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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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Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted Kotcheff, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood veteran. ...more

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Angela Bassett, Brian Dennehy, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1986

Directed by: Robert Mandel

F/X is a 1986 American action-thriller film about Rollie Tyler, an expert in the art of special effects with a reputation built by his work on many low-budget hack-and-slash films such as I ...more

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Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

Released: 1990

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

Presumed Innocent is a 1990 legal drama. It is a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Scott Turow, which tells the story of a prosecutor and his female colleague and ...more

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Brian Dennehy, Margot Kidder, Meg Foster

Released: 1992

Directed by: Eric Till

To Catch a Killer is a two-part television film from 1992, directed by Eric Till and starring Brian Dennehy and Michael Riley. It is based on the true story of the pursuit of American serial ...more
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Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Silverado is a 1985 American Western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The screenplay was written by Kasdan and his brother Mark. It features an ensemble cast, including Kevin ...more

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Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Segal

Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more

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William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1983

Directed by: Michael Apted

Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Dennis Potter. The main stars of the film are William Hurt as ...more

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Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin, Bryan Brown

Released: 1991

Directed by: Richard Franklin

F/X2 is a 1991 American action thriller film directed by Richard Franklin and starring Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy. It is a sequel to the 1986 film F/X. This was Franklin's final American film ...more
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Brian Dennehy, Charles Martin Smith, Tom Dahlgren

Released: 1983

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

Never Cry Wolf is a 1983 American drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film is an adaption of Farley Mowat's 1963 autobiography Never Cry Wolf and stars Charles Martin Smith as a ...more

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James Woods, Brian Dennehy, George Coe

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Flynn

Best Seller is a 1987 crime film written by Larry Cohen, directed by John Flynn and starring James Woods and Brian Dennehy. The film tells the story of Cleve, a career hitman, who wants to turn ...more

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Brian Dennehy, Amber Benson, Neal McDonough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kevin Connor

Jack Reed: Badge of Honor is a 1993 crime drama made-for-television film written by Andrew Laskos, directed by Kevin Connor starring Brian Dennehy, Susan Ruttan, and Alice Krige. It was the ...more
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A Killing in a Small Town Brian Dennehy, Barbara Hershey, Hal Holbrook

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal

A Killing in a Small Town is a 1990 CBS television movie directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Barbara Hershey and Brian Dennehy. Co-star Barbara Hershey won a 1990 Primetime Emmy Award ...more
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Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jean-François Richet

Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. The cast also includes John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja ...more

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Courteney Cox, Steve Guttenberg, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Cocoon: The Return is a 1988 science fiction film that is the sequel to the 1985 film Cocoon. All of the starring actors from the first film reprised their roles in this film, although Brian ...more

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Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marshall, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia. One is fighting to pay off gambling ...more

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Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Avnet

This film is a 2008 American thriller film with elements of a buddy cop film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. It is one of only two movies in which De Niro and ...more

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Brian Dennehy, Jean Smart, Kari Matchett

Released: 1996

Directed by: Bruce Pittman

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Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore

Released: 1978

Directed by: Colin Higgins

Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy, and Brian Dennehy, set in the world of ...more

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Brian Dennehy, Bryan Marshall, Sigrid Thornton

Released: 1988

Directed by: Geoff Burrowes

The Man from Snowy River II is a 1988 Australian drama film, the sequel to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River. It was released in the United States as Return to Snowy River, and in the ...more
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Jack Reed: A Search for Justice Brian Dennehy, Amber Benson, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1994

Directed by: Brian Dennehy

Jack Reed: A Search for Justice is a 1994 crime drama mystery film directed and written by Brian Dennehy.
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Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Terence Stamp

Released: 1986

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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

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George Clooney, Hank Azaria, Don Cheadle

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Fail Safe is a 2000 televised broadcast play, based on Fail-Safe, the Cold War novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The play, broadcast live in black and white on CBS, starred George ...more

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