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

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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Édouard Molinaro. A gay cabaret owner (Robin ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Matthew Broderick

Released: 2005

Directed by: Susan Stroman

The Producers is a 2005 American musical-comedy film directed by Susan Stroman. The film stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart and Jon Lovitz. ...more
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Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

MouseHunt is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski, written by Adam Rifkin and starring Nathan Lane and Lee Evans. It was the first family film to be released by DreamWorks. In ...more

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Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

Released: 1998

Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is a 1998 American animated direct-to-video sequel to the 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin

Released: 2004

Directed by: Bradley Raymond

The Lion King 1½ is a 2004 direct-to-video animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. ...more

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Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by E. B. White. It combines live action and computer animation. The ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Nathan Lane

Released: 1991

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Frankie and Johnny is a 1991 American drama film directed by Garry Marshall, and starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in their first film together since Scarface. Héctor Elizondo, ...more
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Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki and the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2002

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

Nicholas Nickleby is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Douglas McGrath. The screenplay is based on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, which originally was ...more
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Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

Released: 2000

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The title refers to the spacecraft central to the plot, with A.E. ...more

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Alicia Silverstone, Kenneth Branagh, Emily Mortimer

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Love's Labour's Lost is a 2000 adaptation of the comic play of the same name by William Shakespeare, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. It was the first feature film to be made of this ...more

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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Paris Hilton, Kate Bosworth, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Luketic

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Robert Luketic and starring Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, and Josh Duhamel.

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Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Bowers

Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based on the manga and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. ...more

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Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer, Willie Nelson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern

Swing Vote is a 2008 comedy-drama film about an entire U.S. presidential election determined by the vote of one man. It was directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starred Kevin Costner, Paula ...more
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Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Paul Reubens

Released: 2004

Directed by: Timothy Björklund

Teacher's Pet is a 2004 American animated musical comedy film based on the television series of the same name; the film ends the central storyline of the series. Produced by Disney Television ...more
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Nick Nolte, Brittany Murphy, Nathan Lane

Released: 2000

Directed by: Alan Rudolph

Trixie is a 2000 American mystery-crime film directed by Alan Rudolph and starring Emily Watson, Nick Nolte, Will Patton and Brittany Murphy.
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Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Sean Bean

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tarsem Singh

Mirror Mirror is a 2012 American comedy fantasy film based on the fairy tale "Snow White" collected by the Brothers Grimm. It is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Lily Collins, Julia ...more

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The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True Jewel, Roger Daltrey, Jackson Browne

Released: 1995

Directed by: Louis J. Horvitz, Darrell Larson

The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True was a 1995 television musical performance based on the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The book and score of the film were performed on stage at Lincoln ...more
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Elle Fanning, John Turturro, Nathan Lane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Andrei Konchalovsky

Nutcracker: The Untold Story is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky and written by Chris Solimine and Andrei Konchalovsky.
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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Uma Thurman, Jane Krakowski, Madison Pettis

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kirk R. Thatcher

The Muppets mistakenly intercepting three letters sent by children to Santa Claus and their attempts to fix the problems created by their mishap.
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Diane Keaton, Nathan Lane, Elliott Gould

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joyce Chopra

The Lemon Sisters is a 1990 American film from Miramax Films directed by Joyce Chopra and written by Jeremy Pikser. The film was both a commercial and critical failure after being shelved for ...more
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Bette Midler, Amanda Peet, John Cleese

Released: 2000

Directed by: Andrew Bergman

Isn't She Great is a 2000 American film, that presents a fictionalized biography of best-selling author Jacqueline Susann, played by Bette Midler. The film was directed by Andrew Bergman, with a ...more

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Michael J. Fox, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Lawler

Released: 1993

Directed by: James Lapine

Life with Mikey is a 1993 comedy film starring Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper and David Krumholtz. Tagline: He's a talent agent. She's a thief. Looks like they've ...more
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Sharon Stone, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Lane

Released: 1991

Directed by: Marisa Silver, Ken Kwapis

He Said, She Said is a 1991 American romantic comedy directed by Ken Kwapis and Marisa Silver and starring Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Perkins, Nathan Lane, Anthony LaPaglia and Sharon Stone.