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The Best James McAvoy Movies

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

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

With films ranging from Frank Herbert's Children of Dune to Arthur Christmas, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian...  more

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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman
    X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing...  more

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    Becoming Jane

    Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith
    Becoming Jane is a 2007 British-Irish historical biographical film directed by Julian Jarrold....  more

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    Filth

    James McAvoy, Imogen Poots
    Filth is a 2013 British crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on...  more
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    Wanted

    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman
    Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the...  more

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    The Last King of Scotland

    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson
    The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of...  more

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more

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    Penelope

    Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci
    Penelope is a 2008 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Mark Palansky which was first...  more

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    Trance

    Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy
    Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay...  more
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    Starter for 10

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve
    Starter for 10 is a 2006 British comedy-drama film directed by Tom Vaughan from a screenplay...  more
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    Split

    James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy
    Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night...  more

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    Rory O'Shea Was Here

    James McAvoy, Romola Garai
    Inside I'm Dancing, also released under the title Rory O'Shea Was Here, is an Irish 2004...  more
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    Welcome to the Punch

    James McAvoy, Mark Strong
    Welcome To The Punch is a British action thriller released on 15 March 2013 by Momentum...  more
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    The Conspirator

    Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel
    The Conspirator is a 2010 historical drama film directed by Robert Redford based on an...  more

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    Glass

    Bruce Willis, James McAvoy
    Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan....  more
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    Arthur Christmas

    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie
    Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question:...  more

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    The Last Station

    Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti
    The Last Station is a 2009 English-language German biographical drama film written and...  more
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    Wimbledon

    Kirsten Dunst, James McAvoy
    Wimbledon is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine. The film centers on a...  more
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    It: Chapter Two

    Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy
    It: Chapter Two is a 2019 American horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986...  more

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    Gnomeo & Juliet

    Ozzy Osbourne, Emily Blunt
    Gnomeo & Juliet is a 2011 British-American-Canadian 3D computer-animated romantic comedy...  more

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry
    X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman,...  more

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    X-Men: Apocalypse

    Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum
    X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 Action, Adventure, Fantasy film written by Michael Dougherty, Dan...  more
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    Frank Herbert's Children of Dune

    Susan Sarandon, Daniela Amavia
    Frank Herbert's Children of Dune is a three-part science fiction miniseries written by John...  more

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    Dark Phoenix

    James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
    Dark Phoenix is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Simon Kinberg, based on the Marvel...  more

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    Bright Young Things

    David Tennant, Dan Aykroyd
    Bright Young Things is a 2003 British drama film written and directed by Stephen Fry. The...  more