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List of Roy Scheider Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Jaws (1975)
23
4
Jaws
PG
23
4

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is adapted from the popular 1974 novel by Peter Benchley. When a killer shark attacks a vacationer at the Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody wants to close down the beaches but Mayor Vaughn is against it. However, with the shark continuing its killing spree, Brody teams up with a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter to hunt down the beast.

As:
Cast
Role:
Chief Martin Brody
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Thriller
Star Cast:
Richard Dreyfuss, Steven Spielberg, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb
2. The French Connection (1971)
21
4
The French Connection
R
21
4

New York City detectives Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo hatch a plan to bring down drug lord Alain Charnier, who leads the world’s biggest heroin-smuggling syndicate. They must however contend with Charnier’s unlimited resources, Salvatore ‘Sal’ Boca and lawyer Joel Weinstock. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Buddy Russo
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi
3. Sorcerer (1977)
18
4
Sorcerer
PG
18
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Jackie Scanlon - 'Juan Dominguez'
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Ramon Bieri, Bruno Cremer
4. All That Jazz (1979)
18
5
All That Jazz
R
18
5

Joe Gideon leads a very chaotic life and due to excessive sex and drugs, he eventually suffers a heart attack. The three women in his life do their best to save his life.

As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Gideon
Director:
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
John Lithgow, Jessica Lange, Ben Vereen, Cliff Gorman
5. Marathon Man (1976)
18
2
Marathon Man
R
18
2

Thomas Levy, a history student and long-distance runner, is unaware of the fact that his older brother is a government agent chasing down a Nazi war criminal, until the latter is murdered, and Thomas finds himself in the middle of a dangerous international plot involving stolen jewels, Nazis and government spies. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Doc
Director:
John Schlesinger
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
6. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
12
3
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
R
12
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Schrader
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda, Shigeto Tachihara
7. Klute (1971)
14
3
Klute
R
14
3

Tom Gruneman, an executive working for a chemical company in Pennsylvania, goes missing. Although the police try to find him, they eventually fail and eventually detective John Klute is hired to investigate the disappearance. Klute has only one lead: a prostitute. However, he is unaware of the fact that her life is in danger as well.

As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Ligourin
Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Dorothy Tristan
8. The Assassination (1972)
13
3
The Assassination
PG
13
3

Sadiel, a rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland during the aftermath of a coup. After Colonel Kassar contacts the French security services for their help in capturing him, Sadiel, is lured to Paris, allegedly for a television show. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Yves Boisset
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Jean Seberg, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Piccoli
9. 2010 (1984)
13
2
2010
PG
13
2

The sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey follows Dr. Heywood Floyd and his teammates as they set out on a joint US-Soviet space mission to Jupiter. The astronauts have to reactivate U.S.S. Discovery’s AI computer, H.A.L. 9000, to find out the cause of Discovery’s failure. They also need to unravel the mystery of the mammoth black monolith in Jupiter’s orbit. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Heywood Floyd
Director:
Peter Hyams
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Star Cast:
Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Arthur C. Clarke, Keir Dullea
10. The Seven-Ups (1973)
15
4
The Seven-Ups
PG
15
4

Buddy Manucci is a police officer in New York City, who operates an unconventional team named ‘The Seven-Ups’, which uses drastic and unconventional measures to bring criminals to justice. Things get ugly when one of his contacts uses a classified police list to kidnap mobsters and hold them for ransom. Things get worse when one of the ‘Seven-Up’ cops is killed as a result of this.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Buddy - Seven-Up
Director:
Philip D'Antoni
Genres:
Action, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ken Kercheval, Tony Lo Bianco, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon
11. The Rainmaker (1997)
14
2
The Rainmaker
PG-13
14
2

The Rainmaker is a legal drama film, revolving around an inexperienced young lawyer, who agrees to fight for a helpless boy dying from leukemia, after the insurance company refuses to pay for his operation that would save his life. 

As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
12. Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
12
4
Puzzle of a Downfall Child
R
12
4

Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a drama film which revolves around a former fashion model whose life has gone into a downward spiral due to her drug use and nervous breakdown. When Aaron Reinhardt decides to make a film on her, she recalls her empty life of drugs, alcohol and sex.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mark
Director:
Jerry Schatzberg
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Faye Dunaway, Viveca Lindfors, Barry Morse, Barry Primus
13. Blue Thunder (1983)
17
3
Blue Thunder
TV-14
17
3

Blue Thunder is an action thriller film which revolves around a brave and honorable police officer in Los Angeles named Frank Murphy. He is chosen to test run Blue Thunder, a high-tech experimental attack helicopter. While flying Blue Thunder, Murphy and his partner discover that it is going to be used for mass surveillance which could lead to sinister implications.

