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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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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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    Fly Away Home

    Anna Paquin, Dana Delany

    Released1996

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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    Dumb and Dumber

    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff...  more

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  • Speed4
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    Pleasantville

    Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker

    Released1998

    Directed byGary Ross

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  • Arachnophobia6
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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  • Because of Winn-Dixie7
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    Because of Winn-Dixie

    Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb

    Released2005

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the...  more

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  • Timescape8
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    Timescape

    Jeff Daniels, Ariana Richards

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    Timescape, released on video as Grand Tour: Disaster in Time, is a 1992 American science...  more
  • RV9
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    RV

    Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth

    Released2006

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven10
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    The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels

    Released2004

    Directed byLloyd Kramer

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  • Good Night, and Good Luck11
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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

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  • State of Play12
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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British...  more

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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byRian Johnson

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  • Escanaba in da Moonlight14
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    Escanaba in da Moonlight

    Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell

    Released2001

    Directed byJeff Daniels

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  • My Favorite Martian15
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    My Favorite Martian

    Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1999

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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  • Imaginary Heroes16
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    Imaginary Heroes

    Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Williams

    Released2004

    Directed byDan Harris

    Imaginary Heroes is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Dan Harris. It focuses...  more
  • Trial and Error17
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    Trial and Error

    Charlize Theron, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released1997

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    Trial and Error is a 1997 release from New Line Cinema starring Michael Richards, Jeff...  more
  • The Answer Man18
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    The Answer Man

    Kat Dennings, Lauren Graham

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hindman

    The Answer Man is a 2009 romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hindman with a cast...  more
  • The Goodbye Girl19
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    The Goodbye Girl

    Patricia Heaton, Alan Cumming

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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  • Radio Days20
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    Radio Days

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1987

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Paper Man

    Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2009

    Directed byKieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney

    Paper Man is a 2009 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Kieran and Michele...  more
  • 101 Dalmatians22
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed...  more

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    The Lookout

    Isla Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2007

    Directed byScott Frank

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    Sweet Hearts Dance

    Susan Sarandon, Bernie Sanders

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Greenwald

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    Something Wild

    Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta

    Released1986

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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