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The Best Michael Shannon Movies

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

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

Items here include everything from Take Shelter to Man of Steel.

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


  • 1

    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics...  more

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  • 2

    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger
    8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis...  more

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  • 3

    Revolutionary Road

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
    Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same...  more

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  • 4


    Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon
    Bug is a 2006 American psychological horror film directed by William Friedkin. It stars Ashley...  more


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  • 5

    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell
    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive...  more

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  • 6

    The Iceman

    Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder
    The Iceman is an American crime thriller film based on the true story of longtime notorious...  more
  • 7

    Take Shelter

    Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon
    Take Shelter is a 2011 American drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeff Nichols and...  more

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  • 8

    World Trade Center

    Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the...  more

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  • 9

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke
    This film is a 2007 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was written by Kelly...  more

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  • 10

    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner
    Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael...  more

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  • 11

    The Runaways

    Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning
    The Runaways is a 2010 American drama film about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name...  more

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  • 12

    Midnight Special

    Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon
    Midnight Special is an American science fiction film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. The...  more
  • 13

    Premium Rush

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung
    Premium Rush is a 2012 American action-thriller film directed by David Koepp and written by...  more

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  • 14

    The Shape of Water

    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
    The Shape of Water is a 2017 Spanish-American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del...  more
  • 15

    Vanilla Sky

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise
    Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and...  more

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  • 16

    Shotgun Stories

    Michael Shannon, Natalie Canerday
    Shotgun Stories is a 2007 drama film about a feud between two sets of half-brothers following...  more
  • 17

    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith
    Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry...  more

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  • 18

    What They Had

    Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon
    What They Had is a 2018 American drama film directed by Elizabeth Chomko. When her...  more
  • 19

    Jesus' Son

    Jack Black, Holly Hunter
    Jesus' Son is a 1999 drama film that was adapted from a collection of short stories of the...  more
  • 20

    Cecil B. Demented

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melanie Griffith
    Cecil B. Demented is a 2000 American black comedy film written and directed by John Waters....  more
  • 21

    The Missing Person

    Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan
    The Missing Person is a 2008 comedy-drama mystery film written and directed by American...  more
  • 22

    Kangaroo Jack

    Christopher Walken, Estella Warren
    Kangaroo Jack is a 2003 American buddy-action movie from Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by...  more

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  • 23

    Nocturnal Animals

    Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom...  more

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  • 24

    High Crimes

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
    This film is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Carl Franklin and starring Ashley Judd...  more

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  • 25

    State Like Sleep

    Luke Evans, Katherine Waterston
    State Like Sleep is a 2019 American drama film directed by Meredith Danluck. A woman...  more