Movies starring Willem Dafoe

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Affliction

Writer/director Paul Schrader has always been fascinated by the line between sanity and madness, and what it takes to push a man over the edge. This theme stands out in two of Schrader's best known scripts, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, both of whi...

Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 1998-12-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Schrader
Cast: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, ...
American Dreamz

Is it possible to satirize something that, in and of itself, often crosses the line into self-parody? That's a question that American Dreamz attempts to address. The objects of Paul Weitz's lampoon are two ripe ones: American Bush and American Id...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2006-04-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Hugh Grant, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Sam Golzari, ...
American Psycho

Sight unseen (except by attendees at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, where the movie premiered), Mary Harron's American Psycho has already become one of the most controversial motion pictures of the year (making it a "must see" for some film-goers...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2000-04-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: COMEDY/THRILLER
Director: Mary Harron
Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, ...
Antichrist

Antichrist is a classic case of the Emperor's New Clothes. On the surface, it seems like there's something there - as if Lars von Trier is making bold statements about important issues. But when you think about it, he's not saying much, and what ...

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: 2009-10-23
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence, Sex, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/DRAMA
Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Aquaman

Aquaman is a reminder of the meager pleasures that can be gained from a generic superhero movie. Devoid of the complex plotting, comprehensive world-building, and narrative twists that defined Marvel’s two big 2018 superhero movies, Black Pa...

Run Time: 2:23
U.S. Release Date: 2018-12-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, ...
Basquiat

Basquiat, the fictionalized biography of graffiti artist-turned-international sensation, Jean Michael Basquiat, is the latest in a long line of "suffering artist" motion pictures, following closely on the heels of last year's controversial Tota...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 1996-08-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, ...
Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July is the middle chapter of Oliver Stone's so-called "Vietnam Trilogy." Begun with Platoon and concluded with Heaven and Earth, these movies are linked only by their connection to the war; they have no common characters. P...

Run Time: 2:18
U.S. Release Date: 1989-12-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, ...
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Is it too much to ask that a narrative film have a beginning, a middle, and an end? Apparently in the case of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, a loose adaptation of Darren Shan's Vampire Blood trilogy, the answer is "yes." Developed with...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2009-10-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ADVENTURE/HORROR
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Chris Massoglia, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, ...
Daybreakers

Daybreakers argues there still may be some new terrain to be strip-mined in the rush to exploit the bloodsucking undead. As far removed from the Twilight series as possible (with more in common with Children of Men), Daybreakers brings its vampires...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2010-01-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, ...
English Patient, The

For those who have forgotten the depth of romance and passion that the movies are capable of conveying, Anthony Minghella's The English Patient can remedy the situation. This is one of the year's most unabashed and powerful love stories, using...

Run Time: 2:40
U.S. Release Date: 1996-11-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/ROMANCE
Director: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, ...