The Best Michael Douglas Movies Films

The Best Michael Douglas Movies

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This is a list of the best Michael Douglas movies, ranked best to worst - with movie trailers when available. Micael Douglas has acted in some amazing films, but he also worked behind the scenes on several award-winning movies including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Michael Douglas's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Michael Douglas movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Michael Douglas movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Michael Douglas movies?," "What are the greatest Michael Douglas roles of all time?,"  and "How do Michael Douglas's recent movies compare to his first?" The greatest Michael Douglas performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Everything from Falling Down to Wall Street is included on this Michael Douglas filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best. If you think the best Michael Douglas role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you love Douglas's intensity, you might also enjoy our list of best Sean Penn movies and best Charlie Sheen movies.


Notable directors that have worked with Michael Douglas include names like Joel Schumacher, Ridley Scott and Steven Soderbergh. If you're a fan of Michael Douglas, then check out our lists of the best Kurt Russell and Richard Gere movies as well.



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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld

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    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    Wall Street

    Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen

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    The War of the Roses

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    The American President

    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas

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    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    A Perfect Murder

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas

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    Traffic

    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

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    Black Rain

    Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzmán

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    The China Syndrome

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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    Don't Say a Word

    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

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    Behind the Candelabra

    Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd

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    The In-Laws

    Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Candice Bergen

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    Coma

    Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris

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    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

    Charlie Sheen, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon

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    The Star Chamber

    Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto

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    Shining Through

    Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith

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    It Runs in the Family

    Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Bernadette Peters

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    You, Me and Dupree

    Kate Hudson, Seth Rogen, Michael Douglas

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    The Sentinel

    Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger, Michael Douglas

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    Napoleon and Samantha

    Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas, Mary Wickes

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    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe

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    Solitary Man

    Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    King of California

    Ashley Greene, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Douglas

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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

    Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

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    One Night at McCool's

    Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt, Michael Douglas

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    A Chorus Line

    Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Khandi Alexander

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    Adam at 6 A.M.

    Michael Douglas, Joe Don Baker, Dana Elcar

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    Hail, Hero!

    Hail, Hero! Michael Douglas, Teresa Wright, Arthur Kennedy

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    Haywire

    Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum

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    One Day in September
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    Summertree

    Summertree Michael Douglas, Teri Garr, Rob Reiner

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    Cast a Giant Shadow

    Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Michael Douglas

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    When Michael Calls

    Michael Douglas, Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley

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    Fog City Mavericks

    Fog City Mavericks Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas

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    It's My Turn

    Michael Douglas, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin

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    Running

    Michael Douglas, Eugene Levy, Philip Akin

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    The Drivetime

    The Drivetime Antero Alli, Michael Taylor Donovan, Michael George

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