The Best Paul Dano Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 364 votes 117 voters 9.1k views 26 items

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

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

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

Released: 2013

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls in Pennsylvania are kidnapped and the father of one of the girls, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), must ...more

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Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby

Released: 2012

Directed by: Paul Weitz

Being Flynn is a 2012 American drama film starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, released in select theatres in the United States on March 2, 2012. It was based on Another ...more
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Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 2012

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, ...more
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Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini

Released: 2009

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, it is adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It ...more

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Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rian Johnson. In dystopian 2074, a hired gun spends his day's assassinating criminals sent from the future until one ...more

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Katie Holmes, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

The Extra Man is a 2010 comedy film based on Jonathan Ames' novel of the same name. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the film stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie ...more
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Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Bruce Altman

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

L.I.E. is a 2001 American drama film about a relationship between Howie, a 15-year-old boy, and an ephebophile known as "Big John". The title is an acronym for the Long Island ...more
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Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Stephanie Szostak

Released: 2009

Directed by: Dagur Kári

The Good Heart is an Icelandic independent film written and directed by Dagur Kári, starring Brian Cox and Paul Dano. It debuted at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Dakota Johnson, Jena Malone, Jon Heder

Released: 2012

Directed by: So Yong Kim

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Olivia Wilde, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

Released: 2004

Directed by: Luke Greenfield

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Paul Dano, Kathy Baker, Bruce Davison

Released: 2002

Directed by: Éva Gárdos

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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Mangold

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Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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William Hurt, Laura Harring, Gael García Bernal

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Marsh

The King is a 2005 drama film about a troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, who goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met. The film is deeply rooted in a ...more
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Paz de la Huerta, Paul Dano, Angelica Page

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Peditto

Light and the Sufferer is a 2007 American science fiction film starring Paul Dano, Paz de la Huerta, Michael Esper, and Paul D'Amato and directed by Christopher Peditto. It is based on a short ...more
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Weapons Nick Cannon, Paul Dano, Mark Webber

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Bhala Lough

Weapons is a 2007 American teenage crime drama film directed and written by Adam Bhala Lough. The film premiered in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released ...more
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Explicit Ills Rosario Dawson, Naomie Harris, Black Thought

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Webber

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Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Emile Hirsch

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ang Lee

Taking Woodstock is a 2009 American comedy-drama film about the Woodstock Festival of 1969, directed by Ang Lee. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and opened in New York and ...more

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Kate Bosworth, Chris Evans, Paul Dano

Released: 2000

Directed by: James Allen Bradley

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Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2009

Directed by: Matt Aselton

Gigantic is a 2008 independent comedy film directed by Matt Aselton and starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Edward Asner and Jane Alexander. The script, written by Aselton and his ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Jena Malone

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rebecca Miller

The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Rebecca Miller, and starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis; it also stars Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan ...more

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Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

The Emperor's Club is a 2002 American drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and stars Kevin Kline. It tells the story of a prep school teacher and his students at a fictional boys' prep school, ...more