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At Close Range (1985)

7/10
Director: James Foley
Starring: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Christopher Penn

A powerful thriller based on true events that occurred in Pennsylvania during the summer of 1978 about a gang leader returning home which leads to a b... Read more

Inside the Actors Studio: Sean Penn and Russell Crowe (2007)

8.7/10
Starring: Sean Penn, Russell Crowe

Continuing in the tradition of legendary acting coach Constantin Stanislavski, 'Inside the Actors Studio' invites great filmmakers to discuss and stud... Read more

War Made Easy (2008)

8/10
Director: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp
Starring: Narrated by, Sean Penn

Sean Penn narrates this expose of media distortion and presidential endorsement of arguably unjustified wars. Focusing on the parallels between Vietna... Read more

Fair Game (2010)

6.8/10
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sam Shepard, Sean Penn

Retired U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) and his wife, CIA officer Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), become "fair game" after an op-ed column written... Read more

Flag Day (2021)

4.9/10
Director: Sean Penn
Starring: Sean Penn, Regina King, Katheryn Winnick

Jennifer Vogel's father John was larger than life. As a child, Jennifer marveled at his magnetizing energy and ability to make life feel like a grand... Read more

She's So Lovely (1997)

5.9/10
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Sean Penn, Robin Wright, John Travolta, Harry Dean Stanton, Debi Mazar

Tells of the troubled on-off relationship between lowlife boozers Eddie and Maureen (Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn), the latter taking up with a ste... Read more

Racing with the Moon (1984)

6.8/10
Director: Richard Benjamin
Starring: Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage

Artfully directed by Richard Benjamin, this is the story of Henry "Hopper" Nash (Sean Penn) and his buddy Nicky (Nicolas Cage) enjoying their last boy... Read more

Colors (1988)

6.7/10
Director: Dennis Hopper
Starring: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso

Dennis Hopper directs this controversial police story about two partners on an anti-gang patrol in the Los Angeles area. Robert Duvall is the seasoned... Read more

Dead Man Walking (1995)

7.5/10
Director: Tim Robbins
Starring: Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Robert Prosky

Sister Helen Prejean's 1993 bestseller is the basis for this harrowing account of her life's work'; a spiritual advisor for condemned killers awaiting... Read more

The Professor and the Madman (2019)

7.3/10
Director: Farhad Safinia
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Eddie Marsan

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century, and receives over 1... Read more

The Tree of Life (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this complex and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition stars Brad Pitt as the patriarch of a M... Read more

Shanghai Surprise (1986)

3.1/10
Director: Jim Goddard
Starring: Sean Penn, Madonna , Paul Freeman, Richard Griffiths

Perhaps the only real surprise is that anyone let Madonna near a film set again after this muddled romantic adventure sank like a rock. Playing like a... Read more

The Weight of Water (2000)

5.9/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley

The lives of a 19th-century Norwegian immigrant (Sarah Polley) and a modern-day photographer (Catherine McCormack) become entwined when McCormack beco... Read more

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

6.8/10
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Lori Singer, David Suchet

A based-on-fact dramatic thriller starring Timothy Hutton as a defense plant employee who uncovers proof that the CIA is secretly influencing the acti... Read more

The Falcon and the Snowman (Blu-ray) (1985)

6.8/10
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Lori Singer, David Suchet

A based-on-fact dramatic thriller starring Timothy Hutton as a defense plant employee who uncovers proof that the CIA is secretly influencing the acti... Read more

Gangster Squad (2013)

6.7/10
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Sean Penn, Ryan Goslin...

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs,... Read more

State of Grace (1990)

7.3/10
Director: Phil Joanou
Starring: Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, John Turturro, Robin Wright, Sean Penn

Gripping, powerfully acted account of Irish gangs in New York's Hell's Kitchen. Sean Penn plays a neighbourhood kid who returns home only to find litt... Read more

It's All About Love (2002)

5.5/10
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, Sean Penn, Douglas Henshall, Alun Armstrong

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg ("Festen"), this intriguing drama takes place in the near future and tells of two people fighting for their love and ult... Read more

Crackers (1984)

5.2/10
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden, Sean Penn, Wallace Shawn, Christine Baranski

