10 Of The Best Martin Donovan Movies

Take a look below for our list of 10 of the best Martin Donovan movies.

1. Trust (1990)

Trust concerns the unusual romance between two young misfits wandering the same Long Island town. When Maria (Shelly), a recent high school dropout, announces her unplanned pregnancy to her family, her father dies of heart failure, her mother immediately evicts her from the household and her boyfriend breaks up with her.

Lonely and with nowhere to go, Maria wanders her town in search of a place to stay. Along the way, she meets Matthew (Donovan), a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. They begin an unusual romance built on their mutual admiration and trust.

2. Simple Men

Simple Men is a 1992 American film written and directed by Hal Hartley and starring Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, Karen Sillas, and Martin Donovan. It was the debut film of actress Holly Marie Combs, in a supporting role. It was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

3. Amateur

Amateur is a 1994 comedy crime drama film written and directed by Hal Hartley and starring Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan and Elina Löwensohn. The story revolves around an ex-nun who gets mixed up in pornography, violence and international crime but ends up intact in the convent she left.

4. The Opposite of Sex

The Opposite of Sex is a 1998 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Don Roos, and starring Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan and Lisa Kudrow. It marked the final film produced by Rysher Entertainment.

5. The Portrait of a Lady

The film tells the story of Isabel Archer, an innocent young woman of independent means who is manipulated by her “friend” Madame Merle, and the devious Gilbert Osmond.

6. Living Out Loud

Judith Moore had what she thought was a perfect marriage, with both she and her husband studying to be doctors. But after she puts her studies on hold to find a job and support them, many years pass until suddenly he leaves Judith to be with another doctor.

Depressed, she holes up in her apartment, where the middle-aged Pat Francato serves as a building superintendent and elevator operator. He is as lonely as she is, beset with gambling problems, and Judith and Pat make a connection. Yet what he wishes to pursue as a romantic relationship, Judith sees only as a friendship. Her friend Liz Bailey, who sings at a nightclub, makes attempts to improve Judith’s love life as well as her own.

7. Heaven (1998)

Robert (Martin Donovan) is in the midst of a vicious divorce and custody battle with his wife, Jennifer (Joanna Going), who, unbeknown to him, is sleeping with his psychiatrist, Melrose (Patrick Malahide). One night, Robert befriends a transgender dancer named Heaven (Danny Edwards), who, coincidentally, is seeing the same therapist. Heaven, a clairvoyant, recognizes Robert from her grisly visions of the future, which either foretell his doom or hold the key to his salvation.

8. Agent Cody Banks

High school student Cody Banks wants nothing more than what every other teen wants: to survive the banality of adolescence and become an adult. However, Banks is no ordinary teen; he’s a CIA agent. When he’s not doing his homework, Banks is on the case, spying on fellow student Natalie Connors to get close to her father, a scientist who has invented killer nanobots designed to bring down the country.

9. The Hollow Reed

When doctor Martin Wyatt (Martin Donovan) comes out of the closet, it tears his family apart. He quickly loses his son, Oliver, to his now bitter ex-wife, Hannah (Joely Richardson). Martin tries to put his life back together and settle into a routine with his new boyfriend, Tom (Ian Hart), but comes undone when he discovers that Hannah’s new boyfriend, Frank (Jason Flemyng), has been abusing Oliver. Determined to get his son back, Martin goes to court to fight Hannah for custody.

10. Nadja

After her father, Dracula, is killed, vampire Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) launches a feud against her father’s murderer, Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Fonda). Nadja begins her revenge by attempting to seduce Van Helsing’s daughter, Lucy (Galaxy Craze). But Van Helsing has also recruited Lucy’s twin brother (Jared Harris), his son (Martin Donovan) and his other children to bring down the vampires. As the family conspires against Nadja, she proves that she won’t be so easily defeated.

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