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The Best Paul Dano Movies 

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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
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
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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Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby
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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Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
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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Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Humphrey Bogart
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
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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Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Bruce Altman
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
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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Katie Holmes, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly
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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Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Zach Galifianakis
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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Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

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Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Emile Hirsch
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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Dakota Johnson, Jena Malone, Jon Heder
For Ellen is a 2012 drama film written and directed by So Yong Kim.
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Olivia Wilde, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant
The Girl Next Door is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Luke Greenfield.

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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace
Knight and Day, is a 2010 action comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film, directed by James Mangold, is Cruise and Diaz's second on-screen collaboration following the 2001 ...more

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Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig
Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film is based on the 2006 graphic ...more

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Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Ethan Hawke
Fast Food Nation is a 2006 American-British comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater. The screenplay was written by Linklater and Eric Schlosser, loosely based on the latter's bestselling ...more
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Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg
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
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Jena Malone
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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Paul Dano, Kathy Baker, Bruce Davison
Too Young To Be A Dad is a Canadian-American made-for-television movie about teen pregnancy that aired in May 2002 on Lifetime.
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Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Bruce Greenwood
Meek's Cutoff is a 2010 western film directed by Kelly Reichardt.
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William Hurt, Laura Harring, Gael García Bernal
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
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
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
Explicit Ills is a 2008 American film, written and directed by Mark Webber in his directorial debut. The film features four interconnected stories taking place in Philadelphia involving subject ...more