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The Best Ted Danson Movies

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

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

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    Three Men and a Little Lady

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1990

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Three Men and a Little Lady is a 1990 American comedy film, and the sequel to the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby. Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson reprise the leading roles....  more
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    Dad

    Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byGary David Goldberg

    Dad is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and starring Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Spacey and Ethan Hawke. It is based on William...  more

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    Made in America

    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    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 directed by...  more
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    Gulliver's Travels

    Omar Sharif, Ted Danson

    Released1996

    Directed byCharles Sturridge

    Gulliver's Travels is a U.S. TV miniseries based on Jonathan Swift's novel of the same name, produced by Jim Henson Productions and Hallmark Entertainment. This miniseries is notable for being one of...  more

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    Loch Ness

    Ted Danson, Ian Holm

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Henderson

    Loch Ness is a 1996 family drama film starring Ted Danson and Joely Richardson. It was written by John Fusco and directed by Jon Henderson....  more
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    Creepshow

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau,...  more

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    #1166 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#54 of 736 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film is notable for its graphic and realistic...  more

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    Living with the Dead

    Queen Latifah, Ted Danson

    Released2002

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    Living with the Dead is a 2002 supernatural crime drama directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Ted Danson, Diane Ladd, Queen Latifah, Mary Steenburgen and Jack Palance. It was inspired by the...  more
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    The Onion Field

    James Woods, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1979

    Directed byHarold Becker

    The Onion Field is a 1979 American crime drama film directed by Harold Becker, written by Joseph Wambaugh that is based on his 1973 true crime novel of the same title. The film stars John Savage,...  more
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    A Fine Mess

    Ted Danson, Howie Mandel

    Released1986

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    A Fine Mess is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring Ted Danson and Howie Mandel. The film was intended as a remake of Laurel & Hardy's classic short "The Music Box"...  more
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    Mad Money

    Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah

    Released2008

    Directed byCallie Khouri

    Mad Money is a 2008 comedy film starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, and directed by Callie Khouri. It is loosely based on the 2001 British film Hot Money. ...  more
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    Mumford

    Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Monaco

    Released1999

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Mumford is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is set in a small town where a new psychologist gives offbeat advice to the neurotic residents. Both the...  more
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    Cousins

    Isabella Rossellini, Ted Danson

    Released1989

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Cousins is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Keith Coogan, Lloyd Bridges and Norma Aleandro....  more
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

    Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three bachelors...  more

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    Homegrown

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    When a Pot Baron (Lithgown) is killed in a remote field in Northern California and his three farm hands (Phillippe, Thornton and Azaria) are the only witnesses, an odd comedy ensues as they try to...  more

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    The Amateurs

    Jeff Bridges, Lauren Graham

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Traeger

    The Amateurs, originally called The Moguls, is a 2005 comedy film written and directed by Michael Traeger and starring Jeff Bridges. The story revolves around six friends in a small town in the US....  more

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    Big Miracle

    Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore

    Released2012

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    Big Miracle is a 2012 family drama film starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The film, directed by Ken Kwapis, is based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose, which covers Operation...  more
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    Nobel Son

    Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito

    Released2007

    Directed byRandall Miller

    Nobel Son is a 2007 American black comedy about a dysfunctional family dealing with the kidnapping of their son for ransom following the father's winning of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The film...  more
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    Pontiac Moon

    Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Medak

    Pontiac Moon is a 1994 adventure film directed by Peter Medak, and produced by Robert Schaffel and Youssef Vahabzadeh. The film stars Ted Danson as Washington Bellamy, a "pigheaded" science teacher...  more
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    The Open Road

    Justin Timberlake, Kate Mara

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Meredith

    The Open Road is a 2009 comedy-drama film written and directed by Michael Meredith. The minor-league playing adult son of a baseball legend embarks on a road trip with his girlfriend and his...  more
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    Jerry and Tom

    William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell

    Released1998

    Directed bySaul Rubinek

    Jerry and Tom is a 1998 American black comedy film directed by Saul Rubinek in his directorial debut. The screenplay was adapted by Rick Cleveland from his own 1994 one-act play. The film stars Joe...  more
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    The Magic 7

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kevin Bacon

    Released2008

    Directed byRoger Holzberg

    The Magic 7 is an animated TV movie written and directed by Roger Holzberg. It centers on the adventures of two children and a dragon as they fight the arch-enemies of Earth. It was originally slated...  more
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    Fight for Your Right Revisited

    Kirsten Dunst, Amy Poehler

    Released2011

    Directed byAdam Yauch

    "After the boys leave the party . . ." Quoting the description from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival site....  more
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    When the Bough Breaks

    Ted Danson, Rachel Ticotin

    Released1986

    Directed byWaris Hussein

    When the Bough Breaks is a 1986 television film directed by Waris Hussein and starring Ted Danson. The screenplay by Phil Penningroth was adapted from a 1985 novel by Jonathan Kellerman, also titled...  more
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    Fronterz

    Ted Danson, Henry Winkler

    Released2004

    Directed byCourtney Jones

    Fronterz is a 2004 comedy film written by Garth Belcon and directed by Courtney Jones....