Film The Best James Woods Movies  

Reference
2.1k votes 372 voters 37.9k views 93 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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?"

Martin Scorsese and David Cronenberg have both worked with James Woods over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If James Woods movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Jon Voight and Brian Dennehy too.

list ordered by

1
76 23
Ranker Video
Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto ...more

2
49 21
Ranker Video
Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto in the ...more

3
34 10
Ranker Video
James Woods, Christopher Lloyd, Ted Danson The Onion Field is a 1979 American crime drama film directed by Harold Becker, written by Joseph Wambaugh that is based on his 1973 true crime novel of the same title. The film stars John ...more

4
60 30
Casino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Woods Movies
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods Casino is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film ...more

5
44 19
Ranker Video
James Woods, Brian Dennehy, George Coe Best Seller is a 1987 crime film written by Larry Cohen, directed by John Flynn and starring James Woods and Brian Dennehy. The film tells the story of Cleve, a career hitman, who wants to turn ...more

6
32 10
Ranker Video
James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning Cop is a 1988 film starring James Woods and Lesley Ann Warren. It is based on the book Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy. The screenplay was written by James B. Harris, who also directs. Harris ...more

7
40 17
Ranker Video
James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb Salvador is a 1986 war drama film written by Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle, and directed by Stone. It stars James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, and Elpidia Carrillo, with John Savage, ...more

8
34 13
Ranker Video
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of ...more

9
38 17
Ranker Video
Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, James Woods True Believer is a 1989 American courtroom drama written by Wesley Strick, directed by Joseph Ruben, and starring James Woods, Robert Downey, Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto, Kurtwood Smith, ...more

10
28 9
Ranker Video
Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, Ed Harris Nixon is a 1995 American biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that tells the story of the political and personal life of United States President Richard Nixon, played ...more

11
29 10
Ranker Video
James Woods, Sean Young, Steven Hill The Boost is a 1988 drama film directed by Harold Becker. It stars James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos, Steven Hill, June Chandler and Amanda Blake.

12
39 19
Ranker Video
James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Vampires, also known as John Carpenter's Vampires, is a 1998 American supernatural action-horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter. Adapted from the novel Vampire$ by John Steakley, the ...more

13
35 16
Ranker Video
Heather Graham, James Woods, Jim Caviezel Diggstown is a 1992 film directed by Michael Ritchie, and starring James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It also features Heather Graham, Oliver Platt and Randall "Tex"

14
27 12
Ranker Video
Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by Stephen King. It comprises three stories, "Quitters, Inc.", "The Ledge", and ...more

15
30 15
Ranker Video
Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods The Specialist is a 1994 American action film directed by Luis Llosa, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and James Woods.

16
23 9
Ranker Video
James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Peter Sarsgaard Another Day in Paradise is a 1998 drama film directed by Larry Clark, and released by Trimark Pictures. It is based on the novel Another Day in Paradise written by Eddie Little. The movie won ...more

17
26 13
Ranker Video
John Travolta, James Woods, Madeleine Stowe The General's Daughter is a 1999 crime film directed by Simon West starring John Travolta. The plot concerns the mysterious death of the daughter of a prominent general. The movie is based on ...more

18
17 5
Ranker Video
Nick Nolte, James Woods, Daryl Hannah Northfork is a 2003 film directed by Michael Polish and written by Michael and Mark Polish. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2003 and later received a limited release in ...more

19
23 11
Ranker Video
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh ...more

20
24 12
Ranker Video
Clint Eastwood, Lucy Liu, James Woods True Crime is a 1999 American mystery drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and based on Andrew Klavan's 1995 novel of the same name. Eastwood also stars in the film as a journalist covering ...more

21
19 8
Ranker Video
James Woods, Gary Sinise, James Garner My Name Is Bill W. is a 1989 CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie directed by Daniel Petrie, starring James Woods, JoBeth Williams and James Garner. William G. Borchert, who wrote the film ...more

22
19 8
Ranker Video
James Woods, Nicollette Sheridan, Mercedes Ruehl Indictment: The McMartin Trial is a made for TV movie that originally aired on HBO on May 20, 1995. Indictment is based on the story of the McMartin preschool trial. A defense lawyer ...more

23
15 5
Ranker Video
Gene Hackman, James Woods, Melanie Griffith Night Moves is a 1975 mystery thriller film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, and features early career appearances by Melanie Griffith and James ...more

24
22 12
Ranker Video
Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

25
13 4
Ranker Video
James Woods, Peter Fonda, Brian Dennehy Split Image is a 1982 film directed by Ted Kotcheff.

