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List of Michael Douglas Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Falling Down (1993)
88
11
Falling Down
R
88
11

William 'D-Fens' Foster, who recently lost his job and got divorced from his wife, experiences a car breakdown on his way to meet his daughter on her birthday. After he is denied a phone call at a convenience store, he has a violent outburst and leaves behind a wave of crimes with retiring Detective Prendergast on his trail.

As:
Cast
Role:
D-Fens
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Duvall, Tuesday Weld, Rachel Ticotin, Barbara Hershey
2. The War of the Roses (1989)
44
5
The War of the Roses
R
44
5

The War of the Roses is a romantic comedy film, revolving around a Washington lawyer and his wife, who decide to get divorced after a reasonably happy life.  However, they face a vicious divorce battle, while trying to divide the possessions. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Oliver Rose
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sean Astin, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sägebrecht
3. Basic Instinct (1992)
63
11
Basic Instinct
R
63
11

San Francisco police detective Nick Curran is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of rock-star Johnny Boz. A manipulative crime novelist and Boz’s girlfriend, Catherine Tramell, is the prime suspect; however, there is no evidence against her. Curran gets drawn to her and soon he is totally involved with the novelist. This complicates the investigation and also, puts his life in danger. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Nick Curran
Director:
Paul Verhoeven
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Sharon Stone, Wayne Knight, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt
4. The American President (1995)
42
9
The American President
PG-13
42
9

The US President Andrew Shepherd is running for re-elections and has a high approval rating. As the widower with a young daughter meets environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade, both are drawn towards each other. But this gives a chance to his opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to question the popular president’s character. With plummeting approval rating, Shepherd has a hard decision to make.

As:
Cast
Role:
President Andrew Shepherd
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
5. The Game (1997)
81
17
The Game
R
81
17

The Game is a psychological thriller focusing on a lonely investment banker who is gifted a voucher for a unique game by his estranged brother that ends up wreaking havoc in his life. Starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn as the two brothers, this film sees Douglas lose all his money in this game that becomes intrinsically connected to his real life.

As:
Cast
Role:
Nicholas Van Orton
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Sean Penn, Carroll Baker, Spike Jonze, Armin Mueller-Stahl, James Rebhorn, Deborah Kara Unger
6. A Perfect Murder (1998)
42
9
A Perfect Murder
R
42
9

Steven, a multimillionaire industrialist approaches David, an artist, and offers him a huge sum of money to kill his wife, after finding out that she was having an affair with the latter. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Steven Taylor
Director:
Andrew Davis
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury
7. Don't Say a Word (2001)
34
7
Don't Say a Word
R
34
7

Don’t Say a Word is a psychological thriller film, which tells the story of a psychiatrist, Nathan, who is asked to treat Elisabeth, a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder. However when his daughter gets kidnapped, he is horrified to learn that the abductor’s demand is that he obtain information from Elizabeth about a stolen gemstone. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Nathan R. Conrad
Director:
Gary Fleder
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Famke Janssen, Jennifer Esposito, Guy Torry, Skye McCole Bartusiak
8. Romancing the Stone (1984)
46
11
Romancing the Stone
PG
46
11

Romance novelist Joan Wilder finds herself in the middle of the Colombian jungle with a treasure map. She is supposed to give the map to smugglers as ransom for her sister Elaine. Brash mercenary, Jack T. Colton, agrees to help her. The two end up falling in love while trying to recover the treasure, a massive emerald. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jack Colton
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, Zack Norman
9. The China Syndrome (1979)
30
7
The China Syndrome
PG
30
7

The China Syndrome is a drama thriller film which tells the story of a reporter who decides to bring an accident at a nuclear plant to the attention of the public. However, she gets herself involved in a big conspiracy.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Richard Adams
Director:
James Bridges
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Scott Brady, James Hampton
10. Disclosure (1994)
34
9
Disclosure
R
34
9

Tom Sanders, a happily married family man and computer expert who is expecting a promotion, feels disappointed when his ex-girlfriend Meredith Johnson is promoted to be his boss. Meredith then seduces him by forcing herself on him. When he spurns her, she files sexual harassment case, and also tries to ruin his career. Tom must fight to save his reputation and career. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Sanders
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
11. And So It Goes (2014)
21
6
And So It Goes
PG-13
21
6

Oren Little, a real-estate agent is deliberately mean to people around him and prefers it that way. His aim is to sell one final house and retire but life has something else for him in store. Suddenly, a nine-year-old child is dropped off at his place by his estranged son. Clueless Oren is forced to change his attitude and take help from Leah, his neighbour who helps him to take care of the child.

