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The Best George Clooney Movies 

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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.

George Clooney is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Joel Schumacher, Terrence Malick and Steven Soderbergh. Is George Clooney your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Meryl Streep and Sting films lists too.

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O Brother, Where Art Tho... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more

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Michael Clayton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tony Gilroy

Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack. The film chronicles the ...more
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The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

Released: 2011

Directed by: Alexander Payne

The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film ...more

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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

Released: 2000

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more

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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

Released: 1999

Directed by: David O. Russell

Three Kings is a 1999 satirical comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a men taking gold that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against ...more

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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alfonso CuarĂ³n

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more

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Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

Released: 2007

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 sequel ...more

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Good Night, and Good Luc... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Clooney

Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

Released: 2005

Directed by: Stephen Gaghan

Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and ...more

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more

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Ocean's Twelve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 American comedy film, which acts as the sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven. Like its predecessor, which was a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11, the film was directed by ...more

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Out of Sight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh and ...more

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Confessions of a Dangero... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2002

Directed by: George Clooney

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy comedy film depicting the life of popular game show host and producer Chuck Barris, who claimed to have also been an agent for the ...more

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The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2011

Directed by: George Clooney

The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a screenplay written by Clooney, along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. The film is an adaptation of ...more
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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terrence Malick

The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount ...more

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The American is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Violante Placido, Isabelle Adriani

Released: 2010

Directed by: Anton Corbijn

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

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The Men Who Stare at Goa... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

Released: 2009

Directed by: Grant Heslov

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 American parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name, an account of the investigation by Ronson and John ...more
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The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mimi Leder

The Peacemaker is a 1997 American action/thriller film starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and directed by Mimi Leder. It was the first film released by DreamWorks. While the story takes ...more

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Intolerable Cruelty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Intolerable Cruelty is a 2003 romantic black comedy film directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen and Brian Grazer. The Coen brothers also wrote the last draft of the screenplay about ...more

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South Park: Bigger, Long... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

Released: 1999

Directed by: Trey Parker

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 American adult animated satirical musical comedy film based on the animated television series South Park, and produced, co-written by and ...more

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Money Monster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best George Clooney Movies
George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell

Released: 2016

Directed by: Jodie Foster

Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster. Financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) are put in an extreme situation when ...more