The Best William Petersen Movies

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

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

Examples of films on this list: Cousins, To Live and Die in L.A. and more.

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

Notable directors that have worked with William Petersen include names like Joel Schumacher, Rob Cohen and Michael Mann.

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  • Manhunter
    William Petersen, Kim Greist, Dennis Farina
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Michael Mann
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
    William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Long Gone
    William Petersen, Virginia Madsen, Henry Gibson
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Martin Davidson
  • The Beast
    William Petersen, Adrienne-Joi Johnson, Charles Martin Smith
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Jeff Bleckner
  • Fear
    Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: James Foley
  • Hard Promises
    Sissy Spacek, William Petersen, Brian Kerwin
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Martin Davidson
  • Kiss the Sky
    Terence Stamp, Gary Cole, Ivana Miličević
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Roger Young
  • Gunshy
    William Petersen, Michael Wincott, Diane Lane
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Jeff Celentano
  • Amazing Grace and Chuck
    Alex English, Joshua Zuehlke, Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Mike Newell
  • The Skulls
    Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker, Hill Harper
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Rob Cohen
  • In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King
    Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Kristian Alfonso
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Nick Vallelonga
  • Young Guns II
    Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Geoff Murphy
  • Passed Away
    Bob Hoskins, Jack Warden, William Petersen
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Charlie Peters
  • The Contender
    Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Rod Lurie
  • The Staircase
    Barbara Hershey, Diane Ladd, William Petersen
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Karen Arthur
  • 12 Angry Men
    Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • The Rat Pack
    Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Rob Cohen
  • Cousins
    Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Joel Schumacher
  • Keep the Change
    Jack Palance, Fred Thompson, William Petersen
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Andy Tennant
  • Mulholland Falls
    Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Lee Tamahori
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
    Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
  • Thief
    James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Michael Mann
  • Detachment
    Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Tony Kaye
  • Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy
    • Released: 2001
  • 25
    Anne Bancroft, Martin Landau, Natasha Richardson
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: John Gray