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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.

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    Sherlock, Jr.

    Buster Keaton, George Davis

    Released1924

    Directed byBuster Keaton

    Sherlock, Jr. is an American silent comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton and written by Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez and Joseph A. Mitchell. It features Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton and...  more
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    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin

    Released1926

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

    The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862, the film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with...  more

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    Steamboat Bill Jr.

    Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence

    Released1928

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Charles Reisner

    Steamboat Bill Jr. is a 1928 feature-length comedy silent film featuring Buster Keaton. Released by United Artists, the film is the last product of Keaton's independent production team and set of gag...  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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    College

    Buster Keaton, Harold Goodwin

    Released1927

    Directed byBuster Keaton, James W. Horne

    College is a 1927 comedy-drama silent film directed by James W. Horne and Buster Keaton, and starring Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, and Harold Goodwin....  more
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    The Balloonatic

    Buster Keaton, Phyllis Haver

    Released1923

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Balloonatic is a 1923 American short comedy film co-directed by and starring Buster Keaton. It was one of Keaton's final short films....  more
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    The Navigator

    Buster Keaton, Noble Johnson

    Released1924

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Donald Crisp

    The Navigator is a 1924 comedy directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film was written by Clyde Bruckman and co-directed by Donald Crisp....  more
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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the...  more

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    Three Ages

    Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery

    Released1923

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Three Ages is a 1923 black-and-white American feature-length silent comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton and Wallace Beery. The first feature Keaton wrote, directed, produced, and starred in,...  more
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    Convict 13

    Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely

    Released1920

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Convict 13 is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline....  more
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 in...  more

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    The Cameraman

    Buster Keaton, Vernon Dent

    Released1928

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward Sedgwick

    The Cameraman is a 1928 American silent comedy directed by Edward Sedgwick and an uncredited Buster Keaton. The picture stars Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, and others. The Cameraman...  more
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    The High Sign

    Buster Keaton, Al St. John

    Released1921

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The High Sign is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes. Although One Week was the...  more
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    Hard Luck

    Buster Keaton, Bull Montana

    Released1921

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Hard Luck is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 22 minutes. For sixty years it was Keaton's...  more
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    The Haunted House

    Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge

    Released1921

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Haunted House is a 1921 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes. One of the more memorable...  more
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    Coney Island

    Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle

    Released1917

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    Coney Island is a 1917 short silent film comedy written and directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, and starring Arbuckle and Buster Keaton....  more
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    The Butcher Boy

    Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle

    Released1917

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    The Butcher Boy is a 1917 American short comedy film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. This was the first in Arbuckle's series of films with the Comique Film Corporation, and...  more
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    The Cook

    Buster Keaton, Al St. John

    Released1918

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    The Cook is a silent film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. The movie is a slapstick comedy and focuses on goings-on at a high-end restaurant with Arbuckle as the Cook and Keaton as...  more
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    Limelight

    Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton

    Released1952

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton. In dance scenes, Bloom is doubled by Melissa...  more
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    The Bell Boy

    Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle

    Released1918

    Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle

    The Bell Boy is a short film produced and released in 1918 by the Comique film company. The film stars Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton as bellboys in Elk's Head Hotel. They cause trouble with each...  more
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    Our Hospitality

    Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge

    Released1923

    Directed byBuster Keaton, John G. Blystone

    Our Hospitality is a silent comedy directed by and starring Buster Keaton. Released in 1923 by Metro Pictures Corporation, the movie uses slapstick and situational comedy to tell the story of Willie...  more
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    The Love Nest

    Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts

    Released1923

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Love Nest is a 1923 American short comedy silent film written and directed by and starring Buster Keaton....  more
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    The Frozen North

    Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely

    Released1922

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    The Frozen North is a 1922 American short comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film is a parody of early western films, especially those of William S. Hart. The film was written by...  more
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    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1956

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The epic...  more

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    Day Dreams

    Buster Keaton, Renée Adorée

    Released1922

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

    Daydreams is a 1922 American short comedy film directed by and featuring Buster Keaton....  more