The Best Wilford Brimley Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 383 votes 91 voters 8.7k views 38 items

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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.

List films include Heaven Sent, Cocoon and more.

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

Ron Howard and Simon Wincer have both worked with Wilford Brimley over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors.

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Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry 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 ...more

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Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban

Released: 1981

Directed by: Sydney 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 ...more

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Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ron 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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Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Sydney 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. ...more

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Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Bridges

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Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bruce 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 ...more

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Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon, Christian Kane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Simon 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, ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Tom Selleck

Released: 1997

Directed by: Frank 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 ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Woo

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Anthony Hopkins, Kate Mulgrew, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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Courteney Cox, Steve Guttenberg, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

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Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Segal

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Tom Selleck, Wilford Brimley, Brian Blessed

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian 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 ...more
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Warwick Davis, Wilford Brimley, Carel Struycken

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ken Wheat, Jim Wheat

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Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1984

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more
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A Place to Grow Wilford Brimley, John Beck, Boxcar Willie

Directed by: Merlin Miller

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Billy the Kid Val Kilmer, Wilford Brimley, Duncan Regehr

Directed by: William A. Graham

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Lisa Whelchel, Wilford Brimley, Chad McQueen

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jim 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
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Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1984

Directed by: Richard Pearce

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Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Tom Waits

Released: 1984

Directed by: Christopher Cain

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Brad Dourif, Wilford Brimley, Arnold Vosloo

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Yuzna

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Keanu Reeves, Ellen Barkin, Charles Bronson

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Mackenzie

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