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The 25+ Best Gene Wilder Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List RulesThe best Gene Wilder movies, regardless of box office or how big his role.

The best Gene Wilder movies often succeed at bringing the emotion and comedy, as he was one of the best comedic actors of his generation. He’s probably best known by younger audiences for his portrayal as Willy Wonka, but his film credits include so much more. So what are the best Gene Wilder movies of all time? The audience has voted for their favorites below, so be sure to add your vote as well!

Gene Wilder's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. While he was not as active during the later years of his life, he enjoyed much success in the 1970s and 1980s. By the 2000s, Gene Wilder was semi-retired and turning to writing.

The following list of the best Gene Wilder movies is ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. The order of these top Gene Wilder movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Gene Wilder movies will be at the top of the list. Gene Wilder has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Gene Wilder movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Gene Wilder films to end the squabble once and for all.

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.

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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring...  more

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and...  more

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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder...  more

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    See No Evil, Hear No Evil

    Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor
    See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The film...  more

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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
    Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train...  more

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    The Producers

    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars
    The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel...  more

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    Hanky Panky

    Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner
    Hanky Panky is a 1982 comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier, and starring Gene Wilder and...  more

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    The Little Prince

    Gene Wilder, Bob Fosse
    The Little Prince is a 1974 American–British fantasy-musical film with screenplay and lyrics...  more

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    This film is a comedy film that is Woody Allen's fourth film as director. It consists of a...  more

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    Start the Revolution Without Me

    Gene Wilder, Orson Welles
    Start the Revolution Without Me is a 1970 film directed by Bud Yorkin, starring Gene Wilder,...  more
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    The Frisco Kid

    Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder
    The Frisco Kid is a 1979 movie directed by Robert Aldrich. The movie is a Western comedy...  more

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    The Scarecrow

    Gene Wilder, Blythe Danner
    The Scarecrow is a 1972 drama tv fim directed by Boris Sagal....
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    The Woman in Red

    Kelly LeBrock, Gene Wilder
    The Woman in Red is a 1984 romantic comedy film starring and directed by Gene Wilder, who...  more

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    Alice in Wonderland

    Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley
    Alice in Wonderland is a television film first broadcast in 1999 on NBC and then shown on...  more
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway
    Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring...  more

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    The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother is a 1975 American musical comedy film with...  more
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    Haunted Honeymoon

    Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner
    Haunted Honeymoon is a 1986 comedy movie starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, and...  more
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    Rhinoceros

    Gene Wilder, Karen Black
    Rhinoceros is a 1974 comedy film based on the play by Eugène Ionesco. The film was produced...  more
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    Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx is a 1970 Irish-American comedy film directed by...  more
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    Funny About Love

    Patrick Ewing, Gene Wilder
    Funny About Love is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy and...  more
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    Sunday Lovers

    Gene Wilder, Lynn Redgrave
    Sunday Lovers is a 1980 internationally co-produced romantic comedy film directed by Bryan...  more
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    The World's Greatest Lover

    Danny DeVito, Gene Wilder
    The World's Greatest Lover is a 1977 comedy film directed, written by and starring Gene...  more
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    Another You

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
    Another You is a 1991 American comedy film. It was the final film pairing of Richard Pryor and...  more

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