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More so than just about anyone else in Hollywood the past 50 years, Richard Dreyfuss has a remarkable ability to play characters that go beyond what it means to be unlikable yet we just can’t take our eyes off of them. And with scores of credits, multiple awards, and countless memories attached to his name, sometimes it can be hard to remember all the roles that have been elevated by the talented actor who made a career out of playing a know-it-all and oftentimes irredeemable jerk. So, if you’re looking for the best Richard Dreyfuss movies, whether it be the fan-favorite Jaws streaming or Mr. Holland’s Opus on Blu-ray, we’ve got you covered.
Below is a list that spans decades, genres, and even types of characters Richard Dreyfuss has made iconic figures in the annals of cinema’s history. And even though Dreyfuss is hardly ever the most likable person on screen, more times than not, his characters are the one we often remember the most.