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The Best Nick Nolte Movies

Updated September 24, 2019 3.1k votes 741 voters 90.2k views78 items

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

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

List films include Pride and Glory, Northfork and many additional films as well.

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

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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte
    48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and...  more

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    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black
    Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a...  more

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    The Prince of Tides

    Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte
    The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name....  more

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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte
    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a...  more

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    Mulholland Falls

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte
    Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and...  more
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    Afterglow

    Nick Nolte, Julie Christie
    Afterglow is a 1997 feature film starring Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle and...  more
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    Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    Nick Nolte, Bette Midler
    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu...  more
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    I'll Do Anything

    Ian McKellen, Rosie O'Donnell
    I'll Do Anything is a 1994 American dramedy film written and directed by James L. Brooks. Its...  more

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    The Deep

    Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett
    The Deep is a 1977 adventure film directed by Peter Yates and based on Peter Benchley's novel...  more

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    Affliction

    Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte
    Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader...  more

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    Cannery Row

    Nick Nolte, Debra Winger
    Cannery Row is the title of a 1982 film directed by David S. Ward. It stars Nick Nolte and...  more
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    The Thin Red Line

    George Clooney, John Travolta
    The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence...  more

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    Warrior

    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy
    Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy...  more

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    Jefferson in Paris

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Nick Nolte
    Jefferson in Paris is a 1995 Franco-American historical drama film, directed by James Ivory,...  more
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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix
    Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted...  more

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    Lorenzo's Oil

    Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte
    Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true...  more

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    Three Fugitives

    Nick Nolte, James Earl Jones
    Three Fugitives is a 1989 crime-comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, starring...  more
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    North Dallas Forty

    Nick Nolte, Charles Durning
    North Dallas Forty is a 1979 film drama starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, and G. D. Spradlin set...  more
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    Blue Chips

    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird
    Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron...  more

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    Teachers

    Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte
    Teachers is a 1984 satirical dark comedy-drama film starring Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams,...  more

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    Another 48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte
    Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was...  more
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    Arthur

    Jennifer Garner, Russell Brand
    Arthur is a 2011 romantic comedy film written by Peter Baynham and directed by Jason Winer. It...  more

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    Who'll Stop the Rain

    Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld
    Who'll Stop The Rain is a 1978 psychological drama film released by United Artists starring...  more
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    The Beautiful Country

    Nick Nolte, Tim Roth
    The Beautiful Country is a 2004 Vietnam-related drama film set in 1990. It is directed by Hans...  more
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    Clean

    Nick Nolte, Maggie Cheung
    Clean is a 2004 low-budget film directed by French director Olivier Assayas, starring Nick...  more