be at the top of the list.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best George Clooney movies?," "What are the greatest George Clooney roles of all time?," and "Are George Clooney's recent movies as strong as his early ones?" The greatest George Clooney performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous flicks like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ocean's Eleven appear on this George Clooney filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best.  If you think the most worthy George Clooney role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Clooney's old-school Hollywood charm, you might also enjoy our list of best Brad Pitt movies and best Matt Damon movies.

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  • Ocean's Eleven1
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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film... more on Wikipedia

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?2
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and... more on Wikipedia

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    #132 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#101 of 925 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

  • Michael Clayton3
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    Michael Clayton

    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

    Released2007

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Ides of March4
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    The Ides of March

    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a... more on Wikipedia
  • Up in the Air5
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    Up in the Air

    George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

    Released2009

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Descendants6
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Perfect Storm7
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    The Perfect Storm

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang... more on Wikipedia

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  • From Dusk till Dawn8
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

    From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez... more on Wikipedia

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  • Three Kings9
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    Three Kings

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Three Kings is a 1999 satirical comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ocean's Thirteen10
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    Ocean's Thirteen

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2007

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an... more on Wikipedia
  • Gravity11
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso... more on Wikipedia

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    #72 of 164 Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects#58 of 168 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

  • Good Night, and Good Luck12
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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ocean's Twelve13
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    Ocean's Twelve

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 American comedy film, which acts as the sequel to 2001's Ocean's... more on Wikipedia

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  • Burn After Reading14
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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel... more on Wikipedia
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox15
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

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  • Out of Sight16
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    Out of Sight

    Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore... more on Wikipedia

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  • Syriana17
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    Syriana

    George Clooney, Matt Damon

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Gaghan

    Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The American18
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    The American

    George Clooney, Violante Placido

    Released2010

    Directed byAnton Corbijn

    The American is a 2010 suspense thriller film written by Rowan Joffe and directed by Anton... more on Wikipedia

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  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind19
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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy comedy film depicting the life of... more on Wikipedia
  • The Thin Red Line20
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    The Thin Red Line

    George Clooney, John Travolta

    Released1998

    Directed byTerrence Malick

    The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Midnight Sky21
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    The Midnight Sky

    George Clooney, Felicity Jones

    Released2020

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    The Midnight Sky is a 2020 American science fiction film directed by George Clooney, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • Intolerable Cruelty22
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    Intolerable Cruelty

    George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2003

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • The Men Who Stare at Goats23
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    The Men Who Stare at Goats

    George Clooney, Kevin Spacey

    Released2009

    Directed byGrant Heslov

    The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 American parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Peacemaker24
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    The Peacemaker

    Nicole Kidman, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byMimi Leder

    The Peacemaker is a 1997 American action/thriller film starring George Clooney and Nicole... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Monuments Men25
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    The Monuments Men

    George Clooney, Cate Blanchett

    Released2014

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    The Monuments Men is a 2014 American-German film directed by George Clooney, written and... more on Wikipedia

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