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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. The film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to ...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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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich
Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...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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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, 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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 O'Ross. ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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.