Michael Douglas - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 77

Wall Street (1987) Japanese poster
Wall Street (1987) Japanese poster

A Chronology of Michael Douglas Movie Posters 1978-2012.

Michael Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on 25th September 1944. The son of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, Michael has won two Oscars - Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) which he produced with Saul Zaentz, and Best Actor for Wall Street (1987)

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Coma (1978)
Coma (1978)

Coma (1978) Directed by Michael Crichton. 113mins.

Genevieve Bujold - Dr. Susan Wheeler
Michael Douglas - Dr. Mark Bellows

Also starring Rip Torn, Elizabeth Ashley, Lois Chiles and Richard Widmark.

Medical thriller. Oddly enough not based on one of Michael Crichton's own books but from a novel by Robin Cook, published in 1977.

The novel was adapted as a four hour mini-series for TV in 2012, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Mikael Salomon.

IMDB rating 6.8

The China Syndrome (1979) Japanese poster
The China Syndrome (1979) Japanese poster

The China Syndrome (1979) Directed by James Bridges. 122mins.

Jane Fonda - Kimberly Wells
Jack Lemmon - Jack Godell
Michael Douglas - Richard Adams

Also starring Scott Brady, Wilford Brimley and James Karen.

Safety coverups at a nuclear power station near Los Angeles.

Ironically 13 days after the film was released there was a real life accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania resulting in partial meltdown. The worst power plant accident in US history. The news coverage of the disaster boosted the box office of the movie.

Oscar Nominations for Best Actor (Lemmon), Best Actress (Fonda), Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction.

Box Office $51.7m (US)

IMDB rating 7.3

The Star Chamber (1983) Spanish poster
The Star Chamber (1983) Spanish poster

The Star Chamber (1983) Directed by Peter Hyams. 109mins.

Michael Douglas - Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin

Also starring Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless, James B. Sikking and Joe Regalbuto.

Tagline - They are the most powerful members of our community. They have a shattering secret. A secret that will affect us all. Only one man is willing to stop them. On August 5, you'll know who they really are.

Cost $8m - Box Office $5.5m (US)

IMDB rating 6.1

Romancing the Stone (1984)
Romancing the Stone (1984)

Romancing the Stone (1984) Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 106mins.

Michael Douglas - Jack Colton
Kathleen Turner - Joan Wilder
Danny DeVito - Ralph

Also starring Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau and Manuel Ojeda as Zolo.

Enjoyable action adventure yarn and the film that turned Michael Douglas into a bankable movie star.

The screenplay was written by Diane Thomas, she pitched the script to Douglas, who than bought it and produced the movie. Diane was tragically killed in a car crash a year later and a few days before the release of the sequel Jewel of the Nile. She was 39.

Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing.

Cost $10m - Box Office $86.5m

IMDB rating 6.9

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)


The Jewel of the Nile (1985) Directed by Lewis Teague. 106mins.

Michael Douglas - Jack Colton
Kathleen Turner - Joan Wilder
Danny DeVito - Ralph

Also starring Spiros Focas, Avner Eisenberg and Paul David Magid.

Sequel to Romancing the Stone, filmed in Morocco.

The movie's theme song "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" by Billy Ocean went to #1 in the UK pop charts and reached #2 on Billboards Hot 100.

Cost $25m - Box Office $96.7m

IMDB rating 5.9

Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fatal Attraction (1987)

Fatal Attraction (1987) Directed by Adrian Lyne. 119mins.

Michael Douglas - Dan Gallagher
Glenn Close - Alex Forrest
Anne Archer - Beth Gallagher

Also starring Ellen Hamilton Latzen, Stuart Pankin and Fred Gwynne.

Nearly every actress in Hollywood was under consideration for the role of crazed "bunny-boiler" Alex Forrest.

And about a dozen well known actors were considered for the male lead.

The ending was reshot after the original climax was given a thumbs down by preview audiences (Alex kills herself with a knife making sure Dan's fingerpints were all over it).

Alex Forrest was ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Villains list. And the film is #28 on the AFI's 100 Greatest Thrillers list.

Nominated for 6 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Glenn Close), Best Supporting Actress (Anne Archer) and Best Film Editing.

