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The Best Joan Allen Movies 

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

If you think the best Joan Allen role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Joan Allen 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 films like Mad Love and When the Sky Falls.

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

Paul Greengrass and Paul W. S. Anderson have both worked with Joan Allen over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If you're a fan of Joan Allen, then check out our lists of the best Patricia Clarkson and Marcia Gay Harden movies as well.

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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more

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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely ...more

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Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater

Released: 2000

Directed by: Rod Lurie

The Contender is a 2000 political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater. The film focuses on a fictional United States ...more

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The Upside of Anger Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Costner, Keri Russell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mike Binder

The Upside of Anger is a 2005 American romantic comedy and drama film written and directed by Mike Binder and set in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It stars Joan Allen, Kevin Costner and Evan ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gary Ross

Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michael Mann

Manhunter is a 1986 American thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as Will Graham and features Brian Cox as ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, Joan Allen

Released: 1988

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a 1988 biographical drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges. The film recounts the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to ...more

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Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto ...more

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Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, Amy Brenneman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Campbell Scott

Off the Map is a 2003 drama film directed by Campbell Scott. The play and screenplay were written by Joan Ackermann. An eccentric family lives a separate existence from that of the outside ...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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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies ...more

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Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

The Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same name. It was directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, Winona Ryder as ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tony Gilroy

The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more

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Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ang Lee

The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

Released: 1986

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to ...more

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Sam Neill, Joan Allen, Shirley Henderson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sally Potter

Yes is a 2004 film written and directed by Sally Potter. It stars Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Samantha Bond, Sam Neill, Shirley Henderson, Raymond Waring, Stephanie Leonidas, and Sheila Hancock. ...more
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Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. The film was his directorial debut, and ...more
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Zeisters Joan Allen, Josh Blake

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Golden

Zeisters, also known as Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid, is a 1986 comedy film produced by Troma Entertainment. Troma was originally set to title the film Fat Boy Goes Nutzoid, but, at the request of the ...more
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Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Ed Begley

Released: 2009

Directed by: Bob Balaban

Georgia O'Keeffe is a 2009 American television biographical film, produced by City Entertainment in association with Sony Television, about noted American painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her ...more
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All My Sons Joan Allen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Jack O'Brien

All My Sons is a 1987 film directed by Jack O'Brien. All My Sons is the 1986 TV adaptation of Arthur Miller's 1947 Broadway play (a film version, starring Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster, ...more
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Good Sharma Billy Connolly, Joan Allen, Dalip Tahil

Released: 2010

Directed by: Suri Krishnamma

Good Sharma is a 2010 drama film written by Joanna Lancaster, Michael Singh and directed by Suri Krishnamma.
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Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez

Released: 2008

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

This film is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Jason Statham. Though referred to as a remake of the 1975 ...more

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Joan Allen, Pete Postlethwaite, Liam Cunningham

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Mackenzie

When the Sky Falls is a 2000 film à clef directed by John Mackenzie and filmed in Ireland, starring Joan Allen. The story is based on that of Veronica Guerin, a crime reporter writing ...more
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Julianna Margulies, Anjelica Huston, Joan Allen

Released: 2001

Directed by: Uli Edel

The Mists of Avalon is a 2001 miniseries based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Produced by American cable channel TNT, adapted by Gavin Scott, and directed by Uli ...more