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The Best Danny DeVito Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Arguing about which is the best Danny DeVito movie of all time? This crowdranked list will help you settle that debate once and for all. The order of these top Danny DeVito movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Danny DeVito movies will be at the top of the list. If you think the best Danny DeVito role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. We've included movie trailers when available, so if you haven't seen a movie on the list, you get a quick preview.

Danny DeVito's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning him millions upon millions of fans around the world. He has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Danny DeVito movie of all time is. He has also been in several high-profile TV shows, probably most notably It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. However, those aren't allowed on this list.

It's no coincidence that some of the best movies of all time also happen to star Danny DeVito. If you don't see a particularly good Danny DeVito movie on the list, please add it in. After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of the best Danny DeVito movies.


  • 1


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heather Graham


    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Twins is a 1988 comedy film, produced and directed by Ivan Reitman about unlikely twins who were separated at birth. The core of the film is the relationship between DeVito's streetwise character and...  more

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  • 2

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito


    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman. A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where...  more

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  • 3

    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The film was followed by a 1985...  more

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  • 4

    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken


    Directed byTim Burton

    Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of...  more

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  • 5

    Get Shorty

    John Travolta, John Wayne


    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Get Shorty is a 1995 comedy-thriller film based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito, the...  more

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  • 6

    Ruthless People

    Danny DeVito, Bette Midler


    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Ruthless People is a 1986 black comedy film written by Dale Launer, directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, and starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Anita Morris,...  more

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  • 7


    Danny DeVito, James Woods


    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated...  more

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  • 8


    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson


    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name....  more

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  • 9

    The War of the Roses

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito


    Directed byDanny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

    This film is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. When their marriage...  more

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  • 10

    Renaissance Man

    Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito


    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Renaissance Man is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Cliff Robertson and Mark Wahlberg in his film debut. In Australia, the...  more

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  • 11

    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe


    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of LAPD...  more

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  • 12

    The Rainmaker

    Matt Damon, Claire Danes


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by John Grisham. Danny DeVito, Danny Glover,...  more

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  • 13

    Throw Momma from the Train

    Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito


    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Throw Momma from the Train is a 1987 American black comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, and starring DeVito and Billy Crystal, with Rob Reiner, Anne Ramsey, Branford Marsalis, Kim Greist, and Kate...  more

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  • 14

    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray


    Directed byJoe Pytka

    Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The film was produced by Ivan Reitman,...  more

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  • 15

    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor


    Directed byTim Burton

    Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup,...  more

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  • 16


    Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen


    Directed byWoody Allen

    Bananas is a 1971 American comedy film directed by Woody Allen and starring Allen, Louise Lasser, and Carlos Montalban. Written by Allen and Mickey Rose, the film is about a bumbling New Yorker who,...  more

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  • 17


    Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman


    Directed byDavid Mamet

    This film is a 2001 film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, with Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles....  more
  • 18

    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson


    Directed byTim Burton

    Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton. Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor....  more

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  • 19

    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito


    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra...  more

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  • 20

    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito


    Directed byLewis Teague, David Teague

    The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film Romancing the Stone, with Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito reprising their roles....  more

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  • 21

    My Little Pony: The Movie

    Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman


    Directed byMichael Joens

    My Little Pony: The Movie is a 1986 American animated musical fantasy film based on the Hasbro toy line, My Little Pony. It was released on June 20, 1986 by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. The...  more

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  • 22


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito


    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and DeVito...  more
  • 23

    Last Action Hero

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner


    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and its clichés, containing several parodies of action films...  more

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  • 24


    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton


    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 25

    The Gong Show Movie

    Danny DeVito, Phil Hartman


    Directed byChuck Barris

    The Gong Show Movie is a 1980 film directed by Chuck Barris....  more