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The Best Ed Asner Movies

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

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

This is a list that features films like The Animal and Sleeping Dogs Lie.

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


  • 1


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner


    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an...  more

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  • 2

    The Gathering

    Ed Asner, Stephanie Zimbalist


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    The Gathering is a 1977 ABC made for television drama film. A rare live-action drama film from the Hanna-Barbera studios, it was directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Edward Asner and Maureen...  more
  • 3


    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell


    Directed byJon Favreau

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was released in...  more

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  • 4


    Directed byJack Haley, Jr.

    Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show is a retrospective television special commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1970-77 sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show which aired on CBS on February 18,...  more
  • 5

    El Dorado

    John Wayne, James Caan


    Directed byHoward Hawks

    El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Written by Leigh Brackett and loosely based on the novel The Stars in Their...  more

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  • 6


    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman


    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent cover-up...  more

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  • 7

    Christmas Cottage

    Jared Padalecki, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byMichael Campus

    Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas, also known as Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage, is a 2008 direct-to-video Christmas biopic directed by Michael Campus. It stars Jared Padalecki as painter...  more
  • 8

    The Christmas Card

    Ed Asner, Peter Jason


    Directed byStephen Bridgewater

    The Christmas Card is a Hallmark Channel original movie produced by RHI Entertainment. It was released December 2, 2006, and was written by Joany Kane and directed by Stephen Bridgewater. The movie...  more
  • 9


    Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus


    Directed byVincent McEveety

    Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a football-playing mule....  more
  • 10

    The Bachelor

    Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields


    Directed byGary Sinyor

    The Bachelor is a 1999 romantic comedy film directed by Gary Sinyor and written by Steve Cohen. It is a remake of the 1925 film Seven Chances and stars Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger. The film...  more

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  • 11

    Hey, I'm Alive

    Ed Asner, Sally Struthers


    Directed byLawrence Schiller

    Hey, I'm Alive is a 1975 American television movie. It premiered on ABC on November 7, 1975. The film is based on the true story of two plane crash survivors who spent 49 days of winter in the Yukon...  more
  • 12

    The Man Who Saved Christmas

    Jason Alexander, Ed Asner


    Directed bySturla Gunnarsson

    The Man Who Saved Christmas is a film based on the true story about the efforts of toymaker Alfred Carlton Gilbert of the A. C. Gilbert Company to continue making toys during World War I. First...  more
  • 13

    Fort Apache, The Bronx

    Paul Newman, Pam Grier


    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Fort Apache, The Bronx is a 1981 crime drama film made by Producers Circle and Time-Life Films, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Filmed on locations in the Bronx, New York City, New York, the...  more

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  • 14

    They call me MISTER Tibbs

    Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner


    Directed byGordon Douglas

    They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, stylized with emphasis on "Mister", is a 1970 film, a sequel to 1967's In the Heat of the Night. The title was taken from a line in the first film. Sidney Poitier reprised...  more

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  • 15

    Skin Game

    James Garner, Ed Asner


    Directed byPaul Bogart, Gordon Douglas

    Skin Game is a 1971 American independent comedy western starring James Garner and Louis Gossett, Jr. and directed by Paul Bogart and Gordon Douglas, The supporting cast features Susan Clark, Edward...  more
  • 16

    Cruel Doubt

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ed Asner


    Directed byYves Simoneau

    Cruel Doubt is a 1992 miniseries starring Blythe Danner and Matt McGrath, as well as Danner's daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. The film was broadcast in two parts on NBC in the United States and on CTV in...  more
  • 17

    Dug's Special Mission

    Ed Asner, Delroy Lindo


    Directed byRonnie del Carmen

    Dug's Special Mission is a Pixar short CGI film, directed by Ronnie del Carmen. It is tied into and included on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Up, and Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume...  more
  • 18

    Hard Rain

    Morgan Freeman, Betty White


    Directed byMikael Salomon

    Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars Christian...  more

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  • 19

    Happily Ever After

    Malcolm McDowell, Carol Channing


    Directed byJohn Howley

    Happily Ever After is a 1990 American animated film written by Robby London and Martha Moran and directed by John Howley. The film stars Irene Cara, Malcolm McDowell, Edward Asner, Carol Channing,...  more
  • 20

    The Long Way Home

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Astin


    Directed byMark Jonathan Harris

    The Long Way Home is a 1997 documentary film directed by Mark Jonathan Harris. It depicts the plight of Jewish refugees after World War II that contributed to the creation of the State of Israel. The...  more
  • 21

    Change of Habit

    Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore


    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Change of Habit is a 1969 American musical drama film directed by William A. Graham. A physician who runs a medical clinic in a poor neighborhood takes on an autistic young girl as a patient and...  more
  • 22

    The Christmas Star

    Ed Asner, Fred Gwynne


    Directed byAlan Shapiro

    The Christmas Star is a 1986 family film written by Carol Dysinger and directed by Alan Shapiro....
  • 23

    A Christmas Carol

    Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry


    Directed byStan Phillips

    A Christmas Carol is a 1997 animated musical film version of the book of the same name by Charles Dickens. It features eight new songs and a voice line-up including Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed...  more
  • 24

    Our Friend, Martin

    John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey


    Directed byRobert Brousseau, Vincenzo Trippetti

    Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated children's educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several...  more
  • 25

    Christmas Is Here Again

    Jay Leno, Kathy Bates


    Directed byRobert Zappia

    Christmas Is Here Again is a 2007 animated Christmas film released on DVD by Screen Media Films. The first feature production from the Renegade Animation studio, it was co-written, co-produced and...  more