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The Best Jeff Daniels Movies

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List of the best Jeff Daniels movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jeff Daniels caught audiences' attention early in his career with appearances in films like Terms of Endearment and The Purple Rose of Cairo setting the stage for a fantastic filmography. Jeff Daniels'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 Jeff Daniels movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jeff Daniels movies will be at the top of the list. Jeff Daniels has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jeff Daniels movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jeff Daniels films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This list has a variety of films in it, from Dumb & Dumber to Pleasantville.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jeff Daniels movies?" and "What are the greatest Jeff Daniels roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Daniel's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Jim Carrey movies and best Robin Williams movies.
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    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger
    Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the...  more

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves
    Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial...  more

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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close
    101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed...  more

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    Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker
    Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by...  more

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    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood
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    The Squid and the Whale

    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario
    The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more

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    Gods and Generals

    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino
    Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey...  more

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    Something Wild

    Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta
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    Because of Winn-Dixie

    Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb
    Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the...  more

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    Jeff Daniels, Ariana Richards
    Timescape, released on video as Grand Tour: Disaster in Time, is a 1992 American science...  more
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    Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth
    RV is a 2006 American road comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Lucy Fisher...  more

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    The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a 2004 film directed by Lloyd Kramer....  more
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    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    Viggo Mortensen, Mia Farrow
    The Purple Rose of Cairo is a 1985 American romantic fantasy comedy film written and directed...  more

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    Escanaba in da Moonlight

    Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell
    Escanaba in da Moonlight is a 2001 movie starring Jeff Daniels. It is a comedy about hunting...  more
  • 15

    The Butcher's Wife

    Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels
    The Butcher's Wife is a 1991 romantic comedy film, in which a clairvoyant woman thinks that...  more
  • 16

    Imaginary Heroes

    Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Williams
    Imaginary Heroes is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Dan Harris. It focuses...  more
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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by...  more

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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck
    State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British...  more

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    The House on Carroll Street

    Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin
    The House on Carroll Street is a 1988 film directed by Peter Yates....  more
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    Morgan Freeman, Sissy Spacek
    Marie is a 1985 film starring Sissy Spacek as the real-life Marie Ragghianti, former head of...  more
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    Chasing Sleep

    Julian McMahon, Jeff Daniels
    Chasing Sleep is a 2001 psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Walker...  more
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    The Hours

    Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep
    The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring...  more

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    Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

    Winona Ryder, Carla Gugino
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    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
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