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The Best William Hurt Movies

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

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

List films include A History of Violence, The Countess and more.

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


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    Broadcast News

    Jack Nicholson, John Cusack
    Broadcast News is a 1987 romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by James L....  more

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    Kiss of the Spider Woman

    William Hurt, Sônia Braga
    Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1985 Brazilian-American drama film directed by Argentine-born...  more

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    Altered States

    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt
    Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the...  more

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    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello
    This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh...  more

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    John Travolta, Carla Gugino
    Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta...  more

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    Gorky Park

    William Hurt, Lee Marvin
    Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed...  more
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    The Big Chill

    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline
    The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom...  more

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    The Accidental Tourist

    Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis
    The Accidental Tourist is a 1988 American drama film starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner,...  more
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    George Clooney, Matt Damon
    Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and...  more

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    The Incredible Hulk

    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler
    The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character...  more

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film...  more

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    Mr. Brooks

    Demi Moore, Kevin Costner
    Mr. Brooks is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring...  more

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    Dark City

    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland
    Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was...  more

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    I Love You to Death

    Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves
    This film is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is based in...  more
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    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn
    Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean...  more

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    The Village

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver
    The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by...  more

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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro
    The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt...  more

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    Tuck Everlasting

    Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue
    Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 fantasy family romantic drama film based on the children's book of...  more

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    Changing Lanes

    Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson
    Changing Lanes is a 2002 drama-thriller film directed by Roger Michell and starring Ben...  more


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    Children of a Lesser God

    William Hurt, Marlee Matlin
    Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and...  more

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    One True Thing

    Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger
    One True Thing is a 1998 American drama film directed by Carl Franklin. It tells the story of...  more
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    Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes
    Sunshine is a 1999 historical film written by Israel Horovitz and István Szabó, directed and...  more
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    Mark Strong, William Hurt
    Endgame is a 2009 British film directed by Pete Travis from a script by Paula Milne, based...  more

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    Vantage Point

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
    Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid,...  more
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    The Yellow Handkerchief

    Kristen Stewart, Maria Bello
    The Yellow Handkerchief is a 2008 American independent drama film. The film is a remake of the...  more