Since breaking into the movie business during the 1980s, Ethan Hawke has built up a very successful career in film. Over the years he has appeared in a wealth of movies including such pictures as Alive (1993), Training Day (2001), and The Northman (2022), to name but a few.

His films have ranged from sci-fi stories and Westerns, to tense thrillers and horror movies. As a leading actor, he has stood in the spotlight and helped drive a movie forward, but he has also featured in ensemble pieces, becoming a key player alongside his peers.

But do you know about all of Ethan Hawke’s films? If you were asked to list his movies, could you do it?

Well, if you’re not sure what films Ethan Hawke has starred in, don’t worry, because you’re about to. In this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Ethan Hawke with a rundown of his movies, going decade-by-decade to showcase all of the pictures in his portfolio.



The 1980s

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Ethan Hawke began his movie career at a young age, initially via the Joe Dante-directed sci-fi fantasy, Explorers. From here he appeared in Dead Poet’s Society, before take a part in the comedy-drama, Dad.

Hawke’s roles were few and far between during the 1980s, but it was this decade which gave him a foot-hold in the industry. And thanks to the cult status of Explorers (which found success long after it flopped at the box office), it is a decade which Hawke will remain forever linked to.

Ethan Hawke’s movies during the 1980s included:

  • Explorers (1985)
  • Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
  • Dad (1989)



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Onto the ‘90s now, and with this decade Hawke appeared in a string of movies, with a new film coming out almost every year – and in some cases, multiple films in the same year. He kick-started the decade in 1991 with White Fang, while other notable features included the survival drama, Alive, and the sci-fi feature, Gattaca.

Ethan Hawke’s movies during the 1990s included:

  • White Fang (1991)
  • Mystery Date (1991)
  • A Midnight Clear (1992)
  • Waterland (1992)
  • Rich in Love (1992)
  • Alive (1993)
  • Reality Bites (1994)
  • Floundering (1994)
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994)*
  • Quiz Show (1994)*
  • Before Sunrise (1995)
  • Search and Destroy (1995)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Great Expectations (1998)
  • The Newton Boys (1998)
  • The Velocity of Gary (1998)
  • Joe the King (1999)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)





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Onto the 2000s now, and Hawke continued to appear in a large collection of movies. His career showed no signs of slowing down, and the roles he took on demonstrated his diversity.

Movies during the ‘00s ranged from Hamlet and Before Sunset, to Taking Lives and a remake of Assault on Precinct 13. One of his most popular films during this decade was the crime thriller, Training Day.  

Ethan Hawke’s films throughout the 2000s included:

  • Hamlet (2000)
  • Waking Life (2001)
  • Tape (2001)
  • Chelsea Walls (2001)*
  • Training Day (2001)
  • The Jimmy Show (2001)
  • Before Sunset (2004)
  • Taking Lives (2004)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
  • One Last Thing… (2005)*
  • Lord of War (2005)
  • Fast Food Nation (2006)
  • The Hottest State (2006)
  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
  • New York, I Love You (2008)
  • What Doesn’t Kill You (2008)
  • Brooklyn’s Finest (2009)
  • Staten Island (2009)
  • Daybreakers (2009)





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Onto the 2010s and this decade proved to be an even busier decade than those that came before. Once again, Hawke was appearing in films on an almost annual basis, with roles that showcased his ability to move from genre to genre without any problem.  

Big films in this decade included Sinister, The Purge, and Boyhood. The actor also appeared in the remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Ethan Hawke’s movies throughout the 2010s included:

  • The Woman in the Fifth (2011)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • Total Recall: Director’s Cut (2012)*
  • Before Midnight (2013)
  • The Purge (2013)
  • Getaway (2013)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Predestination (2014)
  • Cymbeline (2014)
  • Good Kill (2014)
  • 10,000 Saints (2015)
  • Maggie’s Plan (2015)
  • Born to Be Blue (2015)
  • Regression (2015)
  • Exit Strategy (2015)
  • In a Valley of Violence (2016)
  • Rage (2016)
  • Maudie (2016)
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016)
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
  • First Reformed (2017)
  • 24 Hours to Live (2017)
  • Juliet, Naked (2018)
  • Blaze (2018)
  • The Captor (2018)
  • The Kid (2019)
  • Adopt a Highway (2019)
  • The Truth (2019)



And finally, onto the 2020s, where Hawke has continued to work hard and feature in yet more movies. His films have ranged from Waiting for Godot, to The Northman, and The Black Phone.

Ethan Hawke’s movies throughout the 2020s included:

  • Tesla (2020)
  • Cut Throat City (2020)
  • Waiting for Godot (2021)
  • Zeros and Ones (2021)
  • The Guilty (2021)**
  • The Black Phone (2021)
  • The Northman (2022)
  • Tonight at Noon (2022)
  • Raymond & Ray (2022)
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

**Vocal role only

So, those are all the Ethan Hawke movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of Explorers or is Gattaca your No.1 movie? Perhaps Boyhood is the film for you, or possibly Sinister?

Whatever your favourite Ethan Hawke movie, be sure to drop a comment below.


And if you are a fan of Ethan Hawke you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his most acclaimed films, Training Day.

If you’ve not watched Training Day before, the film focuses on corruption within the police force, and features an excellent turn from both Hawke and his co-star, Denzel Washington.

The Training Day DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK, where you can also pick up various movie snacks including popcorn!



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