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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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Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen
Manhunter is a 1986 American thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as Will Graham and features Brian Cox as ...more
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Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves
This film is a 1985 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg
Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by Christopher Crowe, who created the TV series B.L. Stryker, The Watcher, B.J. and the Bear and Seven Days. ...more
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William Petersen, Adrienne-Joi Johnson, Charles Martin Smith
The Beast is a 1996 television movie starring William Petersen, Karen Sillas and Charles Martin Smith. Aired in two parts as a miniseries, the movie is based on the 1991 novel Beast by Jaws ...more
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Diane Lane, Meat Loaf, R. Lee Ermey
Gunshy is an American 1998 crime drama film directed by Jeff Celentano and starring William Petersen, Michael Wincott, and Diane Lane.
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Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater
Young Guns II is a 1990 western film, and the sequel to Young Guns. It stars Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, and features William Petersen. It was ...more
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Malin Åkerman, Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson
The Skulls is a 2000 American psychological thriller film starring Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker and Leslie Bibb, directed by Rob Cohen. Its plot is based upon some of the conspiracy theories ...more
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Sissy Spacek, Mare Winningham, William Petersen
Hard Promises is a 1992 romantic comedy film directed by Martin Davidson.
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Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney, William Petersen
Long Gone is a 1987 baseball film by HBO that is based on Paul Hemphill's 1979 book of the same name. The made-for-television film was directed by Martin Davidson and starred William Petersen, ...more
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Terence Stamp, Gary Cole, Ivana Miličević
Kiss the Sky is a 1999 film drama directed by Roger Young. The plot follows two men in their forties, friends since college, who travel together on a business trip to the Philippines. There they ...more
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The Staircase Barbara Hershey, Diane Ladd, William Petersen
The Staircase is a 1998 television film.
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Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater
The Contender is a 2000 political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater. The film focuses on a fictional United States ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Gregory Peck, Alex English
Amazing Grace and Chuck is a 1987 film starring Gregory Peck, Jamie Lee Curtis and William Petersen. The film was directed by Mike Newell. It was released on VHS in the UK as Silent Voice.
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In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Kristian Alfonso
In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King is a 1995 film written and directed by Nick Vallelonga.
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Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza
12 Angry Men is a 1997 television film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the Reginald Rose teleplay of the same title. It is a remake of the film of 1957.
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Isabella Rossellini, Ted Danson, Sean Young
Cousins is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Keith Coogan, Lloyd Bridges and Norma ...more
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Tim Curry, Bob Hoskins, Frances McDormand
Passed Away is an American ensemble comedy film from 1992.
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Jack Palance, Fred Thompson, William Petersen
Keep the Change is a 1992 drama television film directed by Andy Tennant.
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Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna
The Rat Pack is a 1998 HBO TV movie about the Rat Pack. The movie stars Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra, Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin, Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis, Jr., and Angus Macfadyen as Peter ...more
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Willie Nelson, James Caan, Tuesday Weld
This film is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Michael Mann and based on the 1975 novel by "Frank Hohimer". The film stars James Caan as the titular thief and Tuesday Weld ...more
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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich
Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...more
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Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy William Petersen
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Haven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best William Petersen Movies
Anne Bancroft, Martin Landau, Natasha Richardson
Haven is a 2001 historical drama film written by Suzette Couture and directed by John Gray.
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Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The ...more
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Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Bryan Cranston
Detachment is a 2011 American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye, starring Adrien Brody with an ensemble supporting cast.