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List of Chris Cooper Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. American Beauty (1999)
12
2
American Beauty
R
12
2

Middle-aged magazine executive Lester Burnham abhors his job, is unhappy with his loveless marriage to ambitious real estate agent Carolyn, and is hated by his moody teenage daughter Jane. Unaware of his wife's extramarital affair, Lester suddenly falls for Jane's sexually experienced classmate Angela, which affects his life and those around him in a tragic way.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley
2. Little Women (2019)
13
2
Little Women
PG
13
2

Little Women is a period drama film which is based on the popular novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.  The film revolves around four sisters, each determined to live her life according to her own terms.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Laurence
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
3. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)
12
2
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
TV-14
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Alex Gibney
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
John Slattery, Ethan Hawke, Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith
4. The Bourne Identity (2002)
12
2
The Bourne Identity
PG-13
12
2

Based on a Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, The Bourne Identity is an action-packed thriller where the lead character, Jason Bourne, brilliantly portrayed by Matt Damon has lost all memory but discovers that he is being hunted. He embarks on a mission to unravel his identity and realizes that he is involved with CIA and its secrets.

As:
Cast
Role:
Conklin
Director:
Doug Liman
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
11
2
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Vogel
Director:
Marielle Heller
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Maryann Plunkett, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson
6. Matewan (1987)
11
2
Matewan
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Kenehan
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Kevin Tighe, David Strathairn, Ken Jenkins
7. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
11
2
The Bourne Supremacy
PG-13
11
2

Jason Bourne's new life with girlfriend Marie in India is threatened after he is framed by Russian agent Kirill for a huge money theft from the CIA. When Kirill kills Marie while attempting to assassinate Bourne, the latter vows to avenge her and to prove his innocence to the CIA, which is also after him.

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Greengrass
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Karl Urban, Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Franka Potente, Brian Cox
8. October Sky (1999)
11
2
October Sky
PG
11
2

The movie tells the story of Homer H. Hickam Jr., a coal miner’s son who beats all odds stacked against him to build rockets after being inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1. Despite having a disapproving father and hostile townspeople, Homer eventually earns his father’s support and goes on to become a NASA engineer. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John Hickam
Director:
Joe Johnston
Genres:
Family, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott
9. Adaptation. (2002)
11
2
Adaptation.
R
11
2

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is having difficulty adapting Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. His agonies enhance with the arrival of his confident twin brother, Donald who is essentially cheerful. Charlie enlists Donald’s help in writing the screenplay and interviewing Orlean. Finding her answers unconvincing, they decide to follow her.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Laroche
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
10. Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
11
2
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road
R
11
2

Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road is a comedy drama film, which revolves around a confused young man who is an artist. He decides to go on a road trip, and takes a highway that doesn’t exist on any map. He eventually finds himself in strange places that he has never even heard of, and also meets a half-leprechaun on the way.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Gale
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
11. The Town (2010)
11
2
The Town
R
11
2

The crime drama tells the story of a gang of bank robbers and friends led by Douglas ‘Doug’ MacRay. Doug experiences a change of heart when he falls in love with Claire Keesey, a hostage during one of their bank robberies. To save her from their boss Fergie Colm and the FBI, he is forced to make life-altering choices. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ben Affleck, Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, Victor Garber, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner
12. Lone Star (1996)
12
2
Lone Star
R
12
2

When a 40-year-old skeleton is found in Rio County, Texas, Sheriff Sam Deeds is summoned to investigate. According to local stories, the tyrannical sheriff Charlie Wade was killed by deputy Buddy Deeds, Sam’s father, who succeeded Wade to become a much-loved sheriff. Sam, who had a difficult relationship with his father, digs deeper and learns to see Buddy in a different light.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sam
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Frances McDormand, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang
13. A Time to Kill (1996)
12
2
A Time to Kill
R
12
2

Heartbroken African-American father, Carl Lee Hailey, kills two rapists who raped and tried to hang his ten years old daughter, Tonya. He then recruits Jake Brigance to defend him. Unfortunately, Jake has to go up against not only an all-white racist jury in Canton, Mississippi but the Ku Klux Klan and racist US police officers.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
14. Capote (2005)
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2
Capote
R
11
2

