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The Best Gerard Butler Movies

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Here is a list of the best Gerard Butler movies, ranked best to worst by thousands of fans' votes. Butler has been acting since 1997, but he didn't become a star until he appeared in 300 in 2006. Gerard Butler's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, but the order of this Gerard Butler movies list is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated films from the estimable Gerard Butler filmography will be at the top of the list. 

If you think the greatest Gerard Butler movie isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. And remember, Gerard Butler's best performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases, they go hand in hand.

This list features Law Abiding Citizen, PS, I Love You, and other movies you could find on Gerard Butler's IMDB page and answers the questions, "what are the best Gerard Butler movies?" and "what are the greatest Gerard Butler roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Butler's Sparta sparring, then you might also enjoy our list of the best Michael Fassbender movies and best Russell Crowe movies. And if you loved Crowe as Commander Joe Glass, check out the best Hunter Killer quotes to relive some of his best lines.


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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank
    P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay...  more

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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler
    The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986...  more

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    Law Abiding Citizen

    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx
    Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a...  more

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender
    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by...  more

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    The Bounty Hunter

    Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler
    The Bounty Hunter is a 2010 American romantic action comedy film directed by Andy Tennant,...  more

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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig
    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by...  more

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    Dear Frankie

    Gerard Butler, Emily Mortimer
    Dear Frankie is a 2004 Scottish drama film directed by Shona Auerbach and starring Emily...  more
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    Chasing Mavericks

    Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue
    Of Men and Mavericks is a 2012 Sport Drama film written by Brandon Hooper and Kario Salem and...  more
  • 9

    The Ugly Truth

    Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler
    The Ugly Truth is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard...  more

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    Machine Gun Preacher

    Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan
    Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 action biopic film about Sam Childers, a former gang biker...  more

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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler
    Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it...  more

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    Reign of Fire

    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey
    Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and...  more

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    Gerard Butler, Paul Walker
    Timeline is a 2003 science fiction adventure film directed by Richard Donner, based on the...  more
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    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

    Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler
    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is a 2003 action film based on the popular Tomb...  more

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    Nim's Island

    Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler
    Nim's Island is a 2008 American-Australian adventure-fantasy film directed by Jennifer...  more

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    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by...  more

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    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler
    Attila (also known as Attila the Hun in the UK) is a 2001 American television miniseries set...  more

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    Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler
    RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring...  more

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    London Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler
    London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi, It is a...  more
  • 20

    Playing for Keeps

    Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones
    Playing for Keeps is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Gabriele Muccino,...  more
  • 21

    Butterfly on a Wheel

    Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler
    Butterfly on a Wheel is a 2007 British–Canadian thriller film directed by Mike Barker,...  more

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    Gerard Butler, Ludacris
    Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine...  more
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    Beowulf & Grendel

    Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård
    Beowulf & Grendel is a 2005 film loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. Filmed in...  more

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    Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler
    Coriolanus is a 2011 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus,...  more

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    Dracula 2000

    Gerard Butler, Jeri Ryan
    Dracula 2000, also known internationally as Dracula 2001, is a 2000 American action horror...  more

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