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List of Craig T. Nelson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Killing Fields (1984)
12
3
The Killing Fields
R
12
3

This historical drama film takes us to the civil war in Cambodia. It revolves around a journalist, who is trapped during tyrant Pol Pot’s cleansing campaign, which took the lives of two million ‘undesired’ civilians. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Military Attaché
Director:
Roland Joffé
Genres:
Drama, History, War, Biography
Star Cast:
John Malkovich, Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, Julian Sands
2. Poltergeist (1982)
16
3
Poltergeist
TV-14
16
3

Unexpected and supernatural incidents start happening to the Freeling family in their house at Cuesta Verde, when ghosts start communicating with them through the TV set. Things take a turn for worse when the initially friendly spirits turn malevolent and kidnap the youngest daughter Carol. The Freelings must find a way to bring her back. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Freeling
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Beatrice Straight, JoBeth Williams, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins
3. ...and justice for all. (1979)
11
3
...and justice for all.
R
11
3

Arthur Kirkland is a defense attorney who finds himself in a moral crisis when he is forced to defend a judge accused of rape, whom he thinks may be guilty.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Jewison
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
4. Silkwood (1983)
13
4
Silkwood
R
13
4

Silkwood is a biographical suspense drama film which tells the story of Karen, who works at a nuclear plant. She decides to raise her voice when she finds out that the working conditions do not meet safety standards. However, this leads to her facing psychological trauma, as well as her death.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Winston
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Kurt Russell, Meryl Streep, Diana Scarwid, Cher
5. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
13
4
The Devil's Advocate
R
13
4

Defence Attorney Kevin Lomax is competent and has never lost a case. He is hired by New York’s top law firm headed by John Milton, and despite his mother’s resistance, he leaves with his wife Mary Ann. His new job is demanding and Mary finds herself isolated and begins having visions and nightmare. Kevin eventually realises that he might be working for devil.

As:
Cast
Director:
Taylor Hackford
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen, Al Pacino, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey
6. Stir Crazy (1980)
10
3
Stir Crazy
R
10
3

Two friends are wrongfully accused and convicted, after which they are sent to prison. They realize that they have no other choice but to make a foolproof escape plan. They soon realize that the annual rodeo competition may provide them with a perfect opportunity to escape.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jonathan Banks, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams
7. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
9
3
Where the Buffalo Roam
R
9
3

Where the Buffalo Roam is a semi biographical film which revolves around a journalist named Hunter S Thompson, and his efforts to cover bigger stories.

As:
Cast
Director:
Art Linson
Genres:
Biography, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong
8. Soul Surfer (2011)
10
3
Soul Surfer
PG
10
3

This biographical drama film tells the story of a young surf champion, who loses an arm after getting attacked by a shark while surfing in the sea. However, with her faith in God and support from her family and friends, she battles her fears of returning to the water again. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Sean McNamara
Genres:
Biography, Family, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
9. Wag the Dog (1997)
9
3
Wag the Dog
R
9
3

A sex scandal that is about to expose the president at an inopportune time of pre-election period jeopardizes the president’s chances of being re-elected. Political consultant, Conrad Brean, and Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss, are appointed to contrive a war in Albania to divert the media attention away from the scandal and towards the fake war that projects the president as a hero. 

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
10. The Proposal (2009)
12
3
The Proposal
PG-13
12
3

Margaret Tate, a successful executive editor-in-chief of a New York publisher, learns that she is about to be deported back to Canada for violating visa terms, and quickly hatches a plan to marry her timid and abused assistant Andrew Paxton. Now having an upper hand, Andrew agrees to her plan despite both being closely monitored for committing fraud.

