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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.

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

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

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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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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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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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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel
The 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 ...more
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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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Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves
This 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 ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) spends his final days in Arles.
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Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger
Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance ...more
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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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#70 of 320 The Best Political Films Ever Made #34 of 107 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini
Wild at Heart is a 1990 American 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 Sailor ...more

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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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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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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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Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe
The 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) ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris
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Togo
Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl
Togo 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

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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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Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong
Animal Factory is a 2000 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, Mickey ...more

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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Willem Dafoe Movies
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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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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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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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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