Every Michael Douglas Movie Ranked From Worst To Best


Released in 2000, “Traffic” is the second most successful collaboration between Michael Douglas and director Steven Soderbergh. The screenplay was written by Stephen Gaghan, who based it on Simon Moore’s “Traffik” miniseries. The film explores the war on drugs with three interconnected stories about people from all walks of life. The stories are brought to life by an extremely talented cast including Michael Douglas, Benicio del Toro and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who married Douglas shortly before “Traffic” created).

Douglas’ character is Ohio Judge Robert Wakefield. He is appointed head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy just as the issue becomes personal for him. His daughter’s cocaine addiction is slowly eating away at her life, and Wakefield wants to get the drug problem under control at home before he does it for the nation. The other two stories in the film follow authorities working in Mexico and an undercover DEA agent operating in San Diego.

“Traffic” excelled critically and at the box office. He exceeded all financial expectations by income over $200 million. In addition to that, “Traffic” won four Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (del Toro), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. It was also nominated for Best Picture. The film’s pitch-perfect drama earns it a 92% approval rating on rotten tomatoes.


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