As:
Cast
Role:
Oren Little
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Diane Keaton, Rob Reiner, Annie Parisse, Austin Lysy, Sterling Jerins
12. Traffic (2000)
39
13
Traffic
R
39
13

The movie explores America’s drug fight through four stories. The US drug czar discovers that his own daughter is an addict. The wife of a drug lord discovers her husband’s true profession and tries to protect it. A witness familiar with her husband’s activities is protected by two DEA agents. A committed cop begins to doubt his superior’s true motives in drug war.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
13. Wall Street (1987)
20
6
Wall Street
R
20
6

Young and ambitious Wall Street stockbroker Bud Fox idolizes successful but greedy corporate raider Gordon Gekko and trades inside information to get under his wing. Just as Fox begins to earn huge amounts of money by participating in shady deals, Gekko targets the employees' retirement fund of the airlines where Fox's father worked for 24 years.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
14. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
28
10
The Ghost and the Darkness
R
28
10

In 1898, eminent engineer John Patterson is summoned to complete a behind schedule work in Africa. The work progresses well, but then several workers are found killed – apparently by a lion. Patterson hunts one lion, but as more people continue to fall prey, expert hunter Charles Remington is called in to face the terrible challenge. The film is based on true events.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Charles Remington
Director:
Stephen Hopkins
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Thriller
Star Cast:
Val Edward Kilmer, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, Bernard Hill, John Kani
15. Coma (1978)
19
6
Coma
PG
19
6

Based on a novel of the same name, Coma is a mystery thriller film which tells the story of a young female doctor who notices that there has been an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital. She soon starts sensing that there might be a conspiracy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Mark Bellows
Director:
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Tom Selleck, Richard Widmark, Lois Chiles, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn
16. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
23
9
The Jewel of the Nile
PG
23
9

After traveling around for months in their yacht, adventurer Jack Colton and novelist Joan Wilder get tired of easy life. Joan decides to travel to a Middle Eastern country on Sheik Omar’s invitation, but is abducted on reaching there; so Jack, with friend Ralph, rushes to her rescue. They brave their way through adventures, but do they get the ‘Jewel of the Nile?’ 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jack
Director:
Lewis Teague
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás, Avner Eisenberg
17. The Sentinel (2006)
20
7
The Sentinel
PG-13
20
7

A secret service agent gets framed for an assassination attempt on the President. Now, he must not only clear his name, but also foil another assassination attempt from taking place, while on the run from another agent.  

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Pete Garrison
Director:
Clark Johnson
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger, Kiefer Sutherland, Martin Donovan, Ritchie Coster
19. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
27
13
Ant-Man and the Wasp
PG-13
27
13

In this sequel to 2015 Ant-Man, Scott Lang is under house arrest and is trying to strike a balance between being a superhero and a father. When he receives a message from Janet, he, along with her husband Hank Pym and daughter Hope, sets out to bring her back from the quantum realm where she has been trapped for three decades.

As:
Cast
Director:
Peyton Reed
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
20. Wonder Boys (2000)
20
8
Wonder Boys
R
20
8

Professor Grady Tripp teaches creative writing but is unable to overcome his writer’s block and complete his novel. Besides that, his platter is full with – his third wife leaves him, his literary agent arrives to push him to complete his manuscript, his married girlfriend becomes pregnant with their child, his troubled student has problems with life. Can the weekend accommodate any more complications?

As:
Cast
Role:
Prof. Grady Tripp
Director:
Curtis Hanson
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
21. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
23
9
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
PG-13
23
9

After being released from prison for insider trading and securities fraud Gordon Gekko, is a successful writer with his book ‘Is Greed Good?’. He tries to reconnect with his daughter Winnie using her boyfriend Jacob Moore but ends up betraying them both and stealing Winnie’s money. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Gordon Gekko
Director:
Genres:
Drama
22. Fatal Attraction (1987)
12
7
Fatal Attraction
R
12
7

Happily married successful Manhattan lawyer Dan Gallagher has an affair with publishing company editor Alex Forrest. Although initially agreeing that this was only a fling, Alex soon becomes increasingly obsessive and stalker-like. Keeping his family alive from Alex soon becomes Dan’s top concern rather than hiding the affair. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Gallagher
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski, Anne Archer, Stuart Pankin
23. Ant-Man (2015)
48
24
Ant-Man
PG-13
48
24

Released from prison, Scott Lang finds it difficult to get a job and is prohibited from seeing his daughter by his ex-wife. Scientist Hank Pym lures him with a heist tip-off, and encourages him to don a special suit to become Ant-Man, gaining superhuman strength and shrinking ability. However, he must undertake a daunting heist to save the world.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Hank Pym
Director:
Peyton Reed
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
24. The Star Chamber (1983)
21
9
The Star Chamber
R
21
9
As:
Cast
Role:
Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
Director:
Peter Hyams
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless, James Sikking
25. Beyond the Reach (2014)
15
7
Beyond the Reach
R
15
7