American novelist, Truman Capote, decides to travel to Kansas to cover the story of the Clutter family murders by Perry Smith and Richard Dick Hickock. As he forms an emotional bond with Smith, he struggles between wanting to know the entire truth and the lengths he would go to obtain it. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Bennett Miller
Genres:
Drama, Crime, History, Biography
Star Cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bruce Greenwood, Allie Mickelson, Kelci Stephenson, Craig Archibald, Bronwen Coleman
15. City of Hope (1991)
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2
City of Hope
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Riggs
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Angela Bassett, David Strathairn, Tony Lo Bianco, Joe Morton
16. Seabiscuit (2003)
11
2
Seabiscuit
PG-13
11
2

Depression era’s true story about thoroughbred Seabiscuit who, though relatively undersized and with slight limp, became one of the most successful racehorses. Car-dealer Charles Howard bought the disgraced horse on suggestion of down-&-out trainer Tom Smith, who selected Red Pollard as his jockey. Forming a close bond with them, Seabiscuit achieved victories that boosted spirits of his team as well as the nation. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Smith
Director:
Gary Ross
Genres:
History, Drama, Sport
17. This Boy's Life (1993)
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2
This Boy's Life
R
11
2

This Boy’s Life is an American coming-of-age drama film, which takes us  to the 1950s. It tells the story of a rebellious teenager Toby and his abusive stepfather Dwight. Dwight believes that the best way to discipline his troubled stepson is violence. However, as his abuse intensifies, Toby plans an escape. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Caton-Jones
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
18. The Patriot (2000)
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2
The Patriot
R
11
2

Benjamin Martin, tormented by his brutality during the French and Indian War, is living peacefully on his plantation with his seven children and does not support the Continental Army fearing another war. However, he is forced into a guerrilla war against the British when ruthless Colonel William Tavington burns his plantation and kills one of his sons.

As:
Cast
Role:
Col. Harry Burwell
Director:
Roland Emmerich
Genres:
History, Drama, War, Action
Star Cast:
Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman, Adam Baldwin, Donal Logue, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs
19. Remember Me (2010)
10
2
Remember Me
PG-13
10
2

Tyler Hawkins, who has not yet recovered from a personal tragedy and trauma of broken home, meets Ally Craig under unusual circumstances. The two grow close as Ally, who has witnessed her mother’s murder, helps him overcome the distress with her compassion. But the secret of the situations that brought them together may put an end to their newfound love.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Neil Craig
Director:
Allen Coulter
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan, Meghan Markle, Caitlyn Rund, Moisés Acevedo
20. August: Osage County (2013)
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2
August: Osage County
R
10
2

Following the disappearance of alcoholic poet Beverly Weston, his stubborn, rude wife, Violet, who is suffering from oral cancer calls her sister and daughters for help. They also bring their respective dysfunctional families and soon it is discovered that Beverly drowned. Unfortunately, Violet’s behavior and brutal truth-telling will only drive everyone away.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Aiken
Director:
John Wells
Genres:
Drama
21. The Kingdom (2007)
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2
The Kingdom
R
10
2

Following a terrorist attack on an American housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury blackmails the Saudi ambassador to secure permission to conduct an investigation within days. He reaches Riyadh with an elite team, but faces obstruction at every step until they are assisted by a like-minded Saudi police captain, Colonel Faris Al-Ghazi.

As:
Cast
Role:
Grant Sykes
Director:
Peter Berg
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Action
22. The Muppets (2011)
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2
The Muppets
TV-PG
10
2

Tex Richman, a materialistic oil tycoon, plans to take down the Muppet Theater to drill for oil. When ardent Muppet fan, Walter, his human-brother, Gary, and his girlfriend Mary learn about this, they search for the separated Muppets and help Kermit the Frog bring all Muppets together for ‘The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever’ to raise $10 million required to save their theater.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tex Richman
Director:
James Bobin
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Musical, Comedy
23. Demolition (2015)
10
2
Demolition
R
10
2

Successful investment banker Davis Mitchell’s life is turned upside down when a car accident ends up killing his wife and with him at the hospital. When he drafts a complaint about a vending machine including some of his personal tragedies, he forms a bond with customer service representative Karen Moreno who might just help him rebuild his life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Phil
Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Judah Lewis, C.J. Wilson
24. Breach (2007)
10
2
Breach
PG-13
10
2

Based on a true story, the film shows Eric O'Neill, a low level surveillance expert, being assigned to work with renowned FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who he learns is suspected of being a sexual deviant. When he does not find any evidence of that, he is told the real reason for his posting; which is to find proof that Hanssen has been spying for USSR. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Hanssen
Director:
Billy Ray
Genres:
History, Thriller, Crime, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Gary Cole, Laura Linney, Ryan Phillippe, Caroline Dhavernas
25. Jarhead (2005)
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3
Jarhead
R
10
3

This biographical war drama tracks Anthony Swofford as he enlists as a Marine, struggles through a grueling training to become a sniper, and is deployed to the Arabian Peninsula during the Gulf War. Amidst severe heat in a foreign desert, he tries to maintain his composure and readiness for months while learning about the reality of modern warfare.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Action, War, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Lucas Black, Laz Alonso, John Krasinski, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Scott MacDonald, Peter Sarsgaard
26. Syriana (2005)
10
2
Syriana
R
10
2

The geopolitical thriller revolves around petroleum politics and the influence of the oil industry worldwide. With interconnected storylines, the movie focuses on Bennett Holiday, an American lawyer, facilitating a deceitful merger, Bryan Woodman, an energy analyst and veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes, who uncovers an assassination plot. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Gaghan
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Kayvan Novak, Amr Waked, Jeffrey Wright
27. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
10
2
Where the Wild Things Are
PG
10
2

Becoming upset with his mother Connie and older sister Claire, 8-year-old Max runs away from home in his wolf costume and sails aimlessly in a small boat in a pond. He lands in an island filled with large wild beasts that accept him as their king, but he soon realizes that being king is not an easy task.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
James Gandolfini, Spike Jonze, Forest Whitaker, Mark Ruffalo, Max Records, Pepita Emmerichs, Max Pfeifer
28. Great Expectations (1998)
10
2
Great Expectations
R
10
2

A modern adaption of Charles Dickens’ eponymous classic, the film centers on Finn, an orphan raised by his sister’s boyfriend. Much later, he becomes a painter and is invited to hold an exhibition at a New York gallery. Although perplexed, he moves to the city, where he once again meets his childhood love. But who is really is benefactor? 

As:
Cast
Role:
Joe
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
29. The Company Men (2010)
10
2
The Company Men
R
10
2

The Company Men is an American drama film, which revolves around three young men who lose their jobs when their company decides to downsize, due to a recession. The film shows how this affects them, their families and their communities, and how they struggle to reclaim their self-respect and give a new direction to their lives. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Phil Woodward
Director:
John Wells
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
30. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
10
2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
PG-13
10
2

Peter Parker is busy fighting petty criminals and despite his feelings for Gwen Stacy, decides to end their relationship to keep his promise to her late father. His friend Harry inherits his father's company Oscorp, as well as a genetic disease that eventually turns him into the Green Goblin, while the mysterious Electro emerges to threaten the city.

As:
Cast
Director:
Marc Webb
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
31. Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
10
2
Me, Myself & Irene
R
10
2

Charlie Baileygates is a veteran Rhode Island state trooper who has been taken advantage of by those around him. Due to years of abuse, Charlie develops a split personality named Hank. Would a psychiatrist be able to help him? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Traylor Howard, Renée Zellweger, Mongo Brownlee, Jerod Mixon
32. The Horse Whisperer (1998)
10
2
The Horse Whisperer
PG-13
10
2

The Horse Whisperer is a Western drama film, which tells the story of a young girl Grace, who gets traumatized severely, after she faces a terrible accident while riding her horse. Annie, her mother, therefore decides to take the help of a unique horse trainer named Tom. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Western
37. Married Life (2007)
9
2
Married Life
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Allen
Director:
Ira Sachs
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Crime
Star Cast:
Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Annabel Kershaw, Patricia Clarkson
40. Money Train (1995)
8
2
Money Train
R
8
2

