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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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Brian De Palma and Ridley Scott are among those who have directed Viggo Mortensen at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If Viggo Mortensen movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Vincent Cassel and Christopher Plummer too.

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Cronenberg

This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Tatiana Maslany

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Eastern Promises is a 2007 British-Canadian-American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hillcoat

The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Hidalgo is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo. It recounts Hopkins' racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouins riding ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Released: 2018

Directed by: Peter Farrelly

Green Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. A bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) at a New York nightclub takes a job as a pianist's (Mahershala Ali) chauffeur during a tour in the ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1991

Directed by: Sean Penn

The Indian Runner is a 1991 crime drama film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is based on Bruce Springsteen's song, "Highway Patrolman".
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Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Duncan Fraser

Released: 1990

Directed by: Philip Ridley

The Reflecting Skin is a 1990 British / Canadian horror film written and directed by Philip Ridley and stars Jeremy Cooper, Viggo Mortensen, and Lindsay Duncan. The film follows a young child ...more

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Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ed Harris

Appaloosa is an American western based on the 2005 novel, Appaloosa, by writer Robert B. Parker. Directed by Ed Harris and co-written by Harris and Robert Knott, Appaloosa stars Harris alongside ...more

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Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

Released: 1985

Directed by: Peter Weir

Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas

Released: 1998

Directed by: Andrew Davis

This film is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. Loosely based on the play by Frederick Knott, the ...more

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Anna Paquin, Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tony Goldwyn

A Walk on the Moon is a 1999 drama film starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. The movie, which was set against the backdrop of the Woodstock festival of 1969 and ...more

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Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Cronenberg

A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by ...more

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Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tony Scott

Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer (Denzel Washington) stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy ...more

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Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jim Caviezel

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ridley Scott

G.I. Jane is a 1997 American action film directed by Ridley Scott, produced by Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and Caravan Pictures, distributed by Hollywood Pictures and starring ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2000

Directed by: Betty Thomas

28 Days is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Betty Thomas. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings, a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehabilitation. The film costars Viggo ...more

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#10 of 32 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women #8 of 68 The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction

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Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Nacho Pérez

Released: 2006

Directed by: Agustín Díaz Yanes

Alatriste is a 2006 Spanish historical film directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes, based on the main character of a series of novels written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Adventures ...more
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Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1993

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Javier Godino

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ana Piterbarg

Everyone Has a Plan is a 2012 Crime & Drama film written by Ana Piterbarg and Ana Cohan and directed by Ana Piterbarg.
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Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jane Campion

The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, ...more
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Viggo Mortensen, Ashley Judd, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1995

Directed by: Philip Ridley

The Passion of Darkly Noon is a 1995 film written and directed by Philip Ridley, starring Brendan Fraser in the title role, and co-starring Ashley Judd and Viggo Mortensen.
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Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Mark Strong

Released: 2008

Directed by: Vicente Amorim

Good is a film based on the stage play of the same name by C. P. Taylor and starring Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker. It was directed by Vicente Amorim and was first shown at ...more
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Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gregory Widen

The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory ...more

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