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The Best James Franco Movies

Updated November 1, 2019 5.8k votes 1.0k voters 97.4k views87 items

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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.

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    James Dean is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    James Dean

    James Franco, Michael Moriarty

    Released2001

    Directed byMark Rydell

    James Dean is a 2001 biographical television film based on the life of the American actor of... more on Wikipedia
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    Pineapple Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Pineapple Express

    Seth Rogen, James Franco

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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    127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    127 Hours

    James Franco, Kate Mara

    Released2010

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and... more on Wikipedia

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    This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    This Is the End

    James Franco, Jonah Hill

    Released2013

    Directed byEvan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

    This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan... more on Wikipedia
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    Interview is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Interview

    James Franco, Sienna Miller

    Released2007

    Directed bySteve Buscemi

    Interview is a remake of Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh's 2003 movie of the same name. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

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    Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Oz the Great and Powerful

    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz

    Released2013

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy... more on Wikipedia

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    Milk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Sausage Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Sausage Party

    Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig

    Directed byGreg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

    Sausage Party is a 2016 American adult computer-animated comedy thriller film directed by Greg... more on Wikipedia
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    An American Crime is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    An American Crime

    James Franco, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

    An American Crime is a 2007 American crime-drama film starring Ellen Page and Catherine... more on Wikipedia

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    Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2007

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Spring Breakers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Spring Breakers

    James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens

    Released2012

    Directed byHarmony Korine

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    Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts, James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Murphy

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    Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd... more on Wikipedia
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    Howl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Howl

    James Franco, Jon Hamm

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Tristan & Isolde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Tristan & Isolde

    James Franco, Henry Cavill

    Released2006

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film based on the medieval romantic legend of... more on Wikipedia

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    Flyboys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Flyboys

    James Franco, Jean Reno

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Bill

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    Your Highness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Your Highness

    Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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    The Interview is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    The Interview

    Eminem, James Franco

    Released2014

    Directed byEvan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Peter Frizalone

    The Interview is a 2014 American political satire comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan... more on Wikipedia

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    Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    The Iceman

    James Franco, Winona Ryder

    Released2012

    Directed byAriel Vromen

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    Annapolis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    Annapolis

    James Franco, Jordana Brewster

    Released2006

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson

    Released2018

    Directed byJoel Coen, Ethan Coen

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