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The Best Peter Coyote Movies

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

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

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  • 1

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak
    44
    7

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and...  more

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  • 2

    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore
    32
    11

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is forced...  more

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  • 3

    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger
    31
    16

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts,...  more

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  • 4

    Southern Comfort

    Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe
    24
    13

    Released1981

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Southern Comfort is an American action/thriller film directed by Walter Hill and written by Michael Kane, and Hill and his longtime collaborator David Giler. It stars Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe,...  more
  • 5

    Jagged Edge

    Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close
    23
    13

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Jagged Edge is a 1985 film starring Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, and Peter Coyote. Robert Loggia received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in this film. It is a...  more
  • 6

    Heartbreakers

    Peter Coyote, Nick Mancuso
    22
    14

    Released1984

    Directed byBobby Roth

    Heartbreakers is a 1984 drama film starring Peter Coyote and Nick Mancuso. It was written and directed by Bobby Roth. The film was entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival....  more
  • 7
    16
    7

    Released1982

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, directed by William Dear, is a 1982 time travel-influenced action film starring Fred Ward as Lyle Swann, a cross country dirt bike racer. The movie was scored,...  more
  • 8

    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    19
    11

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Gunton. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr....  more

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  • 9

    Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

    Jennifer Coolidge, Norm Macdonald
    16
    11

    Released2008

    Directed byCraig Shapiro

    Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief is a 2008 American comedy film, starring Kyla Pratt. Like its predecessor, Dr. Dolittle 3 in 2006, it was released direct to DVD on March 4, 2008. As in the previous...  more
  • 10

    Moonlight and Valentino

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg
    14
    9

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Moonlight and Valentino is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by David Anspaugh starring Elizabeth Perkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kathleen Turner, Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Bon Jovi. The screenplay by Ellen...  more
  • 11

    Seduced by Madness

    Ann-Margret, Tobey Maguire
    14
    9

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Patterson

    Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story is an American television film based roughly on real-life events. It recounts the story of Jefferson, Wisconsin teacher's assistant Diane Borchardt, who...  more
  • 12

    The Legend of Billie Jean

    Christian Slater, Helen Slater
    18
    16

    Released1985

    Directed byMatthew Robbins

    The Legend of Billie Jean is a 1985 American drama film, directed by Matthew Robbins....  more

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  • 13

    More Dogs Than Bones

    Joe Mantegna, Louise Fletcher
    10
    5

    Released2000

    Directed byMichael Browning

    More Dogs Than Bones is a 2000 drama comedy film written and directed by Michael Browning....  more
  • 14

    The Story of Bonnie and Clyde

    Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch
    10
    5

    Released2010

    Directed byTonya S. Holly

  • 15

    The Basket

    Eric Dane, Karen Allen
    11
    7

    Released1999

    Directed byRich Cowan

    The Basket is a 1999 film directed by Rich Cowan....
  • 16

    Cross Creek

    Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen
    16
    13

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Cross Creek is a 1983 film starring Mary Steenburgen as The Yearling author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The film is directed by Martin Ritt and is based, in part, on Rawlings' 1942 memoir, Cross Creek....  more
  • 17

    Exposure

    Peter Coyote, Tchéky Karyo
    14
    12

    Released1991

    Directed byWalter Salles

    A Grande Arte, is a 1991 Brazilian movie directed by Walter Salles Jr. and starring Peter Coyote. Loosely based on the book A Grande Arte by Brazilian Rubem Fonseca, it is one of the first theatrical...  more
  • 18

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    Peter Coyote, Gary Davis
    12
    9

    Released2005

    Directed byAlex Gibney

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a 2005 documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a study of one of the...  more
  • 19

    Sphere

    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson
    18
    18

    Released1998

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the 1987...  more

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  • 20

    The Hebrew Hammer

    Andy Dick, Judy Greer
    10
    6

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Kesselman

    When the evil son of Santa goes on a mission to eradicate Hanukkah, Jewish detective Mordechai Carver (Adam Goldberg) teams up with the Kwanzaa Liberation Front to put a stop to the naughty Saint...  more
  • 21

    Out

    Danny Glover, Peter Coyote
    12
    10

    Released1982

    Directed byEli Hollander

    Deadly Drifter is a satirical 1982 film directed by Eli Hollander. The film is based on Ronald Sukenick's 1973 novel, OUT. It stars Peter Coyote, O-Lan Jones, and Danny Glover. The movie tells the...  more
  • 22

    Written in Blood

    Nancy Valen, Peter Coyote
    8
    4

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Terlesky

    Written in Blood is a 2002, Crime, Drama & Thriller film written by David Keith Miller and directed by John Terlesky....  more
  • 23

    Released2005

    Directed byEllory Elkayem

    Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave is a 2005 zombie horror film directed by Ellory Elkayem, starring Cory Hardrict, John Keefe, Jenny Mollen, and Peter Coyote. It is the fifth installment...  more
  • 24

    A Man in Love

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Claudia Cardinale
    10
    7

    Released1987

    Directed byDiane Kurys

    A Man in Love is a 1987 French-Italian drama film directed by Diane Kurys. Her first English language film, it was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film Festival....  more
  • 25

    Strange Culture

    Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan
    12
    10

    Released2007

    Directed byLynn Hershman Leeson

    Strange Culture is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson. It stars Tilda Swinton and Thomas Jay Ryan. It premiered January 19, 2007 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival....  more