The Best Fred Gwynne Movies 

Updated September 23, 2019 164 votes 52 voters 5.3k views 19 items

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

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

These films, like The Cotton Club and My Cousin Vinny include images when available.

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

Fred Gwynne was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Robert Vaughn and Ernest Borgnine in terms of fame and success.

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Dir. by Jonathan Lynn (1992), starring Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci & Ralph Macchio
My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American comedy film written by Dale Launer and directed by Jonathan Lynn. The film stars Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Lane Smith, Bruce ...more

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Dir. by Mary Lambert (1989), starring Stephen King, Fred Gwynne & Denise Crosby
Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert and written by King. Andrew Hubatsek was cast for Zelda's role. Author ...more

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Dir. by Francis Ford Coppola (1984), starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane & Richard Gere
The Cotton Club is a 1984 drama music film written by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo and Jim Haskins and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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Dir. by Jim Kouf (1989), starring Ed O'Neill, Fred Gwynne & Lou Diamond Phillips
Disorganized Crime is a 1989 heist/comedy film set in Montana. It was written and directed by Jim Kouf and released through Touchstone Pictures. The ensemble cast includes Fred Gwynne, Lou ...more
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Dir. by Woody Allen (1992), starring Madonna, Jodie Foster & Woody Allen
Shadows and Fog is a black-and-white thriller comedy film directed by Woody Allen. It stars Allen, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Madonna, and Kenneth Mars. It was filmed on a ...more
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Dir. by Herbert Ross (1987), starring Cindy Crawford, Michael J. Fox & Helen Slater
The Secret of My Success is a 1987 American comedy film produced and directed by Herbert Ross, and starring Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater. The screenplay was written by A.J. Carothers, Jim ...more

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Dir. by Nick Castle (1986), starring Fred Savage, Jason Priestley & John Carpenter
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Dir. by Dick Clement (1985), starring Eric Clapton, George Harrison & Ringo Starr
Water is a 1985 comedy film scripted by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, directed by Clement, and starring Michael Caine. This HandMade Films production was released in U.S. theatres in April ...more
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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Dir. by Ralph Rosenblum (1980), starring Henry Fonda, Fred Gwynne & Robert Preston
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is a 1980 short film directed by Ralph Rosenblum.
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Dir. by Glenn Jordan (1971), starring Bernadette Peters, Eli Wallach & Fred Gwynne
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Dir. by H├ęctor Babenco (1987), starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep & Tom Waits
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Dir. by Bernardo Bertolucci (1979), starring Roberto Benigni, Fred Gwynne & Jill Clayburgh
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Dir. by Earl Bellamy (1966), starring Yvonne De Carlo, Fred Gwynne & John Carradine
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Dir. by Marshall Brickman (1980), starring Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn & Wallace Shawn
Simon is a 1980 American comedy film. It was directed by Marshall Brickman and stars Alan Arkin.
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The Christmas Star Dir. by Alan Shapiro (1986), starring Ed Asner, Fred Gwynne & Rene Auberjonois
The Christmas Star is a 1986 family film written by Carol Dysinger and directed by Alan Shapiro.
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Dir. by Andrew Bergman (1981), starring Ryan O'Neal, Fred Gwynne & Jack Warden
So Fine is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Andrew Bergman. The original music score was composed by Ennio Morricone. O'Neal was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as Worst Actor ...more
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Dir. by Mel Damski (1987), starring Fred Gwynne, Celeste Holm & Catherine Mary Stewart
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Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine Dir. by Ralph Rosenblum (1982), starring Ray Bradbury, Fred Gwynne & George Womack
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The Munsters' Revenge Dir. by Don Weis (1981), starring Sid Caesar, Yvonne De Carlo & Fred Gwynne
The Munsters' Revenge is a 1981 television film produced by Universal Studios. It reunited The Munsters cast members Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis. Marilyn Munster was portrayed by ...more