As:
Cast
Role:
Officer Frank Murphy
Director:
John Badham
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Crime, Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Paul Roebling
14. The Outside Man (1972)
11
3
The Outside Man
PG
11
3

French hit-man, Lucien Bellon, is sent to Los Angeles to kill a mobster, Kovacs. As he completes the contract, Bellon realizes that he is being hunted by another contract killer, Lenny. Trapped in a foreign country, with a hit-man and the police after him, and with only bar waitress Nancy to help him, Bellon has to find the mastermind behind the conspiracy. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lenny
Director:
Jacques Deray
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Ann-Margret, Angie Dickinson, Talia Shire, Jean-Louis Trintignant
15. Naked Lunch (1991)
11
3
Naked Lunch
R
11
3

Naked Lunch is a 1991 drama film revolving around a pest exterminator, who kills his wife accidentally, after he develops an addiction to the substances he uses to kill insects. He eventually gets involved in a secret government plot.    

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Benway
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ian Holm, Judy Davis, Peter Weller, Julian Sands
16. Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975)
11
2
Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Stoneman
Director:
Sidney J. Furie
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jeannie Berlin, Rebecca Dianna Smith, Janet Brandt, Sid Melton
17. Paper Lion (1968)
11
2
Paper Lion
11
2

Sports Illustrated writer, George Plimpton, has tried his luck in professional sports like boxing and baseball and then written about his experience. Buoyed by his editor, he joins the NFL team, Detroit Lions, for his next story. What follows is a comically disastrous adventure. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Alex March
Genres:
Comedy, Sport
Star Cast:
Lauren Hutton, Alan Alda, Joe Schmidt, Alex Karras
18. Loving (1970)
10
2
Loving
R
10
2

Loving is an American comedy drama film, revolving around Brooks Wilson, who doesn’t know who is more important in his life, his wife, daughters or his mistress. He tries to untangle the knots in his personal life, while also dreaming about a  career break. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Irvin Kershner
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Eva Marie Saint, Sterling Hayden, George Segal
19. Still of the Night (1982)
13
3
Still of the Night
PG
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Rice
Director:
Robert Benton
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Meryl Streep, Sara Botsford, Joe Grifasi
21. The Punisher (2004)
11
2
The Punisher
R
11
2

Based on a Marvel Comics character, The Punisher is the story of Frank Castle, an undercover agent whose entire family is wiped out at a family reunion by a vengeful mobster Howard Saint, while Castle is left for dead. Embittered by inadequacy of law, Castle turns Vigilante, starting a one-man war against criminals. According to him, he doesn’t pursue revenge, but punishment.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Jonathan Hensleigh
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
John Travolta, Thomas Jane, Kevin Nash, Ben Foster, Antoni Corone, A. Russell Andrews
22. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
10
3
Romeo Is Bleeding
R
10
3

Romeo is Bleeding is a crime thriller film which tells the story of Jack Grimaldi, a homicide detective with the NYDP who seems to have the perfect life.  However, actually he is quite corrupt, and works for a Mafia boss named Don Falcone in exchange for large cash bribes. Things get complicated when he is tasked to kill Mona, an assassin, who single-handedly takes on the cops and the mafia.

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Medak
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Gary Oldman, James Cromwell, Juliette Lewis, David Proval, Will Patton
23. 52 Pick-Up (1986)
13
2
52 Pick-Up
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Mitchell
Director:
John Frankenheimer
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kelly Preston, Ann-Margret, John Glover, Vanity
24. Cohen and Tate (1988)
11
2
Cohen and Tate
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cohen
Director:
Eric Red
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross, Cooper Huckabee, Suzanne Savoy
25. Jaws 2 (1978)
12
2
Jaws 2
PG
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Brody
Director:
Jeannot Szwarc
Genres:
Adventure, Horror, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo, Lorraine Gary, Jeffrey Kramer
26. The Russia House (1990)
11
2
The Russia House
R
11
2

Scott Blair is a publisher who finds himself involved in a conspiracy after receiving manuscripts from a Russian scientist claiming that the entire Russian nuclear programme is a sham. He begins his own investigation to learn the truth.