Cost $14m - Box Office $320.1m

IMDB rating 6.8

Wall Street (1987)
Wall Street (1987)

Wall Street (1987) Directed by Oliver Stone. 126mins.

Michael Douglas - Gordon Gekko
Charlie Sheen - Bud Fox

Also starring Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, Hal Holbrook, John C. McGinley, Terence Stamp and Sean Young.

Warren Beatty and Richard Gere were considered for the role of Gordon Gekko.

Tom Cruise wanted to play Bud Fox but the director already promised the role to his Platoon star Charlie Sheen. Cruise would star in Stone's next movie Born on the Fourth of July.

Oscar winner for Best Actor (Michael Douglas).

Cost $15m - Box Office $43.8m

IMDB rating 7.4

Black Rain (1989) German poster
Black Rain (1989) German poster

Black Rain (1989) Directed by Ridley Scott. 125mins.

Michael Douglas - Nick Conklin
Andy García - Charlie Vincent

Also starring Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yusaku Matsuda and Shigeru Kôyama.

Paul Verhoeven was to direct the film at one point.

Yusaku Matsuda, the actor who played the villain Sato, died of cancer a few weeks after the film was released.

Oscar Nominations for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

Cost $30m - Box Office $134.2m

IMDB rating 6.5

The War of the Roses (1989)
The War of the Roses (1989)


The War of the Roses (1989) Directed by Danny DeVito. 116mins.

Michael Douglas - Oliver Rose
Kathleen Turner - Barbara Rose

Also starring Sean Astin, Heather Fairfield, G.D. Spradlin and Danny DeVito.

Black comedy based on the novel by Warren Adler, first published in 1981.

Cher was considered for the female lead.

Cost $50m - Box Office $160.1m

IMDB rating 6.7

Shining Through (1992)
Shining Through (1992)


Shining Through (1992) Directed by David Seltzer. 132mins.

Michael Douglas - Ed Leland
Melanie Griffith - Linda Voss

Also starring Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson and John Gielgud.

Based on the novel by Susan Isaacs, published in 1988.

Razzie Award winner - Worst Film of 1992.

Cost $30m - Box Office $44m

IMDB rating 6.1

Basic Instinct (1992)
Basic Instinct (1992)

Basic Instinct (1992) Directed by Paul Verhoeven. 127mins.

Michael Douglas - Nick Curran
Sharon Stone - Catherine Tramell

Also starring George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leilani Sarelle and Bruce A. Young.

Erotic thriller, one of the biggest hits of the 1990s which transformed Sharon Stone into a Hollywood superstar and one of cinema's great femme fatales.

Demi Moore, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Michelle Pfeiffer were among dozens of actresses considered for the role of Catherine Tramell. But not all of them were willing to uncross their legs for Paul Verhoeven and millions of moviegoers.

Douglas and Stone refused to use body doubles for the sex scenes.

Oscar Nominations for Best Music (Jerry Goldsmith) and Best Film Editing.

Cost $49m - Box Office $353m

IMDB rating 6.9

Falling Down (1993)
Falling Down (1993)


Falling Down (1993) Directed by Joel Schumacher. 113mins.

Michael Douglas - William 'D-Fens' Foster
Robert Duvall - Detective Prendergast

Also starring Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin, Tuesday Weld and Frederic Forrest.

Michael Douglas favourite of his movie performances. His father Kirk Douglas was impressed saying "He played it brilliantly. I think it is his best piece of work to date.".

Cost $25m - Box Office $41m

IMDB rating 7.6

Disclosure (1994)
Disclosure (1994)


Disclosure (1994) Directed by Barry Levinson. 128mins.

Michael Douglas - Tom Sanders
Demi Moore - Meredith Johnson

Also starring Donald Sutherland, Caroline Goodall, Dylan Baker and Dennis Miller.

Based on the novel by Michael Crichton published the same year.

Annette Bening was first choice for the female lead until she became pregnant, Geena Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered before DemI Moore took the part.

Cost $55m - Box Office $214m

IMDB rating 5.8

The American President (1995)
The American President (1995)

The American President (1995) Directed by Rob Reiner. 114mins.

Michael Douglas - President Andrew Shepherd
Annette Bening - Sydney Ellen Wade

Also starring Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Samantha Mathis and Richard Dreyfuss.

