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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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Phillips

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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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Mangold

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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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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The Master is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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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Her is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

Released: 2013

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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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Signs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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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The Sisters Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
The Sisters Brothers John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jacques Audiard

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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You Were Never Really He... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette

Released: 2017

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

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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Two Lovers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Isabella Rossellini

Released: 2008

Directed by: James Gray

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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The Village is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix

Released: 2004

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

Released: 2007

Directed by: James Gray

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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Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Terry George

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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Ladder 49 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin O'Malley

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jay Russell

Ladder 49 is a 2004 American drama film, directed by Jay Russell, about the heroics of fictional Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison and his recollection of the events that got him to that ...more

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To Die For is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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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I'm Still Here is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Antony Chester Langdon

Released: 2010

Directed by: Casey Affleck

I'm Still Here is a 2010 documentary film directed by Casey Affleck.

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron 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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The Immigrant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Gray

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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Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Anna Paquin, Idris Elba, Joaquin Phoenix

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gregor Jordan

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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Clay Pigeons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo

Released: 1998

Directed by: David Dobkin

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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Inventing the Abbotts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Inventing the Abbotts Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix

Released: 1997

Directed by: Pat O'Connor

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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Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Elle Fanning

Released: 2007

Directed by: Terry George

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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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Harry Winer

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) 24 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Aaron Blaise, Robert A. Walker

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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8mm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Joaquin Phoenix Movies
Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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