Michael Douglas is one of Hollywood’s best-loved actors, with a career spanning decades. He has appeared in many movies, including iconic pictures such as Romancing the Stone (1984) and Basic Instinct (1992) and in 2015 he even joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he played the role of Hank Pym in Ant-Man.

In this post I am taking a look back at Michael Douglas’s career, through a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his portfolio, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of his pictures, from the well-known films to the not-so well-known films.

Ever wondered what all of Michael Douglas’s movies are? Then keep reading, so you can see how his movie career has played out over the years.




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Michael Douglas started his movie career at the end of the 1960s, making his on-screen movie debut in the movie, Cast a Giant Shadow. This was an uncredited role, but it was soon followed up by a credited part in Hail, Hero!, the same year.

From here he moved into the 1970s with a string of movies, starting with Adam at Six A.M.. Arguably his most notable movie during this decade was The China Syndrome, where he appeared alongside Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon.

Michael Douglas’s 1960s and 1970s movies include:

  • Cast a Giant Shadow (1969)*
  • Hail, Hero! (1969)
  • Adam at Six A.M. (1970)
  • Summertree (1971)
  • When Michael Calls (1972)
  • Napoleon and Samantha (1972)
  • Coma (1978)
  • The China Syndrome (1979)
  • Running (1979)

*Uncredited role

From looking at the list above, you may be wondering why Douglas doesn’t appear in any movies during the mid-‘70s – and there is a reason for this! During this period of time, Douglas starred in the television series, The Streets of San Francisco, which aired between 1972 and 1976.



The 1980s

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Moving into the 1980s now, and this is the decade which really cemented Michael Douglas as a Hollywood star, with hit movies including Fatal Attraction and Wall Street. It was also the decade where Douglas developed a great working relationship with fellow actors, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, resulting in three movies: Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Roses.

Michael Douglas’s movies during the 1980s include:

  • It’s My Turn (1980)
  • The Star Chamber (1983)
  • Romancing the Stone (1984)
  • The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
  • Chorus Line (1985)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Wall Street (1987)
  • Black Rain (1989)
  • The War of the Roses (1989)

And now onto the 1990s…




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Following huge success in the 1980s, Michael Douglas continued to push forward in the 1990s, with yet more popular movies, including two very high-profile hits in the shape of Basic Instinct and Disclosure. He also appeared in The American President, The Game, Falling Down and A Perfect Murder – a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s, Dial M for Murder (1954).

His movies during the 1990s include:

  • Shining Through (1992)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Falling Down (1993)
  • Disclosure (1994)
  • The American President (1995)
  • The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
  • The Game (1997)
  • A Perfect Murder (1998)



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Into the 2000s, and Douglas continued to work solidly. His movies included Wonder Boys and Traffic, as well as the thriller, Don’t Say a Word and the comedy, You, Me and Dupree.

Michael Douglas’s films throughout the 2000s include:

  • Wonder Boys (2000)
  • Traffic (2000)
  • One Night at McCool’s (2001)
  • Don’t Say a Word (2001)
  • It Runs in the Family (2003)
  • The In-Laws (2003)
  • The Sentinel (2006)
  • You, Me and Dupree (2006)
  • King of California (2007)
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
  • Solitary Man (2009)



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Kicking off the 2010s, and Douglas returned to the role of Gordon Gekko – one of his most famous parts. This was for the film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, a sequel to 1987’s Wall Street.

He then appeared in Haywire, followed by Behind the Candelabra, where he portrayed legendary pianist, Liberace. As previously noted, in 2015 he appeared in Ant-Man as Hank Pym, before returning to the role for Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as Avengers: Endgame.

Michael Douglas’s movies throughout the 2010s include:

  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
  • Haywire (2011)
  • Behind the Candelabra (2013)
  • Last Vegas (2013)
  • And So It Goes (2014)
  • Beyond the Reach (2014)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Unlocked (2017)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Animal World (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)



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And finally, into the 2020s now, which so far brings only one movie, but it is yet another entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2023, Douglas will reprise the role of Hank Pym for the fourth time.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

So, what are your favourite Michael Douglas movies? Are you a sucker for Wall Street or can you just not get enough of Romancing the Stone? Perhaps Basic Instinct is the movie for you, or maybe Fatal Attraction? Whatever your favourite movie is, be sure to drop a comment in the comments section.



If you’re a fan of Michael Douglas movies, or you fancy dipping into a few of the titles from his back catalogue, then you’ll be pleased to know that many of his movies are readily available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Available on Region A Blu-ray is the Michael Douglas Triple Feature, which includes Fatal Attraction, Disclosure and A Perfect Murder.

The Michael Douglas Triple Feature Blu-ray setis available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.


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