Douglas' famous films
FATAL ATTRACTION, 1987
He plays a man who cheats on his wife (Anne Archer) with a woman (Glenn Close) who refuses to let him end the affair and takes it out on his family and pet rabbit.
Directed by Adrian Lyne, it is an intense erotic and psychological thriller, which became a huge talking point in the media, stirring up debate about infidelity, sexual politics and mental illness. Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, it established Douglas as a major dramatic talent.
WALL STREET, 1987
He also starred in the other most-buzzed-about film of the year. His slick stockbroker character Gordon Gekko's declaration that "greed is good" seemed to sum up the dubious moral landscape of the 1980s and its unbridled free-market philosophy. The role earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988.
BASIC INSTINCT, 1992
This erotic thriller was also a source of controversy, although more for Sharon Stone's overtly sexual portrayal of a homicidal lesbian than Douglas' turn as the police detective she seduces.
The actor would wade into sexual politics yet again two years later with Disclosure, playing a man who accuses his female boss (Demi Moore) of sexual harassment.
FALLING DOWN, 1993
The actor takes a different tack with this challenging role as a disgruntled aerospace worker who goes on a violent rampage after being fired from his job.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, it became associated with a sub-genre of films said to explore the perspective and conservative politics of the "angry white male".
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, 2013
Released as a TV movie in the United States after failing to find studio funding because of its gay themes, this Liberace biopic earned rave reviews and an Emmy for a 68-year-old Douglas, who plays the multi-layered character with sympathy and subtlety.
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