Best Willem Dafoe Movies, Ranked

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William James “Willem” Dafoe is a Hollywood American actor born on July 22, 1955. Willem has always been the centre of attraction in any film he has worked on. But despite the fact of his mind-blowing acting, he is still not given the recognition he should’ve given way earlier in his career. He’s not always been in the lead role. Willem has mainly played supporting characters, but he still has been the movie’s highlight. Willem is such a versatile actor; from drama roles to emotional roles, he has rocked every single role. Here is a list of Best Willem Dafoe movies you must check!


1. John LeTour (Light Sleeper): Light Sleeper is an American crime drama movie released in 1992 and directed by Paul Schrader. The film is set in the savage streets of New York. Willem played the character of John, a 40-year-old drug dealer who has lost control of his life over time.

John is a delivery man who works for Ann and supplies drugs within the banking and financing sector. Over time, John feels hopeless and has lost the motive of his life. He even has insomnia and tries to make his life better. John wants to start all over again, and he did with his ex-lover (Dana Delaney).

2. John Clark (Clear and Present Danger) 

Next in the list of Best Willem Dafoe movies comes Philip Noyce directed 1994 American action thriller movie, Clear and Present Danger. In the film, John depicts a character who is a special force agent and goes to Colombia to defeat the brutal drug dealers. Willem has played so many significant roles, and this role is one of them.


3. Jesus of Nazareth (The Last Temptation of Christ 

Martin Scorsese’s directed film The Last Temptation of Christ is undoubtedly a masterpiece. This epic religious drama film was released in 1988. This movie was based on the very controversial novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. In the film, Willem gave his career-defining performance. This role is still considered one of Willem’s most outstanding performances to date. Everyone in the audience and even the critics applauded Willem for his performance.

4. Vincent van Gogh (At Eternity’s Gate) 

After adding many real-life and historical roles in his career, Willem decided to add one more masterpiece to the list. He played the role of Vincent Van Gogh, history’s most significant artist, in 2018’s “At Eternity’s Gate”. The movie is about the famous painter Vincent Van living his final years as a painter. Willem has played an anxious artist who struggles with mental illness before he suicides after turning 37.

The highlight of this movie is undoubtedly Willem Dafoe, and of course, no one can ignore his standout performance. The critics have praised the creation of the film and Willem’s performance. Willem portrayed the character of  Vincent so brilliantly that it leaves an effect on the audience.


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