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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
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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan
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
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
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
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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Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen
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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Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, Amy Brenneman
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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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner
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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Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen
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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Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, Joan Allen
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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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

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Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones
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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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon
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Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner
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Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne
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Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver
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
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Julianna Margulies, Anjelica Huston, Joan Allen
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
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Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez
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Susan Sarandon, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna
Compromising Positions is a 1985 American film released by Paramount and directed by Frank Perry. The screenplay, by Susan Isaacs, was adapted from her 1978 novel. The plot concerns a Long ...more
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Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen
Bonneville is a 2006 American comedy-drama film directed by Christopher N. Rowley. The screenplay by Daniel D. Davis is based on a story by Davis and Rowley.
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Bruce Willis, Joan Allen, Emily Lloyd
In Country is a 1989 American drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. The screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre was based on the novel ...more

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Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Joan Allen
Ethan Frome is a 1993 drama film directed by John Madden.
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Sam Neill, Joan Allen, Shirley Henderson
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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Zeisters Joan Allen, Josh Blake
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