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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?"

Richard Dreyfuss has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. If you're a fan of Richard Dreyfuss, then check out our lists of the best Kevin Pollak and Gene Wilder movies as well.

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

Released: 1995

Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, and Michael Nolin, and written by Patrick Sheane Duncan. It stars Richard ...more

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Close Encounters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

Released: 1977

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, ...more

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The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, and Paul Benedict. The original ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

Released: 1991

Directed by: Frank Oz

What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist ...more

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Always is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, introducing Brad Johnson and featuring Audrey Hepburn's cameo in her ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

Released: 1986

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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Let It Ride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Pytka

Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon and Robbie Coltrane. It was written by ...more

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Stakeout is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss, Forest Whitaker

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Badham

Stakeout is a 1987 comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, and Forest Whitaker. The screenplay was written by Jim Kouf, ...more

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The Last Laugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
The Last Laugh Richard Dreyfuss, Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Greg Pritikin

The Last Laugh is a 2019 comedy film directed by Greg Pritikin. A former stand up comedian (Richard Dreyfuss) who retired from the spotlight 50 years ago reunites with his former manager (Chevy ...more
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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mike Nichols

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

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Down and Out in Beverly ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1986

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux, which had previously been adapted on film in 1932 by Jean Renoir. Down and Out ...more

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The American President ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss 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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Tin Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Danny DeVito, Richard Dreyfuss, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Tin Men is a 1987 comedy film written and directed by Barry Levinson, produced by Mark Johnson, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, and Barbara Hershey. It is the second of Levinson's ...more

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Whose Life Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Bob Balaban

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Badham

Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a 1981 film adapted by Brian Clark and Reginald Rose from a 1972 television movie and Clark's play of the same title. The film is directed by John Badham and stars ...more
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Another Stakeout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Rosie O'Donnell, Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Badham

Another Stakeout is a 1993 action comedy film starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez and Rosie O'Donnell. It is a sequel to the 1987 film, Stakeout. Unlike its predecessor, the film was ...more
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Once Around is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss, Gena Rowlands

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Once Around is a 1991 romantic comedy-drama film about a young woman who falls for and eventually marries an overbearing older man who proceeds to rub her close-knit family the wrong way, while ...more
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Red is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

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Moon over Parador is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Dana Delany, Richard Dreyfuss, Jonathan Winters

Released: 1988

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

Moon over Parador is a 1988 romantic comedy film, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Raúl Juliá and Sonia Braga. It is a remake of the 1939 film The Magnificent Fraud, based on the ...more
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Postcards from the Edge ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Carrie Fisher is based on her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The ...more
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The Apprenticeship of Du... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, Randy Quaid, Denholm Elliott

Released: 1974

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a 1974 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Richard Dreyfuss. It is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Mordecai
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Nuts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Eli Wallach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Nuts is a 1987 American drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss. The screenplay by Tom Topor, Darryl Ponicsan, and Alvin Sargent is based on Topor's ...more
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Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 ...more

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Lost in Yonkers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Richard Dreyfuss Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, David Strathairn, Mercedes Ruehl

Released: 1993

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Lost in Yonkers is a 1993 film film adaptation of the Neil Simon play of the same name, directed by Martha Coolidge. It stars Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl, and Richard Dreyfuss. It was the first ...more