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The Best Sam Waterston Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 1.3k votes 108 voters 8.4k views50 items

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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!

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    The Man in the Moon

    Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston
    The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of...  more

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    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah
    This film is a 1989 existential drama written, directed by and co-starring Woody Allen,...  more
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    Hannah and Her Sisters

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen
    Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined...  more

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    Hopscotch

    Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston
    Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Edie Landau and Ely...  more
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    The Great Gatsby

    Robert Redford, Mia Farrow
    The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and...  more
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    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Kennedy
    The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written...  more

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    The Proprietor

    Sean Young, Sam Waterston
    The Proprietor is a 1996 film. It is a U.S.-French co-production Merchant Ivory film, directed...  more
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    Le Divorce

    Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts
    Le Divorce is a 2003 Merchant Ivory Productions film directed by James Ivory from a screenplay...  more
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    Capricorn One

    O. J. Simpson, James Brolin
    Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was...  more
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe
    Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It...  more

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    Interiors

    Diane Keaton, Sam Waterston
    Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Featured performers are...  more
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    Just Between Friends

    Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson
    Just Between Friends is a 1986 drama film about two women whose friendship is tested by...  more
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    September

    Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest
    September is a 1987 film written and directed by Woody Allen. Allen's intention for September...  more
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    Rancho Deluxe

    Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett
    Rancho Deluxe is a contemporary western film that was directed by Frank Perry and released in...  more
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    Eagle's Wing

    Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel
    Eagle's Wing is a Euro-Western Eastmancolor film made in 1979. It stars Martin Sheen, Sam...  more
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    The Fifth Missile

    Yvette Mimieux, Sam Waterston
    The Fifth Missile is a 1986 TV movie starring Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston and David Soul...  more
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    Exiled: A Law & Order Movie

    Ice-T, Sam Waterston
    Exiled: A Law & Order Movie is a 1998 television film that is based on the Law & Order police...  more
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    The Killing Fields

    John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson
    This film is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the...  more

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    Sweet William

    Jenny Agutter, Sam Waterston
    Sweet William is a 1980 British drama film directed by Claude Whatham and starring Sam...  more
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    The Matthew Shepard Story

    Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston
    The Matthew Shepard Story is a 2002 award-winning Canadian-American television film by...  more
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    Finnegan Begin Again

    Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston
    Finnegan Begin Again is a 1985 made-for-HBO original romantic comedy film starring Mary Tyler...  more
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    Dempsey

    Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman
    Dempsey is a 1983 TV movie based on the life of the heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey that...  more
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    Shadow Conspiracy

    Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland
    Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland,...  more