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The Best Hilary Swank Movies

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List of the best Hilary Swank movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Hilary Swank'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 Hilary Swank movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Hilary Swank movies will be at the top of the list. Hilary Swank has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Hilary Swank movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Hilary Swank films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Hilary Swank role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Hilary Swank performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list features films like The Next Karate Kid and Dying to Belong.

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  • 1

    Boys Don't Cry

    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny


    Directed byKimberly Peirce

    Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a...  more

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  • 2

    Freedom Writers

    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey


    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

    Freedom Writers is a 2007 drama film starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey. It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell who wrote the...  more

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  • 3


    Al Pacino, Robin Williams


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives...  more

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  • 4


    Hilary Swank, Juliette Lewis


    Directed byTony Goldwyn

    Conviction is a 2010 legal drama film directed by Tony Goldwyn, written by Pamela Gray, and starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. The film premiered on September 11, 2010, at the Toronto...  more

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  • 5

    The Gift

    Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett


    Directed bySam Raimi

    The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. Other...  more

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  • 6

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an...  more

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  • 7

    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank


    Directed byRichard 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 stars...  more

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  • 8


    Ewan McGregor, Richard Gere


    Directed byMira Nair

    Amelia is a 2009 biographical film about the life of Amelia Earhart. The film was directed by Mira Nair and starred Hilary Swank as Earhart and Richard Gere as her husband, George Putnam. The cast...  more

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  • 9

    The Next Karate Kid

    Hilary Swank, Pat Morita


    Directed byChristopher Cain

    The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 American martial arts drama film starring Pat Morita and Hilary Swank. It is the fourth and final film in the original The Karate Kid series. It was directed by...  more

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  • 10

    New Year's Eve

    Halle Berry, Jessica Biel


    Directed byGarry Marshall

    New Year's Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. Like Valentine's Day, it depicts a series of holiday vignettes of the state of several romances and features a large...  more

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  • 11

    The Black Dahlia

    Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan


    Directed byBrian De Palma

    The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh Hartnett,...  more
  • 12

    Iron Jawed Angels

    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey


    Directed byKatja von Garnier

    Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Katja von Garnier. The film stars Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O'Connor as activist Lucy Burns, Julia...  more
  • 13

    The Resident

    Hilary Swank, Christopher Lee


    Directed byAntti Jokinen

    The Resident is a 2011 British thriller film directed by Antti Jokinen and starring Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Swank stars as a recently single woman who rents an apartment in New York...  more
  • 14

    Dallas Buyers Club

    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in the mid 1980s...  more

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  • 15

    The Affair of the Necklace

    Hayden Panettiere, Christopher Walken


    Directed byCharles Shyer

    The Affair of the Necklace is a 2001 American historical drama film directed by Charles Shyer. The screenplay by John Sweet is based on what became known as the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, an...  more

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  • 16

    What They Had

    Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon


    Directed byElizabeth Chomko

    What They Had is a 2018 American drama film directed by Elizabeth Chomko. When her Alzheimer's-suffering mother wanders into a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Bridget Ertz (Hilary Swank) travels back to...  more
  • 17

    The Reaping

    Idris Elba, Hilary Swank


    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Reaping is an 2007 American horror film, starring Hilary Swank. The film was directed by Stephen Hopkins for Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. The...  more
  • 18

    Dying to Belong

    Hilary Swank, Sarah Chalke


    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Dying to Belong is a 1997 American television film directed by William A. Graham....  more
  • 19


    Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze


    Directed byGreg Marcks

    11:14 is a 2003 American indie thriller. The film was edited in a way that the various scenes of the movie end exactly at 11:14 PM....  more
  • 20

    Terror in the Family

    Hilary Swank, Joanna Kerns


    Directed byGregory Goodell

    Terror in the Family is a 1996 American television film directed by Gregory Goodell and starring Joanna Kerns, Dan Lauria and Hilary Swank. The film is about a parents' struggle with the raising of...  more
  • 21

    The Hunt

    Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin


    Directed byCraig Zobel

    The Hunt is a 2020 American action horror film directed by Craig Zobel. Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing with no idea as to how they got there or why they are there, unbeknownst to them, they...  more
  • 22

    The Audition

    Hilary Swank, Brittany Murphy


    Directed byChad Lowe

    The Audition is a 2000 short film written and directed by Chad Lowe. It features his then wife Hilary Swank. The movie is about a woman's unhealthy addiction towards a young celebrity that she...  more
  • 23

    The Sleepwalker Killing

    Hilary Swank, Sean Murray


    Directed byJohn Cosgrove

    The Sleepwalker Killing is a 1997 film written by Lyle Slack, inspired by the novel "Sleepwaker" by June Callwood and directed by John Cosgrove....  more
  • 24

    On Native Soil

    Kevin Costner, Hilary Swank


    Directed byLinda Ellman

    Almost as frightening as the tragic events it details, ON NATIVE SOIL is essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand how systemic failures in U.S. national security led to the terrorist...  more
  • 25

    Sometimes They Come Back... Again

    Hilary Swank, Jennifer Aspen


    Directed byAdam Grossman

    Sometimes They Come Back... Again is the 1996 straight-to-video sequel to the 1991 horror film Sometimes They Come Back. It was directed by Adam Grossman. It stars Michael Gross, Alexis Arquette, and...  more