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List of Jeff Daniels Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Terms of Endearment (1983)
26
2
Terms of Endearment
PG
26
2

The multiple Academy Award-winning movie features widowed Aurora Greenway and daughter Emma, who share a deep bond despite their frequent squabbles. Lonely after Emma’s marriage, Aurora finds love with neighbor Garrett. Emma, who is facing marital discord and difficulties in managing children, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. As Garrett breaks up with Aurora, she keeps her pain aside to be with Emma. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Flap Horton
Director:
James L. Brooks
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
2. The Martian (2015)
18
3
The Martian
PG-13
18
3

Adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name, the film portrays the struggle of an astronaut, Mark Watney, after he gets left behind by his crew who think he died in a powerful storm. He strives to survive on Mars and uses scientific wisdom to send signals to earth. Meanwhile a team of international scientists collaborate to bring him back to earth

As:
Cast
Role:
Teddy Sanders
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
4. Pleasantville (1998)
19
1
Pleasantville
PG-13
19
1

David, who enjoys 1950s TV shows, and Jennifer, who is his opposite in many ways, receive a magical remote control which mysteriously transports them to ‘Pleasantville,’ a simple place from 1950s black-n-white sitcom, with simple-minded people and perfect things. The twin siblings from the real world help add some wonderful colors to the drab lives of the ‘Pleasantville’ people. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Bill Johnson
Director:
Gary Ross
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
6. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
12
4
The Purple Rose of Cairo
PG
12
4

Set in the depression era, the film centers on an unhappy waitress caught in a loveless marriage. To assuage her loneliness, she often goes to see films, the latest of them being The Purple Rose of Cairo. Fascinated, she sits through it several times until Tom Baxter, the lead character, steps literally out of the screen to talk to her.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mia Farrow, Danny Aiello, Dianne Wiest, Irving Metzman, Stephanie Farrow
8. The Hours (2002)
9
1
The Hours
PG-13
9
1

The movie revolves around the lives of three women of three different generations, Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. Their lives are interconnected by Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway. The movie unfolds the personal struggles of each woman in the span of a single day in different decades ending with transcendent revelations. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Daldry
Genres:
Drama, Romance
9. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
17
3
Dumb and Dumber
PG-13
17
3

The iconic screwball comedy movie features two dimwitted best friends, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. Lloyd falls in love with Mary Swanson while driving her to the airport. The movie revolves around the duo's adventures as their friendship is put to test when they try to return a briefcase full of money to Mary and escape her husband’s kidnappers.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Dunne
Director:
Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
10. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
11
1
Good Night, and Good Luck.
PG
11
1

In this critically acclaimed historical drama, CBS broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow works to expose the U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his fear mongering crusade to root out Communists in America. He is ably supported in his endeavour by his producer friend Fred W. Friendly and his team who, regardless of pressures from CBS' corporate sponsors, work to bring down McCarthy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sig Mickelson
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
11. Looper (2012)
12
1
Looper
R
12
1

In 2044, 25-year-old Joe works as a Looper, contract killer who is hired by criminal syndicates from the future—2074. Whenever they want to kill anyone, they send the target into the past where a looper awaits to carry out the task. One day, as the syndicate expectedly decides to close the loop, Joe faces his own future self and is supposed to kill him.

As:
Cast
Director:
Rian Johnson
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
12. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
11
2
The Squid and the Whale
R
11
2

The Squid and the Whale is an independent comedy-drama film which tells us the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with the divorce of their parents. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Bernard Berkman
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
14. Fly Away Home (1996)
19
1
Fly Away Home
PG
19
1

After her mother passes away, Amy moves to Ontario to live with her father, who is an aviation expert. With his help, Amy helps a flock of orphaned geese head south for the winter.      

As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas "Tom" Alden
Director:
Carroll Ballard
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham
15. Steve Jobs (2015)
10
2
Steve Jobs
R
10
2

This biographical film about Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs provides a behind-the-scene look at his life, starting with the launch of the first Macintosh in 1984. He struggles with accepting his daughter from his ex-girlfriend and is forced out of Apple, following which he launches NeXT Computer in 1988 and returns to Apple in 1998 to unveil the iMac.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Sculley
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Biography
16. Imaginary Heroes (2004)
9
1
Imaginary Heroes
R
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ben Travis
Director:
Dan Harris
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Emile Davenport Hirsch, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Williams, Emile Hirsch, Kip Pardue
17. Speed (1994)
9
1
Speed
R
9
1

Speed is an action-packed thriller where a bomb on a bus is rigged to blow up if the speed of the bus falls below 50 mph. Set in Los Angeles, a brave cop, played by Keanu Reeves, tries to save the passengers on the bus with the aid of another passenger, portrayed by Sandra Bullock, before the bomb goes off.

As:
Cast
Role:
Harry
Director:
Jan de Bont
Genres:
Crime, Action, Adventure, Thriller
18. Traitor (2008)
12
1
Traitor
PG-13
12
1

Samir, an Arabic-speaking Sudanese-American and devout Muslim, was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant with the U.S. Army. Currently he is seen operating as an arm dealer, who gets involved with a terrorist group. Very soon, he comes under the scanner of a US intelligence contractor, who starts tracking him. But is Samir what he appears to be?

