Philip Seymour Hoffman: From Mainstream Appeal to Indie Credit

A Most Wanted ManRoadside Attractions

Throughout his career, Philip Seymour Hoffman has found himself under Hollywood’s brightest lights and dimmest corners.

The actor has made a clear effort to diversify his résumé over the years by floating between big blockbusters, microscopic indie-films and everything in-between, but his latest project, A Most Wanted Man, is pretty hard to classify since it’s sending signals in both directions. The film is premiering at Sundance which would firmly plant it on the indie side of things (even though it’s getting harder and harder to call most Sundance films indie with each passing year), but  it also stars Rachel McAdams who has hardly taken a step out of the romcom genre safe zone. On the other hand, the film is  based on a 2008 novel by John Le Carré, the prolific spy novelist who penned the inspiration for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , a movie which wasn’t very mainstream at all. So just how mainstream is A Most Wanted Man going to be? We’ve decided to rank all of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s previous film by their level of mainstream appeal, starting with the bright and flashy Hollywood heavyweights, and ending with the movies that slipped out of our collective consciousness the moment they left festival screens.

Mission: Impossible 3
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Along Came Polly
Scent of a Woman
The Invention of Lying
When a Man Loves a Woman
The Getaway
Patch Adams
Leap of Faith
Charlie Wilson’s War

The Boat that Rocked
Cold Mountain
Almost Famous
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Nobody’s Fool
Hard Eight
State and Main
The Ides of March
25th Hour
My Boyfriend’s Back
Money for Nothing
The Big Lebowski
The Late Quartet
Love Liza
Red Dragon

Next Stop, Wonderland

Boogie Nights
The Savages
The Master
Strangers with Candy
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Jack Goes Boating
Mary and Max
Punch-Drunk Love
Joey Breaker
Synecdoche, New York