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The Best John Hurt Movies

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

If you think the best John Hurt role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest John Hurt performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Everything from Midnight Express to The Elephant Man is included on this list.

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


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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt
    Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the...  more

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  • 2

    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt
    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely...  more

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  • 3

    Midnight Express

    John Hurt, Randy Quaid
    Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker,...  more

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  • 4

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay...  more

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  • 5

    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie
    The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an...  more

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  • 6

    Watership Down

    John Hurt, Denholm Elliott
    Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed...  more

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    Ian McKellen, John Hurt
    Scandal is a British drama film, a fictionalised account of the Profumo Affair based on 1987...  more
  • 8

    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles
    A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of...  more

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  • 9

    An Englishman in New York

    John Hurt, Cynthia Nixon
    An Englishman in New York is a 2009 biographical drama film that chronicles the English gay...  more
  • 10

    King Lear

    John Hurt, Laurence Olivier
    King Lear is a video production of William Shakespeare's 1606 play of the same name, directed...  more
  • 11

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Dustin Hoffman, John Hurt
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a German 2006 thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer,...  more
  • 12

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as...  more

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  • 13
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates...  more

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  • 14


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster
    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a...  more

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  • 15

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    John Hurt, Annie Lennox
    Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British dystopian drama film written for...  more

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    10 Rillington Place

    John Hurt, Richard Attenborough
    10 Rillington Place is a 1971 British crime drama film, directed by Richard Fleischer. It...  more
  • 17
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  • 18


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt
    Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring...  more

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  • 19

    The Proposition

    John Hurt, Ray Winstone
    The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by...  more
  • 20

    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt
    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and...  more

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  • 21

    White Mischief

    Hugh Grant, John Hurt
    White Mischief is a 1987 film dramatising the events of the Happy Valley murder case in Kenya...  more
  • 22

    The Black Cauldron

    John Hurt, John Huston
    The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt...  more

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    Dead Man

    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi
    This film is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars...  more

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    The Skeleton Key

    Kate Hudson, John Hurt
    The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena...  more

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    Jayne Mansfield's Car

    Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon
    Jayne Mansfield's Car is a 2012 drama film directed by Billy Bob Thornton, marking his first...  more