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List of Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Big Lebowski (1998)
28
5
The Big Lebowski
R
28
5

When a middle-aged bachelor, Jeffrey The Dude Lebowski, is attacked due to mistaken identity, he seeks compensation from the other Jeffrey The Big Lebowski who is a millionaire. Soon the latter wants Dude to deliver a ransom to secure the release of his wife Bunny; however, Dude’s friend Walter plans to keep the money. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
3. Capote (2005)
31
4
Capote
R
31
4

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, Producer
Role:
Truman Capote
Director:
Bennett Miller
Genres:
Drama, Crime, History, Biography
Star Cast:
Bruce Greenwood, Chris Cooper, Allie Mickelson, Kelci Stephenson, Craig Archibald, Bronwen Coleman
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 Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
4. Doubt (2008)
25
4
Doubt
PG-13
25
4

Doubt is set in a Roman Catholic school of 1960s. Sister James reports to the strict disciplinarian Principal Sister Aloysius that the charismatic Father Flynn has been paying more attention to, and spending time in rectory with school’s only black student, Donald. Sister Aloysius is determined to find the truth. However, without any actual proof the confrontation can tear apart the community.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Father Brendan Flynn
Director:
John Patrick Shanley
Genres:
Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
5. Scent of a Woman (1992)
18
8
Scent of a Woman
R
18
8

A scholarship student takes up a temporary job over Thanksgiving weekend taking care of a blind retired army officer. Soon he is busy preventing the alcoholic veteran officer's moody misadventures including attempting suicide. This award-winning drama is the remake of a 1974 Italian film.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jr. George Willis
Director:
Martin Brest
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Al Pacino, Gabrielle Anwar, James Rebhorn, Chris O'Donnell
6. Almost Famous (2000)
17
6
Almost Famous
R
17
6

Inspired by writer-director Cameron Crowe's boyhood experiences, the film records the coming of age story of 15-year-old rock music enthusiast William Miller, who receives an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to write about up-and-coming band Stillwater. Despite his mother's concerns about drug usage and raunchy language, he joins the band on an enlightening tour that changes his life.

As:
Cast
Director:
Cameron Crowe
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Music, Drama
7. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
25
3
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
R
25
3

Two brothers, Andy and Hank, are desperately in need of money and so they decide to rob their parents’ jewelry shop, fully aware that the insurance will compensate the theft. But their plan goes awry when Hank hires a seasoned thief to execute the operation and their mother decides to fill in for the elderly shop assistant.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Andy
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
8. Magnolia (1999)
10
5
Magnolia
R
10
5

The film narrates the significance of chance and coincidence in the different yet intertwined stories of nine characters on a rainy day in Los Angeles: a dying game-show host, his estranged drug-addicted daughter, dying former producer, his trophy wife and estranged misogynist son, an ex-quiz-champion and a boy genius, a caring nurse and a police officer in love.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
12
2
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
PG-13
12
2

An uprising erupts after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are announced co-winners of the 74th Hunger Games. Furious, President Snow visits her ahead of the Victory Tour and warns her of dire consequences if she fails to convince the crowds that she has chosen to die with Peeta out of love, and not to defy him.

As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure, Thriller, Action
10. 25th Hour (2002)
11
3
25th Hour
R
11
3

Monty has 24 hours before he begins his seven years of prison term for drug dealing. He decides to meet his father, catch up with his childhood friends, Jacob and Frank and meet his girlfriend Naturelle. During the time, he looks back at his life to understand why he is in his current situation.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Jacob Elinsky
Director:
Genres:
Drama
11. Happiness (1998)
9
3
Happiness
9
3

The movie tells the story of the three dysfunctional Jordan sisters. Trish, the eldest sister, is a housewife, who doesn’t know her psychiatrist husband Bill is a pedophile rapist. Middle sister Helen, is a successful author who lacks genuine affection. The youngest, Joy, is a confused over sensitive teacher having an affair with her married Russian student. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Allen
Director:
Todd Solondz
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
12. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
17
2
The Talented Mr. Ripley
R
17
2

Tom Ripley, who is talented in lying, impersonating and forging, pretends to know recently graduated Princeton student Dickie Greenleaf and promises Dickie's wealthy father to bring him back home from vacationing in Italy. Once there, he becomes obsessed with Dickie's leisurely and extravagant lifestyle and goes to extreme lengths to assume that lifestyle as his own.