As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Paxton
Director:
Anne Fletcher
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
11. The Company Men (2010)
9
3
The Company Men
R
9
3

The Company Men is an American drama film, which revolves around three young men who lose their jobs when their company decides to downsize, due to a recession. The film shows how this affects them, their families and their communities, and how they struggle to reclaim their self-respect and give a new direction to their lives. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Wells
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
12. Gold (2016)
9
3
Gold
R
9
3

Gold is a 2016 crime drama film, which tells the story of Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break. Eventually he teams up with a similarly eager geologist in order to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Gaghan
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
13. Man, Woman and Child (1983)
11
4
Man, Woman and Child
PG
11
4

A Californian professor who lives with his wife and daughters, learn that he has an illegitimate son, as he had an affair with a doctor while on a trip to Frasnce. However, now that she has died, he has no option but to bring the boy over to his house.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Bernie Ackerman
Director:
Dick Richards
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Blythe Danner, Martin Sheen, David Hemmings, Nathalie Nell
15. Private Benjamin (1980)
9
3
Private Benjamin
R
9
3

Private Benjamin is a war comedy film which revolves around a Jewish American woman named Judy Benjamin, who is devastated after her husband drops dead on the night of their wedding. She soon enlists in the Women’s Army Corps, on a whim, thinking of it as a vacation. But military life proves to be much harder than her expectations.

As:
Cast
Director:
Howard Zieff
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
17. Blades of Glory (2007)
13
2
Blades of Glory
PG-13
13
2

Chazz and Jimmy are skaters and rivals who are banned from competing in men's singles after their fight in the World Games awards ceremony. Three years later, they come together to take advantage of a loophole in the ban and compete together as an all-male team. However, the two are poles apart and their rivals want to ensure their defeat.

As:
Cast
Director:
Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Genres:
Comedy, Sport
18. All the Right Moves (1983)
11
2
All the Right Moves
R
11
2

Stefan is the star player of his high school football team, who is hoping that his football skills will earn him a scholarship, as this is the only chance he has to get out of his town. However, after having a heated argument with his coach, he is kicked out of the team. He is also blacklisted from college recruiters, and now he finds himself at a dead-end.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Nickerson
Director:
Michael Chapman
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Charles Cioffi, Gary Graham
19. The Osterman Weekend (1983)
8
2
The Osterman Weekend
R
8
2

The Osterman Weekend is an action drama thriller film which tells the story of John Tanner, an outspoken TV personality, who has an annual tradition of going on a vacation with three of his friends. Things get complicated, however, when he learns that his friends are actually members of a Soviet spy network. He is soon approached by the CIA, who asks him to request his friends to defect.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bernard Osterman
Director:
Sam Peckinpah
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Burt Lancaster, John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon, Rutger Hauer
20. The Family Stone (2005)
10
2
The Family Stone
PG-13
10
2

The story focuses on Meredith Morton, a successful, but uptight and conservative businesswoman, who has been invited by her boyfriend to spend the Christmas with his outgoing family. But feeling very much like a fish out of water, she opts to put up in an inn and asks her gregarious sister to join her.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Kelly Stone
Director:
Thomas Bezucha
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
21. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
9
2
The Return of Count Yorga
GP
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Kelljan
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Yvonne Wilder, Mariette Hartley, Rudy De Luca, Roger Perry
22. Turner & Hooch (1989)
10
2
Turner & Hooch
PG
10
2

Detective Turner lives a normal life until it gets disrupted by Hooch, a dog who is the sole witness to the murder of his owner. Turner eventually decides to adopt him and lets the dog help him find the killer. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Chief Hyde
Director:
Roger Spottiswoode
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Reginald VelJohnson, Scott Paulin
23. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
8
2
Scream Blacula Scream
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Kelljan
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Pam Grier, Don Mitchell, Richard Lawson, Michael Conrad
25. Get Hard (2015)
10
3
Get Hard
R
10
3

When hedge fund manager James King is convicted for fraud and embezzlement, he hires an African-American businessman, Darnell Lewis, to train him for prison. Unfortunately, Darnell is lying as he has no criminal experience and the two friends must figure out quickly how to make King tougher.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Martin
Director:
Etan Cohen
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Hart, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Kevin Hart
26. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
11
2
Poltergeist II: The Other Side
PG-13
11
2

After relocating to Arizona, the Freeling family again find themselves under attack from supernatural forces that seem to be attempting to claim their daughter. They soon learn that it is the spirit of an insane preacher who had led an apocalyptic cult during the 19th century.

As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Freeling
Director:
Brian Gibson
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Corey Burton, JoBeth Williams, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein
27. The Skulls (2000)
7
3
The Skulls
PG-13
7
3

Luke McNamara, an Ivy League college senior with working-class background, is invited to join elitist secret college organization ‘The Skulls,’ which he hopes will better his chances at Harvard. But the suicide of his roommate under suspicious circumstances compels him to investigate everything related with it. When confronted with the truth about the powerful organization, he realizes that his life is at risk.

