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.
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Frank & LolaImogen Poots, Michael Shannon
Directed by: Matthew M. RossFrank & 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
Directed by: Jeff NicholsMud 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
Directed by: Jeff NicholsLoving 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
Directed by: Liza JohnsonElvis & 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
Herbert WhiteMichael Shannon
Directed by: James 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....
Directed by: Alex TurnerDead Birds is a 2004 American horror film directed by Alex Turner.... more
Directed by: Nicole KassellThe 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
Directed by: Seth HenriksonPottersville 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
Salt and FireMichael Shannon, Veronica Ferres
Directed by: Werner HerzogSalt 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
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-RejonThe 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
Poor BoyLou Taylor Pucci, Dov Tiefenbach
Directed by: Robert Scott WildesPoor 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
Directed by: Curtis HansonLucky 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
Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig12 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
WaterIdina Menzel, Michael Shannon
Directed by: Jennifer HoultonWater is a 2004 crime fiction film written and directed by Jennifer Houlton....
Directed by: Jonathan LevineThe 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
Directed by: Liza JohnsonReturn 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
The Broken TowerJames Franco, Michael Shannon
Directed by: James FrancoThe 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
Directed by: David Jackson, Peter SnellPierce 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
Directed by: Jimmy HaywardJonah 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
Directed by: Werner HerzogAfter 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
Directed by: Kyle CooperNew 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
Directed by: Werner HerzogMy 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
Directed by: Shana FesteThe 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
Directed by: Marc ForsterMachine 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
BlackbirdGillian Jacobs, Michael Shannon
Directed by: Adam RappBlackbird is a 2007 drama film written and directed by Adam Rapp.... more