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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
    Sideways is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies


    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen


    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger


    Directed byRon Howard

    Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton


    Directed byNeil Burger

    The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Donnie Brasco

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino


    Directed byMike Newell

    Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Barney's Version is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Barney's Version

    Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byRichard J. Lewis

    Barney's Version is a 2010 drama film directed by Richard J. Lewis and written by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell


    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    American Splendor

    Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm


    Directed byRobert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

    American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    The Negotiator

    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Win Win is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor


    Directed byThomas McCarthy

    Win Win is a 2011 comedy-drama directed and written by Thomas McCarthy. The main characters... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Lady in the Water is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Lady in the Water

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Lady in the Water is a 2006 American fantasy thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Big Fat Liar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Big Fat Liar

    Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byShawn Levy

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  • 14
    Man on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Man on the Moon

    Courtney Love, Jim Carrey


    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Man on the Moon is a 1999 American biographical comedy–drama film about the late American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    John Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti

    Directed byTom Hooper

    John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Fred Claus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Fred Claus

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz


    Directed byDavid Dobkin

    Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Private Parts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Private Parts

    Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent


    Directed byBetty Thomas

    This film is a 1997 American biographical comedy film produced by Ivan Reitman and released by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies


    Harrison Ford, Paul Giamatti


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Sabrina is a 1995 romantic comedy-drama film adapted by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Last Station is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    The Last Station

    Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    The Last Station is a 2009 English-language German biographical drama film written and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Planet of the Apes

    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed byTim Burton

    Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies


    Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman


    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • 22
    Robots is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies


    Halle Berry, Robin Williams


    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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  • 23
    Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence


    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Shoot 'Em Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    Shoot 'Em Up

    Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen


    Directed byMichael Davis

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

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  • 25
    The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Paul Giamatti Movies

    The Ides of March

    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood


    Directed byGeorge Clooney

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