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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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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1993

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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) 2 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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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#187 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #5 of 41 The Greatest Movies About Making Moneylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1984

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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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#173 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #69 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #230 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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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#21 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #15 of 24 The Best Movies with Twist Endings #27 of 148 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas

Released: 1998

Directed by: Andrew Davis

This film is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. Loosely based on the play by Frederick Knott, the ...more

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#78 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #49 of 280 The Best Whodunit Movies #9 of 35 Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs

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The War of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1989

Directed by: Danny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

This film is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. When their ...more

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#193 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #667 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #345 of 1,030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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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

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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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#64 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #131 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #772 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Jewel of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lewis Teague, David Teague

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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#147 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #237 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #78 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies

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The Ghost and the Darkne... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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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#1,370 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #148 of 243 The Best Movies Based on True Storieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Bridges

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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#37 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #71 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #163 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Coma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Crichton

This film 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 ...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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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The Star Chamber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1983

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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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#260 of 280 The Best Whodunit Movies #39 of 50 The Best Law Movies

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Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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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#98 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #62 of 280 The Best Whodunit Movies #46 of 94 Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Shining Through is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Seltzer

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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Wall Street: Money Never... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Charlie Sheen, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2010

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a 2010 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone, a sequel to Wall Street. The film takes place in New York, 23 years after the original and revolves around ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1975

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Released: 2015

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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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Behind the Candelabra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger, Michael Douglas

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clark Johnson

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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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Disclosure Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1994

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Disclosure is a 1994 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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Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Wonder Boys is a 2000 Romantic comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and ...more

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#654 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #159 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Beyond a Reasonable Doub... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michael Douglas Movies
Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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