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The Best Burt Reynolds Movies

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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.

Notable directors that have worked with Burt Reynolds include names like Uwe Boll, Woody Allen and Paul Thomas Anderson. Movie fans who love Burt Reynolds have also been known to enjoy films starring Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen.

  • Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds
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    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Four city-dwelling friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) decide to get away from their jobs, wives and kids for a week of canoeing in rural Georgia. When the men arrive, they are  ...more

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  • Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert
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    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    An ex-football star doing time is forced by the warden to organize a team of inmates to play against his own line-up of guards. The warden tries to blackmail him into throwing the game, but the  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Sally Field
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    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

    Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt  ...more

    #116 of 298 The Best Duos of All Time#76 of 929 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#37 of 552 The Best '70s Movies

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    Sharky's Machine

    Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward
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    Released1981

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    An Atlanta vice-squad detective (Burt Reynolds) loves a high-class call girl (Rachel Ward) linked to politics and a mob boss (Vittorio Gassman).
  • Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent
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    98

    Released1978

    Directed byHal Needham

    Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is getting too banged up to remain Hollywood's top stuntman, but he signs up as the stunt coordinator for a big-budget action movie with a pushy director (Robert Klein)  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley
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    Released1973

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Easygoing Arkansas good ol' boy Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) is serving his second federal prison sentence for running moonshine when he learns his straight-arrow college graduate brother and his  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston
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    97

    Released1976

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    After his release from prison, notorious ex-con and moonshine distiller Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) moves in with his father in a cabin in the Okefenokee Swamp. His bootlegging plans are cut  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore
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    Released1981

    Directed byHal Needham

    A daredevil (Burt Reynolds) and other characters (Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett) get in their cars and take off on a cross-country race.  ...more

    #216 of 1,142 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#121 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#121 of 317 Movies With The Best Soundtracks

  • Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds
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    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler.  ...more

    #120 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#675 of 1,436 The Most Rewatchable Movies#85 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s

  • Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton
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    Released1982

    Directed byColin Higgins

    Miss Mona (Dolly Parton) runs the Chicken Ranch, a brothel with a long history in a small Texas town. The locals have a good relationship with the institution, and Mona is respected in the community.  ...more

    #160 of 382 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#60 of 204 Musical Movies With The Best Songs#132 of 305 The Funniest '80s Movies

  • Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson
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    66

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Billy Clyde Puckett (Burt Reynolds) and Marvin "Shake" Tiller (Kris Kristofferson) are professional football players who share a lush Miami apartment with Barbara Jane Bookman (Jill Clayburgh), the  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise
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    95

    Released1978

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    After discovering that he has only months to live, Wendell Lawson (Burt Reynolds) tries to settle issues with his family, including his ex-wife (Sally Field). When he gets little empathy or even  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve
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    55

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The body of teenager Gloria Hollinger (Sharon Kelly) is found dead on a Los Angeles beach, and Lt. Phil Gaines (Burt Reynolds) is in charge of the investigation. Gaines learns that the girl, a  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter
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    Released2018

    Directed byAdam Rifkin

    The Last Movie Star is a 2017 American drama film directed by Adam Rifkin. An aging movie star (Burt Reynolds) is forced to face the fact that his glory days are behind him.  ...more
  • Jim Brown, Raquel Welch
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    Released1969

    Directed byTom Gries

    When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe (Burt Reynolds) robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker (Jim Brown). Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas),  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh
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    50

    Released1979

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    When his wife, Jessica (Candice Bergen), leaves him for a chance at a music career, Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) is devastated. He moves from New York City to Boston, joins a club for divorced men and  ...more
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    The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing

    Burt Reynolds, Lee J. Cobb
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    Released1973

    Directed byRichard C. Sarafian

    The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing is a 1973 film directed by Richard C. Sarafian. The screenplay was co-written by Eleanor Perry and William W. Norton, based on the novel of the same name by Marilyn  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Cliff Robertson
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    67

    Released1987

    Directed byHarley Cokeliss

    Exploring the United States in his precious '69 Mustang after his retirement, former CIA assassin Richard Malone (Burt Reynolds) breaks down in a small Oregonian town. He has to cool his heels while  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon
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    62

    Released1973

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    When jewelry baron E.J. Hume (Ron Weyand) is robbed of a shipment of uncut diamonds, he hires former pool player and New York City private investigator Shamus McCoy (Burt Reynolds) to track down the  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid
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    Released1986

    Directed byDick Richards, Jerry Jameson

    Heat is a 1986 action-thriller film about an ex-mercenary working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas. The film was written by William Goldman, based on his 1985 novel of the same name. It was directed by  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston
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    40

    Released1972

    Directed byRichard A. Colla

    Boston detectives Steve Carella (Burt Reynolds) and Meyer Meyer (Jack Weston) are on the case of an enigmatic crime lord known only as Deaf Man (Yul Brynner), notorious for bombing local politicians.  ...more
  • Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds
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    66

    Released1984

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    In 1933, private investigator Mike Murphy (Burt Reynolds) is shocked when his partner, Dehl Swift (Richard Roundtree), is killed by thugs working for Primo Pitt (Rip Torn). Furious, Murphy asks his  ...more
  • Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen
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    Released1985

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    After getting out of jail, car thief Ernest "Stick" Stickley (Burt Reynolds) witnesses the murder of his friend Rainy (Jose Perez) during a drug deal. To avoid getting killed by the same thugs, who  ...more
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    Best Friends

    Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn
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    Released1982

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    For years, screenwriting team Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) have built a successful Hollywood career while managing to live harmoniously together. After finishing
  • Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise
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    Released1984

    Directed byHal Needham

    When a sheik (Jamie Farr) decides to sponsor a cross-country race in hope of winning, racer J.J. McLure (Burt Reynolds) enters the competition along with his friend Victor (Dom DeLuise). They aspire  ...more