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The Best John Hurt Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.1k votes 221 voters 17.9k views102 items

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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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  • 26
    Recount
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    Recount

    Kevin Spacey, Al Gore

    Released2008

    Directed byJay Roach

    Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 27
    Champions
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    Champions

    Kirstie Alley, John Hurt

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Champions is a 1983 film based on the true story of jockey Bob Champion. It is directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 28
    Heaven's Gate
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Cimino

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  • 29
    Hellboy: Blood and Iron
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    Hellboy: Blood and Iron

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2007

    Directed byTad Stones, Victor Cook

    Hellboy: Blood and Iron is the second in the Hellboy Animated series, written by Tad Stones... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 30
    Thumbelina
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    10

    Thumbelina

    John Hurt, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1994

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman

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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 33
    Valiant
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    Valiant

    Ewan McGregor, Hugh Laurie

    Released2005

    Directed byGary Chapman

    Valiant is a 2005 British computer-animated film produced by Vanguard Animation and Odyssey... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 34
    Owning Mahowny
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    Owning Mahowny

    John Hurt, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Kwietniowski

    Owning Mahowny is a 2003 movie about gambling addiction with a cast that includes Philip... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 35
    44 Inch Chest
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    44 Inch Chest

    John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson

    Released2009

    Directed byMalcolm Venville

    44 Inch Chest is a 2009 British crime drama film directed by Malcolm Venville in his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 36
    Watership Down
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    Watership Down

    John Hurt, Denholm Elliott

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Hubley, Martin Rosen

    Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 37
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • 38
    Scandal
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    Scandal

    Ian McKellen, John Hurt

    Released1989

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    Scandal is a British drama film, a fictionalised account of the Profumo Affair based on 1987... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 39
    The Climb
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    The Climb

    John Hurt, David Strathairn

    Released1999

    Directed byBob Swaim

    The Climb is a film directed by Bob Swaim and starring John Hurt, Gregory Smith, David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 40
    Hellboy
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 41
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    Uma Thurman, Heather Graham

    Released1994

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American comedy-drama-romance film based on Tom Robbins'... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 42
    The Gruffalo
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    The Gruffalo

    Helena Bonham Carter, Ringo Starr

    Released2009

    Directed byJakob Schuh, Max Lang

    The Gruffalo is a 2009 British-German short computer animated film based on the picture book... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 43
    A Man for All Seasons
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    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles

    Released1966

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

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  • 44
    Snowpiercer
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    Snowpiercer

    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 45
    10 Rillington Place
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    10 Rillington Place

    John Hurt, Richard Attenborough

    Released1971

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    10 Rillington Place is a 1971 British crime drama film, directed by Richard Fleischer. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 46
    Cry of the Penguins
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    12

    Cry of the Penguins

    John Hurt, Hayley Mills

    Released1971

    Directed byAl Viola, Arne Sucksdorff, Alfred Viola

    Mr. Forbush and the Penguins, also known as Cry of the Penguins, is a 1971 British film,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 47
    Rob Roy
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    Rob Roy

    Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    Rob Roy is a 1995 adventure film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 48
    Sailcloth
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    Sailcloth

    John Hurt

    Released2011

    Directed byElfar Adalsteins

    Sailcloth is a 2011 short drama film written and directed by Elfar Adalsteins.Amazon buy button
  • 49
    Dead Man
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    Dead Man

    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi

    Released1995

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

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    Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Madden

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