Film The Best Jeff Daniels Movies  

Reference
1.2k votes 298 voters 58.2k views 63 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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.

1
49 9
Ranker Video
Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott Gettysburg is a 1993 epic war film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil ...more

2
70 26
Ranker Video
Dumb and Dumber Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more

3
42 12
Ranker Video
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more

4
35 11
Ranker Video
Fly Away Home Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels Fly Away Home is a 1996 family drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film stars Anna Paquin, Jeff Daniels and Dana Delany. The film was released on September 13, 1996 by Columbia Pictures. ...more

5
35 12
Ranker Video
Pleasantville Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and ...more

6
25 5
Ranker Video
101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels 101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more

7
28 8
Ranker Video
RV Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hutchersonm RV is a 2006 American road comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick, written by Geoff Rodkey, and starring Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, ...more

8
30 10
Ranker Video
Arachnophobia John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more

9
30 10
Ranker Video
Timescape Jeff Daniels, Ariana Richards, Nicholas Guest Timescape, released on video as Grand Tour: Disaster in Time, is a 1992 American science fiction film by Director David Twohy. This time-travel-themed film is based on the novel Vintage Season ...more

10
27 8
Ranker Video
Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

11
27 11
Ranker Video
Gods and Generals Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara. It depicts events that take place prior to those shown in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which was ...more

12
25 10
Ranker Video
Because of Winn-Dixie Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, written by Joan Singleton, produced by Trevor Albert and directed by ...more

13
22 8
Ranker Video
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels, Ellen Burstyn The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a 2004 film directed by Lloyd Kramer.

14
23 10
Ranker Video
The Squid and the Whale Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

15
24 12
Ranker Video
Escanaba in da Moonlight Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell, Kimberly Norris-Guerrero Escanaba in da Moonlight is a 2001 movie starring Jeff Daniels. It is a comedy about hunting and hunting traditions and is set in the Escanaba, Michigan area. The movie is the film adaptation of ...more

16
15 5
Ranker Video
Something Wild Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Jeff Daniels Something Wild is a 1986 American action comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes ...more

17
17 8
Ranker Video
Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

18
15 7
Ranker Video
State of Play Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British television serial of the same name which first aired on BBC One in 2003. The plot of the six-hour ...more

19
12 7
Ranker Video
Paper Man Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow Paper Man is a 2009 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney.

20
12 7
Ranker Video
The Answer Man Kat Dennings, Lauren Graham, Jeff Daniels The Answer Man is a 2009 romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hindman with a cast headed by Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham and Lou Taylor Pucci. Filming began on March 23, 2008 in ...more

21
8 3
Ranker Video
The Purple Rose of Cairo Viggo Mortensen, Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels The Purple Rose of Cairo is a 1985 American romantic fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Inspired by Sherlock, Jr., Hellzapoppin', and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search ...more

22
9 4
Ranker Video
Imaginary Heroes Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Williams, Jeff Daniels Imaginary Heroes is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Dan Harris. It focuses on the traumatic effect the suicide of the elder son has on a suburban family.

23
9 4
Ranker Video
The Crossing Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché The Crossing is a 2000 historical TV film about George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton, directed by Robert Harmon. Based on the novel of the same name by Howard ...more

24
14 9
Ranker Video
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

25
11 7
Ranker Video
The Lookout Isla Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laura Vandervoort The Lookout is a 2007 crime film written and directed by Scott Frank, screenwriter of Out of Sight and Get Shorty, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher. ...more

26
11 7
Ranker Video
Trial and Error Charlize Theron, Jennifer Coolidge, Jeff Daniels Trial and Error is a 1997 release from New Line Cinema starring Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, and Charlize Theron, about an attorney and the attorney's actor friend, who takes his place in ...more

27
10 6
Ranker Video
Blood Work Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels Blood Work is a 2002 American mystery thriller film produced, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The film co-stars Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesús, and Anjelica Huston. It is based on ...more

28
13 10
Ranker Video
My Favorite Martian Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd, Daryl Hannah My Favorite Martian is a 1999 comic science fiction film starring Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Daniels, Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Hurley, Wallace Shawn and Ray Walston, based on the 1960s television ...more

29
11 8
Ranker Video
The Goodbye Girl Patricia Heaton, Alan Cumming, Jeff Daniels The Goodbye Girl is a 2004 comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin.

