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The Best Alan Alda Movies

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List of the best Alan Alda movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Alan Alda'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 Alan Alda movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Alan Alda movies will be at the top of the list. Alan Alda has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Alan Alda movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Alan Alda films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Alan Alda role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Alan Alda performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include The Seduction of Joe Tynan and The Four Seasons.

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    Same Time, Next Year

    Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1978

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Same Time, Next Year is a 1978 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Bernard Slade is based on his 1975 play of the same title. The film stars Alan Alda...  more

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    The Four Seasons

    Carol Burnett, Alan Alda

    Released1981

    Directed byAlan Alda

    The Four Seasons is a 1981 romantic comedy film written and directed by and starring Alan Alda, co-starring Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston and Bess Armstrong. The...  more

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    California Suite

    Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby

    Released1978

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Similar to his earlier Plaza Suite, the film focuses on...  more
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    The Mephisto Waltz

    Jacqueline Bissett, Alan Alda

    Released1971

    Directed byPaul Wendkos

    The Mephisto Waltz is a 1971 American horror film about an occult-murder mystery. It was directed by Paul Wendkos and starred Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman and Curd...  more

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    The Seduction of Joe Tynan

    Meryl Streep, Alan Alda

    Released1979

    Directed byJerry Schatzberg

    The Seduction of Joe Tynan is a 1979 American political film drama directed by Jerry Schatzberg and produced by Martin Bregman. The screenplay was written by Alan Alda, who also played the title...  more
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It stars...  more

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    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah

    Released1989

    Directed byWoody Allen

    This film is a 1989 existential drama written, directed by and co-starring Woody Allen, alongside Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston and Joanna...  more

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    The Glass House

    Alan Alda, Billy Dee Williams

    Released1972

    Directed byTom Gries

    The Glass House is a 1972 drama film written by Tracy Keenan Wynn and directed by Tom Gries....  more
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    Paper Lion

    Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Schmidt

    Released1968

    Directed byAlex March

    Paper Lion is a 1968 sports comedy film starring Alan Alda as writer George Plimpton, based on Plimpton's 1966 nonfiction book of the same title depicting his tryout with the Detroit Lions of the...  more
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    Murder at 1600

    Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes

    Released1997

    Directed byDwight H. Little

    This film is a 1997 action film starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller, Ronny Cox, Daniel Benzali, and Alan Alda. The 1600 in the title refers to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the address of...  more
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    Jenny

    Alan Alda, Marlo Thomas

    Released1970

    Directed byGeorge Bloomfield

    Jenny is a 1970 drama film directed by George Bloomfield....  more
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    Betsy's Wedding

    Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byAlan Alda

    Betsy's Wedding is a 1990 American romantic-comedy film written, directed by and starring Alan Alda. It co-stars Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joey Bishop, Joe Pesci, Anthony LaPaglia,...  more

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    Tower Heist

    Kate Upton, Eddie Murphy

    Released2011

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    This film is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Brett Ratner. The plot follows Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller), Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck) and Enrique Dev'reaux (Michael Peña), employees of an...  more
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    What Women Want

    Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei

    Released2000

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake, directed by Nancy Meyers, and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The film was a box...  more

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    Manhattan Murder Mystery

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1993

    Directed byWoody Allen

    This film is a comedy mystery film, directed by and starring Woody Allen and written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman....  more

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    Gone Are the Days!

    Alan Alda, Ruby Dee

    Released1963

    Directed byNicholas Webster

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    Canadian Bacon

    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Moore

    Canadian Bacon is a 1995 comedy film which satirizes Canada–United States relations along the Canada–United States border written, directed, and produced by Michael Moore. It was screened in the Un...  more

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    The Moonshine War

    Alan Alda, Richard Widmark

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Quine

    The Moonshine War is a 1970 film directed by Richard Quine, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard. It starred Patrick McGoohan, Richard Widmark, Alan Alda, Will Geer, John Schuck, and...  more
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    White Mile

    Alan Alda, Robert Loggia

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Butler

    White Mile is a 1994 American film directed by Robert Butler and starring Alan Alda and Peter Gallagher....  more
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    Diminished Capacity

    Louis C.K., Matthew Broderick

    Released2008

    Directed byTerry Kinney

    Diminished Capacity is a comedy film directed by Terry Kinney and starring Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen, and Alan Alda. It was released at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters...  more
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    Neil Simon's Jake's Women

    Mira Sorvino, Alan Alda

    Released1996

    Directed byGlenn Jordan

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    Wanderlust

    Jennifer Aniston, Malin Åkerman

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Wain

    Wanderlust is a 2012 American comedy film directed by David Wain, starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, as a married couple who try to escape modern society by finding themselves on a commune in...  more
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    Sweet Liberty

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Caine

    Released1986

    Directed byAlan Alda

    Sweet Liberty is an American comedy film written and directed by Alan Alda, and starring Alda in the lead role, alongside Michael Caine and Michelle Pfeiffer, with support from Bob Hoskins, Lois...  more

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    Everyone Says I Love You

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released1996

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Everyone Says I Love You is a 1996 American musical comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, who also stars alongside Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Gaby Hoffmann,...  more

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    Class of '55

    Alan Alda, Jamie Farr

    Released1972

    Directed byDavid Seltzer

    Class of '55 is a 1972 tv comedy film created by David Seltzer....