As:
Cast
Role:
Russell
Director:
Fred Schepisi
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
27. The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
9
2
The Myth of Fingerprints
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bart Freundlich
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Blythe Danner, Julianne Moore, Randee Allen, Arija Bareikis, Justin Barreto, Chris Bauer
28. The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964)
9
2
The Curse of the Living Corpse
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Philip Sinclair (as Roy R. Scheider)
Director:
Del Tenney
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Helen Waren, Robert Milli, Margot Hartman, Hugh Franklin
29. The Fourth War (1990)
10
2
The Fourth War
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Col. Jack Knowles
Director:
John Frankenheimer
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Reid, Jürgen Prochnow, Lara Harris
30. Stiletto (1969)
8
2
Stiletto
R
8
2

Stiletto is a crime drama film which revolves around a rich playboy who also has a secret life, i.e. he is a professional hitman for the Mafia. However, when it is time for him to retire, his former employers decide to eliminate him as he knows way too much about them.     

As:
Cast
Director:
Bernard L. Kowalski
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, Britt Ekland, Joseph Wiseman, Patrick O'Neal, Alex Cord
31. The Peacekeeper (1997)
8
2
The Peacekeeper
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
President Robert Baker
Director:
Frédéric Forestier
Genres:
Action
Star Cast:
Dolph Lundgren, Michael Sarrazin, Christopher Heyerdahl, Montel Williams
32. Last Chance (2006)
13
3
Last Chance
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Cumberland
Director:
Lee Greenberg
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Vasile Albinet, Lilly Hartley
33. The Good War (2002)
9
2
The Good War
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Colonel Gartner
Director:
Giorgio Serafini
Genres:
War, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Vincent Riotta, Robert Farrior, Luca Zingaretti, Sue Cremin
34. Iron Cross (2009)
9
2
Iron Cross
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joseph
Director:
Joshua Newton
Genres:
War, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Helmut Berger, Scott Cohen, Alexander Newton, Calita Rainford
36. Listen to Me (1989)
8
2
Listen to Me
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Nichols
Director:
Douglas Day Stewart
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kirk Cameron, Jason Gould, Anna Lee, Amanda Peterson
37. If I Didn't Care (2007)
8
2
If I Didn't Care
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Linus Boyer
Director:
Ben Cummings, Orson Cummings
Genres:
Mystery
Star Cast:
Noelle Beck, Ronald Guttman, Bill Sage, Susan Misner
38. Love Thy Neighbor (2005)
8
2
Love Thy Neighbor
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Gregory
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charlie Day, Kellie Overbey, Jack Gwaltney, Jennifer Bransford
39. Night Game (1989)
8
2
Night Game
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Seaver
Director:
Peter Masterson
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Richard Bradford, Lane Smith, Paul Gleason, Karen Young
40. Chain of Command (2000)
7
1
Chain of Command
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
President Jack Cahill
Director:
John Terlesky
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Michael Biehn, Maria Conchita Alonso, Patrick Muldoon, Ric Young
41. Executive Target (1997)
7
1
Executive Target
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
President Carlson
Director:
Joseph Merhi
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Angie Everhart, Keith David, Michael Madsen, Dayton Callie
42. Falling Through (2000)
7
1
Falling Through
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Earl
Director:
Colin Bucksey
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gordon Currie, James West, Marjo Baayen, Eric Connor
44. The White Raven (1998)
7
1
The White Raven
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Heath
Director:
Andrew Stevens, Jakub Z. Rucinski
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Shepherd, Ron Silver, Joanna Pacula, Hannes Jaenicke
45. Better Living (1998)
7
1
Better Living
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom
Director:
Max Mayer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Olympia Dukakis, Edward Herrmann, Scott Cohen, Jamie Gonzalez
46. The Rage (1997)
8
2
The Rage
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Sidney J. Furie
Genres:
Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
David Carradine, William Gary Busey, Lorenzo Lamas, Kristen Cloke, Gary Busey, Brandon Smith
47. Citizen Verdict (2003)
7
1
Citizen Verdict
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Governor Bull Tyler
Director:
Philippe Martinez
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Armand Assante, Jerry Springer, Justine Mitchell, Raffaello Degruttola
48. Evasive Action (1998)
7
1
Evasive Action
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Enzo Marcelli
Director:
Jerry P. Jacobs
Genres:
Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Dick Van Patten, Dorian Harewood, Ray Wise, DeLane Matthews
49. Daybreak (2000)
7
1
Daybreak
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Stan Marshall
Director:
Jean Pellerin
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Ken Olandt, Ted McGinley, Adam Wylie, Ursula Brooks
50. The Doorway (2000)
6
1
The Doorway
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Lamont
Director:
Michael B. Druxman
Genres:
Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Lauren Woodland, Christian Harmony, Suzanne Bridgham, Don Maloney
51. The Definite Maybe (1997)
4
1
The Definite Maybe
4
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Rob Lobl, Sam Sokolow
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ally Sheedy, Teri Garr, Eric Stoltz, Bob Balaban, Josh Lucas, Jeffrey Buehl
52. Angels Don't Sleep Here (2002)
3
1
Angels Don't Sleep Here
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mayor Harry S. Porter
Director:
Paul Cade
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Christina Pickles, Kelly Rutherford, Dana Ashbrook, Kari Wuhrer
53. Red Serpent (2003)
3
1
Red Serpent
R
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Hassan
Director:
Gino Tanasescu
Genres:
Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Michael Paré, Oleg Taktarov, Irina Apeksimova, John Mastando

