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The Best Ted Danson Movies 

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Updated September 21, 2019 293 votes 94 voters 16.6k views

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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.

The list you're viewing has a variety of films, like Pontiac Moon and Our Fathers, in it.

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

Steven Spielberg and Joel Schumacher have both worked with Ted Danson over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If you're a fan of Ted Danson, then check out our lists of the best Tom Selleck and Matt Dillon movies as well.

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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1987

Directed by: Leonard 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 ...more

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Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1990

Directed by: Emile 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.

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#108 of 133 Movies That Should Never Be Remade #56 of 92 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels #22 of 100 Movies Turning 30 In 2020

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Isabella Rossellini, Ted Danson, Sean Young

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joel 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 ...more
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Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1989

Directed by: Gary 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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Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more
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Ted Danson, Ian Holm, Joely Richardson

Released: 1996

Directed by: John 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.
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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

Released: 1982

Directed by: George 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 ...more

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Omar Sharif, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Charles 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 ...more

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Queen Latifah, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2002

Directed by: Stephen 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 ...more
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James Woods, Christopher Lloyd, Ted Danson

Released: 1979

Directed by: Harold 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 ...more
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Ted Danson, Howie Mandel, MarĂ­a Conchita Alonso

Released: 1986

Directed by: Blake 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 ...more
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Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Monaco, Martin Short

Released: 1999

Directed by: Lawrence 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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Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton

Released: 2008

Directed by: Callie 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.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Carell

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen 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 ...more

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Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Alan Rickman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Randall 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 ...more
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Jeff Bridges, Lauren Graham, Judy Greer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more

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Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore, Ted Danson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ken 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 ...more
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Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter 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" ...more
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Justin Timberlake, Kate Mara, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2009

Directed by: Michael Meredith

The Open Road is a 2009 comedy-drama film written and directed by Michael Meredith. It stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Mara, Jeff Bridges and Mary Steenburgen and was produced by Anchor Bay ...more
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William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, Ted Danson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Saul 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 ...more
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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox

Released: 2008

Directed by: Roger 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 ...more
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Kirsten Dunst, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Adam Yauch

"After the boys leave the party . . ." Quoting the description from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival site.
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Fronterz Ted Danson, Henry Winkler, Blair Underwood

Released: 2004

Directed by: Courtney Jones

Fronterz is a 2004 comedy film written by Garth Belcon and directed by Courtney Jones.
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Ted Danson, Keke Palmer, Devon Bostick

Released: 2005

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Knights of the South Bronx is a 2005 TV film about a teacher who helps students at a tough inner-city school to succeed by teaching them to play chess. It was directed by Allen Hughes and ...more