List of the best Joaquin Phoenix movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Joaquin Phoenix'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 Joaquin Phoenix movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Joaquin Phoenix movies will be at the top of the list. Joaquin Phoenix has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Joaquin Phoenix movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Joaquin Phoenix films to end the squabble once and for all.
If you think the best Joaquin Phoenix role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Joaquin Phoenix performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. He has also starred in several James Gray movies such as We Own the Night, The Yards, and The Immigrant.
Items on this list include Her and Inherent Vice.
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Directed by: Todd PhillipsJoker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics character. In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is driven insane, turning to a life of... more
Directed by: James MangoldWalk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese... more
Directed by: Ridley ScottGladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek... more
Directed by: Spike JonzeHer is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography... more
Directed by: Paul Thomas AndersonThe Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of Freddie... more
Directed by: Terry GeorgeHotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo as... more
Directed by: Gus Van SantThis film is a 1995 American comedy-drama film, made in a mockumentary format, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Buck Henry, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard, which in turn... more
Directed by: Ron HowardParenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and... more
Directed by: Lynne RamsayYou Were Never Really Here is a 2017 thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the novella by Jonathan Ames. A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks down missing girls for a living... more
Directed by: M. Night ShyamalanSigns is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam... more
Inventing the AbbottsJennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler
Directed by: Pat O'ConnorInventing the Abbotts is a 1997 coming-of-age film directed by Patric O'Connor, starring Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, as well as Joanna Going. The screenplay by Ken... more
Directed by: Paul Thomas AndersonInherent Vice is a 2014 American neo-noir comedy-drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc"... more
Directed by: Terry GeorgeReservation Road is a 2007 American drama film directed by Terry George and based on the book of the same title by John Burnham Schwartz, who, along with George, adapted the novel for the screenplay.... more
The Sisters BrothersJohn C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by: Jacques AudiardThe Sisters Brothers is a 2018 western dark comedy directed by Jacques Audiard, based on the novel by Patrick deWitt. In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector (Jake Gyllenhaal) is chased by the infamous... more
Directed by: Woody AllenIrrational Man is a 2015 American crime mystery drama film directed by Woody Allen. A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.... more
Kids Don't TellJoaquin Phoenix, JoBeth Williams
Directed by: Sam O'SteenKids Don't Tell is a CBS television movie about child molestation starring Michael Ontkean and JoBeth Williams. The docudrama, which was directed by Oscar-nominated film editor Sam O'Steen, was... more
Directed by: Thomas VinterbergIt's All About Love is a 2003 romance-drama film written and directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Its narrative can be classified as apocalyptic science fiction, but Vinterberg prefers to call it "a... more
Directed by: James GrayWe Own the Night is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed by Gray, and... more
Directed by: M. Night ShyamalanThe Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and... more
Directed by: Casey AffleckI'm Still Here is a 2010 documentary film directed by Casey Affleck. Joaquin Phoenix plans to retire from acting and concentrate on a new career as a hip-hop musician.... more
Directed by: James GrayThe Immigrant is a 2013 American drama film co-written, produced and directed by James Gray. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.... more
Directed by: Gregor JordanBuffalo Soldiers is a 2001 satire film, based on the 1993 novel by Robert O'Connor, which follows the rogue activities of a group of US soldiers based in West Germany during 1989 when the fall of the... more
Directed by: Rick RosenthalRusskies is a 1987 American drama film starring Whip Hubley and Leaf Phoenix, directed by Rick Rosenthal with cinematography by Reed Smoot.... more
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on FootJoaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara
Directed by: Gus Van SantDon't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life, a slacker (Joaquin Phoenix) discovers... more
Directed by: Garth DavisMary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film directed by Garth Davis. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living, defies her... more