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The Best James Woods Movies 

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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?"

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.

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Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods

Released: 1984

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths ...more

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Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Casino is a 1995 American 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 with ...more

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James Woods, Christopher Lloyd, Ted Danson

Released: 1979

Directed by: Harold Becker

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
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Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

Released: 1983

Directed by: 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

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Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, James Woods

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

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

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James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb

Released: 1986

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Salvador is a 1986 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, and ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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

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Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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

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James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning

Released: 1988

Directed by: James B. Harris

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
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James Woods, Brian Dennehy, George Coe

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Flynn

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
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Heather Graham, James Woods, Jim Caviezel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

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"
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James Woods, Sean Young, Steven Hill

Released: 1988

Directed by: Harold Becker

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.
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James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Carpenter

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

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Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lewis Teague

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

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The Specialist Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luis Llosa

The Specialist is a 1994 American action film directed by Luis Llosa, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and James Woods.
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Gene Hackman, James Woods, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1975

Directed by: Arthur Penn

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
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James Woods, Gary Sinise, James Garner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

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
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James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Peter Sarsgaard

Released: 1998

Directed by: Larry Clark

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

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Clint Eastwood, Lucy Liu, James Woods

Released: 1999

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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
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Nick Nolte, James Woods, Daryl Hannah

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Polish

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
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James Woods, Nicollette Sheridan, Mercedes Ruehl

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mick Jackson

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
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Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

The film 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 Hartnett, and A. ...more

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John Travolta, James Woods, Madeleine Stowe

Released: 1999

Directed by: Simon West

The General's Daughter is a 1999 film directed by Simon West starring John Travolta. The plot concerns the mysterious happenings of the daughter of a prominent general. The movie is based on the ...more

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Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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

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The Hard Way Christina Ricci, LL Cool J, Michael J. Fox

Released: 1991

Directed by: John Badham

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