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The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

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

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

List films include John Dies at the End, Man on the Moon and more.

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


  • 1


    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen
    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and...  more

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  • 2

    Barney's Version

    Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti
    Barney's Version is a 2010 drama film directed by Richard J. Lewis and written by Michael...  more
  • 3

    American Splendor

    Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm
    American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the...  more

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  • 4

    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor
    Win Win is a 2011 comedy-drama directed and written by Thomas McCarthy. The main characters...  more

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  • 5

    Lady in the Water

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti
    Lady in the Water is a 2006 American fantasy thriller film written and directed by M. Night...  more

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  • 6

    Big Fat Liar

    Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti
    Big Fat Liar is a 2002 American teen comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, written and produced...  more

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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
    Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay...  more

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  • 8


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Giamatti
    Duets is a 2000 American road trip film co-produced and directed by Bruce Paltrow and written...  more
  • 9

    My Best Friend's Wedding

    Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney
    My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan. When...  more

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    Man on the Moon

    Courtney Love, Jim Carrey
    Man on the Moon is a 1999 American biographical comedy–drama film about the late American...  more

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  • 11

    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney
    John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John...  more

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  • 12

    Private Parts

    Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent
    This film is a 1997 American biographical comedy film produced by Ivan Reitman and released by...  more

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  • 13

    The Last Station

    Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti
    The Last Station is a 2009 English-language German biographical drama film written and...  more
  • 14

    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger
    Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of...  more

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    Planet of the Apes

    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter
    Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring...  more

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  • 16


    Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman
    Paycheck is a 2003 sci-fi thriller film based on the short story of the same name by science...  more

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  • 17

    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton
    The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and...  more

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  • 18


    Halle Berry, Robin Williams
    Robots is a 2005 American computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Blue Sky...  more

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  • 19


    Paul Giamatti, Eddie Vedder
    Singles is a 1992 American romantic comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron...  more

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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon
    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set...  more

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    Julia Roberts, Clive Owen
    Duplicity is a 2009 American romantic spy film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, and...  more
  • 22

    Fred Claus

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz
    Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan...  more
  • 23

    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence
    Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl...  more

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  • 24

    The Ides of March

    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood
    The Ides of March is a 2011 American political drama film directed by George Clooney from a...  more
  • 25

    Shoot 'Em Up

    Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen
    Shoot 'Em Up is a 2007 action/black comedy film, starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and...  more

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