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

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

List features films like Eagle's Wing, Capricorn One and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sam Waterston movies?" and "What are the greatest Sam Waterston roles of all time?"
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The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston The Killing Fields is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the experiences of two journalists: Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg. The film, ...more

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Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The ...more

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Hopscotch Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Edie Landau and Ely A. Landau. It was written by Bryan Forbes and Brian Garfield, based on Garfield's novel of the same ...more

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The Man in the Moon Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston, Jason London The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of director, Robert Mulligan and is also Reese Witherspoon's debut role.

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Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow Crimes and Misdemeanors is a 1989 existential drama written, directed by and co-starring Woody Allen, alongside Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston ...more

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The Great Gatsby Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay ...more

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The Proprietor Sean Young, Sam Waterston, Nell Carter The Proprietor is a 1996 film. It is a U.S.-French co-production Merchant Ivory film, directed by Ismail Merchant for Jeanne Moreau's request.

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The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Kennedy, John Gallagher Jr. The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, and concluded on December 14, 2014, ...more

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Capricorn One O. J. Simpson, James Brolin, Elliott Gould Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was written and directed by Peter Hyams and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. It stars Elliott ...more

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Serial Mom Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew ...more

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Le Divorce Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close Le Divorce is a 2003 Merchant Ivory Productions film directed by James Ivory from a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Ivory, based on Diane Johnson's best-selling novel.

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Interiors Diane Keaton, Sam Waterston, Geraldine Page Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Featured performers are Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, Diane Keaton, E. G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, ...more

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Eagle's Wing Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel, Sam Waterston Eagle's Wing is a Euro-Western Eastmancolor film made in 1979. It stars Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston and Harvey Keitel. It was directed by Anthony Harvey, with a story by Michael Syson and a ...more

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Heaven's Gate Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. Loosely based on the Johnson County War, it portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and ...more

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The Fifth Missile Yvette Mimieux, Sam Waterston, David Soul The Fifth Missile is a 1986 TV movie starring Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston and David Soul about an American ballistic missile submarine, based on the novel The Gold Crew by Frank M. Robinson and ...more

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Just Between Friends Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson, Sam Waterston Just Between Friends is a 1986 drama film about two women whose friendship is tested by tragedy. The film was written, produced and directed by Allan Burns, and it stars Mary Tyler Moore, Ted ...more

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September Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Sam Waterston September is a 1987 film written and directed by Woody Allen. Allen's intention for September was that it be like "a play on film," hence the great number of long takes and few camera ...more

The Best British Documentaries

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The Glass Menagerie Katharine Hepburn, Sam Waterston, Michael Moriarty The Glass Menagerie is a 1973 drama film directed by Anthony Harvey.

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Dempsey Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman, Treat Williams Dempsey is a 1983 TV movie based on the life of the heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey that starred Treat Williams and Sally Kellerman

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Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Ice-T, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach Exiled: A Law & Order Movie is a 1998 television film that is based on the Law & Order police procedural and legal drama television series; it originally aired on NBC. Written by Charles ...more

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Shadow Conspiracy Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton and Sam Waterston. It was the final film directed by George P. Cosmatos, who died in ...more

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Swimming to Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sam Waterston Movies
Swimming to Cambodia Sam Waterston, Spalding Gray, Ira Wheeler Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia is a 1987 Jonathan Demme-directed performance film. The film is a performance of Spalding Gray's monologue which centered on such themes as his trip to ...more

The Best R-Rated Musical Drama Movies

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Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery Matthew Broderick, Sam Waterston, Hal Holbrook Lewis Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery is a 1997 film directed by Ken Burns.

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Miracle at Midnight Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Patrick Malahide Miracle at Midnight is a TV movie based on the Rescue of the Danish Jews in Denmark during the Holocaust. It is a Disney production and premiered on ABC in 1998. It was also portrayed in Ms. ...more

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Gore Vidal's Lincoln Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston, Ruby Dee Gore Vidal's Lincoln is a 1988 drama film directed by Lamont Johnson. PLOT: The progress of the war is seen through Lincoln's eyes, a very human figure as he contends with Generals who won't ...more

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Sweet William is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sam Waterston Movies
Sweet William Jenny Agutter, Sam Waterston, Anna Massey Sweet William is a 1980 British drama film directed by Claude Whatham and starring Sam Waterston, Jenny Agutter, Geraldine James, Anna Massey, Arthur Lowe, Tim Pigott-Smith and Melvyn Bragg. It ...more

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The Matthew Shepard Story Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Wendy Crewson The Matthew Shepard Story is a 2002 award-winning Canadian-American television film by director Roger Spottiswoode based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a 21-years-old gay youth who was ...more

