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The Best Michael Douglas Movies  

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List Rules Vote 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.

Notable directors that have worked with Michael Douglas include names like Joel Schumacher, Ridley Scott and Steven Soderbergh. If you're a fan of Michael Douglas, then check out our lists of the best Kurt Russell and Richard Gere movies as well.

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The In-Laws is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Candice Bergen
The In-Laws is a 2003 American comedy film starring Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Candice Bergen, Robin Tunney, Maria Ricossa, Lindsay Sloane and Ryan Reynolds. The film is a remake of the ...more
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Behind the Candelabra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd
Behind the Candelabra is a 2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It dramatizes the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace and the relationship he had with Scott ...more
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Solitary Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas
Solitary Man is a 2009 drama film written by Brian Koppelman, directed by David Levien and Brian Koppelman.
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The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke
The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by John Grisham. Danny DeVito, Danny ...more
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, a 2009 American film, is a remake of the 1956 film of the same name by Fritz Lang. Written, directed and filmed by Peter Hyams, the new version starred Jesse Metcalfe, ...more
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It Runs in the Family is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Bernadette Peters
It Runs in the Family is a 2003 comedy-drama movie directed by Fred Schepisi and starring three generations of the Douglas family: Kirk Douglas, his son Michael Douglas, and Michael's son ...more
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King of California is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Ashley Greene, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Douglas
King of California is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Cahill. It is his debut as a screenwriter and director. The film premiered on January 24, 2007 at the 2007 ...more
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Napoleon and Samantha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas, Mary Wickes
Napoleon and Samantha is a 1972 American adventure drama film directed by Bernard McEveety and written by Stewart Raffill. Filmed in and around John Day, Oregon, it stars Michael Douglas, Johnny ...more
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You, Me and Dupree is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kate Hudson, Seth Rogen, Michael Douglas
You, Me and Dupree is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, written by Mike LeSieur, and produced by Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, and Owen Wilson. The film ...more
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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a 2009 American romantic comedy film whose plot is based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Mark Waters directed a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. ...more
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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Khandi Alexander
A Chorus Line is a 1985 American musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Michael Douglas. The screenplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the Tony Award-winning book of the 1975 ...more
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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland
Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more
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Cast a Giant Shadow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Michael Douglas
Cast a Giant Shadow is a 1966 big-budget action film based on the life of Colonel Mickey Marcus, and stars Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger, Yul Brynner, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Angie Dickinson. ...more
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Hail, Hero! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Hail, Hero! Michael Douglas, Teresa Wright, Arthur Kennedy
Hail, Hero! is a 1969 film directed by David Miller, starring Michael Douglas, Deborah Winters and Peter Strauss. David Manber wrote the screenplay based on the novel by John Weston. The picture ...more
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And So It Goes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins
And So It Goes is a 2014 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Rob Reiner. After his wife dies, a realtor (Michael Douglas), who is only absorbed in his own life, is suddenly ...more
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Unlocked is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas
Unlocked is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Michael Apted. A CIA interrogator (Noomi Rapace) is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a biological attack.
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Haywire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum
Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas. ...more
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Made in America is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly
Made in America is a 1993 comedy film released on May 28, 1993 by Warner Bros. starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson, and featuring Nia Long, Jennifer Tilly and Will Smith. The film was ...more
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One Night at McCool's is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt, Michael Douglas
One Night at McCool's is a 2001 American comedy film written by Stan Seidel, directed by Harald Zwart, and starring Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser, John Goodman, Michael Douglas, and Andrew ...more
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Adam at 6 A.M. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Joe Don Baker, Dana Elcar
Adam at 6 A.M. is a 1970 American film directed by Robert Scheerer. The film did not receive much attention when it was released, but was the second starring role for Michael Douglas. The movie ...more
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It's My Turn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin
It's My Turn is a 1980 romantic comedy-drama film starring Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, and Charles Grodin. The film was directed by Claudia Weill and written by Eleanor Bergstein. The ...more
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Beyond the Reach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Beyond the Reach Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Ronny Cox
Beyond the Reach is a 2014 American adventure thriller film directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, based on the novel Deathwatch by Robb White. A high-rolling corporate shark (Michael ...more
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Summertree is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Summertree Michael Douglas, Teri Garr, Rob Reiner
Summertree is a 1971 film directed by Anthony Newley. The screenplay was written by Edward Hume and Stephen Yafa, based on the 1967 play of the same name by Ron Cowen.
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One Day in September is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
One Day in September is a 1999 documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald examining the 5 September 1972 murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Michael ...more
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Fog City Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas
Fog City Mavericks is a 2007 documentary film directed by Gary Leva. It chronicles the San Francisco Bay Area's most well known filmmakers through interviews and rare archival footage. People ...more