Reduced to minding the counter at a crusty pawn shop, Weslake tumbles onto a scheme by some disgruntled misfit clients to rob the place. Rather than b... Read more

Persepolis (2007)

8.1/10
Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Starring: (Voices of) , Catherine Deneuve, Iggy Pop, Gena Rowlands, Sean Penn

Based on her autobiographical graphic novels, Marjane Satrapi and co-screenwriter Vincent Paronnaud directed this Oscar-nominated, black-and-white ani... Read more

The Interpreter (2005)

6.4/10
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal

Nicole Kidman stars as an African-born U.N. interpreter who inadvertently overhears a death threat against an African head of state scheduled to addre... Read more

Licorice Pizza (2021)

7.3/10
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, Cooper Hoffman, Alana Haim, Sasha Spielberg

LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written... Read more

This Must Be the Place (2011)

6.7/10
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: David Byrne, Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Judd Hirsch, Sean Penn, Kerr...

Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo") helms this comedy drama about a one-time rock star who sets out on an unlikely odyssey to track down the Nazi camp guard... Read more

Milk (2008)

7.6/10
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Victor Garber, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Sean Penn garnered a Best Actor Academy Award as San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office, in dir... Read more

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

7.3/10
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Wiig

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this reimagining of the classic James Thurber story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing in... Read more

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Blu-ray) (2013)

7.3/10
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Wiig

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this reimagining of the classic James Thurber story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing in... Read more

21 Grams (2003)

7.7/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ("Amores Perros") intricate, non-linear drama centers on three ostensibly disparate individuals whose lives con... Read more

Taps (1981)

6.7/10
Director: Harold Becker
Starring: George C Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise

Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise are cadets defending their Pennsylvania military school when they discover it's about to be torn down. Intens... Read more

Mystic River (2003)

8/10
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laur...

Director Clint Eastwood's emotionally-charged drama centers on Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Robbins, three Boston friends reunited 30 years after R... Read more

Before Night Falls (2000)

7.3/10
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Michael Wincott, Olivier Martinez, Sean Penn, Andrea...

"Basquiat" director Julian Schnabel brings to the screen another doomed creative genius on the fringes of his society - gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas... Read more

Milk ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

7.6/10
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Victor Garber, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Sean Penn garnered a Best Actor Academy Award as San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office, in dir... Read more

The Thin Red Line (1998)

7.6/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel, Elias Koteas, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

Returning to the screen after a 20-year absence, writer/director Terence Malick adapts James Jones' semi-autobiographical novel about the pivotal WWII... Read more

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

7/10
Director: Niels Mueller
Starring: Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts, Jack Thompson, Michael Wincott, Mykelti Wil...

In 1974 Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is an office supply salesman whose life is falling apart. His wife (Naomi Watts) has left and his job is going nowhere.... Read more

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

7.3/10
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, Samantha Morton, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Woody A...

Woody Allen's affectionate, pseudo-documentary centres on Emmet Ray (Sean Penn), "the second best jazz guitarist in the world", a '30s music virtuoso... Read more

We're No Angels (1989)

6.1/10
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Bruno Kirby, Demi Moore, Hoyt Axton, James Russo, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn

The screenplay by David Mamet ('House of Games') is a send-up of the old Warner Bros. gangster melodrama. With Robert De Niro and Sean Penn mugging it... Read more

The Martian (2015)

8/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean,...

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amo... Read more

The Martian ( Blu-ray ) (2015)

8/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean...

It is with The Martian that Scott turns his critics on their heads and shakes out their lunch money, once again asserting his dominance in the field o... Read more

The Gunman (2015)

5.8/10
Director: Pierre Morel
Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Peter Franzen...

From the director of Taken comes The Gunman, a pulse-pounding action thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn. Its been eight yea... Read more

Hurlyburly (1998)

5.8/10
Director: Anthony Drazan
Starring: Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling, Anna P...

David Rabe's blistering play about addiction, sexual confrontation and moral bankruptcy is bought to the screen with a stellar cast, including Sean Pe... Read more

The Game ( Blu-ray ) (1997)

7.8/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Carroll Baker, Deborah Kara Unger, Michael Douglas, Sean Pe...