As:
Cast
Director:
Rob Cohen
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson, Hill Harper, Leslie Bibb, Christopher McDonald
28. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
7
2
Troop Beverly Hills
PG
7
2

Phyllis is a housewife who is going through a divorce. In order to prove to herself and her husband, that she can finish what she begins, she becomes a den mother to a group of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

As:
Cast
Role:
Freddy Nefler
Director:
Jeff Kanew
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Audra Lindley, Tori Spelling, Carla Gugino, Edd Byrnes, Stephanie Beacham, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross
29. Action Jackson (1988)
7
2
Action Jackson
R
7
2

Detective Lt. Jericho is demoted to police sergeant due to the excessive use of force in arresting a sociopathic sexual predator named Sean. In addition, Sean's father, who is an industrialist, decides to take revenge against Jericho, and frames him in the murder of his own wife.

As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Dellaplane
Director:
Craig R. Baxley
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Crime, Thriller
30. Flesh Gordon (1974)
7
2
Flesh Gordon
R
7
2
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
William Dennis Hunt, Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins
32. Rachel River (1987)
9
2
Rachel River
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Sandy Smolan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jon DeVries, Nick Benedict, Michael Gallagher, Ailene Cole
33. Red Riding Hood (1988)
10
4
Red Riding Hood
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Godfrey / Percival
Director:
Adam Brooks
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Musical, Family
Star Cast:
Isabella Rossellini, Rocco Sisto, Amelia Shankley, Helen Glazary
34. All Over Again (2001)
7
2
All Over Again
PG
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cole Twain
Director:
Cleve Nettles
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Amos, Robert Loggia, Ean Mering, Cory King
35. Ich und er (1988)
6
2
Ich und er
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Doris Dörrie
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kelly Bishop, Griffin Dunne, Ellen Greene, Kim Flowers

TV Movie(s)

2. Chicago Story (1981)
10
3
Chicago Story
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Kenneth A. Dutton
Director:
Jerry London, Harvey S. Laidman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dennis Franz, Jack Kehoe, Kene Holiday, Vincent Baggetta
4. Rage! (1980)
10
3
Rage!
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ray
Director:
William A. Graham
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Autry, James Whitmore, Jonathan Banks, Tom Noonan, Caroline McWilliams, James Whitmore
6. The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
9
3
The Josephine Baker Story
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Walter Winchell
Director:
Brian Gibson
Genres:
Biography, Romance, Drama, History, Music
Star Cast:
David Dukes, Rubén Blades, Lynn Whitfield, Louis Gossett Jr.
7. The Promise of Love (1980)
10
3
The Promise of Love
10
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Don Taylor
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Valerie Bertinelli, Andy Romano, Jameson Parker, Joanna Miles
8. Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker (1979)
8
2
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Ted Post
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dick Van Patten, Katherine Helmond, Dominique Dunne, Katy Kurtzman
9. Inmates: A Love Story (1981)
8
2
Inmates: A Love Story
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Guy Green
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Tony Curtis, Kate Jackson, Paul Koslo, Fay Hauser, Pamela Reed
10. Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)
12
3
Alex: The Life of a Child
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Deford
Director:
Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Bonnie Bedelia, Gennie James, Danny Corkill, Mark Withers
11. Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989)
10
3
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Major Bill Harcourt
Director:
Brian Gibson
Genres:
Biography, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Miriam Margolyes, Ben Kingsley, Jack Shepherd, Anton Lesser, Renée Soutendijk
12. Ride with the Wind (1994)
12
3
Ride with the Wind
12
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Frank Shelby
Director:
Bobby Roth
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Max Gail, Helen Shaver, Tracey Walter, Bradley Pierce
13. The Switch (1993)
10
3
The Switch
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Russ Fine
Director:
Bobby Roth
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Cole, Kathleen Nolan, L. Scott Caldwell, Chris Mulkey
14. Dirty Pictures (2000)
9
3
Dirty Pictures
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sheriff Simon Leis
Director:
Frank Pierson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Woods, Diana Scarwid, Leon Pownall, Matt North
15. The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story (1986)
9
4
The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Senator Edward Kennedy
Director:
Delbert Mann
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Susan Blakely, Michael Shannon, Kimber Shoop, Erin Dougherty
16. Extreme Close-Up (1990)
10
2
Extreme Close-Up
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Philip
Director:
Peter Horton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Samantha Mathis, Ellie Raab, Morgan Weisser, Kimber Shoop
17. Take Me Home Again (1994)
8
2
Take Me Home Again
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Larry
Director:
Tom McLoughlin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marley Shelton, Kirk Douglas, Bess Armstrong, Bonnie Bartlett, Richard Gilliland
18. Probable Cause (1994)
6
1
Probable Cause
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Ziller
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Michael Ironside, Kirk Baltz, Kate Vernon, James Downing

