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The Best William H. Macy Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.1k votes 363 voters 27.9k views76 items

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List of the best William H. Macy movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. William H. Macy'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 William H. Macy movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated William H. Macy movies will be at the top of the list. William H. Macy has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest William H. Macy movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining William H. Macy films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This list is made up of many different films, including Fargo and Boogie Nights.

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    Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    The Cooler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    The Cooler

    Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello

    Released2003

    Directed byWayne Kramer

    The Cooler is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Wayne Kramer. The original screenplay was... more on Wikipedia

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

    Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted... more on Wikipedia

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    Mystery Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Mystery Men

    Ben Stiller, Tom Waits

    Released1999

    Directed byKinka Usher

    Mystery Men is a 1999 American superhero comedy film directed by Kinka Usher and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Magnolia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Magnolia

    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore

    Released1999

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson... more on Wikipedia

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    Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Down Periscope

    Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Sahara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Sahara

    Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2005

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    Sahara, an American/Spanish 2005 action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is... more on Wikipedia

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    Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall

    Released2005

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lincoln Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Furman

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    Wag the Dog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Wag the Dog

    Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Searching for Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993... more on Wikipedia
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    Murder in the First is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Murder in the First

    Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Rocco

    This film is a largely fictitious 1995 film, directed by Marc Rocco, about Henri Young who is... more on Wikipedia

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    The Client is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    The Client

    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1994

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Somewhere in Time

    Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer

    Released1980

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film... more on Wikipedia

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Psycho

    Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1998

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Pleasantville

    Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker

    Released1998

    Directed byGary Ross

    Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec... more on Wikipedia

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    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    House of Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    House of Games

    William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna

    Released1987

    Directed byDavid Mamet

    House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Happy, Texas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Happy, Texas

    William H. Macy, Ron Perlman

    Released1999

    Directed byMark Illsley

    Happy, Texas is a comedy film released in 1999 directed by Mark Illsley, and starring Steve... more on Wikipedia

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    Salesmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Salesmen

    Ben Kingsley, Jeff Goldblum

    Released2011

    Directed byRaul Inglis

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    Door to Door is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Door to Door

    Helen Mirren, William H. Macy

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Schachter

    Door to Door was a 2002 TV movie about the late Bill Porter, a door-to-door salesman with... more on Wikipedia
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    The Last Dragon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    The Last Dragon

    William H. Macy, Vanity

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Schultz

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    Bobby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best William H. Macy Movies
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    Bobby

    Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore

    Released2006

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

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