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The Best Dennis Quaid Movies

Updated January 21, 2021 7.6k votes 1.3k voters 180.9k views68 items

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List of the best Dennis Quaid movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Dennis Quaid first received critical acclaim for his performance in The Right Stuff in 1983 and he has been entertaining audiences of all ages ever since. Dennis Quaid's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of this Dennis Quaid movies list is decided by how many votes each title receives, so only his most highly rated movies will be at the top of the list. Dennis Quaid has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what his greatest movie of all time is... so if you and a friend are arguing about this, then use this list to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Dennis Quaid role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Dennis Quaid performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing contains films like The Rookie and Frequency and answers the questions, "What are the best Dennis Quaid movies?" and "What are the greatest Dennis Quaid roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Quaid's family friendly films, you might also enjoy our list of best Lindsay Lohan movies and best Meg Ryan movies.

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  • Frequency1
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    Frequency

    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by...  more
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  • The Day After Tomorrow2
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed,...  more
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  • Stripes3
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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold...  more
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  • Innerspace4
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    Innerspace

    Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1987

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael...  more
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    #33 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies#457 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • Great Balls of Fire!5
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    Great Balls of Fire!

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1989

    Directed byJim McBride

    Great Balls of Fire! is a 1989 American biographical film directed by Jim McBride and starring...  more
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  • The Rookie6
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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt...  more
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  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra7
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    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum

    Released2009

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on...  more
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  • The Parent Trap8
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more
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  • Wyatt Earp9
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    Wyatt Earp

    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

    Released1994

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and...  more
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    #51 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#9 of 76 The 30+ Best Modern Western Movies

  • Dragonheart10
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    Dragonheart

    Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Cohen

    Dragonheart is a 1996 American fantasy adventure film directed by Rob Cohen. It stars Dennis...  more
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  • Caveman11
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    Caveman

    Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid

    Released1981

    Directed byCarl Gottlieb

    Caveman is a 1981 American slapstick comedy film written and directed by Carl Gottlieb and...  more
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  • Something to Talk About12
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    Something to Talk About

    Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall

    Released1995

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Something to Talk About is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lasse...  more
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  • Yours, Mine and Ours13
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    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Miranda Cosgrove, Dennis Quaid

    Released2005

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Yours, Mine & Ours is a 2005 American family comedy film about a family with eighteen...  more
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  • Soul Surfer14
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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

    Released2011

    Directed bySean McNamara

    Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film...  more
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  • Flesh and Bone15
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    Flesh and Bone

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed bySteve Kloves

    Flesh and Bone is a 1993 neo noir film drama written and directed by Steve Kloves that stars...  more
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  • Playing by Heart16
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    Playing by Heart

    Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff

    Released1998

    Directed byWillard Carroll

    Playing by Heart is a 1998 American comedy-drama film, which tells the story of several...  more
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  • The Right Stuff17
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    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling...  more
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  • Enemy Mine18
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    Enemy Mine

    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett

    Released1985

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Enemy Mine is a 1985 science fiction drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the...  more
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  • Tough Enough19
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    Tough Enough

    Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Tough Enough is a 1983 film directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier,...  more
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  • Breaking Away20
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    Breaking Away

    Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1979

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film that follows a group of four...  more
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  • Flight of the Phoenix21
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    Flight of the Phoenix

    Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Moore

    Flight of the Phoenix is a 2004 survival drama film and a remake of a 1965 film of the same...  more
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  • Dreamscape22
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    Dreamscape

    Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David...  more
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  • Postcards from the Edge23
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    Postcards from the Edge

    Meryl Streep, Annette Bening

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The...  more
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  • The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia24
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    Released1981

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia is a 1981 film, starring Kristy McNichol, Dennis...  more
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  • Any Given Sunday25
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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional...  more
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