Robert Redford had signed on to star in the film but didn't get along with the director and he left the project.

Oscar Nomination for Best Music (Marc Shaiman).

Cost $62m - Box Office $108m

IMDB rating 6.7

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) Directed by Stephen Hopkins. 109mins.

Michael Douglas - Charles Remington
Val Kilmer - John Henry Patterson

Also starring Tom Wilkinson, John Kani, Bernard Hill and Emily Mortimer.

Based on real events. 1898 Tsavo, Kenya, it was claimed that during a period of ten months two ferocious man-eating lions killed over a hundred railway construction workers. John Henry Patterson hunted and shot dead both lions. Their bodies went on display at Chicago's Natural History Museum.

Michael Douglas role was created for the film.

Oscar Win for Best Sound Effects Editing.

Cost $55m - Box Office $75m

IMDB rating 6.7

The Game (1997)
The Game (1997)

The Game (1997) Directed by David Fincher. 129mins.

Michael Douglas - Nicholas Van Orton
Sean Penn - Conrad Van Orton

Also starring Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Peter Donat and Carroll Baker.

Jodie Foster originally signed on to play Michael Douglas sister who starts 'the game' on him, but she wanted to play his daughter instead, when the director refused she left the film and was replaced with Sean Penn as Douglas younger brother.

Cost $50m - Box Office $109.4m

IMDB rating 7.7

A Perfect Murder (1998)
A Perfect Murder (1998)


A Perfect Murder (1998) Directed by Andrew Davis. 107mins.

Michael Douglas - Steven Taylor
Gwyneth Paltrow - Emily Bradford Taylor
Viggo Mortensen - David Shaw

Also starring David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury and Constance Towers.

An updated remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954).

Viggo Mortensen also appeared in the Hitchcock remake, Psycho (1998), as Sam Loomis.

Cost $60m - Box Office $128m

IMDB rating 6.4

Wonder Boys (2000)
Wonder Boys (2000)

Wonder Boys (2000) Directed by Curtis Hanson. 107mins.

Michael Douglas - Prof. Grady Tripp

Also starring Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes and Rip Torn.

Robert Downey Jr and Tobey Maguire end up in bed together during the film, both actors would later play Marvel superheroes Iron Man and Spider-Man.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Song.

Cost $35m - Box Office $33.4m

IMDB rating 7.4

Traffic (2000)
Traffic (2000)

Traffic (2000) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. 147mins.

Michael Douglas - Robert Wakefield
Dennis Quaid - Arnie Metzger
Benicio del Toro - Javier Rodriguez
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Helena Ayala
Don Cheadle - Montel Gordon

Also starring Amy Irving, Erika Christensen, Topher Grace, Salma Hayek, James Brolin and Albert Finney.

Loosely based on the British TV series Traffik (1989) which won an Emmy Award for Best Drama.

Richard Gere was considered for the Michael Douglas role.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 4 - Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro) and Best Film Editing.

Cost $46m - Box Office $207.5m

IMDB rating 7.7

One Night at McCool's (2001)
One Night at McCool's (2001)


One Night at McCool's (2001) Directed by Harald Zwart. 93mins.

Matt Dillon - Randy
Liv Tyler - Jewel
Michael Douglas - Mr. Burmeister

Also starring Paul Reiser, John Goodman and Richard Jenkins

R-rated comedy.

Tagline - She's three men over the legal limit.

Cost $18m - Box Office $13.4m

IMDB rating 6.0

Don't Say a Word (2001)
Don't Say a Word (2001)


Don't Say a Word (2001) Directed by Gary Fleder. 113mins.

Michael Douglas - Dr. Nathan R. Conrad

Also starring Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Esposito, Shawn Doyle and Famke Janssen.

Psychological thriller based on the novel by Andrew Klavan, first published in 1991.

Cost $50m - Box Office $100m

IMDB rating 6.1

The In-Laws (2003)
The In-Laws (2003)


The In-Laws (2003) Directed by Andrew Fleming. 98mins.

Michael Douglas - Steve Tobias
Albert Brooks - Jerry Peyser

Also starring Candice Bergen, Ryan Reynolds, Robin Tunney and Lindsay Sloane.

A remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name which was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.

Cost $40m - Box Office $27m

IMDB rating 5.6

The Sentinel (2006) German poster
The Sentinel (2006) German poster

The Sentinel (2006) Directed by Clark Johnson. 108mins.

Michael Douglas - Pete Garrison
Kiefer Sutherland - David Breckinridge

Also starring Eva Longoria, Martin Donovan, Kim Basinger and Blair Brown.

Crime thriller based on the novel by Gerald Petievich, published in 2003.

Tagline - In 141 years, there's never been a traitor in the Secret Service.... Until Now.

Cost $60m - Box Office $78m

IMDB rating 6.0

You, Me and Dupree (2006)
You, Me and Dupree (2006)


You, Me and Dupree (2006) Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo. 108mins.

Owen Wilson - Randy Dupree
Kate Hudson - Molly Peterson
Matt Dillon - Carl Peterson

Also starring Seth Rogen, Bill Hader and Michael Douglas as Bob Thompson.

Tagline - Two's company. Dupree's a crowd.

Cost $54m - Box Office $130.4m

IMDB rating 5.6

Solitary Man (2009)
Solitary Man (2009)


Solitary Man (2009) Directed by Brian Koppelman & David Levien. 90mins.

Michael Douglas - Ben Kalmen

Also starring Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg and Danny DeVito.

This is the 4th film Douglas and DeVito have appeared together, they have been friends since the 1960s when they used to share an apartment.

Cost $15m - Box Office $5m

IMDB rating 6.4

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Chinese poster
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Chinese poster

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Directed by Oliver Stone. 133mins.

Michael Douglas - Gordon Gekko
Shia LaBeouf - Jake Moore

Also starring Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella.

Sequel to Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987), Gordon Gekko (Douglas) is out of prison after serving 8 years for securities fraud and insider trading.

Javier Bardem was considered for the Josh Brolin role.

Charlie Sheen has a cameo as Bud Fox, his character from the first movie.

Cost $60m - Box Office $134.7m

IMDB rating 6.3

Haywire (2012)
Haywire (2012)


Haywire (2012) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. 93mins.

Gina Carano - Mallory Kane

Also starring Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano and Michael Douglas as Alex Coblenz.

Leading lady Gina Carano is a martial artist and fitness model, she received the first ever 'Chick' Norris Award for best female action star for the film Haywire.

Cost $23m - Box Office $33.3m

IMDB rating 5.9

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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I never realized Douglas was in so many movies. I think my favorites are Black Rain and Falling Down (which seems to have been underrated and almost unnoticed). Thanks for compiling this, steve.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Just my opinion, very versatile actor. Thank you for this.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

I know I am probably going to be the only one to say this, but Romancing the Stone was my favorite movie of his.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

David, Mhatter99, Geekdom, thanks for commenting on my son of Kirk Douglas hub, always appreciated.

Romancing the Stone is one of my favourites too, so are Black Rain and Falling Down. He was very good as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street and Basic Instinct was a good thriller. I already had a bit of a crush on Sharon Stone from Total Recall and she burnt up the screen in Basic Instinct.


Cogerson 3 years ago

Kurt's boy has done very well for himself. I have seen every single one of his movies in your hub. .....and I do not even consider myself a fan. My favorite pretty much unknown movie of his is One Night At McCool's....pretty funny with a very good cast. An American President is easily my wife's favorite and we seemed to watch that one about every 6 months. I enjoyed seeing the posters that I have never seen before.....voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, your comment is appreciated. Well you've seen more Michael Douglas films than I have, there are a few here I've missed, Shining Through and The In-Laws for instance.

Highest rated films here are The Game and Traffic. Lowest rated is You, Me and Dupree.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I love the way you provide information we probably never would have known, like who was originally chosen for a certain part! Michael Douglas, much like his father, is not only versatile but very talented and brings so much to his roles. There are a few here I haven't seen but I do have to say I love his comedy films, he does them with pinache!

Voted this one up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you Mary, appreciate the comment and votes!

I try to include a few facts that might be interesting just to provide something to read alongside the pictures, but on some films the cast list is the only interesting fact I can find. :)

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