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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?"

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    Frank & Lola

    Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon

    Released2016

    Directed byMatthew M. Ross

    Frank & Lola is a 2016 noir love story directed by Matthew Ross. Frank, a Las Vegas chef (Michael Shannon), falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Lola (Imogen Poots). Consumed by...  more
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    Mud

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed byJeff Nichols

    Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival....  more
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    Loving

    Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga

    Released2016

    Directed byJeff Nichols

    Loving is a 2016 historical drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It features Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court...  more
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    Elvis & Nixon

    Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon

    Released2016

    Directed byLiza Johnson

    Elvis & Nixon is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Liza Johnson. The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon), the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President...  more
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    Herbert White

    Michael Shannon

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Franco

    "In this film based on the poem by the same name, a man struggles with his inner demons while trying to live a normal family life." Quoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site....
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    Dead Birds

    Michael Shannon, Isaiah Washington

    Released2005

    Directed byAlex Turner

    Dead Birds is a 2004 American horror film directed by Alex Turner....  more
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    The Woodsman

    Kevin Bacon, Mos Def

    Released2004

    Directed byNicole Kassell

    The Woodsman is a 2004 drama film directed and co-written by Nicole Kassell, based on Fechter's play of the same name. The movie stars Kevin Bacon as a convicted child molester who must adjust to...  more

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    Pottersville

    Michael Shannon, Judy Greer

    Released2017

    Directed bySeth Henrikson

    Pottersville is a 2017 American Christmas comedy film directed by Seth Henrikson. At Christmas, a beloved local businessman goes on inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume and...  more
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    Salt and Fire

    Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres

    Released2016

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    Salt and Fire is a 2016 internationally co-produced thriller film directed by Werner Herzog. A scientist (Veronica Ferres) blames the head (Michael Shannon) of a large company for an ecological...  more
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    The Current War

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon

    Directed byAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

    The Current War is a 2017 American biographical historical film (2019 US theatrical release) directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans...  more
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    Poor Boy

    Lou Taylor Pucci, Dov Tiefenbach

    Released2016

    Directed byRobert Scott Wildes

    Poor Boy is a 2016 American Western drama film directed by Robert Scott Wildes. In an attempt to leave their lot behind for good, misfit brothers Romeo Romeo (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Samson Griggs (Dov...  more
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    Lucky You

    Robert Downey Jr., Drew Barrymore

    Released2006

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    Lucky You is a 2007 drama film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, and Robert Duvall. The film was shot on location in Las Vegas. The screenplay was by Hanson and Eric...  more
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    12 Strong

    Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon

    Released2018

    Directed byNicolai Fuglsig

    12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task Force...  more
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    Water

    Idina Menzel, Michael Shannon

    Released2004

    Directed byJennifer Houlton

    Water is a 2004 crime fiction film written and directed by Jennifer Houlton....
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    The Night Before

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen

    Released2015

    Directed byJonathan Levine

    The Night Before is a 2015 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine. In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to...  more
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    Return

    Michael Shannon, Linda Cardellini

    Released2011

    Directed byLiza Johnson

    Return is a 2011 independent film about an American reservist, wife and mother returning home from her tour of duty in the Middle East. The film was written and directed by Liza Johnson, and stars...  more
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    The Broken Tower

    James Franco, Michael Shannon

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Franco

    The Broken Tower is a 2011 American black-and-white student film directed, written, produced, edited by and starring James Franco. The film was made by Franco as his Masters thesis for his MFA in...  more
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    Nightwatch

    Pierce Brosnan, Michael Shannon

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Jackson, Peter Snell

    Pierce Brosnan plays a United Nations espionage expert who leads an elite team out to recover a stolen Rembrandt masterpiece in this action sequel based on Alistair MacLean's novel Night Watch. While...  more
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    Jonah Hex

    Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender

    Released2010

    Directed byJimmy Hayward

    Jonah Hex is a 2010 American science fiction Western film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is directed by Jimmy Hayward and...  more

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    Released2009

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his...  more
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    New Port South

    Melissa George, Michael Shannon

    Released2001

    Directed byKyle Cooper

    New Port South is a 2001 drama film. The film is set in the fictional town of New Port, near Chicago. It stars Will Estes Todd Field, and Blake Shields, was written by James Hughes and directed by...  more
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    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

    Willem Dafoe, Dave Bautista

    Released2009

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? is a 2009 film directed by Werner Herzog and produced by David Lynch, inspired by the story of murderer Mark Yavorsky. Herzog describes the film as "a horror film...  more
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    The Greatest

    Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon

    Released2009

    Directed byShana Feste

    The Greatest is a 2009 American drama film written and directed by Shana Feste in her directorial debut, and starring Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, and Michael Shannon....  more
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    Machine Gun Preacher

    Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 action biopic film about Sam Childers, a former gang biker turned preacher and defender of African orphans. The movie was based on Childers' book Another Man's War. It...  more

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    Blackbird

    Gillian Jacobs, Michael Shannon

    Released2007

    Directed byAdam Rapp

    Blackbird is a 2007 drama film written and directed by Adam Rapp....  more