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

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Doomsday Voyage and Break are included on this list along with many more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Charles Durning movies?" and "What are the greatest Charles Durning roles of all time?"

Charles Durning worked with many famous directors, including big names like Brian De Palma and Joel Coen.

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Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a ...more

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George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more

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Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross The Final Countdown is a 1980 alternate history science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels through time to a day before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Produced by Peter ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning, Richard Widmark Twilight's Last Gleaming is a 1977 film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark. The film was a West German/US co-production, shot mainly at the Bavaria ...more

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Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 psychological horror film. It was directed by Fred Walton and stars Carol Kane and Charles Durning. The film derives its story from the classic folk legend of ...more

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Paul Newman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 screwball comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Sam Raimi co-wrote the script and served as second unit director. The film stars ...more

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Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman North Dallas Forty is a 1979 film drama starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, and G. D. Spradlin set in the world of American professional football. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and based on the ...more

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, which ...more

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Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 American war comedy film directed by Alan Johnson and produced by Mel Brooks. The screenplay was written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, based on the original ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi The Fury is a 1978 supernatural thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The film was written by John Farris, based on his novel of the same name. It starred Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, ...more

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Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, George C. Scott The Hindenburg is a 1975 American Technicolor film based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. The film stars George C. Scott. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and was ...more

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Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis Sisters is a 1973 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt and Charles Durning. The plot focuses on a French Canadian model whose separated ...more

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Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Jim Belushi The Man With One Red Shoe is a 1985 comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti, and starring Tom Hanks and Dabney Coleman. It is a remake of a 1972 French film Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire ...more

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Kevin Bacon, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen Starting Over is a 1979 American comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen and Jill Clayburgh which tells the story of a recently divorced man who is torn between his new girlfriend and ...more

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James Woods, Randy Quaid, Louis Gossett The Choirboys is a 1977 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Aldrich, written by Christopher Knopf and Joseph Wambaugh based on Wambaugh's novel of the same title. It features an ...more

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Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles, Nicollette Sheridan Spy Hard is a 1996 American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond films and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by ...more

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Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry I.Q. is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The film ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Anthony Kiedis, Burt Lancaster Tough Guys is a 1986 action comedy film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Charles Durning, Dana Carvey and Darlanne Fluegel. It was directed by Jeff Kanew. This was the first ...more

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Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins, Archie Moore Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the novel by Alistair MacLean of the ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Rachel Ward Sharky's Machine is a 1981 motion picture directed by Burt Reynolds, who stars in the title role. The movie is an adaptation of William Diehl's first novel Sharky's Machine, with a screenplay by ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on Ben Hecht and ...more

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Charles Durning, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists is a 1996 direct-to-video animated adventure musical film directed by Roy Allen Smith. This is the last Land Before Time sequel directed by ...more

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James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning Cop is a 1988 film starring James Woods and Lesley Ann Warren. It is based on the book Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy. The screenplay was written by James B. Harris, who also directs. Harris ...more

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Charles Durning, Lane Smith, Larry Drake Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a 1981 American made-for-television suspense horror film directed by veteran novelist Frank De Felitta, from a script by J.D. Feigelson. Feigelson's intent had ...more

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Jack White, Donald Sutherland, Charles Durning The Rosary Murders is a 1987 neo-noir mystery film starring Donald Sutherland as Father Koesler, based upon the novel by William X. Kienzle. Kienzle received screenplay credit, as did Elmore ...more

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Jacqueline Bissett, Anthony Quinn, Charles Durning The Greek Tycoon is a 1978 American drama film, of the roman à clef type, directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by Morton S. Fine is based on a story by Fine, Nico Mastorakis, and ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Julia Stiles State and Main is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Stiles, William H. Macy and Alec ...more

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John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Gene Hackman Two of a Kind is a 1983 American romantic comedy film directed by John Herzfeld starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The original musical score was composed by Patrick Williams. ...more

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George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Peet One Fine Day is a 1996 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Hoffman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney as two single working parents, with Alex D. Linz and Mae Whitman ...more

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Jami Gertz, Charles Durning, Jason Patric Solarbabies is a 1986 science fiction film, made by Brooksfilms and directed by Alan Johnson. It was released on DVD on March 6, 2007. The movie was the second and final film directed by Alan ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Charles Durning, Željko Ivanek Mass Appeal is a 1984 American dramedy film starring Jack Lemmon, directed by Glenn Jordan. The screenplay by Bill C. Davis is based on his 1980 play of the same title.

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Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Annie Potts Stick is a 1985 crime film directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.

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Robert De Niro, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham Hi, Mom! is a black comedy film by Brian De Palma, and is one of Robert De Niro's first movies. De Niro reprises his role of Jon Rubin from Greetings. In this film, Rubin is a fledgling ...more

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Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Burgess Meredith True Confessions is a 1981 crime film directed by Ulu Grosbard, loosely based on the Black Dahlia murder case of 1947. The film stars Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall as the brothers Spellacy, ...more

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Snoop Dogg, Emilio Estevez, Ron Jeremy The L.A. Riot Spectacular is a satire film about the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Written and directed by music video director Marc Klasfeld, the film stars Emilio Estevez, Snoop Dogg, Charles S. ...more

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Charles Durning, Kelli Williams, Maeve Quinlan A Boyfriend for Christmas is a 2004 American romantic Christmas film starring Patrick Muldoon and Kelli Williams, which aired November 27, 2004 on the Hallmark Channel.

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Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish Stephen King's Desperation is a 2006 television movie that Stephen King adapted from his novel of the same name. The film was directed by frequent King collaborator Mick Garris and stars Ron ...more

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Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman Capote; the screenplay was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. The film ...more

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Diane Keaton, Michael Caine, James Caan Harry and Walter Go to New York is a 1976 American period comedy film written by John Byrum and Robert Kaufman, directed by Mark Rydell, and starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine, ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Mark Harmon, Bill Paxton The Last Supper is a 1996 black comedy film directed by Stacy Title. It stars Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner and Courtney B. Vance as five liberal graduate school ...more

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Brooke Shields, Timothy Dalton, Charles Durning Brenda Starr is a 1989 adventure film, based on Dale Messick's Brenda Starr comic strip. The film was directed by Robert Ellis Miller, and stars Brooke Shields, Timothy Dalton, and Jeffrey

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Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Jill Schoelen When a Stranger Calls Back is a 1993 made-for-television psychological horror film directed by Fred Walton. It is the sequel to the 1979 classic When a Stranger Calls.

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Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning, Jaleel White Mel and Mac are looking for an asteroid to show as a science project. It’s hard to do science when they are fighting all the time as (younger) brother and (older) sister. When they are walking ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Lacey Chabert, Milo Ventimiglia Dirty Deeds is a 2005 American comedy film directed by David Kendall, produced by Bill Civitella and Dan Kaplow; written by Jon Land and Jonathan Thies. It was released on August 25, 2005 in the ...more

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Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman, Charles Durning Local Color is a 2006 American drama film. Directed by George Gallo, starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ray Liotta and Trevor Morgan in the lead role. It is based on a true story, that of the ...more