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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.

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

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Willem Dafoe movies?" and "What are the greatest Willem Dafoe roles of all time?"

Martin Scorsese and Stephen Sommers are among those who have directed Willem Dafoe at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Willem Dafoe has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi in terms of fame and success.

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Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more

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Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the murders of three civil ...more

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The Boondock Saints Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American crime film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who ...more

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The Reckoning Tom Hardy, Willem Dafoe, Simon Pegg The 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

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The Hunter Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor The Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based on the novel by Julia Leigh.

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Auto Focus Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson Auto Focus is a 2002 American biographical film directed by Paul Schrader, starring Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe. The screenplay by Michael Gerbosi is based on Robert Graysmith's book The ...more

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Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven Katz, and starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. The film is a fictionalised account of the ...more

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Adam Resurrected Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Derek Jacobi Adam Resurrected is a 2008 American-German-Israeli film, directed by Paul Schrader and adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's novel of the same name published in Israel in 1968. Jeff Goldblum stars as the ...more

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The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Born on the Fourth of July Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American war drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a ...more

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Tom & Viv Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris Tom & Viv is a 1994 film directed by Brian Gilbert, which tells the story of the relationship between the American poet T. S. Eliot and his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot. They were ...more

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To Live and Die in L.A. Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves To Live and Die in L.A. 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 ...more

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Wild at Heart Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini Wild at Heart is a 1990 American crime thriller film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel of the same name. Both the book and the film revolve around ...more

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The Last Temptation of Christ David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Paul Schrader with uncredited rewrites from Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the film is ...more

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Light Sleeper Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, David Spade Light Sleeper is an American drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader in 1992. It stars Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, and Dana Delany. The film, set in New York City, shows the tragic ...more

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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Willem Dafoe Movies
Streets of Fire Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable". It is ...more

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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Willem Dafoe, Dave Bautista, Chloë Sevigny My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? is a 2009 film directed by Werner Herzog and produced by David Lynch, inspired by the story of murderer Mark Yavorsky. Herzog describes the film as "a ...more

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Miral Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Vanessa Redgrave Miral is a 2010 biographical political film directed by Julian Schnabel. The screenplay was written by Rula Jebreal, based on her novel. The film was released on 3 September at the 2010 Venice ...more

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Manderlay Willem Dafoe, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lauren Bacall Manderlay is a 2005 Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier and the second part of von Trier's projected USA – Land of Opportunities trilogy. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, who ...more

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Animal Factory Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong Animal Factory is a 2000 crime drama film about life in prison, set in San Quentin. The film was directed by Steve Buscemi, and stars Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, John Heard, ...more

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Edges of the Lord Willem Dafoe, Haley Joel Osment, Krystyna Feldman Edges of the Lord is an award-winning 2001 film, written and directed by Yurek Bogayevicz, set in Poland during World War II, starring Willem Dafoe and Haley Joel Osment.

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White Sands Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe White Sands is a 1992 crime film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Daniel Pyne for Warner Bros. Starring Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Samuel L. Jackson and Mickey Rourke, ...more

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Clear and Present Danger Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones Clear 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 ...more

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Faraway, So Close! Willem Dafoe, Lou Reed, Nastassja Kinski Faraway, So Close! is a 1993 film by German director Wim Wenders. The screenplay is by Wenders, Richard Reitinger and Ulrich Zieger. The film is a sequel to Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire. ...more

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe The 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. ...more

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Pavilion of Women Willem Dafoe, John Cho, Amy Hill Pavilion of Women is a 2001 adventure drama romance war film written by Yan Luo an d Paul Collins and directed by Ho Yim

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Cry-Baby Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker, and also features a ...more

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The Dust of Time Willem Dafoe, Irène Jacob, Michel Piccoli The Dust of Time is a 2008 Greek drama film written and directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos, starring Willem Dafoe, Irène Jacob, Bruno Ganz, Michel Piccoli, and Christiane Paul. The film ...more

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Lulu on the Bridge Willem Dafoe, Mira Sorvino, Vanessa Redgrave Lulu on the Bridge is a 1998 American romantic-mystery drama film written and directed by author Paul Auster and starring Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Willem Dafoe. The film is about a jazz ...more

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Heaven's Gate Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. Loosely based on the Johnson County War, it portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and ...more

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Spider-Man Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst Spider-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, ...more

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American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Odd Thomas 50 Cent, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt Odd Thomas is a 2013 American mystery thriller film based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name. It is directed, written and co-produced by Stephen Sommers and stars Anton Yelchin as Odd ...more

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Roadhouse 66 Willem Dafoe, Roy Clarke, Judge Reinhold Roadhouse 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.

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Inside Man Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It ...more

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Fireflies in the Garden Hayden Panettiere, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe Fireflies 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

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Affliction Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. ...more

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Flight of the Intruder Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer, Danny Glover Flight of the Intruder is a 1991 film directed by John Milius, based on the novel of the same name by former Grumman A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts. The film stars Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe ...more

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The Clearing Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, Robert Redford The 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 ...more

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The Aviator Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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Fantastic Mr. Fox George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three ...more

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a 2003 American action film written, produced, edited, cinematographied, scored, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the third and final film in Rodriguez's ...more

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Basquiat David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe Basquiat 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

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John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Willem Dafoe Movies
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill Daybreakers is a 2009 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig. The film takes place in a futuristic world overrun by vampires. A ...more

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Spider-Man 2 Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more

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Paris, je t'aime Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte Paris, 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 ...more

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutchersonm Cirque 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.