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The Best Gerard Butler Movies

Updated October 15, 2019 7.7k votes 1.9k voters 125.1k views45 items

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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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  • 1
    P.S. I Love You
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

    P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Phantom of the Opera
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler

    Released2004

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Law Abiding Citizen
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    Law Abiding Citizen

    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx

    Released2009

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    300
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    Olympus Has Fallen
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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2013

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    Dear Frankie
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    Dear Frankie

    Gerard Butler, Emily Mortimer

    Released2004

    Directed byShona Auerbach

    Dear Frankie is a 2004 Scottish drama film directed by Shona Auerbach and starring Emily... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Bounty Hunter
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    The Bounty Hunter

    Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler

    Released2010

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    The Bounty Hunter is a 2010 American romantic action comedy film directed by Andy Tennant,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    How to Train Your Dragon
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Chasing Mavericks
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    Chasing Mavericks

    Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Apted, Curtis Hanson

    Of Men and Mavericks is a 2012 Sport Drama film written by Brandon Hooper and Kario Salem and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Machine Gun Preacher
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    Machine Gun Preacher

    Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 action biopic film about Sam Childers, a former gang biker... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 11
    The Ugly Truth
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    The Ugly Truth

    Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    The Ugly Truth is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Attila
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    Attila

    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler

    Released2001

    Directed byDick Lowry

    Attila (also known as Attila the Hun in the UK) is a 2001 American television miniseries set... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    Timeline
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    Timeline

    Gerard Butler, Paul Walker

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Timeline is a 2003 science fiction adventure film directed by Richard Donner, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Nim's Island
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    Nim's Island

    Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Levin, Jennifer Flackett

    Nim's Island is a 2008 American-Australian adventure-fantasy film directed by Jennifer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
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    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

    Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler

    Released2003

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is a 2003 action film based on the popular Tomb... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
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    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

    Released2014

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    London Has Fallen
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    London Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2015

    Directed byBabak Najafi

    London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi, It is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    RocknRolla
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    RocknRolla

    Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler

    Released2008

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Playing for Keeps
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    Playing for Keeps

    Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2012

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

    Playing for Keeps is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Gabriele Muccino,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Gamer
    136
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    Gamer

    Gerard Butler, Ludacris

    Released2009

    Directed byMark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

    Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Beowulf & Grendel
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    Beowulf & Grendel

    Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård

    Released2005

    Directed bySturla Gunnarsson

    Beowulf & Grendel is a 2005 film loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. Filmed in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    Reign of Fire
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    Reign of Fire

    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Bowman

    Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    Coriolanus
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    Coriolanus

    Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler

    Released2011

    Directed byRalph Fiennes

    Coriolanus is a 2011 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Butterfly on a Wheel
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    Butterfly on a Wheel

    Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Barker

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    Mrs Brown
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    Mrs Brown

    Gerard Butler, Judi Dench

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Madden

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