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The Best Peter Sarsgaard Movies 

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

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

List contains films like Kinsey and Dead Man Walking.

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Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

An Education is a 2009 coming-of-age drama film, based on a memoir of the same name by British journalist Lynn Barber. The film was directed by Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by Nick Hornby, ...more

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Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Margo Martindale

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Orphan is a 2009 American psychological thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It stars Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman. The film centers on a couple who adopt a ...more

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Liam Neeson, Tim Curry, John Lithgow

Released: 2004

Directed by: Bill Condon

Kinsey is a 2004 American biographical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Charles Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of sexology. His 1948 publication, ...more

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Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more

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Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer, Sean Bean

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Flightplan is a 2005 mystery-thriller film directed by German film director Robert Schwentke and starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen, Kate Beahan, Greta Scacchi, and Sean ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with Jamie Foxx, ...more

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Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, Hank Azaria

Released: 2003

Directed by: Billy Ray

Shattered Glass is a 2003 American drama film written and directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay is based on a September 1998 Vanity Fair article by H. G. Bissinger. In it he chronicled the rapid ...more

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Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant

Released: 2005

Directed by: Iain Softley

The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The film centers on a young hospice nurse who ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zach Braff

Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more

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Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tim Robbins

This film is a 1995 American drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Laurie, John Malkovich

Released: 1998

Directed by: Randall Wallace

The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1998 adventure film directed, produced, and written by Randall Wallace, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role as the title character and villain, Jeremy ...more

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Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine K-19. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and stars Harrison Ford ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2000

Directed by: Tarsem Singh

The Cell is a 2000 horror film directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.

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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Mangold

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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Val Kilmer, Meat Loaf, Danny Trejo

Released: 2002

Directed by: D. J. Caruso

The Salton Sea is a 2002 American neo-noir thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso, and starring Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio. Filming was done in Mecca, California and the Salton Sea.

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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Peter Sarsgaard Movies
Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, James Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama film about actress Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace. It covers the part of her life when she was "20 to 32". Directed by Rob ...more

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The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Peter Sarsgaard Movies
Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Tyburski

The Sound of Silence is a 2019 American drama film directed by Michael Tyburski. Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is a "house tuner" working in New York City helping his clients tune ...more
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Penélope Cruz, Debbie Harry, Ben Kingsley

Released: 2008

Directed by: Isabel Coixet

Elegy is a 2008 drama film directed by Spanish director Isabel Coixet and adapted by Nicholas Meyer from the Philip Roth novel, The Dying Animal. The film stars Penélope Cruz, Ben ...more
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Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Robot & Frank is a 2012 film written by Christopher D. Ford and directed by Jake Schreier.

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Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

Released: 2002

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

Unconditional Love is the title of a comedy film released in 2002. The film follows Grace Beasley who in the face of her failing marriage, and the death of her favorite pop star, learns the ...more
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Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Kelli O'Hara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Craig Lucas

The Dying Gaul is a 2005 American drama film written and directed by Craig Lucas. The screenplay is based on his 1998 off-Broadway play, the title of which was derived from an ancient Roman ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Rendition is a 2007 thriller film directed by Gavin Hood and starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally. It centers on the ...more

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James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Peter Sarsgaard

Released: 1998

Directed by: Larry Clark

Another Day in Paradise is a 1998 drama film directed by Larry Clark, and released by Trimark Pictures. It is based on the novel Another Day in Paradise written by Eddie Little. The movie won ...more

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Anne Heche, Sam Rockwell, Denis Leary

Released: 1997

Directed by: Julie Dash, Jonathan Demme, Bob Balaban, Abel Ferrara, Ted Demme, + more

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground is a film made in 1997 and produced by Home Box Office for television. It began as a contest among New Yorkers who submitted stories about their ...more