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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.

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Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Dick Sargent
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a 1966 American comedy-drama film starring Don Knotts as Luther Heggs, a newspaper typesetter who spends a night in a haunted house, which is located in the ...more
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Don Knotts, Pat Morita, Barbara Rhoades
The Shakiest Gun in the West is a 1968 Western comedy film starring Don Knotts. It was directed by Alan Rafkin and written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum. The film is a remake of The ...more
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Leslie Nielsen, Don Knotts, Arthur O'Connell
The Reluctant Astronaut is a Universal Pictures feature film produced and directed by Edward Montagne and starring Don Knotts in a story about a kiddie-ride operator who is hired as a janitor at ...more
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Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby
The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney film about a slick gambler named Russell Donovan who is duped into taking care of a group of orphans who eventually strike gold during the California ...more
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Don Knotts, Paul Frees, Jack Weston
The Incredible Mr. Limpet is a 1964 American live-action/animated adventure film from Warner Bros. It is about a man named Henry Limpet who turns into a talking fish resembling a tilefish and ...more
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Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Nick Adams
No Time for Sergeants is a 1958 American comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy starring Andy Griffith and featuring Myron McCormick, Don Knotts and most of the original Broadway cast. Warner ...more
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Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Trisha Noble
The Private Eyes is an 1980 American comedy mystery film starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts. The pair play bumbling American detectives who work for Scotland Yard, obvious parodies of Sherlock ...more
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Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Ruth Buzzi
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again is a 1979 sequel to the 1975 American family film The Apple Dumpling Gang starring the comedy duo of Tim Conway, and Don Knotts. Conway and Knotts reprise ...more
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Don Knotts, Dean Jones, Eric Braeden
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo is a 1977 film, the third of a series of films by Walt Disney Productions starring Herbie – the white Volkswagen racing Beetle with a mind of its own.
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Don Knotts, Yvonne Craig, Frank Welker
How to Frame a Figg is a 1971 Universal comedy about a bungling bookkeeper's assistant, Hollis Alexander Figg in the Dalton city hall, who finds himself framed for embezzlement. A sweet young ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton
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 ...more
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David Niven, Don Knotts, Kim Richards
No Deposit, No Return is a 1976 comedy film directed by Norman Tokar. It was written by Arthur Alsberg and Don Nelson. It is the story of two children who hold themselves for ransom, reluctantly ...more
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Return to Mayberry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Don Knotts Movies
Return to Mayberry Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts
Return to Mayberry is an American television reunion movie for the 1960s American sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show and, to an extent, Mayberry R.F.D. as well. The movie premiered on April 13, ...more
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Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Jack Elam
Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a comedy western film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Company, starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine, Darren ...more
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Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Ed Asner
Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a football-playing mule.
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Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan
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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Patrick Stewart, Joan Cusack, Catherine O'Hara
Chicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and loosely based on the fable of the same name. As the 46th animated feature in the ...more
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Doris Day, James Garner, Don Knotts
Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen and directed by Michael Gordon. The picture was a remake of a 1940 screwball comedy, My Favorite Wife, ...more
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Don Knotts, Anne Francis
The Love God? is a 1969 Universal Pictures feature film starring Don Knotts and film was written and directed by Nat Hiken, who died after it was shot but before it was released in theaters. The ...more
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Don Knotts, Tim Conway, David Wayne
The Prize Fighter is a 1979 comedy starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway. It was one of the most financially successful films ever released by New World Pictures.
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Abigail Breslin, Michael Clarke Duncan, Molly Shannon
Here's the delightful tale of teamwork and adventure your whole family will love! Air Bud is the proud father of five adorable puppies -- the hip-hoppin' B-Dawg, lovely RoseBud, mellow Bud-Dha, ...more
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Natalie Cole, Don Knotts, George Kennedy
Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film, distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and notable as the only fully animated feature produced by Turner Feature ...more
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Lacey Chabert, Ron Perlman, Don Knotts
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island is the third film in the An American Tail series. and the first direct-to-video film. This film was first released in 1998. It was released by ...more
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Buzby the Misbehaving Bee Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Tahj Mowry
Buzby the Misbehaving Bee is a 2005 short animated family film directed by Bill Boyce and Demetre Gionis.
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Hermie & Friends: Stanley the Stinkbug Goes to Camp Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Judge Reinhold