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The Best Fred Ward Movies 

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

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

Everything from Escape from Alcatraz to Masked and Anonymous is included on this list.

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

Notable directors that have worked with Fred Ward include names like Robert Altman, Peter Segal and Paul Mazursky.

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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Underwood, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, ...more

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Anthony Hopkins, Kate Mulgrew, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, also released as Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous, is a 1985 American action-adventure-thriller film directed by Guy Hamilton. The film featured Fred Ward, Joel ...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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Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

Released: 1979

Directed by: Don Siegel

Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt ...more

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O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Segal

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, the third and final film in the Naked Gun series, which was based on the Police Squad! television series. It was marketed with the tagline: ...more

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Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

Released: 1996

Directed by: S. S. Wilson, Andy Wilson

Tremors II: Aftershocks is a 1996 direct-to-video sequel to Tremors, in which the character of Earl Bassett, returning from the first film, is hired to deal with a subterranean ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2002

Directed by: Andy Tennant

Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by ...more

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Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel

Released: 2000

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Road Trip is a 2000 American road-comedy film written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong and directed by Phillips. The film, featuring an ensemble cast including Breckin Meyer, Seann William ...more

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Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1983

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

Uncommon Valor is a 1983 action film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff, about a U.S. Marine officer who puts together a team to try to rescue his son, who he believes is among ...more

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Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown, David Warner

Released: 1991

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Cast a Deadly Spell is a horror/detective HBO movie with Fred Ward, Julianne Moore, David Warner and Clancy Brown. It was directed by Martin Campbell and written by Joseph Dougherty. The ...more
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Kelly Preston, Corey Haim, Lori Loughlin

Released: 1985

Directed by: David Greenwalt

Secret Admirer is a 1985 American romantic comedy film directed by David Greenwalt, and starring C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston and Fred Ward. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Davis

Chain Reaction is a 1996 American action film directed by Andrew Davis, starring Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn and Brian Cox. It presents a fictional account ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nora Dunn

Released: 1990

Directed by: George Armitage

Miami Blues is a 1990 action-crime-thriller-film based on the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford. It stars Alec Baldwin, Fred Ward, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was directed by George ...more
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Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

Released: 1983

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Apted

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Peter Coyote, Fred Ward, Ed Lauter

Released: 1982

Directed by: William Dear

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, directed by William Dear, is a 1982 time travel-influenced action film starring Fred Ward as Lyle Swann, a cross country dirt bike racer. The movie was ...more

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Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Peter Coyote

Released: 1981

Directed by: Walter Hill

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Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis, Noah Wyle

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Apted

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Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy, Freddie Prinze

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Tollin

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Zooey Deschanel, Katie Holmes, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2002

Directed by: Stephen Gaghan

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Drew Barrymore, Andy Dick, Dean Cain

Released: 1997

Directed by: Tamra Davis

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Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Seth Green

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jim Abrahams

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Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Helen Hunt

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Robbins

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