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The Best Sam Neill Movies 

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Updated September 21, 2019 1.7k votes 344 voters 30.9k views 73 items

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

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

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

Steven Spielberg and Stephen Sommers have both worked with Sam Neill over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Is Sam Neill your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John Hurt films lists too.

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sam Neill Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

Released: 1990

Directed by: John McTiernan

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John McTiernan, based on the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine ...more

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Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Carpenter

In the Mouth of Madness is a 1995 American Lovecraftian horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter and written by Michael De Luca. It stars Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, ...more

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Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Lena Headey, Helena Bonham Carter, James Earl Jones

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steve Barron

Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the legend of King Arthur from the perspective of the wizard Merlin. Sam Neill stars in the title role in a ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian thriller film starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. It was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Williams. The film was directed by ...more

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Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more

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Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jane Campion

The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand, ...more

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Sam Neill, Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes

Released: 1979

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

My Brilliant Career is a 1979 Australian drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and based on the novel of the same name by Miles Franklin. The film was released in Australia on 17 August 1979; ...more
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Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton, Lenka

Released: 2000

Directed by: Rob Sitch

The Dish is a 2000 Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes Observatory's role in relaying live television of man's first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Redford

The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented ...more

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Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sam Neill Movies
Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Bicentennial Man is a 1999 American science fiction family comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, ...more

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Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam

Released: 2008

Directed by: Toa Fraser

Dean Spanley is a 2008 New Zealand and British comedy-drama film, with fantastic elements, from Miramax Films, Atlantic Film Group and General Film Corporation, directed by Fijian New Zealander ...more
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Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Mason Adams

Released: 1981

Directed by: Graham Baker

Omen III: The Final Conflict is a 1981 American horror film directed by Graham Baker. It is the third installment in The Omen series. Starring Sam Neill, Lisa Harrow and Rossano Brazzi, the film ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. 22 years after the events of Jurassic ...more

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Elle Macpherson, Hugh Grant, Portia de Rossi

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Duigan

Sirens is a 1994 film, written and directed by John Duigan, and set in Australia. Sirens and Bitter Moon were the films that brought Hugh Grant to the attention of American audiences.

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Martin Sheen, Sam Neill, Derek Jacobi

Released: 1983

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Enigma is a 1983 Anglo-American drama film directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Martin Sheen, Sam Neill, Brigitte Fossey, and Kevin McNally. Based on Michael Barak's novel The Enigma, the ...more
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Sam Neill, Olivia Hussey, John Rhys-Davies

Released: 1982

Directed by: Douglas Camfield

Ivanhoe is a 1982 television film adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel of the same name. The film was directed by Douglas Camfield, with a screenplay written by John Gay. The film depicts the ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a 17th-century medical student exploited by a debauched king. The film is based ...more
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Keira Knightley, Sam Neill, Hugh Bonneville

Released: 2002

Directed by: Giacomo Campiotti

Doctor Zhivago is a 2002 British television miniseries directed by Giacomo Campiotti and starring Hans Matheson, Keira Knightley and Sam Neill. The teleplay by Andrew Davies is based on the 1957 ...more
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Sam Neill, Diahann Carroll, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Released: 2000

Directed by: Charles Haid

Sally Hemings: An American Scandal is a 2000 film written by Tina Andrews and directed by Charles Haid.
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Lena Headey, John Cleese, Sam Neill

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is a 1994 American adventure film co-written and directed by Stephen Sommers, based on the Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by ...more
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Sam Neill, Joel Tobeck, Rachael Blake

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gaylene Preston

Perfect Strangers is a 2003 New Zealand film directed by Gaylene Preston and starring Sam Neill and Rachael Blake.
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Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor

Released: 2011

Directed by: Daniel Nettheim

The Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based on the novel by Julia Leigh.
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Sam Neill, Warren Oates, Ian Mune

Released: 1977

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Sleeping Dogs is a 1977 film based on the book Smith's Dream by C. K. Stead, and is the first feature film by director Roger Donaldson. Featuring Sam Neill, Clyde Scott and Warren Oates it is ...more