The Best Michael Douglas Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for your favorite Michael Douglas movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big his role was.

Here are the best Michael Douglas movies, ranked best to worst, with movie trailers and clips. Michael 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. 

When Michael Douglas first started acting in Hollywood, he was not considered a great actor, but Douglas proved everyone wrong after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as the money-hungry corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Douglas then went on to star in box office hits Basic Instinct with Sharon Stone and Disclosure with Demi Moore. Thanks to his hugely successful and prolific career, Michael Douglas received both the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

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 The Game 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 Michael 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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    Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen

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    Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    The War of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    The American President is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas

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    A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas

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    Traffic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

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    The Jewel of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    The Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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    Black Rain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzmán

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    The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

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    Behind the Candelabra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd

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    Shining Through is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith

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    Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

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    Wall Street: Money Never Sleep... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Charlie Sheen, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon

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    Coma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris

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    The In-Laws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Candice Bergen

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    The Star Chamber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto

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    The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger, Michael Douglas

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    You, Me and Dupree is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Kate Hudson, Seth Rogen, Michael Douglas

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    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe

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    It Runs in the Family is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Bernadette Peters

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    Solitary Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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    King of California is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Ashley Greene, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Douglas

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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

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    Napoleon and Samantha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas, Mary Wickes

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    Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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    Adam at 6 A.M. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Joe Don Baker, Dana Elcar

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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd

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    Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland

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    A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Khandi Alexander

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    Summertree Michael Douglas, Teri Garr, Rob Reiner

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    One Night at McCool's is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt, Michael Douglas

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    Haywire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum

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    Last Vegas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas

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    Starman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

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    One Day in September is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


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    Hail, Hero! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


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

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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

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    Beyond the Reach Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Ronny Cox

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    Cast a Giant Shadow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Michael Douglas

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    The Drivetime is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    The Drivetime Antero Alli, Michael Taylor Donovan, Michael George

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    When Michael Calls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley

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    Running is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Michael Douglas, Eugene Levy, Philip Akin

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    Fog City Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies


    Fog City Mavericks Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas

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