Hilary Swank

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and film producer. Swank's film career began with a small part in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and then a major part in The Next Karate Kid (1994), as Julie Pierce, the first female protégé of sensei Mr. Miyagi. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, as Brandon Teena, a transman in Boys Don't Cry (1999) and as struggling waitress-turned-boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby (2004). Since 2003, Swank has worked as an executive producer, co-producing and starring in Conviction (2010). Description above from the Wikipedia article Hilary Swank, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Insomnia (2002)

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Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Al Pacino  •  Robin Williams  •  Maura Tierney

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Al Pacino  •  Robin Williams  •  Maura Tierney

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kimberly Peirce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Brendan Sexton III

Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kimberly Peirce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Brendan Sexton III

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader: her goal is to "marry Christian Slater and die," and nothing gets in her way when it's time to shop! But all that changes when a strange man informs her she's been chosen by fate to kill vampires. With ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fran Rubel Kuzui
CAST:  Kristy Swanson  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Paul Reubens  •  Rutger Hauer

Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader: her goal is to "marry Christian Slater and die," and nothing gets in her way when it's time to shop! But all that changes when a strange man informs her she's been chosen by fate to kill vampires. With ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fran Rubel Kuzui
CAST:  Kristy Swanson  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Paul Reubens  •  Rutger Hauer

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Josh Hartnett  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Hilary Swank

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Josh Hartnett  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Hilary Swank

The Core (2003)

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Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes discovers that an unknown force has caused the earth's inner core to stop rotating. With the planet's magnetic field rapidly deteriorating, our atmosphere literally starts to come apart at the seams with catastrophic consequences. To ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Amiel
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Hilary Swank  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Stanley Tucci

Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes discovers that an unknown force has caused the earth's inner core to stop rotating. With the planet's magnetic field rapidly deteriorating, our atmosphere literally starts to come apart at the seams with catastrophic consequences. To ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Amiel
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Hilary Swank  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Stanley Tucci

The Next Karate Kid (1994)

Mr. Miyagi decides to take Julie, a troubled teenager, under his wing after he learns that she blames herself for her parents' demise and struggles to adjust with her grandmother and fellow pupils.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Pat Morita  •  Hilary Swank  •  Michael Ironside  •  Constance Towers

Mr. Miyagi decides to take Julie, a troubled teenager, under his wing after he learns that she blames herself for her parents' demise and struggles to adjust with her grandmother and fellow pupils.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Pat Morita  •  Hilary Swank  •  Michael Ironside  •  Constance Towers

The Gift (2000)

When a local woman disappears and the police can't seem to find any leads, her father turns to a poor young woman with psychic powers. Slowly she starts having visions of the woman chained and in a pond. Her visions lead to the body and the arrest of an abusive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Katie Holmes

When a local woman disappears and the police can't seem to find any leads, her father turns to a poor young woman with psychic powers. Slowly she starts having visions of the woman chained and in a pond. Her visions lead to the body and the arrest of an abusive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Katie Holmes

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Simon Baker  •  Christopher Walken  •  Hayden Panettiere

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Simon Baker  •  Christopher Walken  •  Hayden Panettiere

Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)

Jon Porter returns to his hometown after the sudden and bizarre death of his mother. He hopes to leave as soon as the funeral is over but it's too late. The sinister forces that caused his sister's brutal murder 30 years ago are back. Jon knows the nightmare can't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Grossman
CAST:  Michael Gross  •  Hilary Swank  •  Alexis Arquette  •  BoJesse Christopher

Jon Porter returns to his hometown after the sudden and bizarre death of his mother. He hopes to leave as soon as the funeral is over but it's too late. The sinister forces that caused his sister's brutal murder 30 years ago are back. Jon knows the nightmare can't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Grossman
CAST:  Michael Gross  •  Hilary Swank  •  Alexis Arquette  •  BoJesse Christopher

The Reaping (2007)