26
15 6
Ranker Video
Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college ...more

27
36 27
Ranker Video
Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more

28
11 4
Ranker Video
James Woods, Cara Buono, Steve Forrest Killer: A Journal of Murder is a 1995 American drama film written and directed by Tim Metcalfe. It is based on the life of serial killer Carl Panzram, and uses passages of his biography. James ...more

29
15 8
Ranker Video
James Woods, Lee Grant, Tovah Feldshuh Citizen Cohn is a 1992 cable film covering the life of Joseph McCarthy's controversial chief counsel Roy Cohn. James Woods, who starred as Cohn, was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe ...more

30
21 14
Ranker Video
Christina Ricci, LL Cool J, Michael J. Fox The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film directed by John Badham, and starring Michael J. Fox and James Woods. Stephen Lang, Annabella Sciorra, Luis Guzmán, LL Cool J, Delroy Lindo, ...more

31
22 15
Ranker Video
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more

32
12 6
Ranker Video
James Woods, Charles Bronson, Kim Richards Raid on Entebbe is a 1977 TV film directed by Irvin Kershner. It is based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of hostages at Entebbe Airport in Entebbe, Uganda on 4 July 1976. ...more

33
13 7
Ranker Video
James Woods, James Caan, Lauren Hutton The Gambler is a 1974 drama film written by James Toback and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton. Toback wrote it as a fictional story using his own ...more

34
14 8
Ranker Video
Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, James Woods The Getaway is a 1994 crime thriller directed by Roger Donaldson. It is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name and is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. The film stars Alec ...more

35
19 13
Ranker Video
Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

36
15 10
Ranker Video
Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane Chaplin is a 1992 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about the life of British comedian Charlie Chaplin. It was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Robert ...more

37
14 9
Ranker Video
Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, James Woods Film Production NotesFinal Fantasy: The Spirits Within emerges from its successful interactive game roots to deliver an exciting new breed of motion picture adventure. A fresh, provocative take ...more

38
11 6
Ranker Video
Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, Jaime King Pretty Persuasion is a 2005 American black comedy/satirical film about a 15-year-old schoolgirl who makes an allegation of sexual harassment against her drama teacher. The film's tagline is: ...more

39
9 5
Ranker Video
Teri Hatcher, Dolly Parton, James Woods Straight Talk is an 1992 American comedy-film distributed by Hollywood Pictures, directed by Barnet Kellman and starring Dolly Parton and James Woods. Parton did not receive star-billing in any ...more

40
8 4
Ranker Video
The Visitors James Woods, Steve Railsback, Patrick McVey The Visitors is a 1972 American drama film directed by Elia Kazan. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Kazan used Daniel Lang's Casualties of War story as a jumping-off point for ...more

41
17 14
Ranker Video
Anna Faris, Tim Curry, James Woods Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American parody film and the second film of the Scary Movie franchise. Though part of the first Scary Movie '​s tagline read "...No sequel", this film's tagline ...more

42
11 8
Ranker Video
Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brittany Murphy Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 film based on the autobiography of the same name by Beverly Donofrio about a woman who overcame difficulties, including being a teen mother, and who later ...more

43
9 6
Ranker Video
James Woods, Alan Arkin, Linda Sorenson Joshua Then and Now is a 1985 film and a TV mini-series, adapted by Mordecai Richler from his semi-autobiographical novel Joshua Then and Now. James Woods starred as the adult Joshua, Gabrielle ...more

44
8 5
Ranker Video
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood James Woods, Tuesday Weld F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood is a 1976 biography film directed by Anthony Page.

45
8 5
Ranker Video
Morgan Freeman, Sigourney Weaver, James Woods Eyewitness is a 1981 thriller film about a television news reporter and a janitor who team up to solve a murder. The film was directed by Peter Yates, written by Steve Tesich and stars William ...more

46
13 11
Ranker Video
Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde, Texas. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, ...more

47
12 10
Ranker Video
Kate Bosworth, James Woods, Alexander Skarsgård Straw Dogs is an upcoming 2011 thriller film directed, produced, and written by Rod Lurie. It is a remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 film of the same name, in turn based on the Gordon Williams ...more

48
12 10
Ranker Video
Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki and the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie ...more

49
10 8
Ranker Video
James Woods, Mark Harmon, Gina Torres A good version of Lex Luthor from a parallel Earth comes to the Justice League's dimension for help to fight their evil counterparts.

50
9 7
Ranker Video
James Woods, Randy Quaid, Louis Gossett The Choirboys is a 1977 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Aldrich, written by Christopher Knopf and Joseph Wambaugh based on Wambaugh's novel of the same title. It features an ...more