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The Best Viggo Mortensen Movies

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

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  • 1

    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello
    This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh...  more

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by...  more

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by...  more

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  • 4

    Eastern Promises

    Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen
    Eastern Promises is a 2007 British-Canadian-American thriller film directed by David...  more

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson...  more

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    #39 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks#72 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies Of All Time

  • 6

    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
    Green Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. A bouncer (Viggo Mortensen)...  more

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    A Perfect Murder

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
    This film is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael...  more

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    Carlito's Way

    Al Pacino, Sean Penn
    Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels...  more

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  • 9


    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif
    Hidalgo is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and...  more

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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall
    The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a...  more

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    The Portrait of a Lady

    Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale
    The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady...  more

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    The Prophecy

    Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken
    The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken,...  more

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  • 13

    The Reflecting Skin

    Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan
    The Reflecting Skin is a 1990 British / Canadian horror film written and directed by Philip...  more
  • 14

    The Indian Runner

    Viggo Mortensen, Patricia Arquette
    The Indian Runner is a 1991 crime drama film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is based on...  more
  • 15


    Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen
    Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and...  more

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  • 16


    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen
    Daylight is a 1996 American disaster thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and starring...  more

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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen
    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear...  more

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    Viggo Mortensen, Lane Smith
    Prison is a 1988 horror film starring Viggo Mortensen. It was filmed at the Old State Prison...  more
  • 19


    Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen
    Appaloosa is an American western based on the 2005 novel, Appaloosa, by writer Robert B....  more

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    The Passion of Darkly Noon

    Viggo Mortensen, Ashley Judd
    The Passion of Darkly Noon is a 1995 film written and directed by Philip Ridley, starring...  more
  • 21

    American Yakuza

    Viggo Mortensen, Michael Nouri
    Sent to infiltrate the American arm of the Yakuza, FBI agent Nick Davis rises through the...  more
  • 22

    28 Days

    Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen
    28 Days is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Betty Thomas. Sandra Bullock plays...  more
  • 23


    Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen
    Psycho is a 1998 American horror film produced and directed by Gus Van Sant for Universal...  more

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    Albino Alligator

    Viggo Mortensen, Faye Dunaway
    Albino Alligator is a 1997 American crime thriller film the directorial debut of Kevin Spacey,...  more
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    Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya
    Alatriste is a 2006 Spanish historical film directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes, based on the main...  more