Top 25 William H Macy Films - IMDb

Top 25 William H Macy Films

by brusty1 | created - 24 Aug 2015 | updated - 25 Nov 2018 | Public

I've seen 43 of his films and these are my 25 favorite, in order. Such a great and versatile actor.

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1. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 301,614 | Gross: $22.46M

2. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

85 Metascore

Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 648,282 | Gross: $24.61M

3. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

85 Metascore

Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 252,445 | Gross: $26.40M

4. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen

Votes: 39,433 | Gross: $7.27M

5. Being Human (1994)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

33 Metascore

One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Robin Williams, John Turturro, Kelly Hunter, Maudie Johnson

Votes: 4,012 | Gross: $1.52M

6. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 396,545 | Gross: $14.68M

7. Shadows and Fog (1991)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy

With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Kirby, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 16,907 | Gross: $2.74M

8. Murder in the First (1995)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 27,826 | Gross: $17.38M

9. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 95,712 | Gross: $79.57M

10. Wag the Dog (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 81,769 | Gross: $43.02M

11. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 42,182 | Gross: $6.00M

12. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

73 Metascore

As an actress begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world becomes nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Karolina Gruszka, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Grace Zabriskie, Laura Dern

Votes: 55,827 | Gross: $0.75M

13. Benny & Joon (1993)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore

Votes: 56,781 | Gross: $23.20M

14. Oleanna (1994)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

When a student visits her professor to discuss how she failed his course, the discussion takes an awkward turn.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: William H. Macy, Debra Eisenstadt, Diego Pineda, Scott Zigler

Votes: 3,191 | Gross: $0.12M

15. Cake (II) (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

49 Metascore

The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington

Votes: 36,492 | Gross: $1.87M

16. Radio Days (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Mike Starr, Paul Herman

Votes: 33,065 | Gross: $14.79M

17. The Client (1994)

PG-13 | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 64,055 | Gross: $92.12M

18. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Music

59 Metascore

A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 37,546 | Gross: $82.57M

19. House of Games (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

78 Metascore

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Lilia Skala

Votes: 21,860 | Gross: $2.59M

20. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Votes: 125,907 | Gross: $40.57M

21. Rudderless (2014)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

52 Metascore

A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

Director: William H. Macy | Stars: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez

Votes: 18,431 | Gross: $0.04M

22. The Cooler (2003)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Shawn Hatosy

Votes: 33,536 | Gross: $8.24M

23. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 70,889 | Gross: $120.28M

24. He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

53 Metascore

A disenfranchised office worker becomes a hero after saving a girl's life.

Director: Frank A. Cappello | Stars: Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, William H. Macy, Michael DeLuise

Votes: 22,347

25. The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

In New York City, a young man searches for a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry

Votes: 15,056 | Gross: $25.75M



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