Top 10 Peter Dinklage Films, Ranked

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Audiences love Peter Dinklage for his complex characters, emotional acting, and great sense of humor. He is well-known for his award-winning performance in Game of Thrones, but the star has proven his talent in a variety of smaller roles across television, theater, and cinema. Dinklage started his career in 1991 with a degree in drama from Bennington college, later performing in numerous plays like "The Killing Act," Imperfect Love," and "Richard III."

Dinklage struggled to find acting work due to his Dwarfism and worked numerous non-acting jobs including one as a data processor for six years. According to Insider, even as a struggling artist, Dinklage refused discriminatory roles that cast him as an elf or leprechaun. He finally received some of the attention he deserved in his first film Living in Oblivion. Since then, Dinklage has worked his way into the spotlight, winning the hearts of critics and audiences everywhere. He ended 2021 playing the leading man in the critically-acclaimed film, Cyrano, for which Rolling Stone called him "a bona fide sex symbol." Until his new Toxic Avenger reboot comes out, here are ten movies to get your Peter Dinklage fix.

10 Death at a Funeral

Peter Dinklage breaks bad news in Death at a Funeral
MGM Distribution Co.

Peter Dinklage was so excellent in the original 2007 British film that he was the only actor to be recast in the 2010 American remake of Death at a Funeral. In both hilarious films, a family learns incriminating information about their father after his death. Frank (Peter Dinklage) adds shocking photos to the mix during his appearance at the funeral. What this film lacks in depth, it makes up for with a great ensemble cast and Dinklage's sidesplitting performance.

9 My Dinner with Herve

Peter Dinklage is Herve in My Dinner With Herve
HBO

In the HBO movie My Dinner With Herve, Herve Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) strikes up an unlikely friendship with struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) after a wild night on the town. Based on the real life American-French actor Herve Villenchaize, from Fantasy Island, this movie dives into the pressure and cost that comes with fame. Dinklage has stellar ability to play a man with layers, depicting his character as both vicious and lonely; he makes the film not only fun to watch but also a thought-provoking conversation starter.

8 I Care a Lot

Peter Dinklage points a gun in I Care A Lot
Netflix

Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) successfully hustles the elderly by becoming their legal guardian and claiming their assets. After Marla hustles the mother of an infamous crime lord, she goes toe to toe with Roman Lunyov (a truly badass Peter Dinklage) and embarks on her biggest and most dangerous scheme yet. With the excellent acting that viewers have become accustomed to seeing from both these stars, I Care a Lot draws audiences into a thrilling crime story, although this film's dark tastes are not agreeable to everyone.

7 Elf

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The Christmas classic Elf brings the family together every year, with Will Ferrell's performance as Buddy the Elf kindling holiday cheer in the hearts of both old and young. Dinklage may not get much screen time in this movie, but he does bring a lot of laughs. Buddy the Elf, a man who grew up at the North Pole, mistakes Miles Finch (Peter Dicklage) for a fellow elf. Miles doesn't take the jab at his height well, and he stands up for himself in a comedic fight scene which is as much social commentary as it is hilarious.

6 Penolope

Peter Dinklage takes photos from a canoe in Penelope
Summit Entertainment

In this modern twist on a classic fairy tale, Peter Dinklage wryly plays Lemon, a one-eyed reporter. After learning that the Wilhern's daughter has the nose of a pig, he dedicates his career to exposing their big secret. Penelope is sure to satisfy the romantic or anyone who wants to feel warm and fuzzy with its charming characters and heartwarming plot twists.

5 Find Me Guilty

Peter Dinklage and vin Diesel in Find me Guilty
Peter Dinklage and Vin Diesel in Find me Guilty

Jackie Dinorcio (Vin Diesel), a criminal representing himself in court, faces off against Ben Klandis (Peter Dincklage), an experienced prosecuter, in this movie based on the longest Mafia trial in American history. Vin Diesel shines in Find Me Guilty as good-humored gangster in contrast to the roles he usually plays. While his performance will be sure to make you laugh, it would be nothing without Dincklage's potrayal of the antagonist.

4 X-Men: Days of Future Past

Peter Dinklage looking spiffy in X-Men Days of Future Past
20th Century Fox

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a fan favorite which some call the most successful X-Men movie. It's no surprise that Dinklage was a part of earning the freshest Rotten Tomoatoes rating of any other X-Men movie. When the mutant wars threaten mass extinction, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels back in time to stop the war and a mad scientist (Peter Dinklage) who is experimenting on mutants. While Dinklage's character is despicable and loathsome, audiences can't help but love his performance and the zeal which he gives it.

3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand and Peter Dinklage sit in Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri
Fox Searchlight Pictures

In this critically acclaimed film, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) puts up three antagonistic billboards in protest of her daughter's unsolved case. Mildred's boldness makes many enemies, but James (Peter Dincklage), a kind romantic, helps her out of a tight spot. In 2017, the Academy Awards nominated this film for seven different awards including Best Picture, while Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. Dinklage is one of the warmest, most humane characters in the entire film, though.

2 The Station Agent

The Station agent with Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson
Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson in the Station Agent.

In one of his earliest films and rare leading roles, Peter Dinklage stars as Finbar McBride, a man who relocates after his boss dies and leaves McBride a railroad station in New Jersey. It's a heartwarming story pulled off by the brilliance of the actors, including Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale. The Sation Agent deubed at the 2003 Sundace Film Fesitval and went on to win both the Audince Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. This little movie with a $500,000 dollar budget went on to make $8.7 million, and Dinklage deserves all the praise he received for his affecting, melancholic performance.

1 Avengers: Infinity War

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Marvel Studios, Disney

Avengers: Infinity War broke box office records for good reason-- packed full of action, despair, and comedy, it has something for the whole family. Dinklage brings emotion and complexity to his brief but pivotal role as Eitri the giant dwarf. We meet Eitri shortly after Thanos criples his people. Seeing Dinklage navigate the aftermath of a visit from Thanos pulls at the heartstrings and raises the stakes before the final battle. With all of the heart that went into this scene, it's a good thing Marvel is considering brining Dinklage back for an encore performance.