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

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List Rules The 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.

The list you're viewing contains films like Expo: Magic of the White City and Haunted Honeymoon.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Gene Wilder movies?" and "What are the greatest Gene Wilder roles of all time?"

Gene Wilder has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like John Candy and Christopher Lloyd in terms of fame and success.

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sidney Poitier

Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as down-on-their-luck friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

Released: 1989

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The film stars Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man who work together to thwart a trio ...more

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty

Released: 1976

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, ...more

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Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mel Brooks

The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Frisco Kid is a 1979 movie directed by Robert Aldrich. The movie is a Western comedy featuring Gene Wilder as Avram Belinski, a Polish rabbi who is traveling to San Francisco, and Harrison ...more

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Kelly LeBrock, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner

Released: 1984

Directed by: Gene Wilder

The Woman in Red is a 1984 romantic comedy film starring and directed by Gene Wilder, who wrote the script, adapting it from the Yves Robert film Pardon Mon Affaire. It co-stars Charles Grodin, ...more

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Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder

Released: 1967

Directed by: Arthur Penn

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more

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Woody Allen, Burt Reynolds, Gene Wilder

Released: 1972

Directed by: Woody Allen

This film is a comedy film that is Woody Allen's fourth film as director. It consists of a series of short sequences. The film was an early smash for Allen, grossing over $18 million in North ...more

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Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise

Released: 1986

Directed by: Gene Wilder

Haunted Honeymoon is a 1986 comedy movie starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, and Jonathan Pryce. Wilder also served as the film's writer and director. The film also marked Radner's ...more

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Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Albert Finney

Released: 1975

Directed by: Gene Wilder

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother is a 1975 American musical comedy film with Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Roy Kinnear and Leo McKern. The film was ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1999

Directed by: Nick Willing

Alice in Wonderland is a television film first broadcast in 1999 on NBC and then shown on British television on Channel 4. It is based upon Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more
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Gene Wilder, Orson Welles, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1970

Directed by: Bud Yorkin

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. ...more
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Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Richard Widmark

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sidney Poitier

Hanky Panky is a 1982 comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier, and starring Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. Wilder and Radner met during filming and later married.

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Vanessa L. Williams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Maurice Phillips

Another You is a 1991 American comedy film. It was the final film pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, neither of whom appeared again in a leading role in another film, together or apart. ...more

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Danny DeVito, Gene Wilder, Carol Kane

Released: 1977

Directed by: Gene Wilder

The World's Greatest Lover is a 1977 comedy film directed, written by and starring Gene Wilder, and co-starring Carol Kane. It is a tribute/spoof of classic silent comedies and 'old Hollywood' ...more

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Gene Wilder, Bob Fosse, Joss Ackland

Released: 1974

Directed by: Stanley Donen

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 ...more
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The Scarecrow Gene Wilder, Blythe Danner, Will Geer

Released: 1972

Directed by: Boris Sagal

The Scarecrow is a 1972 drama tv fim directed by Boris Sagal.
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Gene Wilder, Margot Kidder, Eileen Colgan

Released: 1970

Directed by: Waris Hussein

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx is a 1970 Irish-American comedy film directed by Waris Hussein and written by Gabriel Walsh. It stars Gene Wilder as the titular Quackser Fortune, a ...more
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Gene Wilder, Karen Black, Zero Mostel

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tom O'Horgan

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 ...more
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Patrick Ewing, Gene Wilder, Regis Philbin

Released: 1990

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

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 ...more
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Gene Wilder, Lynn Redgrave, Denholm Elliott

Released: 1980

Directed by: Gene Wilder, Bryan Forbes, Dino Risi, Édouard Molinaro

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 ...more
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John Travolta, Liza Minnelli, Mel Brooks

Released: 2008