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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?"

Martin Scorsese and Terrence Malick have both worked with Nick Nolte over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Nick Nolte have also been known to enjoy films starring Debra Winger and Val Kilmer.

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Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy; the film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole 48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title ...more

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Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, ...more

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Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman North Dallas Forty is a 1979 film drama starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, and G. D. Spradlin set in the world of American professional football. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and based on the ...more

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Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux, which had previously been adapted on film in 1932 by Jean Renoir. Down and Out ...more

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Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, Eli Wallach The Deep is a 1977 adventure film directed by Peter Yates and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, and Nick Nolte.

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Nick Nolte, Debra Winger, John Huston Cannery Row is the title of a 1982 film directed by David S. Ward. It stars Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. The movie is adapted from John Steinbeck's novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday.

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Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. ...more

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Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty Who'll Stop The Rain is a 1978 psychological drama film released by United Artists starring Nick Nolte. It was directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Herb Jaffe and Gabriel Katzka with Sheldon ...more

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Nick Nolte, James Earl Jones, Martin Short Three Fugitives is a 1989 crime-comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short, and featuring Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones and Alan Ruck in ...more

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George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount ...more

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Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Laura Linney Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son ...more

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Nick Nolte, MarĂ­a Conchita Alonso, Clancy Brown Extreme Prejudice is a 1987 American action western film starring Nick Nolte and Powers Boothe. The film was directed by Walter Hill; it was written by John Milius, Fred Rexer and Deric ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Tisha Campbell-Martin Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action-crime comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was directed by Walter Hill and stars Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Andrew Divoff, and Ed ...more

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Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

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Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern Teachers is a 1984 satirical dark comedy-drama film starring Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Ralph Macchio, and Judd Hirsch, written by W. R. McKinney and directed by Arthur Hiller. The movie was ...more

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Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris Under Fire is a 1983 political film set during the last days of the Nicaraguan revolution that ended the Somoza regime in 1979 Nicaragua. It stars Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy. ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and ...more

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Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Jonny Lee Miller Afterglow is a 1997 feature film starring Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle and Jonny Lee Miller. Alan Rudolph directed and wrote the script for the film. It was produced by Robert ...more

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Nick Nolte, James Fox, Nigel Havers Farewell to the King is a 1989 film, written and directed by John Milius. It stars Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Frank McRae, and Gerry Lopez and is based on the 1969 novel L'Adieu au Roi by Pierre ...more

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Julia Roberts, Nick Nolte, Eugene Levy I Love Trouble is a 1994 American romantic comedy film starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte. It was written and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, and ...more

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Kirsten Dunst, Woody Allen, Nick Nolte New York Stories is a 1989 anthology film; it consists of three shorts with the central theme being New York City. The first is Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Richard ...more

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Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Paul Wesley Peaceful Warrior is a 2006 drama film directed by Victor Salva and written by Kevin Bernhardt based on the novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Set at U.C. Berkeley, the film stars ...more

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Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton Q & A is a 1990 crime film co-written and directed by Sidney Lumet, based on a novel by New York judge Edwin Torres. It stars Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton and Armand Assante.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Nick Nolte, James Earl Jones Jefferson in Paris is a 1995 Franco-American historical drama film, directed by James Ivory, and previously entitled Head and Heart. The screenplay, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, is a semi-fictional ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more

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Ralph Fiennes, Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica The Good Thief is a 2002 crime thriller film starring Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica, and Nutsa Kukhianidze, and directed by Neil Jordan. It is a remake of the 1955 French film Bob le flambeur by ...more

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Ian McKellen, Rosie O'Donnell, Nick Nolte I'll Do Anything is a 1994 American dramedy film written and directed by James L. Brooks. Its primary plot concerns a down-on-his-luck actor who suddenly finds himself the sole caretaker of his ...more

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Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Claire Danes U Turn is a 1997 romantic comedy crime thriller film directed by Oliver Stone, based on the book Stray Dogs by John Ridley. It stars Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, ...more

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Anna Kendrick, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon The Company You Keep is a 2012 political action thriller produced and directed by, and starring, Robert Redford. The script was written by Lem Dobbs based on the 2003 novel of the same name by ...more

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Nick Nolte, Brittany Murphy, Nathan Lane 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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Kirsten Dunst, Nick Nolte, John Goodman Mother Night is a 1996 American romantic war film based on Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 book of the same name. Nick Nolte stars as Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American who moves with his family to ...more

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Nick Nolte, Katharine Hepburn Grace Quigley, also titled The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley, is a 1985 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte. The plot centers around an elderly woman who decides not to wait ...more

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Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Nick Nolte Movies
Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. The story is ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jason Statham Parker is a 2013 crime thriller film written by John J. McLaughlin and directed by Taylor Hackford.

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Jennifer Garner, Russell Brand, Helen Mirren Arthur is a 2011 romantic comedy film written by Peter Baynham and directed by Jason Winer. It is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name written and directed by Steve Gordon. It stars ...more

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Nick Nolte, Joe Mantegna, Ernie Hudson Weeds is a 1987 American drama feature film about a prison inmate who writes a play that catches the attention of a visiting reporter. The film was directed by John D. Hancock, and stars Nick ...more

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Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and ...more

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Nick Nolte, Robert Blake, Terry Kath Electra Glide in Blue is a 1973 film starring Robert Blake as a motorcycle cop in Arizona and Billy "Green" Bush as his partner. It was produced and directed by James William Guercio. ...more

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Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Lauren Graham Nightwatch is a 1997 American horror-thriller film directed by Ole Bornedal, and starring Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte. It is a remake of the Danish film ...more

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Death Sentence Nick Nolte, Cloris Leachman, William Schallert Death Sentence is a film directed by E.W. Swackhamer.

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Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Adam Sandler Zookeeper is a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Kevin James and featuring the voices of Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, Cher, Jon Favreau, and Faizon Love. ...more

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Don Johnson, Robin Mattson, Robert Viharo Return to Macon County is a 1975 sequel of the 1974 drive-in classic Macon County Line. This film was written and directed by Richard Compton, who was also responsible for the earlier film. Set ...more

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Nick Nolte, Neve Campbell, Terrence Howard Investigating Sex is a 2001 comedy/drama film written and directed by Alan Rudolph and starring Neve Campbell, Til Schweiger, Nick Nolte and Dermot Mulroney and based on the book Recherches sur ...more

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Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, Bai Ling The Beautiful Country is a 2004 Vietnam-related drama film set in 1990. It is directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Damien Nguyen, Nick Nolte, Bai Ling, Chau Thi Kim Xuan, Tim Roth, Anh ...more

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Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Owen Wilson Breakfast of Champions is a 1999 American comedy film adapted and directed by Alan Rudolph from the novel of the same name by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. It was entered into the 49th Berlin International ...more