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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, Sam Elliott
Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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#8 of 56 The Best '90s Western Movies #209 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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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

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#62 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #6 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmsfeaturing 'Dumb And Dumber' Is Far Darker And Creepier Than You Remember

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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

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#259 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #237 of 314 The Best Movies for Kids

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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

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#55 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Timefeaturing Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Speed'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#155 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #203 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#201 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Books #139 of 493 The Funniest '90s Moviesfeaturing The Live Action 101 Dalmatians Is The Most Insane Fever Dream Of A Movie

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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

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#374 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #581 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #108 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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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

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#176 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #89 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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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

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#1,626 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #789 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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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

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#197 of 314 The Best Movies for Kids #7 of 53 What's the Best Florida Movie of All Time?

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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

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#25 of 80 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time #47 of 304 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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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

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#47 of 69 The Best Movies About Writers #24 of 24 The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Womenlisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

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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
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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

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#645 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #5 of 26 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Parenting

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

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#752 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #819 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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

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#182 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #182 of 238 The Best Movies Based on True Stories

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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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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
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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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#685 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #169 of 314 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s #58 of 69 The Best Movies That Take Place In Ohio

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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