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The Best Burt Reynolds Movies

Updated October 15, 2019 14.8k votes 2.3k voters 166.4k views101 items

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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.

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  • 1

    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight
    595
    106

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their feature...  more

    The Making Of 'Deliverance' Was Even More Horrifying Than The Film's Backwoods Locals#90 of 378 The Best Movies Based On Books#517 of 743 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

  • 2

    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds
    649
    129

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Patrick McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. It inspired...  more

    #964 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#115 of 300 The Best Duos of All Time#381 of 557 The Best Film Scores Of All Time

  • 3

    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters
    460
    91

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn based on a story by producer Albert S. Ruddy, the film follows inmates at a prison who...  more

    #68 of 552 The Best '70s Movies#26 of 209 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#9 of 78 The Best Football Movies Ever

  • 4

    Sharky's Machine

    Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning
    310
    115

    Released1981

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    Sharky's Machine is a 1981 motion picture directed by Burt Reynolds, who stars in the title role. The movie is an adaptation of William Diehl's first novel Sharky's Machine, with a screenplay by...  more
  • 5

    White Lightning

    Burt Reynolds, Laura Dern
    272
    95

    Released1973

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    White Lightning is a 1973 American action film from United Artists starring Burt Reynolds as Gator McKlusky. The film, directed by Joseph Sargent and written by William W. Norton, also starred...  more
  • 6

    The Cannonball Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw
    330
    127

    Released1981

    Directed byHal Needham

    The Cannonball Run is a 1981 comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and an all-star supporting cast. It was directed by Hal Needham, produced by Hong Kong's...  more

    #120 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#54 of 305 The Funniest '80s Movies#215 of 1,142 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • 7

    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg
    310
    119

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Boogie Nights is a 1997 American historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Back when love was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic adult...  more

    #108 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#120 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#83 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s

  • 8

    Gator

    Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton
    272
    105

    Released1976

    Directed byJames Best, Burt Reynolds

    Gator is a 1976 action film sequel to White Lightning and starring Burt Reynolds in his directorial debut....  more
  • 9

    The Crew

    Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Tilly
    131
    45

    Released2000

    Directed byMichael Dinner, Adrian Vitoria

    The Crew is a 2000 black comedy crime film, directed by Michael Dinner and starring Burt Reynolds, Seymour Cassel, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Hedaya and Jennifer Tilly. Barry Sonnenfeld was one of the...  more
  • 10

    The End

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds
    189
    102

    Released1978

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    The End is a 1978 black comedy-buddy film, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds. The cast also features Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin, David Steinberg, Joanne Woodward, Norman Fell,...  more
  • 11

    Hustle

    Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve
    115
    60

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hustle is a 1975 American neo-noir crime film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Eileen Brennan, Eddie Albert and Ernest Borgnine,...  more
  • 12

    The Cherokee Kid

    Burt Reynolds, James Coburn
    74
    27

    Released1996

    Directed byParis Barclay

    The Cherokee Kid is a 1996 HBO television film starring Sinbad, James Coburn, Burt Reynolds, Gregory Hines, A Martinez, Ernie Hudson, Dawnn Lewis and Vanessa Bell Calloway....  more
  • 13

    Waterproof

    Burt Reynolds, Orlando Jones
    84
    36

    Released1999

    Directed byBarry Berman

    Waterproof is a 1999 drama film directed by Barry Berman....
  • 14

    Smokey and the Bandit II

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field
    184
    122

    Released1980

    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit II is a 1980 comedy film released on August 15, 1980 in the United States. It is the sequel to the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit. The film stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field,...  more

    #161 of 182 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made#53 of 69 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels#101 of 149 The Best Bromance Movies

  • 15

    Cannonball Run II

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds
    150
    95

    Released1984

    Directed byHal Needham

    Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast, released by Warner Bros. and Golden Harvest. Like the original Cannonball Run, it is a set around an...  more
  • 16

    Heat

    Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid
    119
    73

    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
  • 17

    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox
    194
    141

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Segal

    The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. Adam Sandler plays the protagonist, Paul Crewe, a disgraced former professional quarterback for the...  more

    #329 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys#413 of 926 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#8 of 54 The Best and Worst of Adam Sandler

  • 18

    Stick

    Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen
    126
    80

    Released1985

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    Stick is a 1985 crime film directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard....  more
  • 19

    Malone

    Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton
    116
    72

    Released1987

    Directed byHarley Cokeliss

    Malone is a 1987 film adaptation of William P. Wingate's novel, written by Christopher Frank and directed by Harley Cokeliss It stars Burt Reynolds as ex-CIA agent Richard Malone, Cliff Robertson and...  more
  • 20

    Shamus

    Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon
    110
    66

    Released1973

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Shamus is a 1973 American film starring Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon, directed by Buzz Kulik....  more
  • 21

    Starting Over

    Kevin Bacon, Burt Reynolds
    94
    53

    Released1979

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Starting Over is a 1979 American comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen and Jill Clayburgh which tells the story of a recently divorced man who is torn between his new girlfriend and his...  more
  • 22

    Johnson County War

    Burt Reynolds, Luke Perry
    61
    23

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid S. Cass Sr.

    Johnson County War is a film directed by David S. Cass Sr. released on Aug 24, 2002....
  • 23

    City Heat

    Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds
    113
    71

    Released1984

    Directed byBlake Edwards, Richard Benjamin

    City Heat is a 1984 American film starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and directed by Richard Benjamin. The film was released in North America on December 1984. The pairing of Eastwood and...  more
  • 24

    100 Rifles

    Raquel Welch, Jim Brown
    90
    50

    Released1969

    Directed byTom Gries

    100 Rifles is a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries based on the 1966 novel The Californio by Robert MacLeod. The film stars Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Fernando Lamas and was shot in...  more
  • 25

    Hard Time: Hostage Hotel

    Burt Reynolds, Danielle Harris
    65
    30

    Released1999

    Directed byHal Needham

    Hard Time: Hostage Hotel is a 1999 action-drama film directed by Hal Needham....