Entertainment 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?"

Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan have both worked with William Hurt over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Is William Hurt your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best John Hurt and Liv Ullmann films lists too.

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Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum
The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and ...more

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William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie
Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and written by Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff. An adaptation of Medoff's Tony Award–winning stage play ...more

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Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, William Hurt
The Accidental Tourist is a 1988 American drama film starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan and scored by John Williams. The film's ...more

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William Hurt, Sônia Braga, Raúl Juliá
Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1985 Brazilian-American drama film directed by Argentine-born Brazilian director Héctor Babenco, and adapted by Leonard Schrader from the Manuel Puig novel ...more

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Jack Nicholson, John Cusack, Holly Hunter
Broadcast News is a 1987 romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film concerns a virtuoso television news producer, who has daily emotional breakdowns, ...more

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Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban
Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in his only novel he ever wrote and his final ...more

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William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy
Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Dennis Potter. The main stars of the film are William Hurt as ...more

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William Hurt, Elizabeth Perkins, Mandy Patinkin
The Doctor is a 1991 drama film directed by Randa Haines. It is loosely based on Dr. Edward Rosenbaum's 1988 book, A Taste Of My Own Medicine. The film stars William Hurt as Jack MacKee, a ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris
This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. ...more

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John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell
Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta as the Archangel Michael, who is sent to Earth to do various tasks. The cast includes Andie ...more

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Anna Paquin, Elle Macpherson, William Hurt
Jane Eyre is a 1996 American, British, French and Italian romantic epic and dramatic feature film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name. This Hollywood version, ...more

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Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more

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Ashley Judd, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt
Smoke is a 1995 American independent film. It was produced by Hisami Kuroiwa, Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein and directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. Among others, it features Harvey ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix
The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more

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Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker
Mr. Brooks is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt. It was released on June 1, 2007. The film ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best William Hurt Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George
Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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Tom Waits, William Hurt, Sam Neill
Until the End of the World is a 1991 drama science fiction film by the German film director Wim Wenders; the screenplay was written by Wenders and Peter Carey, from a story by Wenders and ...more

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George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet
Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin
The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with ...more

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Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham
One True Thing is a 1998 American drama film directed by Carl Franklin. It tells the story of a woman who is forced to put her life on hold in order to care for her mother who is dying of ...more

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Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Kline
This film is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is based in 1984, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Frances Toto repeatedly tried to end her husband, Anthony

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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid
Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. The release date is set at February ...more

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Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Kingsley
Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 fantasy family romantic drama film based on the children's book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. The Walt Disney Pictures release was directed ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best William Hurt Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton
The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Mark Strong
Sunshine is a 1999 historical film written by Israel Horovitz and István Szabó, directed and produced by István Szabó. It follows three generations of a Jewish family ...more