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The Best Wilford Brimley Movies

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

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

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  • 1

    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David


    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 2

    The Electric Horseman

    Jane Fonda, Robert Redford


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal...  more

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  • 3

    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert...  more

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  • 4

    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin


    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Horton Foote focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his life...  more

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  • 5

    In & Out

    Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close


    Directed byFrank Oz

    In & Out is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, and Wilford Brimley. It is an original story by...  more

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  • 6

    Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

    Anthony Hopkins, Kate Mulgrew


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, also released as Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous, is a 1985 American action-adventure-thriller film directed by Guy Hamilton. The film featured Fred Ward, Joel Grey,...  more

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  • 7


    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard


    Directed byRon Howard

    Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack...  more

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  • 8

    Absence of Malice

    Paul Newman, Sally Field


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Absence of Malice is a 1981 American drama film starring Paul Newman, Sally Field, and Bob Balaban, directed by Sydney Pollack. The title refers to the legal definition of libel defamation, and is...  more
  • 9

    High Road to China

    Tom Selleck, Wilford Brimley


    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

    High Road to China is a 1983 adventure-romance film, set in the 1920s, starring Tom Selleck as a hard-drinking biplane pilot hired by society heiress Eve "Evie" Tozer to find her missing father. The...  more
  • 10

    Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

    Warwick Davis, Wilford Brimley


    Directed byKen Wheat, Jim Wheat

    Ewoks: The Battle for Endor is a 1985 made-for-TV movie set in the Star Wars galaxy co-written and directed by Jim and Ken Wheat who wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the story. A...  more
  • 11

    Harry & Son

    Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman


    Directed byPaul Newman

    Harry & Son is a 1984 American drama film directed by Paul Newman, who also stars. The screenplay by Newman and Ronald Buck focuses on the relationship between a blue-collar worker and his son, who...  more
  • 12


    Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard


    Directed byRichard Pearce

    Country is a 1984 American film which follows the trials and tribulations of a rural family as they struggle to hold on to their farm during the trying economic times experienced by family farms in...  more
  • 13

    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. The...  more
  • 14

    Crossfire Trail

    Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon


    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Crossfire Trail is a 2001 Western film directed by Simon Wincer and starring Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, and Wilford Brimley. Based on the 1954 Louis L'Amour Western novel of the same name, the...  more
  • 15

    Did You Hear About the Morgans?

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant


    Directed byMarc Lawrence

    Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed and written by Marc Lawrence. Golden Globe winners Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker portray the film's...  more

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  • 16

    The Hotel New Hampshire

    Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe


    Directed byTony Richardson

    The Hotel New Hampshire is a 1984 comedy-drama film based on John Irving's 1981 novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Tony Richardson and stars Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob...  more

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  • 17

    Tough Enough

    Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier


    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Tough Enough is a 1983 film directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier, Warren Oates and Stan Shaw. This was the final film role for Warren Oates. Filmed in late 1981, it was...  more
  • 18

    10 to Midnight

    Kelly Preston, Charles Bronson


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    10 to Midnight is an action-crime-thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay originally written by William Roberts. The film stars Charles Bronson in the lead role with a supporting...  more
  • 19

    Where the Red Fern Grows 2

    Lisa Whelchel, Wilford Brimley


    Directed byJim McCullough Sr.

    This sequel to the 1974 family film Where the Red Fern Grows tells the story of a man named Billy Coleman (Doug McKeon), who returns from duty in WWII to the home of his crotchety grandfather...  more
  • 20

    A Place to Grow

    Wilford Brimley, John Beck

    Directed byMerlin Miller

    A Place to Grow is a 1998 television drama film written and directed by Merlin Miller....  more
  • 21

    Billy the Kid

    Val Kilmer, Wilford Brimley

    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid, also known as Billy the Kid, is a 1989 American western film about famed gunman Billy the Kid. One of many depicting the events surrounding the outlaw during his...  more
  • 22

    The China Syndrome

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas


    Directed byJames 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, Jack...  more

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  • 23

    The Stone Boy

    Robert Duvall, Glenn Close


    Directed byChristopher Cain

    The Stone Boy is a 1984 film directed by Christopher Cain, and is based on the 1957 short story, "The Stone Boy," by the American author Gina Berriault. The film is about a family coping with an...  more
  • 24

    Act of Vengeance

    Keanu Reeves, Ellen Barkin


    Directed byJohn Mackenzie

    Act of Vengeance is a 1986 television movie starring Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn, and Keanu Reeves....  more
  • 25


    Brad Dourif, Wilford Brimley


    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    Progeny is an American science fiction film released in 1999. It was directed by Brian Yuzna and written by Aubrey Solomon and Stuart Gordon. The film stars Arnold Vosloo as Dr. Craig Burton, Jillian...  more