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The Best Burt Reynolds Movies

Updated October 15, 2019 16.0k votes 2.3k voters 164.7k views101 items

List RulesVote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

This list of the best Burt Reynolds movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. Though the late star started acting in 1958, Burt Reynolds did not receive an Oscar nomination until he appeared in Boogie Nights in 1997. Burt Reynolds's highest grossing movies were huge hits at the box office throughout the '70s and '80s, making him one of the most recognizable actors of all time. The order of this Burt Reynolds movies list is decided by how many votes they receive, so only his most highly rated movies will be at the top. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Burt Reynolds movies?" and "What are the greatest Burt Reynolds roles of all time?" The greatest Burt Reynolds performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous flicks like Smokey and the Bandit, Heat, Starting Over, Hustle and Deliverance appear on this Burt Reynolds filmography, but its up to fans like you to decide upon the best Are you more of a fan of his Westerns or his comedies? If you think the best Burt Reynolds role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Reynolds' fast-driving films, you might also enjoy our list of best Dom DeLuise movies and best Paul Walker movies.

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  • 1
    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman,... more on Wikipedia

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    Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt... more on Wikipedia
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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Mystery, Alaska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Mystery, Alaska

    Russell Crowe, Mike Myers

    Released1999

    Directed byJay Roach

    Mystery, Alaska is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Jay Roach about an amateur ice hockey... more on Wikipedia
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    White Lightning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    White Lightning

    Burt Reynolds, Laura Dern

    Released1973

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    White Lightning is a 1973 American action film from United Artists starring Burt Reynolds as... more on Wikipedia
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    Sharky's Machine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Sharky's Machine

    Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning

    Released1981

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    Sharky's Machine is a 1981 motion picture directed by Burt Reynolds, who stars in the title... more on Wikipedia

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    Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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  • 8
    The Cannonball Run is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    The Cannonball Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw

    Released1981

    Directed byHal Needham

    The Cannonball Run is a 1981 comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Hooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Hooper

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field

    Released1978

    Directed byHal Needham

    Hooper is a 1978 action-comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, based loosely on the experiences... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Gator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Gator

    Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton

    Released1976

    Directed byJames Best, Burt Reynolds

    Gator is a 1976 action film sequel to White Lightning and starring Burt Reynolds in his... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The Best Little Whorehouse in  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds

    Released1982

    Directed byColin Higgins

    This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Semi-Tough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Semi-Tough

    Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The End is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    The End

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1978

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    The End is a 1978 black comedy-buddy film, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds. The cast... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

    Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

    Released1983

    Directed byDick Lowry

    Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is the sequel to Smokey and the Bandit and Smokey and the Bandit... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Lucky Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Lucky Lady

    Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds

    Released1975

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Lucky Lady is a 1975 American film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Hackman, Liza... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Double Jeopardy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Double Jeopardy

    Burt Reynolds

    Released1980

    Directed byRalph Senesky, Virgil W. Vogel

    Double Jeopardy is a 1980 film directed by Virgil W. Vogel and Ralph Senensky.
  • 17
    Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Heat

    Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid

    Released1986

    Directed byDick Richards, Jerry Jameson

    Heat is a 1986 action-thriller film about an ex-mercenary working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas.... more on Wikipedia
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    Smokey and the Bandit II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Smokey and the Bandit II

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field

    Released1980

    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit II is a 1980 comedy film released on August 15, 1980 in the United... more on Wikipedia
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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Segal

    The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Cannonball Run II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Cannonball Run II

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds

    Released1984

    Directed byHal Needham

    Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Malone

    Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton

    Released1987

    Directed byHarley Cokeliss

    Malone is a 1987 film adaptation of William P. Wingate's novel, written by Christopher Frank... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Shamus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Shamus

    Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon

    Released1973

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Shamus is a 1973 American film starring Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon, directed by Buzz Kulik.
  • 23
    Stick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    Stick

    Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen

    Released1985

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    Stick is a 1985 crime film directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, based on the novel of the... more on Wikipedia
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    100 Rifles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    100 Rifles

    Raquel Welch, Jim Brown

    Released1969

    Directed byTom Gries

    100 Rifles is a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries based on the 1966 novel The Californio by... more on Wikipedia
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    City Heat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
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    City Heat

    Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds

    Released1984

    Directed byBlake Edwards, Richard Benjamin

    City Heat is a 1984 American film starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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