As:
Cast
Director:
Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Don Cheadle, Archie Panjabi, Saïd Taghmaoui, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough
20. State of Play (2009)
11
3
State of Play
PG-13
11
3

Congressman Stephen Collins is leading an investigation into PointCorp, a private defense contractor. But when his mistress Sonia Baker, also a researcher on his staff is murdered, he calls his old friend journalist Cal McAffrey for help. What follows is a trail of betrayals that hide a much deeper conspiracy. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Kevin Macdonald
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
21. The Lookout (2007)
9
2
The Lookout
R
9
2

The story focuses on a high school sports star, who has developed lasting mental impairments after a car accident. Shunned by his wealthy family, he develops close friendship with his blind roommate and starts working nights cleaning a bank.  Shortly, he is noticed by a gang intending to rob the bank and is coaxed by one of his old friends to join in.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Lewis
Director:
Scott Frank
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
23. Timescape (1992)
18
4
Timescape
18
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Ben Wilson
Director:
David Twohy
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Mystery
Star Cast:
Jim Haynie, Ariana Richards, Marilyn Lightstone, Emilia Crow
24. Howl (2010)
9
1
Howl
R
9
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Hamm, James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit
25. Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001)
15
1
Escanaba in da Moonlight
PG-13
15
1
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Rueben Soady
Director:
Jeff Daniels
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Harve Presnell, Joey Albright, Wayne David Parker, Randall Godwin
26. Paper Man (2009)
9
1
Paper Man
R
9
1

Paper Man is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a failed novelist named Richard Dunn who is suffering from writer’s block. He is emotionally dependent on his imaginary superhero friend Captain Excellent. His life takes an interesting turn after he develops a friendship with a teen girl named Abby.

As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Dunn
Director:
Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
28. Arlen Faber (2009)
11
2
Arlen Faber
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Arlen Faber
Director:
John Hindman
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Lauren Graham, Kat Dennings, Lou Taylor Pucci, Olivia Thirlby
29. Arachnophobia (1990)
10
1
Arachnophobia
PG-13
10
1

A Strange spider, newly discovered in Venezuela, accidently gets transported with a dead-body to a rural Californian town, where it reproduces deadly offspring. Soon, there are sudden deaths of absolutely healthy towns’ people. Dr. Ross Jennings, mortally afraid of spiders, suspects the eight-legged creatures as the cause of deaths. Can he and exterminator McClintock stop the arachnids before they invade the community? 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Ross Jennings
Director:
Frank Marshall
Genres:
Fantasy, Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Star Cast:
John Goodman, Brian McNamara, Stuart Pankin, Harley Jane Kozak
30. Blood Work (2002)
10
1
Blood Work
R
10
1

Terry MacCaleb, a retired FBI agent, is still recovering from a heart transplant. However, when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer, he decides to return to service to nab the killer. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jasper 'Buddy' Noone
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Action
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus, Tina Lifford
31. Gods and Generals (2003)
11
1
Gods and Generals
PG-13
11
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ron Maxwell
Genres:
War, Drama, History, Biography
Star Cast:
Mira Sorvino, Robert Duvall, Bruce Boxleitner, Royce D. Applegate
32. 2 Days in the Valley (1996)
8
2
2 Days in the Valley
R
8
2

This dark comedy film depicts forty eight hours in the lives of few people who are drawn together by a murder of an Olympic athlete’s husband.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Alvin Strayer
Director:
John Herzfeld
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
33. Chasing Sleep (2000)
7
3
Chasing Sleep
R
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Saxon
Director:
Michael Walker
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Star Cast:
Julian McMahon, Gil Bellows, Ben Shenkman, Molly Price, Michelle Held
34. The House on Carroll Street (1988)
9
1
The House on Carroll Street
PG
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Cochran
Director:
Peter Yates
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Mandy Patinkin, Kelly McGillis, Jonathan Hogan
36. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
13
1
101 Dalmatians
G
13
1

The live action adaptation of the beloved animated classic, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, finds the villainous Cruella De Vil, wanting to turn 101 Dalmatians into a fur coat by killing and skinning them. It’s up to the dogs Pongo and Perdy to rescue not only their children but the remaining stolen Dalmatians. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Roger
Director:
Stephen Herek
Genres:
Family, Crime, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright
37. Trial and Error (1997)
12
1
Trial and Error
PG-13
12
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Charles Tuttle
Director:
Jonathan Lynn
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Jennifer Coolidge, Charlize Theron, Michael Richards, Jessica Steen, Austin Pendleton
38. Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
8
1
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
PG-13
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Denton Webb
Director:
Jim Abrahams
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Winona Ryder, Carla Gugino, Laila Robins, Thomas Wilson Brown, Joan McMurtrey
39. I Witness (2003)
9
2
I Witness
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James Rhodes
Director:
Rowdy Herrington
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Romance, Action
Star Cast:
Portia de Rossi, James Spader, Clifton Collins Jr., Wade Williams
40. Allegiant (2016)
8
1
Allegiant
PG-13
8
1

In this third movie in the The Divergent series, Tris, her brother, Caleb, and her lover, Four, escape the walled Chicago and come across truths that shatter previous knowledge. Facing dangers that threaten humanity, Tris is forced to make bold decisions in order to survive.