30
8 5
Ranker Video
2 Days in the Valley Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, James Spader 2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film directed by John Herzfeld that revolves around the events over 48 hours in the lives of a group of people who are drawn together by a murder.

31
8 5
Ranker Video
Radio Days Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow Radio Days is a 1987 comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film looks back on an American family's life during the Golden Age of Radio using both music and memories to tell the

32
7 4
Ranker Video
Love Hurts Cloris Leachman, Jeff Daniels, John Mahoney Love Hurts is a comedy-drama film, released in late 1990 in the United Kingdom and 1991 in the United States. Co-produced and directed by Bud Yorkin, it stars Jeff Daniels, Cynthia Sikes, Cloris ...more

33
7 4
Ranker Video
The Butcher's Wife Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, Frances McDormand The Butcher's Wife is a 1991 romantic comedy film, in which a clairvoyant woman thinks that she's met her future husband, who she has seen in her dreams and is a butcher in New York. They marry ...more

34
5 3
Ranker Video
Redwood Curtain John Lithgow, Jeff Daniels, Catherine Hicks Redwood Curtain is a film directed by John Korty released on Apr 23, 1995.

35
5 3
Ranker Video
The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more

36
7 6
Ranker Video
The House on Carroll Street Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin, Jessica Tandy The House on Carroll Street is a 1988 film directed by Peter Yates.

37
7 6
Ranker Video
Chasing Sleep Julian McMahon, Jeff Daniels, Emily Bergl Chasing Sleep is a 2001 psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Walker released to video in 2001. It depicts the reaction of a college professor who awakens to find his wife ...more

38
6 6
Ranker Video
Cheaters Jeff Daniels, Jena Malone, Paul Sorvino Cheaters is an HBO movie released in 2000 that chronicles the story of the 1994–1995 Steinmetz High School team that cheated in the United States Academic Decathlon. It is based on a true story. ...more

39
5 5
Ranker Video
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Jeff Daniels, Eli Wallach, Brian Dennehy

40
5 5
Quad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jeff Daniels Movies
Quad Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Aaron Paul Quad is a 2013 drama film starring Aaron Paul, Jeff Daniels and Tom Berenger. Filming took place in Michigan.

41
5 5
Ranker Video
Traitor Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. It is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film stars Don Cheadle and ...more

42
4 4
Ranker Video
Away We Go Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels Away We Go is a 2009 comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes and written by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The film stars John Krasinski, ...more

43
4 4
Ranker Video
No Place Like Home Kathy Bates, Jeff Daniels, C. C. H. Pounder No Place Like Home is a 1989 drama film written by Sam Blackwell and Ara Watson, directed by Lee Grant.

44
4 4
Ranker Video
Fifth of July Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Thomas

45
4 4
Ranker Video
Marie Morgan Freeman, Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels Marie is a 1985 film starring Sissy Spacek as the real-life Marie Ragghianti, former head of the Tennessee Board of Pardons and Paroles, who was removed from office in 1977 after refusing to ...more

46
4 4
Ranker Video
It's the Rage Anna Paquin, January Jones, Josh Brolin It's the Rage is a 1999 film version of Keith Reddin's play "The Alarmist" about three interconnected stories and how handguns affect each of the nine people involved. The film is ...more

47
4 4
Ranker Video
Sweet Hearts Dance Susan Sarandon, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Daniels Sweet Hearts Dance is a 1988 American comedy drama film directed by Robert Greenwald. The screenplay by Ernest Thompson centers on two small town couples, one married for several years and the ...more

48
3 3
Ranker Video
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Winona Ryder, Carla Gugino, Jeff Daniels Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is a 1990 American comedy-drama film starring Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels.

49
3 3
Ranker Video
Checking Out George Harrison, Jeff Daniels, David Byrne Checking Out is an American comedy film, made in 1989, directed by David Leland and starring Jeff Daniels.

50
3 3
Ranker Video
Rain Without Thunder Ming-Na Wen, Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt Rain Without Thunder is a 1992 American science fiction film directed by Gary O. Bennett and starring Betty Buckley and Jeff Daniels. The film is set fifty years in the future from the time of ...more