A rapacious business magnate spies on his guide in the Mojave Desert who goes into hiding for not being able to maintain his silence on the killing of an old prospector.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Madec
Director:
Jean-Baptiste Léonetti
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Ronny Cox, Jeremy Irvine, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Patricia Bethune
26. Black Rain (1989)
11
5
Black Rain
R
11
5

Nick and his partner Charlie, work as policemen in New York. They are tasked with tracking down a Japanese gangster named Sato. They manage to arrest him, but must now escort him as he is extradited to Japan. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Nick Conklin
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw, Ken Takakura, Yûsaku Matsuda
27. King of California (2007)
7
5
King of California
PG-13
7
5

King of California is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a man named Charlie who spends several years in a mental institution. After he is released, he reunites with his daughter, but he constantly keeps talking about a lost treasure buried somewhere.

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie
Director:
Mike Cahill
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ashley Greene, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber
28. Running (1979)
12
6
Running
PG
12
6

Although plagued with unemployment, family discord and an unsympathetic coach, Michael Andropolis has not given up his dream to compete in the 1976 Summer Olympics as a marathon runner. The story depicts his struggle to run and how he finished the marathon despite numerous injuries, earning the respect he deserves. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Andropolis
Director:
Steven Hilliard Stern
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Lawrence Dane, Chuck Shamata, Susan Anspach
30. Animal World (2018)
6
3
Animal World
Not
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Anderson
Director:
Han Yan
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Star Cast:
Bingkun Cao, Yi Feng Li, Dongyu Zhou, Alberto Lancellotti
31. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
13
7
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
PG-13
13
7

Connor Mead, a famous photographer is a playboy never settling down and having simultaneous relationships with multiple women. While attending his brother’s wedding, he is visited by three ghosts of his past girlfriends who take him on a journey so that he can have a real chance of a relationship with his first true love, Jenny Perotti. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Uncle Wayne
Director:
Mark Waters
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
33. Last Vegas (2013)
14
9
Last Vegas
PG-13
14
9

Aging friends Billy, Paddy, Archie, and Sam decide to go to Las Vegas for Billy’s bachelor party, who is marrying someone much younger. But Paddy and Billy have unresolved issues over Sophie, Paddy’s recently departed wife. The four friends soon realize that the years have not only changed Las Vegas but also their friendship. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Billy Gherson
Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Genres:
Comedy
34. The In-Laws (2003)
15
9
The In-Laws
PG-13
15
9

The daughter of a mild mannered doctor Jerry is about to get married to the son of a spy named Steve who is chasing international smugglers. However, soon Jerry is suspected by the FBI to be involved with the smugglers as well.

As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Tobias
Director:
Andrew Fleming
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ryan Reynolds, Albert Brooks, Michael Bodnar, Vladimir Radian, Robin Tunney
35. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
14
8
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
PG-13
14
8

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a crime thriller mystery drama film which tells the story of a reporter and an assistant district attorney, who decides to expose the corrupt practices of a successful district attorney. However, their plan doesn’t go as planned, and the reporter ends up facing the death penalty.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mark Hunter
Director:
Peter Hyams
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Dina Merrill, Amber Tamblyn, Joel David Moore, Orlando Jones, Jesse Metcalfe
36. When Michael Calls (1972)
5
3
When Michael Calls
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Craig
Director:
Philip Leacock
Genres:
Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Ben Gazzara, Al Waxman, Elizabeth Ashley, Larry Reynolds
37. Napoleon and Samantha (1972)
5
3
Napoleon and Samantha
G
5
3

11 years old Napolean and his grandfather adopt the aging lion, Major, from a circus clown. But his grandfather dies leaving him an orphan and in charge of the lion. Napolean, his friend Samantha, and Major, take an epic journey into the mountains to find their friend Danny who might provide a way out for them. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Danny
Director:
Bernard McEveety
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Mary Wickes, Jodie Foster, Will Geer, Johnny Whitaker, Arch Johnson
38. A Chorus Line (1985)
13
9
A Chorus Line
PG-13
13
9

Several aspirants take part in an audition hoping to become part of a musical. Meanwhile, the bitter director Zach judges dozens of dancers, as well as their performances. Eventually, sixteen of them remain, after the rest are all eliminated. But things get complicated because one of them is Cassie, a woman who once had a relationship with Zach.