TV Movie(s)

1. Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number (1983)
12
2
Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jacobo Timerman
Director:
Linda Yellen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Liv Ullmann, Trini Alvarado, Roy Brocksmith, Joe Costa
2. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972)
12
2
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Schultz
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Blythe Danner, Ruby Dee, Al Freeman Jr., Barbara Barrie
3. Tiger Town (1983)
11
2
Tiger Town
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Shapiro
Genres:
Family, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Justin Henry, Bethany Carpenter, Lindsay Barr, Dave Bokas
5. Lamp at Midnight (1966)
10
2
Lamp at Midnight
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Melvyn Douglas, Kim Hunter, Hurd Hatfield, William Kerwin
8. King of Texas (2002)
10
2
King of Texas
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Westover
Director:
Uli Edel
Genres:
Drama, Western
Star Cast:
Lauren Holly, Patrick Stewart, David Alan Grier, Marcia Gay Harden
9. Silver Wolf (1999)
10
2
Silver Wolf
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Rockwell
Director:
Peter Svatek
Genres:
Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Michael Biehn, Shane Meier, Shaun Johnston, Kimberley Warnat
10. Money Play$ (1998)
9
2
Money Play$
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny Tobin
Director:
Frank D. Gilroy
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Carmine Caridi, Seth Jaffe, Jon Polito, Sônia Braga
11. Wild Justice (1994)
8
2
Wild Justice
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Stride
Director:
Tony Wharmby
Genres:
Action
Star Cast:
Ted McGinley, Patricia Millardet, Christopher Buchholz, Clive Francis

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Where the Heart Is (1969)
Where the Heart Is
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Luckinbill, James Mitchell, Mike Hammett, Gregory Abels, Tracy Brooks Swope
Hidden Faces (1968)
Hidden Faces
As:
Cast
Role:
(1968) (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Linda Blair, Ludi Claire, Joseph Daly, Betsy Durkin
The Diamond Hunters (2001)
The Diamond Hunters
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Jacob Van der Byl (2 episodes, 2001)
Director:
Dennis Berry
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alyssa Milano, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jolene Blalock, Michael Easton
Dracula II: Ascension (2003)
Dracula II: Ascension
R
As:
Cast
Director:
Patrick Lussier
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Craig Sheffer, Jason Scott Lee, Diane Neal, Khary Payton
Dracula III: Legacy (2005)
Dracula III: Legacy
R
As:
Cast
Director:
Patrick Lussier
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Rutger Hauer, Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Stephen Billington
Time Lapse (2001)
Time Lapse
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Agent La Nova
Director:
David Worth
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Henry Rollins, Barry Lynch, Dina Meyer, William McNamara
Plato's Run (1997)
Plato's Run
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Senarkian
Director:
James Becket
Genres:
Action
Star Cast:
William Gary Busey, Gary Busey, Steven Bauer, Jeff Speakman, Tiani Warden