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The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies  

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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.

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

 

Joaquin Phoenix is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Ron Howard, M. Night Shyamalan and Joel Schumacher. Movie fans who love Joaquin Phoenix have also been known to enjoy films starring Ben Stiller and Paul Rudd.

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Joker 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 ...more
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The Master is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman
The 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 ...more
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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin
Walk 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, ...more
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Her is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams
Her 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
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen
Gladiator 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, ...more
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You Were Never Really Here is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette
You 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 ...more
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The Sisters Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
The Sisters Brothers John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
The 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 ...more
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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
Inherent 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 ...more
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Two Lovers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Isabella Rossellini
Two Lovers is a 2008 American romantic drama film, taking its inspiration from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's short story "White Nights", which had already been turned into a film 7 times, first ...more
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Signs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin
Signs 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
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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
We 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 ...more
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I'm Still Here is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Antony Chester Langdon
I'm Still Here is a 2010 documentary film directed by Casey Affleck.
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The Immigrant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
The 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.
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To Die For is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon
This 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 ...more
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Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle
Hotel 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 ...more
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Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Elle Fanning
Reservation 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 ...more
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Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Anna Paquin, Idris Elba, Joaquin Phoenix
Buffalo 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 ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix
The 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 ...more
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Clay Pigeons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo
Clay Pigeons is a 1998 crime-comedy film written by Matt Healy and directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, and Janeane Garofalo.
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard
Parenthood 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, ...more
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Return to Paradise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Jada Pinkett Smith
Return to Paradise is a 1998 drama-thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben, written by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson, and starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix. Return to ...more
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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson
SpaceCamp is a 1986 American space adventure film based on a book by Patrick Bailey and Larry B. Williams and inspired by the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Directed by Harry Winer from ...more
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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan
Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 44th animated feature in the Walt ...more
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Inventing the Abbotts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix
Inventing 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 ...more
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8mm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a private investigator who delves into the ...more