List of the best Willem Dafoe movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Willem Dafoe'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 Willem Dafoe movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Willem Dafoe movies will be at the top of the list. Willem Dafoe has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Willem Dafoe movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Willem Dafoe films to end the squabble once and for all.
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Everything from Pacific Rim to The Walker is included on this list.
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Directed by: Dennis LeeFireflies in the Garden is a 2008 drama film starring Willem Dafoe, Ryan Reynolds, and Julia Roberts. Written and directed by Dennis Lee, the film premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film... more
Directed by: Sam RaimiSpider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, shy, and... more
Directed by: Guillermo del ToroPacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro. A ragtag band of humans band together in the year 2025 to fight legions of monstrous creatures rising from the sea. Using... more
Directed by: Julian SchnabelBasquiat is a 1996 biopic/drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his... more
Directed by: Martin ScorseseThe Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is a film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1953 novel of the same name.... more
Directed by: Pieter Jan BruggeThe Clearing is a 2004 American drama film and the directorial debut of Pieter Jan Brugge, who has worked as a film producer. The film is loosely based on the real-life kidnapping of Gerrit Jan Heijn... more
Directed by: Phillip NoyceClear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and the... more
Directed by: Robert EggersThe Lighthouse is a 2019 black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers. The story of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious New... more
Directed by: William FriedkinThis film is a 1985 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with Friedkin.... more
Directed by: Paul WeitzCirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a 2009 American film adaptation of the Vampire Blood trilogy of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.... more
Directed by: Wes AndersonThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson's fourth feature length film, released in the U.S. on... more
Directed by: Andrew StantonJohn Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton, based on the book A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers... more
Directed by: John Mark RobinsonRoadhouse 66 is a 1984 movie starring Willem Dafoe and Judge Reinhold. The film is set entirely in Kingman, Arizona, and Oatman, Arizona, two towns on historic U.S. Route 66.... more
Directed by: Abel Ferrara4:44 Last Day on Earth is a 2011 American apocalyptic drama written and directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Hipp.... more
Directed by: Jan de BontSpeed 2: Cruise Control is a 1997 American action thriller film, and a sequel to Speed. The film was produced and directed by Jan de Bont, and written by Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson, based... more
Directed by: Paul Brizzi, Gaëtan Brizzi
Directed by: Mark PeploeVictory is a 1996 film written and directed by Mark Peploe based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad. The novel previously has been adapted films multiple times including a 1919 silent... more
Directed by: Robert M. YoungTriumph of the Spirit is a 1989 American film directed by Robert M. Young and starring Willem Dafoe and Edward James Olmos. It is a remake of the Slovak film The Boxer and Death directed by Peter... more
Directed by: Bill CouturiéDear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is an American grammy Awardwinning 1987 documentary, inspired by the anthology of the same title, directed by Bill Couturié. Using real letters written by US... more
Directed by: Ericson CoreTogo is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ericson Core. Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his sled dog Togo are two key figures that participated in the 1925 serum run to save the town of... more
Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Ethan CoenParis, je t'aime is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The 22... more
Directed by: Paul McGuiganThe Reckoning is a 2003 British-Spanish murder mystery drama film directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe, Tom Hardy, Gina McKee, Brian Cox and Vincent Cassel. It was... more
Directed by: Dee ReesThe Last Thing He Wanted is a 2020 British-American political thriller film directed by Dee Rees, based on the book of the same name by Joan Didion. A veteran D.C. journalist (Anne Hathaway) loses... more
Directed by: David CronenbergExistenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law. As in Videodrome,... more
Directed by: Edward NortonMotherless Brooklyn is a 2019 crime drama film directed by Edward Norton, based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem. A private investigator (Edward Norton) with Tourette syndrome... more