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Philip Seymour Hoffman: From Mainstream Appeal to Indie Credit

By Jordan Smith, Hollywood Staff

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 3The Hunger Games: Catching FireTwisterAlong Came PollyScent of a WomanThe Invention of LyingWhen a Man Loves a WomanThe GetawayPatch AdamsLeap of FaithCharlie Wilson's WarThe Boat that RockedMoneyballCold MountainAlmost FamousThe Talented Mr. RipleyNobody's FoolHard EightState and MainThe Ides of March25th HourMy Boyfriend's BackDoubtMoney for NothingThe Big LebowskiCapoteThe Late QuartetMontanaLove LizaRed DragonNext Stop, WonderlandBoogie NightsThe SavagesThe MasterStrangers with CandyBefore the Devil Knows You're DeadFlawlessJack Goes BoatingMagnolia Mary and MaxPunch-Drunk LoveJoey BreakerSynecdoche, New YorkHappiness

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