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The Best Bud Abbott Movies

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List of the best Bud Abbott movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Bud Abbott's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Bud Abbott movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bud Abbott movies will be at the top of the list. Bud Abbott has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Bud Abbott movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Bud Abbott films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Bud Abbott role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Bud Abbott performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different films, including In Society and Buck Privates Come Home.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Bud Abbott movies?" and "What are the greatest Bud Abbott roles of all time?"
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

    Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Barton

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, or Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein —although the film is usually referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein—is a 1948...  more

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    Hold That Ghost

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1941

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Hold That Ghost is a 1941 comedy horror film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and featuring Joan Davis, Evelyn Ankers, and Richard Carlson. On August 1, 1941, Abbott and Costello...  more
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    Who Done It?

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1942

    Directed byErle C. Kenton

    Who Done It? is a 1942 comedy-mystery film starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello....  more
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    The Time of Their Lives

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1946

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Time of Their Lives is a 1946 American film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. As in this film's immediate predecessor, Little Giant, Abbott and Costello do not play friends or any...  more
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    Buck Privates

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1941

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Buck Privates is the 1941 comedy/World War II film that turned Bud Abbott and Lou Costello into bona fide movie stars. It was the first service comedy based on the peacetime draft of 1940. The comedy...  more
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    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the team of Abbott and Costello alongside Nancy Guild. The film depicts the...  more
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    Released1949

    Directed byCharles Barton

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff is a 1949 comedy horror film starring Abbott and Costello and Boris Karloff. The full onscreen title is Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Killer,...  more
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    The Naughty Nineties

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1945

    Directed byJean Yarbrough

    The Naughty Nineties is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is notable for containing perhaps the best recorded rendition of the team's classic "Who's on First?" routine....  more
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    In the Navy

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1941

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    In The Navy is a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It was the second service comedy based on the peacetime draft of 1940. The comedy team appeared in two other service...  more
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    Hit the Ice

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1943

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Hit the Ice is a 1943 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and directed by Charles Lamont, who took over after the original director, Erle C. Kenton, was fired....  more
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    Abbott and Costello in Hollywood

    Lucille Ball, Lou Costello

    Released1945

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Abbott and Costello in Hollywood is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. This film's full onscreen title is Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood....  more
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    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and stars the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and co-stars Boris Karloff. Loosely...  more
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    The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1947

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap is a 1947 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello....  more
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    Keep 'Em Flying

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1941

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Keep 'Em Flying is a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The film was the third service comedy based on the peacetime draft of 1940. The comedy team appeared in two previous...  more
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    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1955

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is also the 28th and final Abbott and Costello film produced by...  more
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    Released1950

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion is a 1950 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello....  more
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    Pardon My Sarong

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1942

    Directed byErle C. Kenton

    Pardon My Sarong is a 1942 comedy film starring Abbott and Costello....  more
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    Ride 'Em Cowboy

    Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Costello

    Released1942

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Ride 'Em Cowboy is a 1942 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The supporting cast features Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Johnny Mack Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Samuel S. Hinds, Douglas...  more
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    In Society

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1944

    Directed byJean Yarbrough

    In Society is a 1944 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It was the first of five Abbott and Costello films to be directed by Jean Yarbrough. It was re-released in 1953....  more
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    Buck Privates Come Home

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1947

    Directed byCharles Barton

    Buck Privates Come Home is a 1947 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is a sequel to their 1941 hit, Buck Privates. This film features the final film role for veteran actor Nat...  more
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    The Noose Hangs High

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Noose Hangs High is a 1948 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The film is a remake of the Universal Pictures film For Love or Money....  more
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    One Night in the Tropics

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1940

    Directed byA. Edward Sutherland

    One Night in the Tropics is a 1940 comedy film noteworthy for being the film debut of Abbott and Costello. The team play minor roles but steal the picture with five classic routines, including an...  more
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    Here Come the Co-Eds

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1945

    Directed byJean Yarbrough

    Here Come The Co-Eds is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello....  more
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    Comin' Round the Mountain

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Comin' Round The Mountain is a 1951 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello....  more
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    Lost in a Harem

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1944

    Directed byCharles Reisner

    Lost in a Harem is a 1944 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello....  more