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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 Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more

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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed ...more

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Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud ...more

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Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The film was followed by a 1985 ...more

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The American President is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. ...more

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The War of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas The War of the Roses is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel The War of the Roses by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. ...more

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A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas A Perfect Murder is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. It is a modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 ...more

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a ...more

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The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, ...more

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The Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas set in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and the ...more

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The Jewel of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film Romancing the Stone, with Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito reprising their roles. ...more

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Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas Wonder Boys is an American 2000 comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. The film was based on the novel of the same title by Michael Chabon. Michael Douglas stars as ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Black Rain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzmán Black Rain is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw and Yusaku Matsuda. The story centers on two ...more

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Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy Don't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller film starring Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy and Sean Bean based on the novel of the same title by Andrew Klavan. Don't Say a Word was ...more

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Coma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris Coma is a 1978 suspense film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Robin Cook. The film rights were acquired by director Michael Crichton, and the movie was produced by Martin Erlichmann ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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The Star Chamber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto The Star Chamber is a 1983 American thriller film written by Roderick Taylor and directed by Peter Hyams. It stars Michael Douglas and Hal Holbrook. Its title is taken from the name of the ...more

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Shining Through is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith Shining Through is a 1992 British-American World War II drama film, directed and written by David Seltzer and starring Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith, with Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson ...more

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Behind the Candelabra is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Wall Street: Money Never Sleep... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Charlie Sheen, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a 2010 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone, a sequel to Wall Street. It stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Frank ...more

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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in ...more

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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger, Michael Douglas The Sentinel is a 2006 crime thriller film directed by Clark Johnson about a veteran United States Secret Service bodyguard who is suspected as a traitor after an attempted assassination of the ...more

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The In-Laws is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Last Vegas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas Last Vegas is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. The film was released to theaters on November 1, ...more

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Solitary Man is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland Disclosure is a 1994 erotic thriller film directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. It is based on Michael Crichton's novel Disclosure. The cast also includes Donald ...more

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Starman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that tells the story of an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold ...more

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It Runs in the Family is listed (or ranked) 30 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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You, Me and Dupree is listed (or ranked) 31 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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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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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Napoleon and Samantha is listed (or ranked) 34 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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The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 35 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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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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Adam at 6 A.M. is listed (or ranked) 38 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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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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Beyond the Reach is listed (or ranked) 40 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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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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One Night at McCool's is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt, Michael Douglas One Night at McCool's is a 2001 American crime comedy film written by Stan Seidel, directed by Harald Zwart, and starring Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser, John Goodman, Michael Douglas, and ...more

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Haywire is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Cast a Giant Shadow is listed (or ranked) 44 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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And So It Goes is listed (or ranked) 45 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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One Day in September is listed (or ranked) 46 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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It's My Turn is listed (or ranked) 47 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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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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Made in America is listed (or ranked) 49 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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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