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

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Finnegan Begin Again Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston, Sylvia Sidney Finnegan Begin Again is a 1985 made-for-HBO original romantic comedy film starring Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Preston. The movie was filmed in Richmond, Virginia and premiered in February 1985 ...more

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Rancho Deluxe Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett, Sam Waterston Rancho Deluxe is a contemporary western film that was directed by Frank Perry and released in 1975. Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston star as two cattle rustlers in modern-day Livingston, Montana ...more

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Savages Sam Waterston, Susan Blakely, Martin Kove Savages is a 1972 Merchant Ivory Film directed by James Ivory and screenplay by George W. S. Trow and Michael O'Donoghue, based on an idea by Ivory. The film concept given to Trow and O'Donoghue ...more

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The Enemy Within Dana Delany, Forest Whitaker, Ray J The Enemy Within is a 1994 TV movie directed by Jonathan Darby.

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A Captive in the Land Sam Waterston A Captive in the Land is a 1991 film based on a novel by James Aldridge, starring Sam Waterston as Royce, Aleksandr Potapov as Averyanov, and Keir Giles as Squadron Leader Cook. It was screened ...more

List of Famous Monks

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Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Waterston, Seth Gilliam Assault at West Point is a 1994 television docudrama about Johnson Chesnut Whittaker, one of the first black cadets at West Point, and the trial that followed an assault he suffered in 1880. The ...more

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David's Mother Kirstie Alley, Stockard Channing, Phylicia Rashād David's Mother is a 1994 American television film directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and stars Kirstie Alley as a devoted mother trying to cope with her autistic teenage son David. The film aired ...more

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Warning Sign Sam Waterston, Yaphet Kotto, Kathleen Quinlan Warning Sign is a 1985 science fiction-horror film directed by Hal Barwood and starring Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto, and Jeffrey DeMunn.

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Welcome Home Kris Kristofferson, Sam Waterston, JoBeth Williams Welcome Home is a 1989 drama film directed by Franklin Schaffner. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a Vietnam War veteran who returns to his family after many years and who tries to readjust to ...more

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The Room Upstairs Sarah Jessica Parker, Stockard Channing, Joan Allen The Room Upstairs is a 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie based on the novel The Room Upstairs by Norma Levinson, starring Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Joan Allen and Linda Hunt. The young ...more

The Social Issues You Care About Most

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Sweet Revenge Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Franklyn Ajaye Sweet Revenge is a 1976 American comedy film directed by Jerry Schatzberg. It was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. This was the second leading role for actress Stockard Channing in a ...more

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In the Hands of the Enemy Sam Waterston, Robert Davi

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Love Lives On Sam Waterston, Christine Lahti Love Lives On is a fact-based TV film that aired on ABC on April 1, 1985. The film centers around a 15 year old, played by Mary Stuart Masterson, who kicks a drug addiction, then learns that she ...more

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Friendly Fire Carol Burnett, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22, 1979. Watched that night by an estimated 64 million people, Friendly Fire went on to win four Emmy ...more

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The Civil War Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi The Civil War is a documentary film created by Ken Burns about the American Civil War. It was first broadcast on PBS on five consecutive nights from September 23 to 27, 1990. Approximately 40 ...more

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The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean Sam Waterston, Marco St. John, Robert Gentry (actor)

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The Journey of August King Thandie Newton, Maya Angelou, Sam Waterston The Journey of August King is a 1996 American drama film directed by John Duigan. It stars Jason Patric and Thandie Newton.

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Generation Carl Reiner, Sam Waterston, James Coco Generation is a 1969 comedy film directed by George Schaefer.

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The National Parks: America's Best Idea Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, George Takei The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a 2009 documentary film for television, DVD and companion book by director/producer Ken Burns and producer/writer Dayton Duncan which features the ...more

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Journey into Fear Vincent Price, Ian McShane, Shelley Winters Journey into Fear is a 1975 Canadian thriller film directed by Daniel Mann, and based on the novel of the same name by Eric Ambler. It stars Sam Waterston, Zero Mostel, Yvette Mimieux, Vincent ...more

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Cover Me Babe Sam Waterston, Sondra Locke, Robert Forster Cover Me Babe is a 1970 drama film about a young filmmaker who will do anything to get a studio contract. The film was directed by Noel Black, and stars Robert Forster and Sondra Locke. The ...more

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Mindwalk Sam Waterston, Liv Ullmann, Ione Skye Mindwalk is a 1990 feature film directed by Bernt Amadeus Capra, based on his own short story, based in turn on the book The Turning Point by his brother Fritjof Capra, the author of the book ...more

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The Boy Who Loved Trolls Sam Waterston, Susan Anton, Matt Dill The Boy Who Loved Trolls is a 1984 American fantasy/adventure film produced for the PBS series WonderWorks. The story was adapted by James A. DeVinney from a play by John Wheatcroft. The ...more