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The Best William H. Macy Movies 

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best William H. Macy movies?" and "What are the greatest William H. Macy roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with William H. Macy include names like Joel Schumacher, Woody Allen and Paul Thomas Anderson. If you're a fan of William H. Macy, then check out our lists of the best Craig T. Nelson and Timothy Olyphant movies as well.

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Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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#520 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #213 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #35 of 265 The Best Ensemble Movies

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Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Estella Warren

Released: 2003

Directed by: Wayne Kramer

The Cooler is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Wayne Kramer. The original screenplay was written by Kramer and Frank Hannah. In old school gambling parlance, a casino "cooler" is ...more
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John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2007

Directed by: Walt Becker

Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. It was released nationwide in the United States and ...more
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Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

Released: 1997

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more

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Ben Stiller, Tom Waits, Hank Azaria

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kinka Usher

Mystery Men is a 1999 American superhero comedy film directed by Kinka Usher and written by Neil Cuthbert and Bob Burden, loosely based on Burden's Flaming Carrot Comics, and starring Hank ...more

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#756 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #70 of 165 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

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Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gary Ross

Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and ...more

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Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, ...more

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Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

Released: 1995

Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, and Michael Nolin, and written by Patrick Sheane Duncan. It stars Richard ...more

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Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more

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#100 of 219 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #274 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It ...more

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#540 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #34 of 320 The Best Political Films Ever Made

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John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more
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Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Breck Eisner

Sahara, an American/Spanish 2005 action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brad Furman

The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and Marisa Tomei. ...more
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Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Ross

Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...more

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Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy

Released: 1996

Directed by: David S. Ward

Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce ...more

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#397 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #215 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet was loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart's novel American Hero. ...more

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#259 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #5 of 54 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Politics

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Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. The film was his directorial debut, and ...more
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Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about how two eccentric individuals, Sam and Juniper "Joon", find each other and fall in love. Aidan ...more

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#157 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #210 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Helen Mirren, William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Schachter

Door to Door was a 2002 TV movie about the late Bill Porter, a door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy. The film was produced for the TNT cable network and was nominated for twelve Emmy ...more
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Murder in the First Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy

Released: 1995

Directed by: Marc Rocco

This film is a largely fictitious 1995 film, directed by Marc Rocco, about Henri Young who is put on trial. The film also stars Christian Slater and Gary Oldman.

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#41 of 135 The Best Prison Movies #30 of 91 The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham. A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney ...more

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#1,044 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #8 of 23 The Very Best Courtroom Thriller Movies

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Jessica Biel, Kim Basinger, Chris Evans

Released: 2004

Directed by: David R. Ellis

Cellular is a 2004 American action crime thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, and William H. Macy. The screenplay was written by Chris ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of ...more

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Julia Stiles

Released: 2000

Directed by: David Mamet

State and Main is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Stiles, William H. Macy and Alec ...more