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The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies

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List of the best Richard Dreyfuss movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Richard Dreyfuss'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 Richard Dreyfuss movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Richard Dreyfuss movies will be at the top of the list. Richard Dreyfuss has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Richard Dreyfuss movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Richard Dreyfuss films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Richard Dreyfuss role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Richard Dreyfuss performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list has a variety of films, like Hello Down There and Once Around, in it.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Richard Dreyfuss movies?" and "What are the greatest Richard Dreyfuss roles of all time?"

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  • 1
    The Last Laugh
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    24

    The Last Laugh

    Richard Dreyfuss, Chevy Chase

    Released2019

    Directed byGreg Pritikin

    The Last Laugh is a 2019 comedy film directed by Greg Pritikin. A former stand up comedian... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    The Graduate
    157
    15

    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    114
    21

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Moon over Parador
    96
    10

    Moon over Parador

    Dana Delany, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1988

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    Moon over Parador is a 1988 romantic comedy film, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Raúl Juliá and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    American Graffiti
    108
    18

    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Goodbye Girl
    109
    20

    The Goodbye Girl

    Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

    Released1977

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Mr. Holland's Opus
    123
    30

    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

    Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
    85
    8

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

    Richard Dreyfuss, Randy Quaid

    Released1974

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a 1974 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Ted... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Nuts
    91
    14

    Nuts

    Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1987

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Nuts is a 1987 American drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Barbra Streisand and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    What About Bob?
    103
    25

    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

    Directed byFrank Oz

    What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Jaws
    136
    48

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 12
    Always
    102
    31

    Always

    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Let It Ride
    73
    17

    Let It Ride

    Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Pytka

    Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Stakeout
    68
    14

    Stakeout

    Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Stakeout is a 1987 comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Big Fix
    60
    13

    The Big Fix

    John Lithgow, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1978

    Directed byJeremy Kagan

    The Big Fix is a 1978 film directed by Jeremy Kagan and based on the novel by Roger L. Simon,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Night Falls on Manhattan
    63
    19

    Night Falls on Manhattan

    Richard Dreyfuss, James Gandolfini

    Released1996

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Night Falls on Manhattan is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, set and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Stand by Me
    81
    37

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Down and Out in Beverly Hills
    52
    13

    Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    Nick Nolte, Bette Midler

    Released1986

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Oliver Twist
    42
    6

    Oliver Twist

    Elijah Wood, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1997

    Directed byTony Bill

    Oliver Twist is a 1997 television movie produced by Walt Disney Television, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The American President
    49
    13

    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

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  • 21
    Whose Life Is It Anyway?
    43
    10

    Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a 1981 film adapted by Brian Clark and Reginald Rose from a 1972... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Valley of the Dolls
    41
    14

    Valley of the Dolls

    Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke

    Released1967

    Directed byMark Robson

    Valley of the Dolls is a 1967 American drama film based on the 1966 novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Fail Safe
    48
    21

    Fail Safe

    George Clooney, Hank Azaria

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Fail Safe is a 2000 televised broadcast play, based on Fail-Safe, the Cold War novel by Eugene... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Red
    37
    10

    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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  • 25
    Another Stakeout
    39
    13

    Another Stakeout

    Rosie O'Donnell, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Another Stakeout is a 1993 action comedy film starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez and... more on Wikipedia