The Best 30 films of Michael Douglas.

by jacobyjhn-18-315763 | created - 22 Oct 2011 | updated - 22 Jan 2015 | Public

Talented, confident, brash but likeable actor, Michael Douglas, has created many indelible screen characterizations over his amazing career, always with absolute excellence. The son of acting icon, Kirk Douglas, was also a savy, smart and wildly successful producer. Here are 30 of his very best acting efforts, indended as a tribute to the wonderful Michael Douglas.

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1. Wall Street (1987)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover

Votes: 150,372 | Gross: $43.85M

2. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 202,908 | Gross: $124.12M

3. The American President (1995)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A widowed U.S. President running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception," and sparks fly anyway.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox

Votes: 55,704 | Gross: $65.00M

4. Disclosure (1994)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 48,762 | Gross: $83.02M

5. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 29,108 | Gross: $51.72M

6. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 81,870 | Gross: $156.65M

7. Solitary Man (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions.

Directors: Brian Koppelman, David Levien | Stars: Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Jesse Eisenberg, Danny DeVito

Votes: 16,104 | Gross: $4.36M

8. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama

59 Metascore

Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin

Votes: 101,117 | Gross: $52.47M

9. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

After a wealthy San Francisco banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down as he begins to question if it might really be a concealed conspiracy to destroy him.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 373,438 | Gross: $48.32M

10. The War of the Roses (1989)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

79 Metascore

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sägebrecht

Votes: 51,268 | Gross: $86.89M

11. The In-Laws (I) (2003)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

46 Metascore

Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his future son-in-law's father is a free-wheeling international spy.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Albert Brooks, Michael Douglas, Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane

Votes: 16,870 | Gross: $20.44M

12. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

An ordinary man frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 181,697 | Gross: $40.90M

13. A Perfect Murder (1998)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A wealthy Wall Street speculator discovers that his wife has a lover. He investigates him and uses the carrot and stick to make him murder his wife. Planned to detail, it seems like a perfect murder.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet

Votes: 82,975 | Gross: $67.64M

14. Coma (1978)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

60 Metascore

When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Geneviève Bujold, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 18,584

15. The Star Chamber (1983)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

Frustrated with a legal system gone haywire, a secret society of judges hires hitmen to snuff out criminals who escape courtroom justice - but one young judge questions the ethics of their vigilante system.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless

Votes: 6,801 | Gross: $5.56M

16. Behind The Candelabra (2013)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of the tempestuous six-year romance between megastar singer Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Eric Zuckerman

Votes: 42,394

17. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 190,794 | Gross: $117.73M

18. Romancing the Stone (1984)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

63 Metascore

A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman

Votes: 89,262 | Gross: $76.57M

19. Black Rain (1989)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 52,612 | Gross: $46.21M

20. The Sentinel (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

49 Metascore

A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger, Eva Longoria

Votes: 49,135 | Gross: $36.28M

21. Don't Say a Word (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak

Votes: 51,062 | Gross: $55.00M

22. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

PG-13 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

35 Metascore

Remake of the 1956 film noir film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" in which a writer's plan to expose a corrupt district attorney takes an unexpected turn.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Douglas, Joel David Moore

Votes: 12,739 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.

Votes: 63,191 | Gross: $19.39M

24. It Runs in the Family (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Rory Culkin

Votes: 4,920 | Gross: $7.38M

25. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spyros Fokas

Votes: 54,536 | Gross: $75.97M

26. Shining Through (1992)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

An American woman of Irish, Jewish-German parentage goes undercover in Nazi Germany.

Director: David Seltzer | Stars: Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson

Votes: 9,704 | Gross: $21.73M

27. And So It Goes (2014)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

38 Metascore

A self-absorbed realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Annie Parisse

Votes: 13,636 | Gross: $15.16M

28. Last Vegas (2013)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

Four friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline

Votes: 130,981 | Gross: $63.91M

29. Haywire (2011)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Angarano

Votes: 85,984 | Gross: $18.94M

30. Solitary Man (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions.

Directors: Brian Koppelman, David Levien | Stars: Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Jesse Eisenberg, Danny DeVito

Votes: 16,104 | Gross: $4.36M



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