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The Best James Fox Movies

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

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

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"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Fox movies?" and "What are the greatest James Fox roles of all time?"


  • 1

    The Remains of the Day

    Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJames Ivory

    The Remains of the Day is a 1993 Merchant Ivory film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, Mike Nichols and...  more

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  • 2

    A Passage to India

    Alec Guinness, Judy Davis


    Directed byDavid Lean

    A Passage to India is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the 1924 novel of the same title by E. M. Forster and the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau that was...  more

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  • 3

    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with different...  more

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  • 4


    Directed byKen Annakin

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley,...  more
  • 5

    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Thoroughly Modern Millie is a 1967 American musical film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The screenplay by Richard Morris focuses on a naive young woman who finds herself in...  more

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  • 6

    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law


    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 period mystery action film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart...  more

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  • 7

    Sexy Beast

    Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane


    Directed byJonathan Glazer

    Sexy Beast is a 2001 British-Spanish crime thriller film directed by Jonathan Glazer. A gangster recruits his old friend, a "retired" safecracker, for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them....  more
  • 8

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

    Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay


    Directed byTony Richardson

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a 1962 film, based on the short story of the same name. The screenplay, like the short story, was written by Alan Sillitoe. The film was directed by Tony...  more
  • 9

    Farewell to the King

    Nick Nolte, James Fox


    Directed byJohn Milius

    Farewell to the King is a 1989 film, written and directed by John Milius. It stars Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Frank McRae, and Gerry Lopez and is based on the 1969 novel L'Adieu au Roi by Pierre...  more

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  • 10

    The Chase

    Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda


    Directed byArthur Penn

    The Chase is a 1966 Technicolor American drama film in Panavision directed by Arthur Penn and starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford, about a series of events set into motion by a...  more
  • 11

    Anna Karenina

    Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean


    Directed byBernard Rose

    Anna Karenina is a 1997 film directed by Bernard Rose and starring Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner, and James Fox. Based on the 1877 novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, with a...  more
  • 12


    Directed byHugh Hudson

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  • 13

    The Golden Bowl

    Kate Beckinsale, Uma Thurman


    Directed byJames Ivory

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  • 14

    The Servant

    Dirk Bogarde, Harold Pinter


    Directed byJoseph Losey

    The Servant is Harold Pinter's 1963 film adaptation of a 1948 novelette by Robin Maugham. A British production directed by Joseph Losey, it stars Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig and James Fox....  more
  • 15

    Doomsday Gun

    Kevin Spacey, Clive Owen


    Directed byRobert Young

    Doomsday Gun is a 1994 television film produced by HBO, dramatizing the life of Canadian supergun designer Dr. Gerald Bull and his involvement in Project Babylon, Saddam Hussein's plan to build a...  more
  • 16


    Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg


    Directed byNicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell

    Performance is a 1970 British drama film directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, written by Cammell and starring James Fox and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, in his film acting debut. The...  more

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  • 17

    The Prince and Me

    Julia Stiles, Miranda Richardson


    Directed byMartha Coolidge

    The Prince & Me is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge, and starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, and Ben Miller, with Miranda Richardson, James Fox, and Alberta Watson. The film...  more

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  • 18


    Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards Jr.


    Directed byKarel Reisz

    Isadora is a 1968 biographical film which tells the story of celebrated American dancer Isadora Duncan. It stars Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, and Jason Robards. The film was adapted by Melvyn Bragg,...  more
  • 19

    Absolute Beginners

    David Bowie, Sade Adu


    Directed byJulien Temple

    Absolute Beginners is a 1986 British rock musical film adapted from the Colin MacInnes book of the same name about life in late 1950s London. The film was directed by Julien Temple, featured David...  more
  • 20

    Red Riding: 1980

    Andrew Garfield, Paddy Constantine


    Directed byJames Marsh

    After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of...  more
  • 21

    Mister Lonely

    Joseph Morgan, Samantha Morton


    Directed byHarmony Korine

    Mister Lonely is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Harmony Korine, and co-written with his brother Avi Korine. The film is an international co-production between the UK, France, Ireland, and the...  more
  • 22

    High Season

    Jacqueline Bissett, Kenneth Branagh


    Directed byClare Peploe

    High Season is a 1987 British romantic comedy film directed by Clare Peploe. It is a comedy about tourism, set on the Greek island of Rhodes; vacationers from rich countries taking over the most...  more
  • 23

    The Mighty Quinn

    Denzel Washington, Mimi Rogers


    Directed byCarl Schenkel

    The Mighty Quinn is a 1989 thriller film starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The screenplay by Hampton Fancher is based on A. H....  more
  • 24

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 25

    King Rat

    George Segal, John Mills


    Directed byBryan Forbes

    King Rat is a 1965 WWII film adapted from the James Clavell novel King Rat. The film was directed by Bryan Forbes and starred George Segal as Corporal King and James Fox as Marlowe, two WWII POWs in...  more