Rank ’em: Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti has over 70 credits to his name according to the IMDb. Some of these are televisions episodes but still, that’s a much more impressive filmography than I thought. Of these 71 credits, I’ve seen 28 of his feature films and 1 television mini-series (“John Adams”). I haven’t caught Barney’s Version or Ironclad yet, but can’t wait to. Still, what the hell, I thought. Let’s rank out his performances shall we?

I’ve divided the list into two parts: (fairly) major roles and minor roles (unranked).

MAJOR ROLE:
American Splendor
Sideways
The Illusionist
“John Adams”
Cold Souls
Cinderella Man
Planet of the Apes
Shoot ‘Em Up
Win Win
Storytelling
Lady in the Water
Man on the Moon
Fred Claus
The Hawk Is Dying
Duplicity
The Last Station
Confidence*
Paycheck*
Safe Men*

MINOR ROLES: (unranked)
Big Momma’s House
Saving Private Ryan
Private Parts
The Negotiator
The Truman Show
Doctor Dolittle
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Donnie Brasco
Sabrina
Singles

* = I don’t remember all that well

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Kurt
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No Big Fat Liar? 😉

Kurt
Guest

My Top 3 Giamatti Roles:
American Splendor, Sideways, Storytelling
But he is positively LEGENDARY in an over-the-top way in Ironclad. Somebody down in Actionfest coined the term “The Full Giamatti” and it is as accurate as any way to describe his unhinged “Prince John” perf there.

He’s great in Shoot ’em up (a middling movie, but the actors are all fun), liked him in Duplicity and Planet of the Apes (although I loathe the film itself.)

Really wanted to watch JOHN ADAMS, but never got to it.

Tom Clift
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You should definitely catch Barney’s Version ASAP. He’s absolutely fantastic

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