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The Best Michael Douglas Movies

Updated December 26, 2019 4.8k votes 966 voters 83.9k views53 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Michael Douglas movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big his role was.

Here are the best Michael Douglas movies, ranked best to worst, with movie trailers and clips. Michael Douglas has acted in some amazing films, but he also worked behind the scenes on several award-winning movies including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Michael Douglas'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 Michael Douglas movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Michael Douglas movies will be at the top of the list. 

When Michael Douglas first started acting in Hollywood, he was not considered a great actor, but Douglas proved everyone wrong after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as the money-hungry corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Douglas then went on to star in box office hits Basic Instinct with Sharon Stone and Disclosure with Demi Moore. Thanks to his hugely successful and prolific career, Michael Douglas received both the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Michael Douglas movies?," "What are the greatest Michael Douglas roles of all time?,"  and "How do Michael Douglas's recent movies compare to his first?" The greatest Michael Douglas performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Everything from Falling Down to The Game is included on this Michael Douglas filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best. If you think the best Michael Douglas role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you love Michael Douglas's intensity, you might also enjoy our list of best Sean Penn movies and best Charlie Sheen movies.

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  • Falling Down1
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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas

    Released1993

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith....  more

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    #17 of 25 Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes#10 of 36 Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown

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    Wall Street

    Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which...  more

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    #4 of 64 The Greatest Movies About Making Money#41 of 80 The Best Con Movies

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    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert...  more

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    #14 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies#5 of 43 The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

  • Basic Instinct4
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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul...  more

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    #47 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins#35 of 45 The Most Controversial Movies of All Time

  • The Game5
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

    The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael...  more

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    #33 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#15 of 24 The Best Movies with Twist Endings

  • The American President6
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    The American President

    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox

    Released1995

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner...  more

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    #118 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#52 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • The War of the Roses7
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    The War of the Roses

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1989

    Directed byDanny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

    This film is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by...  more

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    #389 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#306 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • Traffic8
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    Traffic

    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen...  more

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    #63 of 340 The Best Political Films Ever Made#113 of 117 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

  • A Perfect Murder9
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    A Perfect Murder

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1998

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    This film is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael...  more

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    #12 of 44 The Best Cheating Wife Movies#11 of 38 Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs

  • The Jewel of the Nile10
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    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1985

    Directed byLewis Teague, David Teague

    The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film...  more

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    #150 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#394 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • Ant-Man11
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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    14 Brilli-Ant Details You Probably Missed In 'Ant-Man'#481 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest12
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman...  more

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    #40 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#10 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt13
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    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, a 2009 American film, is a remake of the 1956 film of the same name...  more
  • You, Me and Dupree14
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    You, Me and Dupree

    Kate Hudson, Seth Rogen

    Released2006

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    You, Me and Dupree is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Anthony Russo and Joe...  more

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    #39 of 92 The Best Movies About Marriage#16 of 44 The Best Owen Wilson Movies

  • The Ghost and the Darkness15
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael...  more

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    #30 of 136 The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made#158 of 275 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

  • Starman16
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    Starman

    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that...  more

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    #153 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#785 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • The China Syndrome17
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    The China Syndrome

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Bridges

    The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television...  more

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    #47 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#66 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

  • Disclosure18
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    Disclosure

    Demi Moore, Michael Douglas

    Released1994

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Disclosure is a 1994 thriller film directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and...  more

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    #41 of 49 The Very Best Movies About Hackers#59 of 119 The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps19
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    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

    Charlie Sheen, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2010

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a 2010 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone, a...  more
  • The Sentinel20
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    The Sentinel

    Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger

    Released2006

    Directed byClark Johnson

    The Sentinel is a 2006 crime thriller film directed by Clark Johnson about a veteran United...  more

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    #56 of 154 The Best Political Thriller Movies#118 of 185 The Best Mystery Movies

  • King of California21
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    King of California

    Ashley Greene, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Cahill

    King of California is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Cahill....  more
  • A Chorus Line22
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    A Chorus Line

    Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    A Chorus Line is a 1985 American musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, starring...  more

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    #91 of 192 The Best Movies About Music#38 of 108 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

  • The Star Chamber23
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    The Star Chamber

    Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook

    Released1983

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    The Star Chamber is a 1983 American thriller film written by Roderick Taylor and directed by...  more

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    #225 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies#24 of 50 The Best Law Movies

  • Last Vegas24
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    Last Vegas

    Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman

    Released2013

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Last Vegas is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael...  more
  • Fog City Mavericks25
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    Fog City Mavericks

    Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg

    Released2007

    Directed byGary Leva

    Fog City Mavericks is a 2007 documentary film directed by Gary Leva. It chronicles the San...  more