Top Ten Sean Penn Movies

The Top Ten

1 I Am Sam

great father with the things that matter to every humnan being, educated, intelligent or otherwise

Sean Penn gave a performance that not only made a statement to his acting diversity but also to his connection to making characters come to life. - Drewstar

I haven't seen such a wonderful actor... I will just fall on his feet, I I would meet sean penn

This Movie Can't Stop me from crying.

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2 Mystic River

Sean Penn makes me want to cry and shout at the screen with anger at the same time. BRILLIANT! He gives such a layered performance which we can only admire!

Brilliant film, brilliant actor. Sean penn is a class actor. One of my favourite films eve.

Simply superb. Acting is a tour de force of deep humanity, grief, anger and steely revenge.

It was just brillant and kept you on the edge of your seat!

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3 Dead Man Walking

Kudos to penn for making an almost entirely unlikable character on paper be shown human

Awesome movie and brilliant perfomances by sean penn ^^ susan surandon. Tim robins directs this touching movie about remorse, redemption and courage. Well worth watching.

I love Penn a lot, all of his movies are so realistic and touching, this one was brilliant...
People, watch this movie! - Ananya

4 Carlito's Way

That hair is priceless.

It was f-ing awesome

5 Into The Wild

The movie that has strengthened my thinking and changed my life with a strong philosophical support. Whatever I will say will be less to admire for this movie. I'd prefer not to see any better movie to keep it the best I have ever seen.

Best movie ever. I love Eddie Vedder's music in this movie. Emile is indeed a great "new" talent. Sean did a great job with this movie.

this is one of d most philosophical movies I have evr seen... hats off to penn... its direction and originality from the real story makes it special... emile was superb

One of the best philosophical movies, I don't think that kids would understand this movie, it's understandable that it's out of their comprehension.
Sean did it again, made it so memorable to feel the elements which are often overshadowed by the human perception - Ananya

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6 21 Grams
7 The Assassination of Richard Nixon
8 Bad Boys (1983)

agree with acting performance of milk but bad boys... classic! same with ridgemont high. hard for me to put them below milk only because of the 80's "greats, " gotta love 'em. otherwise good list.

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9 Colors

I taught in the main character's three areas of LA. Good stuff. Reminded me of all my students.

10 The Thin Red Line

The Contenders

11 Fast Times at Ridgemont High


12 Milk

How is this not number one?! For staters, people who knew Milk personally said that Sean Penn captured his personality, his humanity, and even his voice and smile down to the smallest, most minute detail. He's so likable, cheerfully optimistic, and you can't help but love him. I may be biased, but this movie is one of the very very few films that have truly, deeply, touched me, in a way that I think of every day. After watching this film, I felt utterly inspired to live my life the way Harvey did, with kindness and love, with strength, with passion, to fight for what I believe in and refuse to be belittled. I wanted to be kind to everyone no matter who they were, even if they were different from me. I wanted to promote acceptance. This movie, as well as Brokeback Mountain, cemented my strong support of homosexuality. And other than the emotional aspects, it is a technical tour de force, brilliantly crafted, uniquely original. A true masterpiece. 50 thumbs up!

Even his minimal physical actions seem "gay". INCREDIBLE job!

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13 The Gunman


14 The Game
15 We're No Angels
16 Sweet and Lowdown

This is perhaps my favorite Sean Penn performence, Emmet Ray is Egotistical, Chauvinistic, Arrogant, A Thief, A Gambler, and so many other things, and Sean Penn captures it perfectly, no other actor could have done this role justice. It's a shame that he lost the oscar to Kevin Spacey

17 Racing With the Moon

I liked this movie a lot

18 The Weight of Water
19 The Interpreter
20 State of Grace
21 All the King's Men
22 Hurlyburly

One of his best movies, very underrated, unfortunately.

23 The Falcon and the Snowman
24 The Pledge
25 At Close Range
26 Up at the Villa
27 U Turn
28 She's So Lovely
29 Casualties of War
30 21 Grams
31 Shanghai Surprise
32 Taps
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Top Remixes

1. Carlito's Way
2. I Am Sam
3. Dead Man Walking
1. I Am Sam
2. Carlito's Way
3. Dead Man Walking
1. 21 Grams
2. Mystic River
3. Dead Man Walking


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