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The Best Brian Dennehy Movies

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

If you think the best Brian Dennehy role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Brian Dennehy performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Brian Dennehy was born Brian Manion Dennehy on July 9, 1938, in Bridgeport and acted in both film and television for over four decades. He died on April 15, 2020, at the age of 81 in New Haven, Connecticut.

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    Silverado

    Kevin Costner, John Cleese
    Silverado is a 1985 American Western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The...  more

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    #704 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#254 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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    To Catch a Killer

    Brian Dennehy, Margot Kidder
    To Catch a Killer is a two-part television film from 1992, directed by Eric Till and starring...  more
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    A Killing in a Small Town

    Brian Dennehy, Barbara Hershey
    A Killing in a Small Town is a 1990 CBS television movie directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and...  more
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    F/X2

    Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin
    F/X2 is a 1991 American action thriller film directed by Richard Franklin and starring Bryan...  more
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    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy
    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted...  more

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    #126 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#10 of 14 Movies That Threw Book Endings Out The Window Completely

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    Never Cry Wolf

    Brian Dennehy, Charles Martin Smith
    Never Cry Wolf is a 1983 American drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film is an...  more

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    #57 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books#377 of 425 The Best Feel-Good Movies

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    Cocoon

    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard
    Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people...  more

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    #210 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#75 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    F/X

    Angela Bassett, Brian Dennehy
    F/X is a 1986 American action-thriller film about Rollie Tyler, an expert in the art of...  more
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    Semi-Tough

    Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson
    Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris...  more
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    Gladiator

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy
    Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba...  more
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    Assault on Precinct 13

    Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke
    Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet,...  more

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    Cocoon: The Return

    Courteney Cox, Steve Guttenberg
    Cocoon: The Return is a 1988 science fiction film that is the sequel to the 1985 film Cocoon....  more
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    Foul Play

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase
    Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin...  more

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    #654 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#175 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    Shadow of a Doubt

    Brian Dennehy, Fairuza Balk
    Shadow of a Doubt is a 1995 television film directed by Brian Dennehy....  more
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    Steve Martini: Undue Influence

    Brian Dennehy, Jean Smart
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    The Man from Snowy River II

    Brian Dennehy, Bryan Marshall
    The Man from Snowy River II is a 1988 Australian drama film, the sequel to the 1982 film The...  more
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    Legal Eagles

    Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah
    Legal Eagles is a 1986 American legal comedy film written and directed by Ivan Reitman, and...  more

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    The Last of the Finest

    Bill Paxton, Brian Dennehy
    The Last of the Finest is a 1990 film directed by John Mackenzie. It stars Brian Dennehy and...  more
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    Jack Reed: A Search for Justice

    Brian Dennehy, Amber Benson
    Jack Reed: A Search for Justice is a 1994 crime drama mystery film directed and written by...
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    Gorky Park

    William Hurt, Lee Marvin
    Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed...  more
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    Jack Reed: One of Our Own

    Brian Dennehy, Charles S. Dutton
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    Perfect Witness

    Brian Dennehy, Stockard Channing
    Perfect Witness is a 1989 made-for-TV movie....
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    Fail Safe

    George Clooney, Hank Azaria
    Fail Safe is a 2000 televised broadcast play, based on Fail-Safe, the Cold War novel by Eugene...  more
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    Presumed Innocent

    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy
    Presumed Innocent is a 1990 legal drama. It is a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of...  more

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    A Father's Revenge

    Brian Dennehy, Ron Silver
    A Father's Revenge is a 1988 thriller film written by Tom Schulman and Mel Frohman, and ...  more