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The Best James Franco Movies

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List of the best James Franco movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. At the beginning of his acting career, James Franco appeared in Judd Apatow's short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks, setting the stage for this dynamic duo to collaborate on future films. James Franco'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 Franco movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Franco movies will be at the top of the list. James Franco has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Franco movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Franco films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Everything from 127 Hours to Pineapple Express is included on this list.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Franco movies?" and "What are the greatest James Franco roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Franco's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Seth Rogan movies and best Jonah Hill movies.


  • 1

    James Dean

    James Franco, Michael Moriarty
    James Dean is a 2001 biographical television film based on the life of the American actor of...  more
  • 2

    Pineapple Express

    Seth Rogen, James Franco
    Pineapple Express is a 2008 American buddy stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon...  more

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  • 3

    127 Hours

    James Franco, Kate Mara
    127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and...  more

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  • 4

    Tristan & Isolde

    James Franco, Henry Cavill
    Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film based on the medieval romantic legend of...  more

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  • 5

    Your Highness

    Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel
    Your Highness is a 2011 American fantasy comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, starring...  more

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  • 6


    James Franco, Jean Reno
    Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin...  more

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  • 7

    This Is the End

    James Franco, Jonah Hill
    This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan...  more
  • 8

    Date Night

    Mila Kunis, Olivia Munn
    Date Night is a 2010 comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and starring Steve Carell and Tina...  more

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  • 9


    James Franco, Sienna Miller
    Interview is a remake of Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh's 2003 movie of the same name. The...  more
  • 10

    City by the Sea

    Robert De Niro, James Franco
    City by the Sea is a 2002 film starring Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, Frances...  more
  • 11


    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe
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  • 12

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto
    Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise...  more

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  • 13

    The Green Hornet

    Cameron Diaz, James Franco
    The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the...  more

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  • 14

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson
    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western anthology film directed by the Coen...  more

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  • 15


    James Franco, Sean Penn
    Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and...  more

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  • 16

    An American Crime

    James Franco, Ellen Page
    An American Crime is a 2007 American crime-drama film. The film is based on the true story of...  more

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  • 17

    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
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  • 18

    True Story

    James Franco, Jonah Hill
    True Story is a 2015 American drama film, directed by Rupert Goold and written by David...  more
  • 19

    Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts, James Franco
    Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as...  more

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  • 20

    Spring Breakers

    James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens
    Spring Breakers is a 2012 American film directed by Harmony Korine. While enjoying their...  more

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  • 21


    James Franco, Jon Hamm
    Howl is a 2010 American experimental film which explores both the Six Gallery debut and the...  more

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  • 22

    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes
    Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd...  more

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  • 23

    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
    Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel...  more

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  • 24

    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore
    Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew...  more

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  • 25

    The Interview

    Eminem, James Franco
    The Interview is a 2014 American political satire comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan...  more

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