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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?"

Paul Giamatti has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard. Paul Giamatti has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Frank Langella and Josh Brolin in terms of fame and success.

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Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander Payne

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Paul Giamatti

Directed by: Tom Hooper

John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more

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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more

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Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neil Burger

The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more

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Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Weir

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti, M. Night Shyamalan

Released: 2006

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Lady in the Water is a 2006 American fantasy thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film's plot concerns a Philadelphia ...more

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Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike

Released: 2010

Directed by: Richard J. Lewis

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Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

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Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1998

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh

Released: 2002

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey

Released: 2011

Directed by: Thomas McCarthy

Win Win is a 2011 comedy-drama directed and written by Thomas McCarthy. The main characters are played by Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young and ...more

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Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett

Released: 1997

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Giamatti, Maria Bello

Released: 2000

Directed by: Bruce Paltrow

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Courtney Love, Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito

Released: 1999

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2001

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Betty Thomas

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Harrison Ford, Paul Giamatti, Julia Ormond

Released: 1995

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2003

Directed by: John Woo

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Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy

Released: 2009

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

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Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Dobkin

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Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

Released: 2000

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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