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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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  • 1
    The Man in the Moon
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    The Man in the Moon

    Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston

    Released1991

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of... more on Wikipedia

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    Hannah and Her Sisters
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    Hannah and Her Sisters

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen

    Released1986

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined... more on Wikipedia

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    Crimes and Misdemeanors
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    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah

    Released1989

    Directed byWoody Allen

    This film is a 1989 existential drama written, directed by and co-starring Woody Allen,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Hopscotch
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    13

    Hopscotch

    Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston

    Released1980

    Directed byRonald Neame

    Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Edie Landau and Ely... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Great Gatsby
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    The Great Gatsby

    Robert Redford, Mia Farrow

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Clayton

    The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Newsroom
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    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Kennedy

    Released2012

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 7
    The Proprietor
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    The Proprietor

    Sean Young, Sam Waterston

    Released1996

    Directed byIsmail Merchant

    The Proprietor is a 1996 film. It is a U.S.-French co-production Merchant Ivory film, directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Le Divorce
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    Le Divorce

    Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Ivory

    Le Divorce is a 2003 Merchant Ivory Productions film directed by James Ivory from a screenplay... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Capricorn One
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    Capricorn One

    O. J. Simpson, James Brolin

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Heaven's Gate
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Interiors
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    Interiors

    Diane Keaton, Sam Waterston

    Released1978

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Featured performers are... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 12
    Just Between Friends
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    Just Between Friends

    Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson

    Released1986

    Directed byAllan Burns

    Just Between Friends is a 1986 drama film about two women whose friendship is tested by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    September
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    September

    Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest

    Released1987

    Directed byWoody Allen

    September is a 1987 film written and directed by Woody Allen. Allen's intention for September... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

    Released1997

    Directed byKen Burns

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  • 15
    Rancho Deluxe
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    Rancho Deluxe

    Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett

    Released1975

    Directed byFrank Perry

    Rancho Deluxe is a contemporary western film that was directed by Frank Perry and released in... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Eagle's Wing
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    Eagle's Wing

    Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel

    Released1979

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

    Eagle's Wing is a Euro-Western Eastmancolor film made in 1979. It stars Martin Sheen, Sam... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The Fifth Missile
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    The Fifth Missile

    Yvette Mimieux, Sam Waterston

    Released1986

    Directed byLarry Peerce

    The Fifth Missile is a 1986 TV movie starring Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston and David Soul... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    Exiled: A Law & Order Movie
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    Exiled: A Law & Order Movie

    Ice-T, Sam Waterston

    Released1998

    Directed byJean de Segonzac

    Exiled: A Law & Order Movie is a 1998 television film that is based on the Law & Order police... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    The Killing Fields
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    The Killing Fields

    John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    This film is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Sweet William
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    Sweet William

    Jenny Agutter, Sam Waterston

    Released1980

    Directed byClaude Whatham

    Sweet William is a 1980 British drama film directed by Claude Whatham and starring Sam... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    The Matthew Shepard Story
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    The Matthew Shepard Story

    Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston

    Released2002

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    The Matthew Shepard Story is a 2002 award-winning Canadian-American television film by... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Finnegan Begin Again
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    Finnegan Begin Again

    Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston

    Released1985

    Finnegan Begin Again is a 1985 made-for-HBO original romantic comedy film starring Mary Tyler... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    Dempsey
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    Dempsey

    Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman

    Released1983

    Directed byGus Trikonis

    Dempsey is a 1983 TV movie based on the life of the heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey that... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    Released2009

    Directed byKen Burns

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a 2009 documentary film for television, DVD and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Shadow Conspiracy
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    Shadow Conspiracy

    Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland

    Released1997

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

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