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The Best Laura Linney Movies 

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

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

These films, like Arthur Christmas and The Exorcism of Emily Rose include images when available.

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

Movie fans who love Laura Linney have also been known to enjoy films starring Brenda Blethyn and Marcia Gay Harden.

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Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

Released: 1996

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of the same name and directed by Gregory Hoblit. The film tells the story of Chicago defense attorney ...more

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Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Laura Linney

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

You Can Count on Me is a 2000 American drama film starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, and Matthew Broderick. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, it tells the story of Sammy, ...more

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Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Weir

The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more

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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris

Released: 1997

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1996 novel Absolute Power by ...more

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Paul Rudd, Topher Grace, Laura Linney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Dylan Kidd

p.s. is a 2004 drama film directed by Dylan Kidd. The screenplay by Kidd and Helen Schulman is based on Schulman's 2001 novel p.s. The film stars Laura Linney and Topher Grace.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, Margo Martindale

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tamara Jenkins

The Savages is a 2007 American drama film, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura ...more

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Liam Neeson, Tim Curry, John Lithgow

Released: 2004

Directed by: Bill Condon

Kinsey is a 2004 American biographical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Charles Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of sexology. His 1948 publication, ...more

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Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mark Pellington

The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and Fortean author John Keel. The screenplay ...more

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Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

Released: 1995

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Congo is a 1995 action adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. It was directed by Frank Marshall and stars Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, ...more

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Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper

Released: 2007

Directed by: Billy Ray

Breach is a 2007 American historical and political thriller film directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay by Ray, Adam Mazer and William Rotko is based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, an FBI ...more

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Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Dave is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a deep sleep, an affable temp agency owner ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Laura Linney

Released: 1992

Directed by: George Miller

Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son ...more

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Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. The film was his directorial debut, and ...more

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Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

Released: 2012

Directed by: Roger Michell

Hyde Park on Hudson is a 2012 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Roger Michell. The film stars Bill Murray and Laura Linney as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Margaret ...more

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Laura Linney, Nick Offerman, Jared Harris

Released: 1999

Directed by: Mark Gibson

Lush is a 1999 film written and directed by Mark Gibson.
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Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alan Parker

The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international ...more

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Love Letters Laura Linney, Kirsten Storms, Steven Weber

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Love Letters is a 1999 film directed by Stanley Donen.
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Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Ivory

The City of Your Final Destination is a novel by American writer Peter Cameron. Most of the story takes place in a small town in Uruguay. The novel's beginning and ending chapters taking place ...more

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Laura Linney, Ken Leung, Rob Morrow

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Morrow

Maze is a 2000 romance film about a New York painter and sculptor—Lyle Maze —with Tourette syndrome and obsessive–compulsive disorder, who falls in love with Callie, the pregnant girlfriend of ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Chris Evans

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

The Nanny Diaries is a 2007 American comedy-drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, ...more
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Steve Martin, Anne Heche, Laura Linney

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon

A Simple Twist of Fate is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. The screenplay by Steve Martin is loosely based on the 1861 novel Silas Marner by George Eliot. Martin stars, ...more

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