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The Best Michael Douglas Movies

Updated December 26, 2019 4.9k votes 958 voters 83.6k 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 on Wikipedia

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  • Wall Street2
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Romancing the Stone3
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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 on Wikipedia
  • The Game4
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Basic Instinct5
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps7
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • The War of the Roses8
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Traffic9
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Disclosure10
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • A Perfect Murder11
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • The Sentinel12
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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 on Wikipedia
  • The Jewel of the Nile13
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • The China Syndrome14
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Starman15
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Black Rain16
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    Black Rain

    Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia

    Released1989

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Black Rain is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest17
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Ant-Man18
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past19
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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

    Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner

    Released2009

    Directed byMark Waters

    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a 2009 American romantic comedy film whose plot is based loosely... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Ghost and the Darkness20
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Behind the Candelabra21
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    Behind the Candelabra

    Matt Damon, Michael Douglas

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Behind the Candelabra is a 2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • Flatliners22
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher,... more on Wikipedia
  • Made in America23
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    Made in America

    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    Made in America is a 1993 comedy film released on May 28, 1993 by Warner Bros. starring Whoopi... more on Wikipedia
  • The Star Chamber24
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Wonder Boys25
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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes

    Released2000

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    Wonder Boys is a 2000 Romantic comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve... more on Wikipedia

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