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The Best Don Knotts Movies

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List of the best Don Knotts movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Don Knotts'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 Don Knotts movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Don Knotts movies will be at the top of the list. Don Knotts has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Don Knotts movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Don Knotts films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

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  • 1

    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

    Don Knotts, Joan Staley
    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a 1966 American comedy-drama film starring Don Knotts as Luther...  more

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  • 2

    The Shakiest Gun in the West

    Don Knotts, Pat Morita
    The Shakiest Gun in the West is a 1968 Western comedy film starring Don Knotts. It was...  more

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  • 3

    The Apple Dumpling Gang

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
    The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney film about a slick gambler named Russell Donovan who...  more

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    #188 of 244 The Best Movies For Kids#20 of 33 The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love

  • 4

    The Reluctant Astronaut

    Leslie Nielsen, Don Knotts
    The Reluctant Astronaut is a Universal Pictures feature film produced and directed by Edward...  more
  • 5

    The Incredible Mr. Limpet

    Don Knotts, Paul Frees
    The Incredible Mr. Limpet is a 1964 American live-action/animated adventure film from Warner...  more
  • 6
    The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again is a 1979 sequel to the 1975 American family film The...  more

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    #31 of 109 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies#55 of 106 The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s

  • 7

    How to Frame a Figg

    Don Knotts, Yvonne Craig
    How to Frame a Figg is a 1971 Universal comedy about a bungling bookkeeper's assistant, Hollis...  more
  • 8

    The Private Eyes

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
    The Private Eyes is an 1980 American comedy mystery film starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts....  more
  • 9

    Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

    Don Knotts, Dean Jones
    Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo is a 1977 film, the third of a series of films by Walt Disney...  more

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  • 10

    No Time for Sergeants

    Andy Griffith, Don Knotts
    No Time for Sergeants is a 1958 American comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy starring Andy...  more

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  • 11

    No Deposit, No Return

    David Niven, Don Knotts
    No Deposit, No Return is a 1976 comedy film directed by Norman Tokar. It was written by Arthur...  more
  • 12

    Hot Lead and Cold Feet

    Don Knotts, Darren McGavin
    Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a comedy western film produced by Walt Disney Productions and...  more

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    #10 of 23 The Best Disney Western Movies#27 of 41 The Best G-Rated Western Movies

  • 13


    Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus
    Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a...  more
  • 14

    Return to Mayberry

    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith
    Return to Mayberry is an American television reunion movie for the 1960s American sitcoms The...  more
  • 15

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by...  more

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    #764 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#693 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • 16

    The Prize Fighter

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
    The Prize Fighter is a 1979 comedy starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway. It was one of the most...  more
  • 17

    Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends: Flo: The Lyin' Fly

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
  • 18

    Hermie & Friends: Stanley the Stinkbug Goes to Camp

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
  • 19

    Buzby the Misbehaving Bee

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway
    Buzby the Misbehaving Bee is a 2005 short animated family film directed by Bill Boyce and...
  • 20
    Hermie & Friends: Webster the Scaredy Spider is a 2004 short animated family film directed by...  more
  • 21

    Move Over, Darling

    Doris Day, James Garner
    Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen...  more
  • 22

    Chicken Little

    Patrick Stewart, Joan Cusack
    Chicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney...  more

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    #323 of 534 The Best Animated Films Ever#39 of 113 The Absolute Worst Animated Movies

  • 23

    The Love God?

    Don Knotts, Anne Francis
    The Love God? is a 1969 Universal Pictures feature film starring Don Knotts and film was...  more
  • 24

    Big Bully

    Tom Arnold, Rick Moranis
    Big Bully is a 1996 American comedy-drama film starring Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold. The film...  more

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  • 25

    Cannonball Run II

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds
    Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast,...  more