As:
Cast
Role:
Freddie Miles
Director:
Anthony Minghella
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
13. Moneyball (2011)
11
3
Moneyball
PG-13
11
3

Based on true events and Michael Lewis’s book of the same name, Moneyball is a depiction of the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season. The movie shows how manager Billy Beane and Yale economics graduate Peter Brand, revolutionized conventional baseball wisdom by using sabermetric to create a winning team despite having a limited budget. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Art Howe
Director:
Bennett Miller
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Sport
14. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
20
4
Charlie Wilson's War
R
20
4

In the 1980s Congressman Charlie Wilson forms an unlikely partnership with American socialite and friend Joanne Herring and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to bring an end to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His efforts also lead to the formation of the Regan Doctrine which supported anti-communist resistance all over the world. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Gust Avrakotos
Director:
Genres:
Biography, History, Comedy, Drama
15. A Most Wanted Man (2014)
24
2
A Most Wanted Man
R
24
2

A terrorist Issac Karpov enters Hamburg and comes under the observation of a covert anti-terrorism German team led by Günther Bachmann. Günther is investigating Muslim scholar Dr. Abdullah who is suspected of funding terrorist organizations. Günther wants to use Karpov to trap Dr. Abdullah and turn him to catch those higher up in the terrorist organization. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Günther Bachmann
Director:
Anton Corbijn
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
16. The Savages (2007)
15
3
The Savages
R
15
3

The Savages is a comedy-drama film, which tells the story of two siblings who begin to take care of their father whom they have not met in years. However their father, who is suffering from dementia, eventually passes away, after which they realize the meaning of family. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jon Savage
Director:
Tamara Jenkins
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Laura Linney, Michael Blackson, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas
17. Owning Mahowny (2003)
15
2
Owning Mahowny
R
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Mahowny
Director:
Richard Kwietniowski
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sandra Oh, John Hurt, Minnie Driver, Maury Chaykin, Ian Tracey
18. The Master (2012)
14
2
The Master
R
14
2

Having witnessed the horrors of WWII, Freddie Quell struggles to return to normal life and drifts from one job to another due to his alcoholism and violent nature. He is easily influenced by Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of the philosophical movement, The Cause, but his rise within the cult makes the other members worried.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joaquin Phoenix, Rami Malek, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Price Carson, Mike Howard
19. The Boat That Rocked (2009)
8
2
The Boat That Rocked
R
8
2

With BBC Radio refusing to play rock and pop music in the UK in 1966, several pirate radio stations have started operating on international waters. One such station is run by Quentin and led by DJ ‘The Count’, who have to go up against bitter government minister Sir Alistair Dormandy. 

As:
Cast
Role:
The Count
Director:
Richard Curtis
Genres:
Drama, Music, Comedy
20. Nobody's Fool (1994)
9
3
Nobody's Fool
R
9
3

Although Sully is sixty years old, he likes to avoid responsibilities and spend him time at odd construction jobs or at the local bar. However, this changes when his estranged son, Peter, pays him a visit, along with his own son.

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Benton
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
21. Cold Mountain (2003)
13
4
Cold Mountain
R
13
4

Set in the Civil War era, Cold Mountain is a period drama that revolves around a Confederate soldier as he makes an epic journey back to his beloved, who is also trying to rebuild her life in the face of trouble and danger. Starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger, it is a touching saga of love and war.

As:
Cast
Director:
Anthony Minghella
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, History, War, Romance
22. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
10
7
Synecdoche, New York
R
10
7

After his wife and daughter leave him, a theatre director faces with a lot of struggles in life. He eventually decides to create a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as a part of his new play. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Caden Cotard
Director:
Charlie Kaufman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dianne Wiest, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein, Tom Noonan
23. Red Dragon (2002)
11
4
Red Dragon
R
11
4

Will Graham, an FBI agent able to empathize with psychopaths, narrowly escapes death while trying to catch cannibalistic killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter and retires shortly after. However, with the emergence of another serial killer, nicknamed The Tooth Fairy, he is called back and must seek Lecter's help to make a psychological profile of the new murderer.

As:
Cast
Director:
Brett Ratner
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
24. A Late Quartet (2012)
10
2
A Late Quartet
R
10
2

A Late Quartet is a musical drama film which tells the story of Peter Mitchell, a renowned musician, who discovers that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He makes the decision to quit the world-renowned string quartet, of which he is a member of.

