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The Best Willem Dafoe Movies

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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.

If you think the best Willem Dafoe role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Willem Dafoe performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Everything from Pacific Rim to The Walker is included on this list.

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    Platoon
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Mississippi Burning
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    The Boondock Saints
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    The Boondock Saints

    Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus

    Released1999

    Directed byTroy Duffy

    The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Faraway, So Close!
    64
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    Faraway, So Close!

    Willem Dafoe, Lou Reed

    Released1993

    Directed byWim Wenders

    Faraway, So Close! is a 1993 film by German director Wim Wenders. The screenplay is by... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    White Sands
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    White Sands

    Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    White Sands is a 1992 crime film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Daniel Pyne for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Miral
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    Miral

    Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto

    Released2010

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    Miral is a 2010 biographical political film directed by Julian Schnabel. The screenplay was... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
    62
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    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

    Willem Dafoe, Dave Bautista

    Released2009

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? is a 2009 film directed by Werner Herzog and produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    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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  • 9
    The Dust of Time
    54
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    The Dust of Time

    Willem Dafoe, Irène Jacob

    Released2008

    Directed byTheo Angelopoulos

    The Dust of Time is a 2008 Greek drama film written and directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Odd Thomas
    51
    7

    Odd Thomas

    50 Cent, Willem Dafoe

    Released2013

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    Odd Thomas is a 2013 American mystery thriller film based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    At Eternity's Gate
    57
    13

    At Eternity's Gate

    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend

    Released2018

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Lulu on the Bridge
    48
    6

    Lulu on the Bridge

    Willem Dafoe, Mira Sorvino

    Released1998

    Directed byPaul Auster

    Lulu on the Bridge is a 1998 American romantic-mystery drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Spider-Man
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    39

    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia

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    Spider-Man 3
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    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2007

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 15
    The Last Temptation of Christ
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    The Last Temptation of Christ

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe

    Released1988

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Affliction
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    Affliction

    Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Schrader

    Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Clear and Present Danger
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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

    Released1994

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Shadow of the Vampire
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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich

    Released2000

    Directed byE. Elias Merhige

    Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    To Live and Die in L.A.
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    25

    To Live and Die in L.A.

    Willem Dafoe, John Turturro

    Released1985

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    This film is a 1985 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Reckoning
    43
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    The Reckoning

    Tom Hardy, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul McGuigan

    The Reckoning is a 2003 British-Spanish murder mystery drama film directed by Paul McGuigan... more on Wikipedia

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    Auto Focus
    42
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    Auto Focus

    Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul Schrader, Larry Karaszewski

    Auto Focus is a 2002 American biographical film directed by Paul Schrader, starring Greg... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Roadhouse 66
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    Roadhouse 66

    Willem Dafoe, Roy Clarke

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Mark Robinson

    Roadhouse 66 is a 1984 movie starring Willem Dafoe and Judge Reinhold. The film is set... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Born on the Fourth of July
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    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling... more on Wikipedia
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    The English Patient
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script... more on Wikipedia

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    Finding Nemo
    43
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by... more on Wikipedia

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