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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.

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Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1977

Directed by: Hal 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 ...more

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

Released: 1972

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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The Cannonball Run is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1981

Directed by: Hal 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 ...more

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Sharky's Machine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Sharky's Machine Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Rachel Ward

Released: 1981

Directed by: Burt 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

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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Hooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1978

Directed by: Hal Needham

Hooper is a 1978 action-comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, based loosely on the experiences of director Hal Needham, a one-time stuntman in his own right. It serves as a tribute to stuntmen and ...more
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White Lightning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Laura Dern, Ned Beatty

Released: 1973

Directed by: Joseph 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
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Gator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed

Released: 1976

Directed by: James Best, Burt Reynolds

Gator is a 1976 action film sequel to White Lightning and starring Burt Reynolds in his directorial debut.
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The Best Little Whorehou... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors

Released: 1982

Directed by: Colin Higgins

This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name and stars Dolly Parton and ...more

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The End is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Carl Reiner

Released: 1978

Directed by: Burt 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 ...more
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Semi-Tough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy, and Brian Dennehy, set in the world of ...more

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The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more

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Smokey and the Bandit II... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1980

Directed by: Hal 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 ...more

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Cannonball Run II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan

Released: 1984

Directed by: Hal 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 ...more

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Stroker Ace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Jim Nabors

Released: 1983

Directed by: Hal Needham

Stroker Ace is a 1983 action comedy film, filmed in North Carolina and Georgia, about a NASCAR driver, the eponymous Stroker Ace, played by Burt Reynolds. The co-stars were Jim Nabors, Loni ...more
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Hustle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Gregory Peck

Released: 1975

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Diana Scarwid, Howard Hesseman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Dick 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 ...more
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Stick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Annie Potts

Released: 1985

Directed by: Burt Reynolds

Stick is a 1985 crime film directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.
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Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton, Cliff Robertson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Harley 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 ...more
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Shamus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John Glover

Released: 1973

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

Shamus is a 1973 American film starring Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon, directed by Buzz Kulik.
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City Heat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1984

Directed by: Blake 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 ...more

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W.W. and the Dixie Dance... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Brad Dourif

Released: 1975

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings is a 1975 film directed by John G. Avildsen, starring Burt Reynolds, and written by Thomas Rickman. The 20th Century Fox film features the acting debuts of Jerry ...more
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100 Rifles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Raquel Welch, Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1969

Directed by: Tom 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 ...more
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Starting Over is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Burt Reynolds Movies
Kevin Bacon, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen

Released: 1979

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more