The Best Sam Waterston Movies 

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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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John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston

Released: 1984

Directed by: Roland Joffé

This film 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, which won ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston, Jason London

Released: 1991

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

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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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1986

Directed by: Woody Allen

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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Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ronald Neame

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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Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow

Released: 1989

Directed by: Woody Allen

This film 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 and Joanna ...more

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Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Clayton

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Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Waters

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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Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Kennedy, John Gallagher Jr.

Released: 2012

Directed by: Greg Mottola

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Sean Young, Sam Waterston, Nell Carter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ismail Merchant

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O. J. Simpson, James Brolin, Elliott Gould

Released: 1977

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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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Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Ivory

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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Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Cimino

Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. ...more

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Diane Keaton, Sam Waterston, Geraldine Page

Released: 1978

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Sam Waterston

Released: 1987

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson, Sam Waterston

Released: 1986

Directed by: Allan Burns

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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Matthew Broderick, Sam Waterston, Hal Holbrook

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ken Burns

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Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel, Sam Waterston

Released: 1979

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

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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Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett, Sam Waterston

Released: 1975

Directed by: Frank Perry

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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Ice-T, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jean de Segonzac

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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Yvette Mimieux, Sam Waterston, David Soul

Released: 1986

Directed by: Larry Peerce

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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Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman, Treat Williams

Released: 1983

Directed by: Gus Trikonis

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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Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1997

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

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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Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, George Takei

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ken Burns

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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Sweet William Jenny Agutter, Sam Waterston, Anna Massey

Released: 1980

Directed by: Claude Whatham

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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Katharine Hepburn, Sam Waterston, Michael Moriarty

Released: 1973

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

The Glass Menagerie is a 1973 drama film directed by Anthony Harvey.