The Best Dennis Quaid Movies 

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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.

Dennis Quaid is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Joel Schumacher, Stephen Sommers and Steven Soderbergh. Movie fans who love Dennis Quaid have also been known to enjoy films starring Bill Paxton and Jim Caviezel.

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Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by Gregory Hoblit and written and co-produced by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Jim ...more

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Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief, but famous Major League ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

Released: 1985

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Enemy Mine is a 1985 science fiction drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. It starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. as a human ...more

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Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Martin Short

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joe Dante

Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. The film was inspired by the 1966 science ...more

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Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1983

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more

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Great Balls of Fire! Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim McBride

Great Balls of Fire! is a 1989 American biographical film directed by Jim McBride and starring Dennis Quaid as pioneer rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a biography by Myra Lewis and ...more

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Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Téa Leoni

Released: 1994

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Kasdan. It stars Kevin Costner in the title role as lawman Wyatt Earp, and ...more

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Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1995

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Something to Talk About is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, from a screenplay written by Callie Khouri. It stars Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid as an ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie, Jason Isaacs

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Cohen

Dragonheart is a 1996 American fantasy adventure film directed by Rob Cohen. It stars Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, and the voice of Sean Connery. It was nominated ...more

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Miranda Cosgrove, Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo

Released: 2005

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Yours, Mine & Ours is a 2005 American family comedy film about a family with eighteen children, ranging from 4 year old Ethan, to 18 year old William. Directed by Raja Gosnell, it stars ...more

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Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more

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Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Moore

Flight of the Phoenix is a 2004 survival drama film and a remake of a 1965 film of the same name, both based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix, by Elleston Trevor, about a group of ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

Released: 1979

Directed by: Peter Yates

Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film that follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. It stars ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

Released: 1999

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David Loughery, with Chuck Russell and Ruben co-writing.

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Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Viola Davis

Released: 2002

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Far from Heaven is a 2002 American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. The film tells the story of ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pete Travis

Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. The release date is set at February ...more

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Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, and Dennis Quaid. The ...more

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Jared Leto, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jeb Stuart

Switchback is a 1997 western thriller starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, Ted Levine, William Fichtner and R. Lee Ermey, set in Amarillo, Texas and moving through New Mexico & ...more
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Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Alamo is a 2004 American film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The film was directed by Texan John Lee Hancock, produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark ...more

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Cher, Liam Neeson, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1987

Directed by: Peter Yates

Suspect is a 1987 American mystery/courtroom film drama directed by Peter Yates. A public defender (Cher) and a jury member (Dennis Quaid) defending a homeless man (Liam Neeson) of murder, find ...more

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