Willem Dafoe Filmography

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1. Heaven's Gate (1980)

R | 219 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

57 Metascore

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston

Votes: 12,577 | Gross: $3.48M

2. The Loveless (1981)

R | 82 min | Drama

44 Metascore

Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona.

Directors: Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery | Stars: Willem Dafoe, J. Don Ferguson, Robert Gordon, Marin Kanter

Votes: 1,349

3. The Hunger (1983)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror

52 Metascore

A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young

Votes: 21,213 | Gross: $5.98M

4. Shackin' Up (1984)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

A play-based erotic anthology about Manhattan's vibrant, lusty and seedy nightlife and 9 sleazy trysts of the rich and the streetwise New Yorkers. Features Penthouse Pet Corinne Alphen and then unknown Willem Dafoe in a cameo.

Director: Simon Nuchtern | Stars: Corinne Wahl, George Ayer, Gordon Press, Lisa Peluso

Votes: 128

5. Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan

Votes: 16,447 | Gross: $8.09M

6. Roadhouse 66 (1984)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

An ex-rock and roll star teams up with a naive young man to set things right in a small town where the local thugs rule unchallenged.

Director: John Mark Robinson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Judge Reinhold, Kaaren Lee, Kate Vernon

Votes: 635

7. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 26,683 | Gross: $17.31M

8. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 357,588 | Gross: $138.53M

9. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 84 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Couturié | Stars: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, J. Kenneth Campbell, Richard Chaves

Votes: 1,667

10. Off Limits (I) (1988)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S. military policemen on duty in war-time Saigon. However, their job becomes even... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Crowe | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines, Fred Ward, Amanda Pays

Votes: 2,420 | Gross: $7.24M

11. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 47,356 | Gross: $7.63M

12. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 80,688 | Gross: $34.60M

13. Triumph of the Spirit (1989)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia, Wendy Gazelle

Votes: 2,065 | Gross: $0.41M

14. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

75 Metascore

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava

Votes: 91,316 | Gross: $70.00M

15. Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

63 Metascore

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 51,554 | Gross: $8.27M

16. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 76,273 | Gross: $14.56M

17. Flight of the Intruder (1991)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

During the air war over Vietnam, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 5,946 | Gross: $14.59M

18. Light Sleeper (1992)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A drug dealer reconsiders his profession when his boss plans to go straight and an old flame reappears.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon

Votes: 4,855 | Gross: $1.05M

19. White Sands (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 6,500 | Gross: $9.01M

20. Body of Evidence (1992)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

A lawyer defends a woman accused of killing her older lover by having sex with him.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer

Votes: 13,210 | Gross: $13.28M

21. Faraway, So Close! (1993)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Otto Sander, Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, Horst Buchholz

Votes: 7,014 | Gross: $0.81M

22. Tom & Viv (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris, Tim Dutton

Votes: 1,466 | Gross: $0.54M

23. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida

Votes: 83,161 | Gross: $122.19M

24. The Night and the Moment (1994)

R | 90 min | Drama

A young marchioness who loves the way of free-thinking and flatterers invites an author into her house who pretends to seduce her...

Director: Anna Maria Tatò | Stars: Ivan Bacciocchi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Axelle Cummings, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 245

25. Basquiat (1996)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani

Votes: 18,468 | Gross: $2.96M

26. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 168,240 | Gross: $78.65M

27. Victory (1996)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Peploe | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Irène Jacob, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 410

28. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

23 Metascore

A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 70,747 | Gross: $48.61M

29. Affliction (1997)

R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Brigid Tierney

Votes: 14,068 | Gross: $6.30M

30. Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

A famous jazz saxophonist whose life is forever changed after he is accidentally shot.

Director: Paul Auster | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Richard Edson, Don Byron

Votes: 3,729

31. New Rose Hotel (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

31 Metascore

Two businessmen are hired to steal secrets from a rival, and decide to use a beautiful, but volatile call girl to do so.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 4,059 | Gross: $0.02M

32. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 88,806 | Gross: $2.84M

33. The Boondock Saints (1999)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

44 Metascore

Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.

Director: Troy Duffy | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco

Votes: 218,949 | Gross: $0.03M

34. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 442,483 | Gross: $15.07M

35. Animal Factory (2000)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 12,086 | Gross: $0.04M

36. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 38,331 | Gross: $8.29M

37. Bullfighter (2000)

R | 90 min | Action, Fantasy, Western

A man on the run is surprised to learn that he is a Knights Templar and that his girlfriend is a holy virgin about to give birth to a very special baby on Christmas Day.

Director: Rune Bendixen | Stars: Olivier Martinez, Michelle Forbes, Assumpta Serna, Donnie Wahlberg

Votes: 398

38. Pavilion of Women (2001)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance, War

26 Metascore

With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Luo Yan, Sau Sek, John Cho

Votes: 942 | Gross: $0.04M

39. Edges of the Lord (2001)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A twelve-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

Director: Yurek Bogayevicz | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Willem Dafoe, Richard Banel, Liam Hess

Votes: 3,284

40. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 651,398 | Gross: $403.71M

41. Auto Focus (2002)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

Votes: 12,550 | Gross: $2.06M

42. The Reckoning (II) (2002)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Marián Aguilera, Trevor Steedman

Votes: 5,539 | Gross: $0.26M

43. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 886,194 | Gross: $380.84M

44. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 147,156 | Gross: $56.36M

45. The Clearing (2004)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

60 Metascore

As an executive is held captive by an employee, it's up to his wife to deliver the ransom.

Director: Pieter Jan Brugge | Stars: Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, Helen Mirren, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 12,856 | Gross: $5.76M

46. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 510,653 | Gross: $373.59M

47. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 168,534 | Gross: $24.01M

48. Control (2004)

R | 104 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A sociopath on death row is given a chance to live if he agrees to take part in a chemical behavioral modification program.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Rea

Votes: 6,928

49. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

7.5