Katherine Morrissey, a former Christian missionary, lost her faith after the tragic deaths of her family. Now she applies her expertise to debunking religious phenomena. When a series of biblical plagues overrun a small town, Katherine arrives to prove that a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  David Morrissey  •  Idris Elba  •  AnnaSophia Robb

Katherine Morrissey, a former Christian missionary, lost her faith after the tragic deaths of her family. Now she applies her expertise to debunking religious phenomena. When a series of biblical plagues overrun a small town, Katherine arrives to prove that a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  David Morrissey  •  Idris Elba  •  AnnaSophia Robb

Kounterfeit (1996)

Flush with $3 million in counterfeit bills, a pair of small-time criminals hope to make the big time by trading it in for a cool million in authentic cash. However, when the trade goes awry, three men end up murdered- one a cop with a vengeful sister--and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Asher
CAST:  Gil Bernardy  •  Corbin Bernsen  •  Bobbie Brown  •  Andrew Hawkes

Flush with $3 million in counterfeit bills, a pair of small-time criminals hope to make the big time by trading it in for a cool million in authentic cash. However, when the trade goes awry, three men end up murdered- one a cop with a vengeful sister--and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Asher
CAST:  Gil Bernardy  •  Corbin Bernsen  •  Bobbie Brown  •  Andrew Hawkes

11:14 (2003)

Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the story of murder and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Marcks
CAST:  Henry Thomas  •  Blake Heron  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Hilary Swank

Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the story of murder and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Marcks
CAST:  Henry Thomas  •  Blake Heron  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Hilary Swank

Heartwood (1998)

When a large corporation threatens to take over a small town's primary business and put half of the town's population out of work, sawmill owner Logan Reeser (two-time Oscar winner Jason Robards) is the only one who can stand in their way. Co-writer and director ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lanny Cotler
CAST:  Eddie Mills  •  Stanley DeSantis  •  Hilary Swank  •  Jason Robards

When a large corporation threatens to take over a small town's primary business and put half of the town's population out of work, sawmill owner Logan Reeser (two-time Oscar winner Jason Robards) is the only one who can stand in their way. Co-writer and director ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lanny Cotler
CAST:  Eddie Mills  •  Stanley DeSantis  •  Hilary Swank  •  Jason Robards

The Concert for New York City (2001)

The Concert for New York City took place on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden. It was a celebration of the strength of New York and a thank-you to the heroic firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who saved tens of thousands of lives on September ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese  •  Woody Allen  •  Edward Burns  •  Spike Lee  •  Kevin Smith  •  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Ric Burns  •  Christian Charles  •  Louis J. Horvitz
CAST:  Billy Joel  •  David Bowie  •  Eric Clapton  •  Elton John

The Concert for New York City took place on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden. It was a celebration of the strength of New York and a thank-you to the heroic firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who saved tens of thousands of lives on September ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese  •  Woody Allen  •  Edward Burns  •  Spike Lee  •  Kevin Smith  •  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Ric Burns  •  Christian Charles  •  Louis J. Horvitz
CAST:  Billy Joel  •  David Bowie  •  Eric Clapton  •  Elton John

Iron Jawed Angels (2004)

Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katja von Garnier
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Molly Parker  •  Margo Martindale

Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katja von Garnier
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Molly Parker  •  Margo Martindale

Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013)

With a focus on Clint Eastwood's career as a director, this documentary features movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with people with whom he has worked, as well as comments from Clint Eastwood himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Schickel
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Marcia Gay Harden

With a focus on Clint Eastwood's career as a director, this documentary features movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with people with whom he has worked, as well as comments from Clint Eastwood himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Schickel
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Marcia Gay Harden

The Homesman (2014)

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When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tommy Lee Jones
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Grace Gummer  •  Meryl Streep

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tommy Lee Jones
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Grace Gummer  •  Meryl Streep

You're Not You (2014)

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A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George C. Wolfe
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Ali Larter

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George C. Wolfe
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Ali Larter

Mary and Martha (2013)

Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. After his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Sam Claflin  •  Frank Grillo

Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. After his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Sam Claflin  •  Frank Grillo
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