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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.

Joel Schumacher and Marc Forster are among those who have directed Gerard Butler at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Is Gerard Butler your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best George Clooney and Sting films lists too.

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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

Released: 2007

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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Law Abiding Citizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

Released: 2009

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Law Abiding Citizen was released ...more

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300 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

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Dear Frankie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Emily Mortimer, Cal MacAninch

Released: 2004

Directed by: Shona Auerbach

Dear Frankie is a 2004 Scottish drama film directed by Shona Auerbach and starring Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, and Jack McElhone. The screenplay by Andrea Gibb focuses on a young single ...more
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The Ugly Truth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Luketic

The Ugly Truth is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. The film was released in North America on July 24, 2009 by Columbia Pictures.

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The Bounty Hunter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Andy Tennant

The Bounty Hunter is a 2010 American romantic action comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. The story centers on a bounty hunter hired to retrieve his ...more

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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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Machine Gun Preacher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Marc Forster

Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 action biopic film about Sam Childers, a former gang biker turned preacher and defender of African orphans. The movie was based on Childers' book Another Man's ...more

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Chasing Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson

Of Men and Mavericks is a 2012 Sport Drama film written by Brandon Hooper and Kario Salem and directed by Curtis Hanson.
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Timeline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Paul Walker, Michael Sheen

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Donner

Timeline is a 2003 science fiction adventure film directed by Richard Donner, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. A team of present-day archaeologists are sent back in time ...more

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is a 2003 action film based on the popular Tomb Raider video game series and stars Angelina Jolie as the titular Lara Croft character with supporting ...more

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Nim's Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett

Nim's Island is a 2008 American-Australian adventure-fantasy film directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin and starring Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, and Gerard Butler. The story is based ...more

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London Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
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Released: 2015

Directed by: Babak Najafi

London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi, It is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. After the UK Prime Minister dies, agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) ...more
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Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Bowman

Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler. It takes place in the year 2020 in ...more

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Attila is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler, Tim Curry

Released: 2001

Directed by: Dick Lowry

Attila the Hun, fabled leader of a band of nomadic warriors who fearlessly took on the might of the Roman Empire, has his life story brought to the screen in this two-part miniseries. Attila ...more

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RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry and Toby ...more

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Playing for Keeps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

Playing for Keeps is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Gerard Butler with Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Judy Greer ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

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Gamer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall

Released: 2009

Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as a participant in an online game in which ...more

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Butterfly on a Wheel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, Maria Bello

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike Barker

Butterfly on a Wheel is a 2007 British–Canadian thriller film directed by Mike Barker, co-produced and written by William Morrissey, and starring Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, and Maria Bello. ...more
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Beowulf & Grendel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sturla Gunnarsson

Beowulf & Grendel is a 2005 film loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. Filmed in Iceland and directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, it stars Gerard Butler as Beowulf, Stellan ...more

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Dracula 2000 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Gerard Butler, Jeri Ryan, Nathan Fillion

Released: 2000

Directed by: Patrick Lussier

Dracula 2000, also known internationally as Dracula 2001, is a 2000 American action horror film written and directed by Patrick Lussier. The film stars Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny ...more

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Coriolanus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gerard Butler Movies
Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ralph Fiennes

Coriolanus is a 2011 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut.