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List of Daniel Day-Lewis Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Gandhi (1982)
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3
Gandhi
PG
12
3

Based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the movie begins in South Africa when a young Gandhi is thrown out of the train for travelling in the first class compartment despite having tickets for it. He begins a nonviolent protest campaign and later uses it in India’s fight for independence. 

As:
Cast
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
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2
There Will Be Blood
R
13
2

There Will Be Blood is a period drama film which tells the story of Daniel Plainview, a ruthless oil prospector and his relentless struggle to become the most powerful oil tycoon. For this, he even starts to manipulate his adopted son.

As:
Cast
Role:
Daniel Plainview
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Martin Stringer, Matthew Braden Stringer, Jacob Stringer, Joseph Mussey
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor
3. In the Name of the Father (1993)
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2
In the Name of the Father
R
13
2

This biographical film depicts the story of Gerry Conlon who, along with his father and relatives, was wrongly convicted of orchestrating the 1974 Guildford pub bombings. After meeting the real perpetrator of the crime, he learns that the police suppressed information to cover their blunder and begins a campaign with solicitor Gareth Peirce to clear his family's name.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gerry Conlon
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Emma Thompson, Alison Crosbie, Philip King, Nye Heron
4. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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2
The Last of the Mohicans
R
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2

This epic historical drama is set in 1757 during the French and Indian War and follows the life of a British Army Major after he moves to New York state to serve under a new colonel. The film was a success at the box office when it released.

As:
Cast
Role:
Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe)
Director:
Genres:
War, Action, Romance, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Jared Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May, Russell Means
5. My Left Foot (1989)
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2
My Left Foot
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Christy Brown
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Cyril Cusack, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor
6. Phantom Thread (2017)
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2
Phantom Thread
R
13
2

Phantom Thread is a romantic drama film which takes us to London in the 1950s. It tells the story of a dressmaker named Reynolds, whose life is disrupted by a young strong-willed woman.  He starts developing a liking for her, and she soon becomes his muse and lover.

As:
Cast
Role:
Reynolds Woodcock
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps, Julie Vollono, Sue Clark
7. The Bounty (1984)
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2
The Bounty
PG
13
2

The Bounty is an adventure action drama film which tells us the story of Captain William Bligh, whose crew is fed up of his harsh discipline. This leads to a mutiny between them. Later, eventually the Captain faces a court martial, to explain the events that led to this.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Fryer
Director:
Roger Donaldson
Genres:
Romance, Drama, History, Adventure, Action
8. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
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2
Sunday Bloody Sunday
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Schlesinger
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton
9. Lincoln (2012)
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2
Lincoln
PG-13
14
2

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln takes you back in time to watch the making of a historic moment as the US President gets the House of Representatives to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution which abolished slavery.

As:
Cast
Role:
Abraham Lincoln
Director:
Genres:
Biography, History, War, Drama
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor
10. Gangs of New York (2002)
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4
Gangs of New York
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4

Set in the New York slums in 1863, the movie Gangs of New York explores a violent Catholic-Protestant feud and an Irish immigrant protest that take place simultaneously. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
11. A Room with a View (1985)
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2
A Room with a View
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2

A Room with a View is a romantic drama film, which tells the story of Lucy, who during her trip to Florence, meets and shares a brief romance with a young man named George. However, after she returns to her home in England, she gets engaged to a man named Cecil. However, shortly after, George unexpectedly appears in her life again. 

As:
Cast
Director:
James Ivory
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands
12. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
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3
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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9
3

A successful Czech doctor who is also a womanizer falls for a woman named Tereza. However, she wants him to be monogamous and stay loyal only to her.  Shortly after, the Soviet invasion occurs, which further disrupts their lives.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tomas
Director:
Philip Kaufman
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Erland Josephson
14. The Boxer (1997)
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2
The Boxer
R
11
2

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after serving fourteen years. He attempts to settle down, and rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Flynn
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Drama, Sport, Romance
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan, Sean Kearns
15. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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2
My Beautiful Laundrette
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Director:
Stephen Frears
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Persis Khambatta, Richard Graham, Winston Graham, Dudley Thomas
16. The Crucible (1996)
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3
The Crucible
PG-13
10
3

The Crucible is a historical drama film, which tells the story of John Proctor, a married man, who decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams. She leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife, but when the ritual is discovered, the girls try to frame Elizabeth for witchcraft. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John Proctor
Director:
Nicholas Hytner
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Winona Ryder, Joan Allen, Paul Scofield, Bruce Davison
17. The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
8
2
The Ballad of Jack and Rose
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Slavin
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Camilla Belle, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Susanna Thompson
18. Nine (2009)
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1
Nine
PG-13
7
1

Guido Contini, the gifted Italian film director, has only few days before he starts his new ambitious venture, but he doesn’t have a story for it yet. With his personal and professional life in chaos, he escapes to a resort and desperately tries to find an inspiration from his relationships with various women…..his wife, his mistress, his agent, his muse and mother.

As:
Cast
Role:
Guido Contini
Director:
Rob Marshall
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Musical
19. Nanou (1986)
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2
Nanou
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Conny Templeman
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Imogen Stubbs, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Christophe Lindon, Valentine Pelka
20. Eversmile, New Jersey (1989)
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1
Eversmile, New Jersey
PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Fergus O'Connell
Director:
Carlos Sorin
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mirjana Jokovic, Gabriela Acher, Julio De Grazia, Ignacio Quirós
21. Abby Singer (2003)
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1
Abby Singer
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ryan R. Williams
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Redford, Ryan R. Williams, Gloria Smith, Clint J. Palmer

TV Movie(s)

23. Thank You, P.G. Wodehouse (1981)
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2
Thank You, P.G. Wodehouse
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Psmith
Director:
Brian Morgan
Star Cast:
Ballard Berkeley, Michael Aldridge, Jonathan Cecil, James Bree
24. Artemis 81 (1981)
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2
Artemis 81
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Alastair Reid
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Dan O'Herlihy, Anthony Steel, Hywel Bennett, Dinah Stabb

TV Shows and Videos

Shoestring (1979)
Shoestring
As:
Cast
Director:
Martin Campbell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Phyllis Logan, Michael Medwin, Doran Godwin, Trevor Eve
My Brother Jonathan (1985)
My Brother Jonathan
As:
Cast
Role:
Jonathan Dakers (5 episodes, 1985)
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Catherine Schell, Barbara Kellerman, Caroline Bliss, Helen Ryan

Daniel Day-Lewis Awards

Academy Awards
Lincoln Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2013
There Will Be Blood Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2008
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Best Actor in a Leading Role 1990
Golden Globe Awards
Lincoln Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2013
There Will Be Blood Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2008
BAFTA Awards
Lincoln Best Leading Actor 2013
There Will Be Blood Best Leading Actor 2008
Gangs of New York Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2003
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Best Actor 1990