Animation(s)

The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles
PG
Plot:

A family of superheroes lives a simple life in the suburbs of Metroville. The head of the family Bob Parr, formerly Mr. Incredible, desires to return to his adventurous life as a superhero; however government ban prevents him from doing so. He gets his opportunity, though, when he is called upon to deal with a secret assignment. Soon his whole family gets involved.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible
Director:
Brad Bird
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Family, Action
Star Cast:
John Ratzenberger, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Dominique Louis
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Incredibles 2
PG
Plot:

As superheroes continue to live in hiding despite their recent heroism, wealthy Deavor siblings of Devtech propose a plan to send Elastigirl on secret missions aimed at gaining public trust. This leaves Mr. Incredible struggling with domestic chores and parenting their three superkids, while a new supervillain, the Screenslaver, plans to hypnotize the entire population through television screens.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible
Director:
Brad Bird
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Action
Mr. Incredible and Pals (2005)
Mr. Incredible and Pals
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
'Real' Mr. Incredible
Director:
Roger Gould
Genres:
Animation, Short
Star Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson, Roger Jackson, Pete Docter, Michael Asberry

TV Shows and Videos

Call to Glory (1984)
Call to Glory
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Colonel Raynor Sarnac
Director:
Jon Avnet, Ernest Pintoff, Peter Levin, Craig T. Nelson, Peter Werner
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anthony Edwards, Elisabeth Shue, Keenan Wynn, Tom O'Brien, Gabriel Damon, Cindy Pickett
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)
WKRP in Cincinnati
TV-PG
As:
Cast
Director:
Linda Day, Nicholas Stamos, Rod Daniel, Gordon Jump, Will Mackenzie
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Steven Alexander Wright, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Frank Bonner, Howard Hesseman
Newton's Apple (1983)
Newton's Apple
As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Adair, Sheldon Erickson, Jeff Weihe
Star Cast:
David Heil, Peggy Knapp, Nancy Gibson
Chicago Story (1982)
Chicago Story
As:
Cast
Director:
Corey Allen, Harvey S. Laidman, Jerry Thorpe
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joe Pantoliano, Ally Sheedy, Maud Adams, Molly Cheek, Dennis Franz, Richard Lawson
The Tim Conway Show (1970)
The Tim Conway Show
As:
Writer
Director:
Alan Rafkin, Harry Falk
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Conway, Joe Flynn, Anne Seymour, Emily Banks, Fabian Dean
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (1970)
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour
As:
Writer
Director:
Bill Hobin
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Conway
Private Benjamin (1981)
Private Benjamin
As:
Cast
Director:
Gabrielle Beaumont, Bruce Bilson, William Asher, Alan Cooke, Alan Bergmann
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jerry Stiller, Eileen Brennan, Damita Jo Freeman, Hal Williams
The Fire Next Time (1993)
The Fire Next Time
As:
Cast
Role:
Drew Morgan
Director:
Tom McLoughlin
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Rudd, Louise Fletcher, Bonnie Bedelia, Justin Whalin, Jürgen Prochnow
To Serve and Protect (1999)
To Serve and Protect
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Carr
Director:
Jean de Segonzac
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
James Franco, Richard Crenna, John Corbett, Joanna Cassidy
Creature (1998)
Creature
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Simon Chase
Director:
Stuart Gillard
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Cress Williams, Kim Cattrall, Michael Reilly Burke, Colm Feore

Craig T. Nelson Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Coach Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 1992