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The Best Burt Reynolds Movies

Updated October 15, 2019 16.3k votes 2.3k voters 165.4k 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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  • Deliverance1
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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

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  • Smokey and the Bandit2
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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

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    #110 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#102 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time

  • The Longest Yard3
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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

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    #337 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#24 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

  • Mystery, Alaska4
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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
  • White Lightning5
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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
  • Boogie Nights6
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Boogie Nights is a 1997 American historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas...  more

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  • Sharky's Machine7
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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

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  • The Cannonball Run8
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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

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    #305 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#47 of 305 The Funniest '80s Movies

  • Hooper9
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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
  • Gator10
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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
  • Navajo Joe11
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    Navajo Joe

    Burt Reynolds, Fernando Rey

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Corbucci

    Navajo Joe is a 1966 Spaghetti Western, directed by Sergio Corbucci and stars Burt Reynolds as...  more
  • Rough Cut12
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    Rough Cut

    Burt Reynolds, David Niven

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Ellis Miller, Don Siegel

    Rough Cut is a 1980 American heist film directed by Don Siegel. The screenplay was written by...  more
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas13
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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

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  • The Crew14
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    The Crew

    Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Tilly

    Released2000

    Directed byMichael Dinner, Adrian Vitoria

    The Crew is a 2000 black comedy crime film, directed by Michael Dinner and starring Burt...  more
  • Semi-Tough15
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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
  • The End16
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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
  • Waterproof17
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    Waterproof

    Burt Reynolds, Orlando Jones

    Released1999

    Directed byBarry Berman

    Waterproof is a 1999 drama film directed by Barry Berman....
  • Smokey and the Bandit II18
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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

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    #49 of 68 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels#87 of 92 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels

  • Heat19
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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
  • The Longest Yard20
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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

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    #184 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys#59 of 105 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time

  • Cannonball Run II21
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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

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    #114 of 151 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies#133 of 154 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

  • Malone22
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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
  • Shamus23
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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....  more
  • City Heat24
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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

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  • 100 Rifles25
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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