Two foster brothers, Charlie and John, are transit cops patrolling the New York City Subway, pursuing the same lady. Charlie has acquired a huge gambling debt, which must be cleared immediately. Although often exasperated by his brother’s behavior, John always stands by him until he decides to rob the money train to pay off his debt. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Torch
Director:
Joseph Ruben
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
42. Boys (1996)
7
1
Boys
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Stacy Cochran
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
Winona Ryder, James Le Gros, Lukas Haas, John C. Reilly, Skeet Ulrich
43. Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)
10
2
Thousand Pieces of Gold
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie
Director:
Nancy Kelly
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
Rosalind Chao, Dennis Dun, Michael Paul Chan, Jimmie F. Skaggs
44. Pharaoh's Army (1995)
10
2
Pharaoh's Army
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain John Hull Abston
Director:
Robby Henson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Tyson, Robert Joy
45. To the Moon, Alice (1991)
10
2
To the Moon, Alice
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Wiliker
Director:
Jessie Nelson
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Lisa Kudrow, Julie Kavner, Michael Cavanaugh, Alan Berger, Michael Clarke
46. Non date da mangiare agli animali (1987)
10
2
Non date da mangiare agli animali
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Davide Ferrario
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Mariella Valentini
47. Coming Through the Rye (2015)
9
2
Coming Through the Rye
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
J.D. Salinger
Director:
James Steven Sadwith
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alex Wolff, Stefania LaVie Owen, Eric Nelsen, Jacob Leinbach
48. Amigo (2010)
9
2
Amigo
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
DJ Qualls, Dane DeHaan, Arthur Acuña, Irma Adlawan
49. The 24 Hour Woman (1999)
8
2
The 24 Hour Woman
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Nancy Savoca
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Rosie Perez, Patti LuPone, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Diego Serrano, Karen Duffy

TV Movie(s)

1. My House in Umbria (2003)
10
2
My House in Umbria
TV-14
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Riversmith
Director:
Richard Loncraine
Genres:
Romance, Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Giancarlo Giannini, Benno Fürmann
4. In Broad Daylight (1991)
10
2
In Broad Daylight
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Wilson
Director:
James Steven Sadwith
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Brian Dennehy, Cloris Leachman, John Anderson, Marcia Gay Harden
5. Darrow (1991)
9
2
Darrow
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John David Coles
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Calista Flockhart, Donal Logue, Kevin Spacey, Erin Cressida Wilson, Bob Tracey, Paul Klementowicz, Gerard Malone
6. One More Mountain (1994)
9
2
One More Mountain
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James Reed
Director:
Dick Lowry
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Meredith Baxter, Jean Simmons, Molly Parker, Laurie O'Brien
7. Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (1992)
9
2
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Anthony Blessing
Director:
Peter Werner
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Daniel Baldwin, Luis Avalos, Taylor Fry, Sean Baca
8. The Deliverance of Elaine (1996)
9
2
The Deliverance of Elaine
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Charile Skyler
Director:
Elodie Keene
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Lloyd Bridges, Mare Winningham, Ron Lea, Tom Riis Farrell
10. A Little Piece of Sunshine (1990)
9
2
A Little Piece of Sunshine
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ernie Favaro
Director:
James Cellan Jones
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Lauren Bacall, Philip Michael Thomas, Kitty Aldridge, Larry Lamb
11. Bed of Lies (1992)
8
2
Bed of Lies
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Price Daniel, Jr.
Director:
William A. Graham
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Anderson, Susan Dey, G.W. Bailey, Tom Nolan

Animation(s)

Cars 3 (2017)
Cars 3
G
Plot:

The 3D computer-animated film follows legendary Lightning McQueen who feels he is being pushed out of the racing by new generation of high-tech fast racers. Now, to regain his place as champion, McQueen needs help from young racing trainer Cruz Ramirez and Fabulous Hudson Hornet’s former-engineer Smokey. Equipped with modern tricks, McQueen is set to take on Storm at the Florida 500.

As:
Cast
Role:
Smokey (voice)
Director:
Brian Fee
Genres:
Family, Animation, Sport, Adventure, Comedy

TV Shows and Videos

11.22.63 (2016)
11.22.63
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Al Templeton (8 episodes, 2016)
Director:
James Franco, James Strong, Fred Toye
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
James Franco, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay, Cyndy Day
Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)
Return to Lonesome Dove
As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Robe
Genres:
Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Voight, Reese Witherspoon, Oliver Reed, Ricky Schroder, Barbara Hershey
Lifestories (1990)
Lifestories
As:
Cast
Director:
Jeff Bleckner
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, Robert Prosky

Chris Cooper Awards

Academy Awards
Adaptation. Best Actor in a Supporting Role 2003
Golden Globe Awards
Adaptation. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2003