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The Best Buster Keaton Movies

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List of the best Buster Keaton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Buster Keaton's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Buster Keaton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Buster Keaton movies will be at the top of the list. Buster Keaton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Buster Keaton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Buster Keaton films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Buster Keaton role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Buster Keaton performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like Go West and Allez Oop.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Buster Keaton movies?" and "What are the greatest Buster Keaton roles of all time?"

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    The Paleface

    Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts

    Released1922

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Paleface is a 1922 Buster Keaton two-reeler Western comedy film....  more
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    My Wife's Relations

    Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery

    Released1922

    Directed byBuster Keaton

    My Wife's Relations is a 1922 American short comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton. Through a judicial error Buster finds himself married to a large domineering woman with an unfriendly...  more
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    The Garage

    Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle

    Released1919

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    The Garage is a 1920 American short comedy film starring Buster Keaton and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. It was directed by Arbuckle himself. The film was also known as Fire Chief. This was the fourteenth...  more
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    The Goat

    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Released1921

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair

    The Goat is a 1921 American short comedy film written, directed by, and starring comedian Buster Keaton....  more
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    Le Roi des Champs-Élysées

    Buster Keaton, Lucien Callamand

    Released1934

    Directed byMax Nosseck

    Le Roi des Champs-Élysées is a 1934 French comedy starring Buster Keaton. This French-made film has Keaton playing two roles, as an aspiring actor, and as an American gangster. A closing gag has the...  more
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    In the Good Old Summertime

    Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland

    Released1949

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton

    In the Good Old Summertime is a 1949 Technicolor musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It starred Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall. The film is a musical adaptation of the 1940 film,...  more

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    #65 of 360 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#44 of 50 The Best Good Movies

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    The Saphead

    Buster Keaton, Irving Cummings

    Released1920

    Directed byHerbert Blache, Winchell Smith

    The Saphead is a 1920 American comedy film featuring Buster Keaton. It was the actor's first starring role, on the recommendation of Douglas Fairbanks, in a full-length feature and the film that...  more
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    One Week

    Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton

    Released1920

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    One Week is a 1920 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton, the first film to be released made by Keaton on his own; Keaton had worked with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle for a number of...  more
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    Grand Slam Opera

    Buster Keaton, Bud Jamison

    Released1936

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Charles Lamont

    Grand Slam Opera is a 1936 American short comedy film starring Buster Keaton....  more
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    Back Stage

    Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle

    Released1919

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    Back Stage is a 1919 American comedy film, one of the last films that Buster Keaton would appear with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle before they went their separate ways, Keaton would get his own studio,...  more
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    The Scarecrow

    Buster Keaton, Al St. John

    Released1920

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Scarecrow is a 1920 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 19 minutes. One of the more memorable...  more
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    Cops

    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Released1922

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Cops is a 1922 comedy short silent film about a young man who accidentally gets on the bad side of the entire Los Angeles Police Department during a parade, and is chased all over town. It was...  more
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    The Playhouse

    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Released1921

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Playhouse is a 1921 silent short film written, directed by, and starring Buster Keaton. The movie runs for 22 minutes, and is most famous for an opening sequence in which Keaton plays every role....  more
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    The Passionate Plumber

    Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante

    Released1932

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    The Passionate Plumber is a 1932 American comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante. The screenplay by Laurence E. Johnson and Ralph Spence is based on the...  more
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    Speak Easily

    Buster Keaton, Thelma Todd

    Released1932

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    Speak Easily is a 1932 American comedy film starring Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, and Thelma Todd, and directed by Edward Sedgwick. The studio also paired Keaton and Durante as a comedy team during...  more
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    The Hayseed

    Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle

    Released1919

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    The Hayseed is a 1919 American short comedy film directed by and starring Fatty Arbuckle....  more
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    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Lester

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a 1966 farce musical comedy film, based on the stage musical of the same name. It was inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus...  more

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    #739 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#391 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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    One Run Elmer

    Jim Thorpe, Buster Keaton

    Released1935

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    One Run Elmer is a 1935 American short comedy film featuring Buster Keaton....  more
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    Forever and a Day

    Buster Keaton, Charles Laughton

    Released1943

    Directed byVictor Saville, Edmund Goulding, Herbert Wilcox, Robert Stevenson, René Clair

    Forever and a Day is a 1943 drama film, a collaborative effort employing seven directors/producers and 22 writers, including an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock, with an enormous cast of well-known stars....  more
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    Allez Oop

    Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian

    Released1934

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Charles Lamont

    Allez Oop is a 1934 American short comedy film starring Buster Keaton....  more
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    The Hollywood Revue of 1929

    Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton

    Released1929

    Directed byCharles Reisner

    The Hollywood Revue of 1929 is a 1929 American musical-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was the studio's second feature-length musical, and one of the earliest ventures into the sound...  more
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    When Comedy Was King is a 1960 comedy and documentary film written and directed by Robert Youngson....  more
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    The Timid Young Man

    Buster Keaton, Don Brodie

    Released1935

    Directed byMack Sennett

    The Timid Young Man is a 1935 short comedy film featuring Buster Keaton....  more
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    Doughboys

    Buster Keaton, Ann Sothern

    Released1930

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    Doughboys is 1930 comedy film written by Al Boasberg and Sidney Lazarus and directed by Edward Sedgwick....  more
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    Three on a Limb

    Buster Keaton, Grant Withers

    Released1936

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Three on a Limb is a 1936 American short comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring Buster Keaton....  more