David Fincher's suspenseful follow-up to the magnificent 'Seven' deals with an investment banker (Michael Douglas) who has everything he could ever wa... Read more

Carlito's Way (1993)

7.9/10
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Penelope Ann Miller, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, John Leguizamo, Luis Guzman, Viggo Mo...

Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Sean Penn... Read more

Carlito's Way ( Blu-ray ) (1993)

7.9/10
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Al Pacino, John Leguizamo, Penelope Ann Miller, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen, Luis...

Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Sean Penn... Read more

U-Turn (1997)

6.8/10
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Claire Danes, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Powers Boothe, Joaquin Phoe...

Driving to Las Vegas to pay off a gambling debt, small-time hustler Sean Penn finds himself stranded in a remote Arizona desert town and interacting w... Read more

I Am Sam (2001)

7.6/10
Director: Jessie Nelson
Starring: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianne Wiest, Richard Schiff, Dakota Fanning, Doug...

Sean Penn is Sam, a mentally challenged man who cleans tables at an LA coffeehouse and whose life is radically changed when the homeless woman living... Read more

The Game (1997)

7.8/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn, Deborah Kara Unger, Peter Donat, Carr...

David Fincher's suspenseful follow-up to the magnificent 'Seven' deals with an investment banker (Michael Douglas) who has everything he could ever wa... Read more

Casualties of War (1989)

7.1/10
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Don Harvey, John C Reilly, John Leguizamo, Michael J Fox, Sean Penn, Thuy Thu Le...

Brian DePalma's searing war drama stars Michael J. Fox as a green recruit in Vietnam who must make an agonizing moral decision when his platoon gang-r... Read more

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006)

7.2/10
Director: Tom Thurman
Starring: Hunter S Thompson, Johnny Depp, John Cusack, Sean Penn, Gary Busey, Tom Wolfe, e...

Nick Nolte narrates this acclaimed bio-documentary about the maverick writer and Gonzo journalist that includes interviews with many of the 'outlaw ce... Read more

What Just Happened (2008)

5.7/10
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Willis, John Turturro, Robin...

A satirical swipe at Tinseltown with Robert De Niro as Ben, a struggling movie producer who has just gone through his second divorce, and feels his so... Read more

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

7.2/10
Director: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinh...

Students at a school in California try various ploys to loose their virginity in this engaging and funny comedy, helped along by some great performanc... Read more

All The King's Men (2006)

6.2/10
Director: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Patricia Clarkson, James Gan...

Based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer-winning novel about a populist Southern poitician corrupted by power. Set during the Great Depression and movi... Read more

Two and a Half Men: Season 2 (2004)

7.1/10
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards, Elvis Costello, Jon Cryer, Melanie Lynskey, Sean...

Welcome back to the Harpers' Malibu beach house, home to bachelor Charlie (Charlie Sheen), his uptight brother Alan (Jon Cryer) and Jake (Angus T Jone... Read more

The Thin Red Line (Blu-Ray) (1998)

7.6/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, George Clooney, Jared Leto, Jim Caviezel, John C Reil...

In 1942, Private Witt (Jim Caviezel) is a U.S. Army absconder living peacefully with the locals of a small South Pacific island. Discovered by his com... Read more

A Gun in Each Hand (2012)

6.5/10
Director: Cesc Gay
Starring: Jordi Molla, Eduardo Noriega, Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, Leonor Watling, Leon...

Chance encounters between old friends, acquaintances, ex-spouses and potential lovers form an engrossing series of six intertwined tales of love, lost... Read more

The Living Room: Series 3 (2006)

5.6/10
Director: Simon Baumfield, Mark Albiston, Nathan Morris, James Anderson, Makerita Urale
Starring: Steve Abel, Tusiata Avia, Rod Bridgeman, Ed Davis, Caitlin Devoy, Grenell Family...

From Sticky Pictures comes the award-winning third season of the show that showcases Aotearoa's creative culture. With inspirational and creative 'ho... Read more

Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series - Part 1 (2017)

8.8/10
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Alicia Witt, Ashley Judd, Balthazar Getty, Candy Clark, Charlotte Stewart, David...

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered. Part 1 contains episodes 1-... Read more