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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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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
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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
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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
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Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow
Paper Man is a 2009 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney.
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Patricia Heaton, Alan Cumming, Jeff Daniels
The Goodbye Girl is a 2004 comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin.
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Isla Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laura Vandervoort
The Lookout is a 2007 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. The ...more
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Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin, Jessica Tandy
The House on Carroll Street is a 1988 film directed by Peter Yates.
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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.
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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
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Winona Ryder, Carla Gugino, Jeff Daniels
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is a 1990 American comedy-drama film starring Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels.
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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
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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
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Redwood Curtain John Lithgow, Jeff Daniels, Catherine Hicks
Redwood Curtain is a film directed by John Korty released on Apr 23, 1995.
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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
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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
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Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey
Heartburn is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Stockard Channing, Jeff Daniels and Miloš Forman. The screenplay by Nora Ephron ...more
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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
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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.
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Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Jeff Daniels, Eli Wallach, Brian Dennehy
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Fifth of July Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Thomas
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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.
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Portia de Rossi, James Spader, Jeff Daniels
I Witness is a human rights themed thriller with action elements starring Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Wade Williams. Released in the United States on ...more
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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
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George Harrison, Jeff Daniels, David Byrne
Checking Out is an American comedy film, made in 1989, directed by David Leland and starring Jeff Daniels.
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Jeff Daniels, Henry Winkler, Clint Howard
A Plumm Summer is a 2007 adventure-family film directed by Caroline Zelder. It starred Owen Pearce, Chris Massoglia, Morgan Flynn, William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, and Lisa Guerrero. The film ...more