As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Gelbart
Director:
Yaron Zilberman
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Christopher Walken, Madhur Jaffrey, Imogen Poots, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir
25. Sydney (1996)
5
3
Sydney
R
5
3

Sydney, a veteran gambler, teaches a young broke youngster John how to gamble and the latter eventually becomes his protégé. John does quite well, till he starts falling for a waitress named Clementine. 

As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly
26. Love Liza (2002)
9
1
Love Liza
R
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Wilson Joel
Director:
Todd Louiso
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Kathy Bates, Erika Alexander, J.D. Walsh, Jimmy Raskin
27. The Ides of March (2011)
8
3
The Ides of March
R
8
3

An adaptation of Beau Willimon's 2008 play Farragut North, the film The Ides of March tells the story of Stephen Meyers, a young man who is the junior campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris, a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.

As:
Cast
Role:
Paul Zara
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
28. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
6
6
Punch-Drunk Love
R
6
6

Punch-Drunk Love is a dark comedy film that centres on a single man, Barry Egan, with emotionally abusive sisters who, in an effort to cure his loneliness, calls up a phone-sex line, but gets embroiled in an extortion racket instead. Egan's situation gets further complicated when he falls in love with Lena Leonard who he must protect from the extortionists.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Luis Guzmán, Jason Andrews
29. Flawless (1999)
22
4
Flawless
R
22
4

Walt is a former security guard, who must begin physical therapy after his hospital stay. His recovery program also includes speech therapy, by taking singing lessons, and he is paired with Rusty, a vocal instructor, who is also his neighbor. But Rusty is gay and since Walt is extremely conservative, their relationship becomes uneasy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rusty
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Madhur Jaffrey, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer, Skipp Sudduth
30. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
11
1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
PG-13
11
1

Based on Suzanne Collins’s final novel – Mockingjay – in the trilogy The Hunger Games, the movie follows Katniss Everdeen as she reaches District 13 and unwillingly agrees to become a symbol of rebellion under the command of President Coin to save Peeta and the nation.

As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Thriller
31. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
6
3
Mission: Impossible III
PG-13
6
3

IMF Agent, Ethan Hunt is retired from field work but makes a comeback when one of his own student is captured by arms dealer Owen Davian. As the situation gets more dangerous, Ethan has to find out about a mysterious object code named the Rabbit's Foot, deal with IMF’s double agent and simultaneously protect his wife Julia.

As:
Cast
Role:
Owen Davian
Director:
J.J. Abrams
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Action
32. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
10
2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
PG-13
10
2

In this final movie of The Hunger Games franchise, Katniss Everdeen escapes the clutches of President Coin to join the ‘Star Squad’. The squad infiltrates the Capitol and brings down President Snow and the Capitol. Unfortunately, Coin’s betrayal ends up killing Prim and Katniss executes Coin who plans to bring the Hunger Games back.

As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
33. God's Pocket (2014)
18
1
God's Pocket
R
18
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Mickey Scarpato
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Christina Hendricks, Eddie Marsan, Caleb Landry Jones, Jack O'Connell
35. Jack Goes Boating (2010)
11
1
Jack Goes Boating
R
11
1
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Jack
Director:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom McCarthy, John Ortiz, Amy Ryan, Richard Petrocelli
36. Patch Adams (1998)
7
4
Patch Adams
PG-13
7
4

The movie follows Patch Adams as he intends on becoming a medical doctor after struggling with conventional psychotherapy in a mental institution. He forms a relationship with fellow student Carin Fisher and starts a secret clinic for people without insurance. However, a personal tragedy will challenge all his beliefs.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mitch
Director:
Tom Shadyac
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy, Biography
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Greg Sestero, Monica Potter, Bob Gunton, Daniel London
37. Twister (1996)
12
2
Twister
PG-13
12
2

Successful weatherman Bill Harding seeks out his estranged storm chaser wife Jo to get divorce papers signed, but finds out that she has developed devices based on his design to further tornado research. When he realizes that a rival has copied his design, he rushes to get Jo's devices field tested at the heart of violent tornados.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dustin Davis
Director:
Jan de Bont
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Alan Ruck, Alexa Vega, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz
38. Next Stop Wonderland (1998)
4
2
Next Stop Wonderland
R
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sean
Director:
Brad Anderson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Hope Davis, Ken Cheeseman, Callie Thorne, Pamela Hart
39. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
7
2
When a Man Loves a Woman
R
7
2

