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The Best Movies About Dentists

Updated April 8, 2019 142 votes 16 voters25 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies featuring a dentist.

There are several great films that either have a dentist in the lead role or feature a dentist as a memorable character in the movie. Here is a list of the best dentist movies ever.

Anyone with a fear of sitting in the dentist chair may want to skip 1976’s Marathon Man, one of the scariest dentist horror movies ever made. Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) is a Nazi war criminal dentist with a penchant for torturing patients and utters the memorable line “Is it safe?” Of course, Steve Martin’s dentist in Little Shop of Horrors rivals Dr. Szell in terms of sheer sadism.

But not all dentists in pop culture and movies are sadists. In fact, some are very kind. Remember Irish dentist Fergus O’Connell (Daniel Day Lewis) in the movie Eversmile, New Jersey? Dr. O’Connell even offers up his services for free to locals.

Which dentist comedies are the funniest? Which are the scariest? It's time to determine the best dentist movies with the help of your votes. Vote up your favorite dental-based movies.

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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

    Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and...  more
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    Marathon Man

    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider,...  more
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    Horrible Bosses

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey

    Released2011

    Directed bySeth Gordon

    Horrible Bosses is a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Markowitz. It stars Jason...  more
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    Ghost Town

    Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Koepp

    Ghost Town is a 2008 American supernatural comedy-drama film directed by David Koepp, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Kamps. It stars English comedian Ricky Gervais in his first leading...  more
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    Eversmile, New Jersey

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Mirjana Joković

    Released1989

    Directed byCarlos Sorín

    Eversmile, New Jersey is an Argentine and British comedy-drama film released in 1989, directed by Carlos Sorín, and written by Sorín, Jorge Goldenberg, and Roberto Scheuer. The film stars Daniel...  more
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    The Secret Lives of Dentists

    Robin Tunney, Denis Leary

    Released2003

    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    The Secret Lives of Dentists is a 2002 drama film directed by Alan Rudolph. The screenplay was written by Craig Lucas, based on the novella The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley. It was screened at several...  more
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    Adventures of a Dentist

    Andrey Petrov, Alisa Freindlich

    Released1965

    Directed byElem Klimov

    Adventures of a Dentist is a 1965 Soviet dark comedy/drama feature film directed by Elem Klimov on Mosfilm. It is currently unavailable on video or DVD for any audience, but is occasionally screened...  more
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    Captives

    Mark Strong, Tim Roth

    Released1994

    Directed byAngela Pope

    Captives is a 1994 British romantic crime drama film directed by Angela Pope and written by Dublin screenwriter Frank Deasy. It stars Julia Ormond, Tim Roth and Keith Allen. The picture was selected...  more
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    Good Luck Chuck

    Jessica Alba, Dane Cook

    Released2007

    Directed byMark Helfrich

    Good Luck Chuck is a 2007 romantic comedy film starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. In the film, women find their "one true love" after being with a dentist named Chuck. Chuck meets a girl named Cam...  more
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    Greed

    ZaSu Pitts, Chester Conklin

    Released1924

    Directed byErich von Stroheim

    Greed is a 1924 American silent film, written and directed by Erich von Stroheim and based on the 1899 Frank Norris novel McTeague. It stars Gibson Gowland as Dr. John McTeague, ZaSu Pitts as his...  more
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    Novocaine

    Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Martin

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Atkins, David Atkins

    Novocaine is a 2001 black comedy thriller film written and directed by David Atkins and starring Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Lynne Thigpen and Elias Koteas. It was shot in the...  more
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    Problem Child 3: Junior in Love

    Gilbert Gottfried, Jack Warden

    Released1995

    Directed byGreg Beeman, Larry Karaszewski

    Problem Child 3: Junior in Love is a 1995 American made-for-TV sequel to Problem Child, and is the third and final entry in the trilogy. However, it sets off completely different from the last one....  more
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    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn

    Released2002

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Snow Dogs is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn. The film was released in the United States on January 18, 2002 by Walt Disney...  more
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    The Dentist

    Mark Ruffalo, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    The Dentist is an 1996 American horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and written by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, and Charles Finch. It stars Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman and Ken Foree. It was...  more
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    The Dentist 2

    Clint Howard, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1998

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    The Dentist 2 is a 1998 American horror film, and sequel to the 1996 film The Dentist. It was directed by Brian Yuzna. The film stars Corbin Bernsen, Jillian McWhirter, Jeff Doucette, and Susanne...  more
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    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    James Stewart, Doris Day

    Released1956

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The film is a somewhat altered remake in widescreen VistaVision and...  more
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    The Shakiest Gun in the West

    Don Knotts, Pat Morita

    Released1968

    Directed byAlan Rafkin

    The Shakiest Gun in the West is a 1968 Western comedy film starring Don Knotts. It was directed by Alan Rafkin and written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum. The film is a remake of The Paleface,...  more
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    The Whole Nine Yards

    Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    The Whole Nine Yards is a 2000 American-Canadian comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn, starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Michael Clarke Duncan and Natasha Henstridge. The title...  more
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    The Whole Ten Yards

    Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry

    Released2004

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Whole Ten Yards is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Howard Deutch and sequel to the 2000 film The Whole Nine Yards. It was based on characters created by Mitchell Kapner, who was the...  more
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    The Dentist

    W. C. Fields, Bobby Dunn

    Released1932

    Directed byLeslie Pearce

    The Dentist is a 1932 American comedy short starring W. C. Fields. The film is one of four short films Fields made with the "king of comedy," Mack Sennett, at Paramount. Although Sennett was near the...  more
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    The Great Moment

    Joel McCrea, William Demarest

    Released1944

    Directed byPreston Sturges

    The Great Moment is a 1944 biographical film written and directed by Preston Sturges. Based on the book Triumph Over Pain by René Fülöp-Miller, it tells the story of Dr. William Thomas Green Morton,...  more
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    This Won't Hurt a Bit

    Jacqueline McKenzie, Greig Pickhaver

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Kennedy

    This Won't Hurt a Bit is a film directed by Chris Kennedy released on Nov 12, 1993....  more
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    The Merry Old Soul

    The Merry Old Soul is a short animated film by Walter Lantz Productions, and part of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series. The cartoon also became a nominee for an Academy Award....  more
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    Horrible Bosses 2

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey

    Released2014

    Directed bySean Anders

    Horrible Bosses 2 is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Sean Anders and a sequel to 2011's Horrible Bosses. Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros., the film was...  more
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    Inherent Vice

    Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin

    Released2014

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Inherent Vice is a 2014 American neo-noir comedy-drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc"...  more