As:
Cast
Role:
Zach
Genres:
Drama, Musical, Music
Star Cast:
Jan Gan Boyd, Michael Blevins, Yamil Borges, Sharon Brown
39. Haywire (2011)
10
6
Haywire
R
10
6

MMA Black Ops operative, Mallory Kane, is sent on a mission to Dublin where she is deceived and left for dead by someone from her agency whom she knew well. In order to survive, she needs to find the facts behind the betrayal. Hounded by skilled assassins, she has to employ all the tricks of her training to outwit her killers. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Alex Coblenz
Genres:
Action, Thriller
40. You, Me and Dupree (2006)
8
7
You, Me and Dupree
PG-13
8
7

Newlyweds Carl and Molly Peterson are living happily until Carl invites his jobless best friend Randy Dupree to come and live with them, who threatens to become a permanent addition to the house. As Carl keeps getting further infuriated with him, things are made worse due to the machinations of Carl’s disapproving father-in-law, Bob. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Thompson
Director:
Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
41. Adam at Six A.M. (1970)
4
3
Adam at Six A.M.
GP
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Adam Gaines
Director:
Robert Scheerer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joe Don Baker, Charles Aidman, Louise Latham, Lee Purcell
42. Summertree (1971)
4
3
Summertree
GP
4
3

In 1970, Jerry, a college student, visits his parents and tells them that he wants to drop out of university to find his true purpose. His parents get worried, as they had spent a significant sum of money for his education. He soon falls for a woman older to him, and they start living together. Meanwhile, as the Vietnam War is going on, he tries various ways to avoid being drafted into the army.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Teri Garr, Barbara Bel Geddes, Rob Reiner, Jack Warden, Brenda Vaccaro
43. Shining Through (1992)
15
12
Shining Through
R
15
12

A woman from New York falls in love with an international lawyer just before America goes into war with the Axis powers. When World War II begins, she acts as a spy on behalf of the United States and sets out on a journey to discover the fate of her Jewish relatives.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Leland
Director:
David Seltzer
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Melanie Griffith, John Gielgud, Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson, Melanie Griffith
44. Hail, Hero! (1969)
4
4
Hail, Hero!
PG
4
4

During the Vietnam War, a college student named Carl Dixon quits school and joins the Army. However, his intention of joining the Army to go to Vietnam is not to fight.

As:
Cast
Role:
Carl Dixon
Director:
David Miller
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Teresa Wright, John Larch, Charles Drake, Arthur Kennedy
45. Unlocked (2017)
9
9
Unlocked
R
9
9

Unlocked is a mystery action thriller film which tells the story of a CIA Agent Alice Racine, who is assigned to investigate an intelligence alert about a biological attack in London.

As:
Cast
Role:
Eric Lasch
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Action, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
46. One Night at McCool's (2001)
8
9
One Night at McCool's
R
8
9

After escaping a rape and shooting the man, sultry Jewel meets Randy, a bar-tender at McCool’s, and seduces him. Randy takes her home but soon turns into a thief to provide for Jewel’s unending demands. Randy’s cousin Carl finds himself crazily obsessed with the sexy Jewel, while detective Dehling, who is investigating the killing and robberies, also finds himself besotted with the femme-fatale. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Mr. Burmeister
Director:
Harald Zwart
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Liv Tyler, John Goodman, Matt Dillon, Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Mary Jo Smith
47. It's My Turn (1980)
6
8
It's My Turn
R
6
8

Mathematics professor, Kate Gunzinger, is in a relationship with Homer, but they lack passion. She meets ex-baseball player Ben, at her widowed dad’s wedding to Ben’s mother. The two begin a passionate affair and Kate returns to break up with Homer, even though an unpredictable future awaits her. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ben Lewin
Director:
Claudia Weill
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jill Clayburgh, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Steven Hill, Beverly Garland

Animation Movies

TV Shows

Starman
6
3
Starman
6
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Claudio Guzmán, Charles S. Dubin, Robert Chenault, Nick Marck, Bill Duke
Genres:
Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Janet Leigh, Jane Wyatt, Robert Hays, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Michael Cavanaugh, Patrick Culliton

Special Appearance/Cameo

Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009)
7
3
Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget
7
3
As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Self (uncredited)
Director:
Jeff Kanew
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Anne Buydens, Kirk Douglas, Anne Douglas, Diana Douglas, Eric Douglas, Joel Douglas

Michael Douglas Awards

Academy Awards
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Best Picture 1976
Wall Street Best Actor in a Leading Role 1988
Golden Globe Awards
Behind the Candelabra Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2014
Wall Street Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1988
The Kominsky Method Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy 2019
Primetime Emmy Awards
Behind the Candelabra Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2013
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Motion Picture Actor 1988