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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?"

John Hurt has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and Robert Altman. If John Hurt movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Ellen Burstyn and Liv Ullmann too.

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Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, ...more

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John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton
Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British dystopian drama film written for the screen and directed by Michael Radford, based upon George Orwell's novel of the same name. ...more

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John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis
Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more

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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving
V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more

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Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same name by ...more

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John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe
The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, comprising The Fellowship ...more

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John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers
Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. It was financed by a ...more

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John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave
A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of the same name about Sir Thomas More. It was released on 12 December 1966. Paul Scofield, who had ...more

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#68 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #223 of 241 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Bridget Fonda
Scandal is a British drama film, a fictionalised account of the Profumo Affair based on 1987 Anthony Summers' book Honeytrap. Starring Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler and John Hurt as Stephen ...more
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Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt
Rob Roy is a 1995 adventure film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th-century Scottish clan chief who battles with an unscrupulous nobleman in the ...more

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John Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O'Hare
An Englishman in New York is a 2009 biographical drama film that chronicles the English gay writer Quentin Crisp's later years spent in New York City. It is a follow-up to the 1975 TV movie The ...more
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John Hurt, Laurence Olivier, Diana Rigg
King Lear is a video production of William Shakespeare's 1606 play of the same name, directed by Michael Elliott. It was broadcast in 1983 in the UK and in 1984 in the US. Elliott set his Lear ...more
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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel ...more

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Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges
Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. ...more

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Dustin Hoffman, John Hurt, Alan Rickman
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a German 2006 thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer, written by Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger and Tykwer and starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel ...more
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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno
Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

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John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman
Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of ...more

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Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks
Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling and the final film in the series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron ...more

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John Hurt, Richard Attenborough, Robert Hardy
10 Rillington Place is a 1971 British crime drama film, directed by Richard Fleischer. It stars Richard Attenborough, John Hurt and Judy Geeson and was adapted by Clive Exton from the book Ten ...more
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Hugh Grant, John Hurt, Charles Dance
White Mischief is a 1987 film dramatising the events of the Happy Valley murder case in Kenya in 1941, when Sir Henry "Jock" Delves Broughton was tried for the murder of Josslyn Hay, ...more
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John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson
The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny ...more
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John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne
The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 25th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is loosely based on the first ...more

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