If you want to view paradise, simply turn on a good Gene Wilder movie. As one of the best comedic actors of his generation, Wilder's movies spanned genres, brought millions of laughs, and even tackled hard to talk about social issues. He’s probably best known by younger audiences for his portrayal as the titular candy inventor in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but his film credits include so much more. So what are the best Gene Wilder movies of all time?
Though out his career, Gene Wilder worked with some of the most influential voices in comedy including Richard Pryor, Gilda Radnor (his wife), and Dom DeLouise. His collaboration with Mel Brooks brought us such classics as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers.
If you think the best Gene Wilder role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Gene Wilder performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.
- In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new ...more
- Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon ...more
- The last of five coveted "golden tickets" falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five ...more
- While on a cross-country train ride, overworked book editor George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) begins an unexpected romance with an enigmatic woman named Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh). His vacation is ...more
- Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max's new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), ...more
- With a jailbreak offering them their only way out, a despondent duo rack their brains to figure out a foolproof plan. Fortuitously, one of them discovers an unexpected talent as a rodeo rider, and an ...more
- Wally Karue (Richard Pryor) is a blind man looking for a job. Dave Lyons (Gene Wilder) is a deaf man who runs a newsstand. When Dave hires Wally, he never imagines they'll have to work together to ...more
- Rabbi Avram Belinsky (Gene Wilder) lands in Philadelphia intending to travel to San Francisco, where he plans on starting a synagogue. Quickly relieved of his belongings by a group of con artists, ...more
- Small-time crook Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) tries to steal a car and winds up with its owner's daughter, dissatisfied small-town girl Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway). Their crimes quickly spiral from ...more
- When a happily married family man, who would never consider an affair, meets a beautiful woman in red, he is totally infatuated and desperate to make her acquaintance. However, as he tries out ...more
- Sigerson Holmes (Gene Wilder) has something to prove as the lesser-known brother of famed detective Sherlock Holmes. When Sherlock and his assistant, Dr. Watson, are dispatched to Europe on ...more
- Inspired by the book written by Dr. David Reuben, director Woody Allen tackles seven questions about sex by connecting seven not-so-connected stories. From aphrodisiacs to sexual perversion to the ...more
- Radio personalities Larry Abbot (Gene Wilder) and Vickie Pearle (Gilda Radner) are stars of a mystery show. Since they announced their engagement, Larry has been plagued by speech problems and, ...more
- Start the Revolution Without Me is a 1970 film directed by Bud Yorkin, starring Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith, Jack MacGowran, Billie Whitelaw, Orson Welles and Victor Spinetti. The ...more
- Lewis Carroll's young heroine (Tina Majorino) explores a fantasy land of odd characters (Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short) and notions.
- After years in a mental institution, George (Gene Wilder) is finally released and tries to adapt to life outside of the hospital's walls. Things quickly become eventful for George, however, when he ...more
- In New York City, architect Michael (Gene Wilder) takes a cab with stranger Sara (Kathleen Quinlan) and is talked into mailing a package for her. But Michael doesn't know the package contains secret ...more
- When a film studio decides to find a movie star to rival celebrity Rudolph Valentino, the company's executives, particularly the imperious Zitz (Dom DeLuise), sponsor a contest to audition aspiring ...more
- In working-class Dublin, the factories provide a meager income -- though not for Quackser Fortune (Gene Wilder), whose chosen career is collecting horse manure and selling it as fertilizer. But the ...more
- The Little Prince is a 1974 American–British fantasy-musical film with screenplay and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe. It was both directed and produced by Stanley Donen and based ...more
- The Scarecrow is a 1972 drama tv fim directed by Boris Sagal.
- Rhinoceros is a 1974 comedy film based on the play by Eugène Ionesco. The film was produced and released as part of the American Film Theatre, which adapted theatrical works for a subscription-driven ...more
- Funny About Love is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy and starring Gene Wilder. With a screenplay by Norman Steinberg and David Frankel, the film is based on the article ...more
- Harry Evers (Gene Wilder) and Marvin Ellison (Bob Newhart) are part of a regular Thursday night poker game that provides them a much needed respite from the drudgery of their daily lives. But when ...more
- Sunday Lovers is a 1980 internationally co-produced romantic comedy film directed by Bryan Forbes, Gene Wilder, Dino Risi and Edouard Molinaro. It starred Roger Moore, Gene Wilder, Priscilla Barnes, ...more