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The Best John Hurt Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.1k votes 222 voters 18.0k 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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  • Alien1
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the...  more
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  • V for Vendetta2
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and...  more
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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy3
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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay...  more
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  • The Lord of the Rings4
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    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie

    Released1978

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

    The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an...  more
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  • Midnight Express5
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    Midnight Express

    John Hurt, Randy Quaid

    Released1978

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker,...  more
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  • Contact6
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a...  more
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  • Spaceballs7
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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring...  more
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  • The Black Cauldron8
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    The Black Cauldron

    John Hurt, John Huston

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Rich, Ted Berman

    The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt...  more
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  • King Lear9
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    King Lear

    John Hurt, Laurence Olivier

    Released1983

    Directed byMichael Elliott

    King Lear is a video production of William Shakespeare's 1606 play of the same name, directed...  more
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  • The Hit10
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    The Hit

    John Hurt, Tim Roth

    Released1984

    Directed byStephen Frears

    The Hit is a 1984 British road crime film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Hurt,...  more
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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four11
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    John Hurt, Annie Lennox

    Released1984

    Directed byMichael Radford

    Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British dystopian drama film written for...  more
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  • The Elephant Man12
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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely...  more
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  • The Skeleton Key13
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    The Skeleton Key

    Kate Hudson, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byIain Softley

    The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena...  more
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  • The Oxford Murders14
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    John Hurt, Elijah Wood

    Released2008

    Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia

    The Oxford Murders is a 2008 British film directed by Álex de la Iglesia. This British...  more
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  • Melancholia15
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    Melancholia

    Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released2011

    Directed byLars von Trier

    Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten...  more
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  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army16
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull17

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction...  more
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  • King Ralph18
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    King Ralph

    John Goodman, John Hurt

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    King Ralph is a 1991 American comedy film starring John Goodman in the title role of Ralph...  more
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  • Manderlay19
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    Manderlay

    Willem Dafoe, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2005

    Directed byLars von Trier

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  • Only Lovers Left Alive20
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    Only Lovers Left Alive

    Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 vampire film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and...  more
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  • Outlander21
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    Outlander

    John Hurt, Jim Caviezel

    Released2008

    Directed byHoward McCain

    Outlander is a 2008 American science fiction action film directed by Howard McCain and...  more
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  • Hellboy: Sword of Storms22
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    Hellboy: Sword of Storms

    Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

    Released2006

    Directed byPhil Weinstein, Tad Stones

    Hellboy: Sword of Storms is the first of the Hellboy Animated series based on Mike Mignola's...  more
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  • Romeo.Juliet23
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    Romeo.Juliet

    John Hurt, Ben Kingsley

    Directed byArmondo Linus Acosta

    Romeo.Juliet is the title of a 1990 film version of William Shakespeare's classic play Romeo...  more
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  • The Newton Boys24
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    The Newton Boys

    Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton...  more
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  • New York, I Love You25
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    New York, I Love You

    Natalie Portman, Blake Lively

    Released2008

    Directed byBrett Ratner, Shekhar Kapur, Shunji Twai, Natalie Portman, Randall Balsmeyer

    New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven...  more
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