Alice Green is a school counselor who is suffering from alcoholism. Although she is happily married to Michael, an airline pilot, with two children, they face several problems due to her alcoholism. Therefore she enters a rehab, to get rid of her drinking problem. However, things get complicated when she returns home a completely changed person.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Luis Mandoki
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, Mae Whitman
40. Montana (1998)
4
1
Montana
R
4
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jennifer Leitzes
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
John Ritter, Kyra Sedgwick, Stanley Tucci, Robin Tunney, Robbie Coltrane
41. The Invention of Lying (2009)
2
3
The Invention of Lying
PG-13
2
3

Mark Bellison is a screenwriter of historical readings in an alternate universe where the concept of lying does not exist and people tell whatever is on their minds. After being fired from his job and warned of being evicted, he blurts out a lie in the bank and realizes how it can change his life forever.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
42. Along Came Polly (2004)
9
2
Along Came Polly
PG-13
9
2

Risk analyst Reuben Feffer, determined to take back control of his life after he finds his newly married bride cheating on him on their honeymoon, becomes attracted to his free-spirited former classmate Polly Prince after meeting her at an art gallery. However, when his bride makes an attempt at reconciliation, he runs both through a risk-management computer program.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sandy Lyle
Director:
John Hamburg
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
45. The Getaway (1994)
6
2
The Getaway
R
6
2

The Getaway is a crime drama action thriller film which tells the story of Carter McCoy and his wife Carol, who receive a task of breaking the nephew of a Mexican drug lord out of jail for a payment of $ 300,000. Although they manage to successfully carry out their task, they soon realize that the drug lord wanted his nephew out in order to kill him.

As:
Cast
Director:
Roger Donaldson
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama, Romance
47. My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
2
1
My Boyfriend's Back
PG-13
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Balaban
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cloris Leachman, Matthew McConaughey, Andrew Lowery, Traci Lind, Danny Zorn
48. One Armed Man (2014)
3
1
One Armed Man
3
1
As:
Producer
Director:
Tim Guinee
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Charles Haid, John Magaro, Terry Kinney, Carson Kinney, Mike Merenda
49. The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995)
2
1
The Fifteen Minute Hamlet
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes
Director:
Todd Louiso
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Paul Ben-Victor, Austin Pendleton, Ernest Perry Jr., Angie Phillips
50. Culture (1997)
2
2
Culture
2
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bill
Director:
Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Florence Stanley, Greg Germann, Alan Oppenheimer, Tushka Bergen
51. Szuler (1994)
3
2
Szuler
3
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Adek Drabinski
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alice Adair, Leonard Andrzejewski, Joanna Bielicka, Wlodzimierz Bielicki
52. Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991)
2
1
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Amos Poe
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Robbie Coltrane, Angela Goethals, Eric Mitchell, Daisy Hall
53. My New Gun (1992)
2
1
My New Gun
R
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Stacy Cochran
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Diane Lane, James Le Gros, Stephen Collins, Tess Harper
54. Joey Breaker (1993)
2
1
Joey Breaker
R
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Wiley McCall
Director:
Steven Starr
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Parker Posey, Gina Gershon, Richard Edson, Cedella Marley

TV Movie(s)

1. The Yearling (1994)
6
1
The Yearling
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Buck
Director:
Rod Hardy
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Jean Smart, Peter Strauss, Wil Horneff, Jarred Blancard

Animation(s)

Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and Max
Plot:

The film is a moving story about two very unlikely pen pals over the period of two decades. Mary, an eight year old girl from Australia befriends Max, a forty four year old obese man and the two bond well. Over the period of time, the friendship sees its share of ups and down wherein the two offer each other support and a new way of looking at life.

As:
Cast
Role:
Max Jerry Horovitz
Director:
Adam Elliot
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore

TV Shows and Videos

Liberty! The American Revolution (1997)
Liberty! The American Revolution
As:
Cast
Director:
Muffie Meyer, Ellen Hovde
Genres:
History, War
Star Cast:
Victor Garber, Colm Feore, Anthony Heald, Edward Herrmann
Mattress Man Commercial (2003)
Mattress Man Commercial
As:
Cast
Role:
Dean Trumbell
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
David H. Stevens, Jimmy Stevens, Nathan Stevens, Mike D. Stevens
Michael Penn: Try (1997)
Michael Penn: Try
As:
Cast
Role:
Assistant
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Thomas Jane, Melora Walters, Michael Penn

Philip Seymour Hoffman Awards

Academy Awards
Capote Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2006
Golden Globe Awards
Capote Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2006
BAFTA Awards
Capote Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2006