Scent of a Woman (1992) Hoffman played prep school student George Willis, Jr., alongside leads Chris O'Donnell and Al Pacino.
Hoffman played a supporting role as storm chaser Dustin Davis, who was working to create an advanced weather alert system.
Boogie Nights (1997) Shy, overweight and gay, the character of Scotty J. gave Hoffman the chance to flex some dramatic muscles while supporting lead Mark Wahlberg.
The Big Lebowski (1998) Cult-classic "The Big Lebowski" saw Hoffman take the role of Brandt, the personal assistant of millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski – not to be confused with The Dude.
Flawless (1999) Joel Schumacher's "Flawless" paired Hoffman with Robert De Niro. Hoffman played drag-queen-next-door Rusty, who formed an unlikely friendship with ultraconservative cop Walt Koontz.
Magnolia (1999) Paul Thomas Anderson cast Hoffman as the tormented nurse Phil Pharma in "Magnolia." Pharma is tasked with finding the estranged son of the dying Earl Partridge.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Hoffman joined a cast of up-and-coming stars for "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Big names included Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett.
Almost Famous (2000) Hoffman jumped into the role of Lester Bangs, portraying the real-life music journalist who wrote for "Creem" and "Rolling Stone" in the 1970s.
Love Liza (2002) Hoffman got the lead role in "Love Liza," playing Wilson Joel, whose life is turned upside down by the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Hoffman paired up again with Paul Thomas Anderson, as well as Adam Sandler, for the underrated "Punch-Drunk Love." Hoffman donned the role of sleazy phone-sex extortionist Dean Trumbell.
Red Dragon (2002) "Red Dragon" saw the return of Hannibal Lecter, albeit in a more sedate role. Hoffman played tabloid journalist Freddy Lounds, who was trying to dig up the dirt on "The Tooth Fairy" serial killer.
Cold Mountain (2003) Hoffman took the role of the corrupt preacher Reverend Veasy in "Cold Mountain," joining, but not necessarily aiding, the journey of Jude Law's Inman.
Capote (2005) Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as writer Truman Capote in 2005's "Capote." Despite big parts in earlier films, it was "Capote" that really thrust Hoffman into the spotlight.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Hoffman co-starred with Ethan Hawke as brothers Andy and Hank, whose ill-fated robbery of their parents' jewelry store sends their lives into chaos.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Tom Hanks played the eponymous character in "Charlie Wilson's War," while Hoffman played CIA division chief Gust Avraktos – best known for the arming of Afghanistan's mujahideen in the 1980s.
Pirate Radio (2009) Hoffman starred as American DJ "The Count" in this film about an illegal offshore radio station in the 1960s.
Doubt (2008) Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Father Brendan Flynn.
The Ideas of March (2011) Director and star George Clooney brought Hoffman in as senior campaign manager Paul Zara in this film about the gritty underside of politics.
Moneyball (2011) Hoffman played former Oakland A's manager Art Howe in this baseball biography.
The Master (2012) Paul Thomas Anderson reportedly had Hoffman in mind as "The Master" Lancaster Dodd, who forms a philosophical movement known as "The Cause." Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for his role.