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The Best James Woods Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.6k votes 447 voters 41.5k views92 items

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, like Split Image and The Disappearance of Aimee.

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

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    Cat's Eye is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Cat's Eye

    Drew Barrymore, James Woods

    Released1985

    Directed byLewis Teague

    Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro

    Released1984

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Salvador is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Salvador

    James Woods, Jim Belushi

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Salvador is a 1986 drama film written by Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle, and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Northfork is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Northfork

    Nick Nolte, James Woods

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Polish

    Northfork is a 2003 film directed by Michael Polish and written by Michael and Mark Polish. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Indictment: The McMartin Trial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Indictment: The McMartin Trial

    James Woods, Nicollette Sheridan

    Released1995

    Directed byMick Jackson

    Indictment: The McMartin Trial is a made for TV movie that originally aired on HBO on May 20,... more on Wikipedia
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    Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Videodrome

    Debbie Harry, James Woods

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and... more on Wikipedia

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    Vampires is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Vampires

    James Woods, Daniel Baldwin

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Vampires, also known as John Carpenter's Vampires, is a 1998 American supernatural... more on Wikipedia
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    Casino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Boost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    The Boost

    James Woods, Sean Young

    Released1988

    Directed byHarold Becker

    The Boost is a 1988 drama film directed by Harold Becker. It stars James Woods, Sean Young,... more on Wikipedia
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    True Believer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    True Believer

    Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson

    Released1989

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    True Believer is a 1989 American courtroom drama written by Wesley Strick, directed by Joseph... more on Wikipedia

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    The Onion Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    The Onion Field

    James Woods, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1979

    Directed byHarold Becker

    The Onion Field is a 1979 American crime drama film directed by Harold Becker, written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Raid on Entebbe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Raid on Entebbe

    James Woods, Charles Bronson

    Released1977

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    Raid on Entebbe is a 1977 TV film directed by Irvin Kershner. It is based on an actual event:... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Cop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Cop

    James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren

    Released1988

    Directed byJames B. Harris

    Cop is a 1988 film starring James Woods and Lesley Ann Warren. It is based on the book Blood... more on Wikipedia
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    Killer: A Journal of Murder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Killer: A Journal of Murder

    James Woods, Cara Buono

    Released1995

    Directed byTim Metcalfe

    Killer: A Journal of Murder is a 1995 American drama film written and directed by Tim... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec... more on Wikipedia

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    Best Seller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Best Seller

    James Woods, Brian Dennehy

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Flynn

    Best Seller is a 1987 crime film written by Larry Cohen, directed by John Flynn and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Straight Talk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Straight Talk

    Teri Hatcher, Dolly Parton

    Released1992

    Directed byBarnet Kellman

    Straight Talk is an 1992 American comedy-film distributed by Hollywood Pictures, directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Specialist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    The Specialist

    Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

    Released1994

    Directed byLuis Llosa

    The Specialist is a 1994 American action film directed by Luis Llosa, starring Sylvester... more on Wikipedia

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    Nixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Nixon

    Anthony Hopkins, James Woods

    Released1995

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Nixon is a 1995 American biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that... more on Wikipedia

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    My Name Is Bill W. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    My Name Is Bill W.

    James Woods, Gary Sinise

    Released1989

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    My Name Is Bill W. is a 1989 CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie directed by Daniel... more on Wikipedia
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    Justice League: Crisis on Two  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

    James Woods, Mark Harmon

    Released2010

    Directed bySam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

    A good version of Lex Luthor from a parallel Earth comes to the Justice League's dimension for... more on Wikipedia

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    Straw Dogs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Straw Dogs

    Kate Bosworth, James Woods

    Released2011

    Directed byRod Lurie

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    The General's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    The General's Daughter

    John Travolta, James Woods

    Released1999

    Directed bySimon West

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    Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Pretty Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
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    Pretty Persuasion

    Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods

    Released2005

    Directed byMarcos Siega

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