5 Times Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Better Than the Movie

02/02/2014 at 08:50 PM EST

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Twister and Other Lesser-Known Roles
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Twister
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When PEOPLE asked Twitter and Facebook users what their favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman movie was, the result was pretty unequivocal: Twister. That gave us pause, but then we started thinking about some of the actor's less-valued films. Even when the film might not have been great, Hoffman always was.

Twister (1996)

Someone so loved Hoffman's Dusty from this film that they created a tribute video to him. Would it be a stretch to call his performance the best thing about Twister? Probably not.

Pirate Radio (2009)

A heavily fictionalized account of the "pirate radio" ships broadcasting then-banned rock and roll to England in the 1960s, Pirate Radio isn't exactly a great film, but Hoffman walks away with it thanks to his portrayal of a renegade rock DJ.

Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)

Hoffman's menacing, slow-burn performance as Mission: Impossible 3's villain was one of the frequently cited highlights of the film.

Patch Adams (1998)

Hoffman's performances had a way of making audiences feel a character's entire life, experience and feelings through tiny scenes. This volcanic scene in Patch Adams is the perfect example of that.

Along Came Polly (2004)

Though he's often thought of as a solely dramatic actor, Hoffman could deliver comedic performances with the best of them. Case in point: The above clip.

 



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