As:
Cast
Role:
David
Director:
Robert Schwentke
Genres:
Mystery, Adventure, Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
41. Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
8
2
Dumb and Dumber To
PG-13
8
2

Dumb and Dumber To is a sequel to Dumb and Dumber, which sees Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne who are good-natured but less than smart best friends. After a break of 20 years, the friends reunite and embark on a cross-country trip to meet Harry's daughter, who he has recently learned of.

As:
Cast
Role:
Harry
Director:
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden
43. RV (2006)
8
3
RV
PG
8
3

RV is an adventure comedy film revolving around Bob Munro, who plans a road trip with his dysfunctional family to the Colorado Rockies, on an RV. However, things don’t go as planned, when they come across a bizarre community of campers. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Travis Gornicke
Director:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Adventure
47. Quad (2013)
8
1
Quad
R
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mickey
Director:
Michael Uppendahl
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Aaron Paul, Tom Berenger, Tom Sizemore, Lena Olin
48. Marie (1985)
9
1
Marie
PG-13
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Sisk
Director:
Roger Donaldson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sissy Spacek, Morgan Freeman, Keith Szarabajka, Fred Dalton Thompson
49. A Plumm Summer (2007)
8
1
A Plumm Summer
PG
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Caroline Zelder
Genres:
Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Henry Winkler, William Baldwin, Chris Massoglia, Lisa Guerrero
51. Forcin' the Blues (2011)
7
1
Forcin' the Blues
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jake Szymanski
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jon Mackey, Art Evans, Colton Dunn, Michael Daniel Cassady
53. Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
8
2
Sweet Hearts Dance
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Manners
Director:
Robert Greenwald
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Don Johnson, Holly Marie Combs, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Elizabeth Perkins
54. Love Hurts (1990)
7
1
Love Hurts
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Paul Weaver
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cloris Leachman, John Mahoney, Judith Ivey, Cynthia Sikes
55. Rain Without Thunder (1992)
6
2
Rain Without Thunder
PG-13
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jonathan Garson
Director:
Gary O. Bennett
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Linda Hunt, Steve Zahn, Betty Buckley, Carolyn McCormick, Iona Morris
56. Checking Out (1989)
6
1
Checking Out
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ray Macklin
Director:
David Leland
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Melanie Mayron, Ann Magnuson, Michael Tucker, Kathleen York
57. Super Sucker (2002)
5
1
Super Sucker
R
5
1
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Fred Barlow
Director:
Jeff Daniels
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Dawn Wells, Matt Letscher, Harve Presnell, John Seibert

TV Movie(s)

58. The Crossing (2000)
14
1
The Crossing
14
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Gen. George Washington
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
War, History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché, Steven McCarthy, John Henry Canavan
59. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
9
1
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Blue Man
Director:
Lloyd Kramer
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Steven Grayhm, Dagmara Dominczyk
60. Cheaters (2000)
8
1
Cheaters
R
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Gerard Plecki
Director:
John Stockwell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Jena Malone, Luke Edwards, Blake Heron
61. An Invasion of Privacy (1983)
8
1
An Invasion of Privacy
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Francis Ryan
Director:
Mel Damski
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cliff De Young, Frederick Coffin, Jacqueline Brookes
62. The Goodbye Girl (2004)
8
2
The Goodbye Girl
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elliot Garfield
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Durand, Alan Cumming, Lynda Boyd, Patricia Heaton, Hallie Kate Eisenberg
63. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988)
8
1
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
PG
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Stephen Maryk
Director:
Robert Altman
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Gallagher, Eric Bogosian, Brad Davis, Michael Murphy
64. Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)
8
1
Sweet Nothing in My Ear
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Miller
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marlee Matlin, David Oyelowo, Sonya Walger, Ed Waterstreet, Phyllis Frelich
65. No Place Like Home (1989)
8
2
No Place Like Home
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Cooper
Director:
Lee Grant
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kathy Bates, CCH Pounder, Christine Lahti, Scott Marlowe
66. Redwood Curtain (1995)
8
1
Redwood Curtain
PG
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lyman Fellers
Director:
John Korty
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lea Salonga, John Lithgow, Catherine Hicks, Debra Monk
67. Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
7
1
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Noonan
Director:
Alastair Reid
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Eli Wallach, Brian Dennehy, Maria Conchita Alonso, Robert Prosky

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Breaking Away (1980)
Breaking Away
As:
Cast
Director:
Stan Lathan, Kim Friedman, Jeff Bleckner
Genres:
Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Shaun Cassidy, Vincent Gardenia, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie
A Rumor of War (1980)
A Rumor of War
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard T. Heffron
Genres:
Biography, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Fishburne, Brad Davis, Keith Carradine, Michael O'Keefe

Jeff Daniels Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
The Newsroom Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2013
Godless Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 2018