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The Best Jack Lemmon Movies

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

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

Examples include The Great Race and Operation Mad Ball.

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

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  • Under the Yum Yum Tree26
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    Under the Yum Yum Tree

    Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley

    Released1963

    Directed byDavid Swift

    Under the Yum Yum Tree is a 1963 comedy movie that stars Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • It Should Happen to You27
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    It Should Happen to You

    Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday

    Released1954

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    It Should Happen to You is a romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Odd Couple II28
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    The Odd Couple II

    Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski

    Released1998

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Odd Couple II is the 1998 sequel to 1968's The Odd Couple. Written by Neil Simon, the film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Out to Sea29
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    Out to Sea

    Jack Lemmon, Dyan Cannon

    Released1997

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

    Out to Sea is a 1997 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rue... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance30
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    The Legend of Bagger Vance

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Redford

    The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #21 of 145 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies#83 of 172 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

  • It Happened to Jane31
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    It Happened to Jane

    Doris Day, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byRichard Quine

    It Happened to Jane is a 1959 romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and Ernie... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Dad32
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    Dad

    Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byGary David Goldberg

    Dad is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #286 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies#493 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • Cowboy33
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    Cowboy

    Jack Lemmon, Glenn Ford

    Released1958

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Cowboy is a 1958 western film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Glenn Ford and Jack... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • My Sister Eileen34
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    My Sister Eileen

    Jack Lemmon, Janet Leigh

    Released1955

    Directed byRichard Quine

    My Sister Eileen is a 1955 American CinemaScope musical film directed by Richard Quine. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Concorde...Airport '7935
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    The Concorde...Airport '79

    Alain Delon, Robert Wagner

    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich

    The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Good Neighbor Sam36
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    Good Neighbor Sam

    Jack Lemmon, Barbara Bouchet

    Released1964

    Directed byDavid Swift

    Good Neighbor Sam is a 1964 American comedy film co-written and directed by David Swift and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Phffft37
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    Phffft

    Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

    Released1954

    Directed byMark Robson

    Phffft is a 1954 black-and-white romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Notorious Landlady38
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    The Notorious Landlady

    Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

    Released1962

    Directed byRichard Quine

    The Notorious Landlady is a 1962 comedy/mystery American film starring Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The War Between Men and Women39
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    The War Between Men and Women

    Jack Lemmon, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1972

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    The War Between Men and Women is a 1972 slapstick live-cartoon comedy film starring Jack... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Tuesdays with Morrie40
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    Tuesdays with Morrie

    Hank Azaria, Jack Lemmon

    Released1999

    Directed byMick Jackson

    Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1999 television film adaptation of Mitch Albom's book of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Airport '7741
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    Airport '77

    Christopher Lee, James Stewart

    Released1977

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #110 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#181 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

  • Fire Down Below42
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    Fire Down Below

    Rita Hayworth, Jack Lemmon

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Parrish

    Fire Down Below is a 1957 British-American adventure drama film, starring Rita Hayworth, Jack... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Inherit the Wind43
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    Inherit the Wind

    Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Inherit the Wind is a 1999 television film adaptation of the play of the same name. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Long Way Home44
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    The Long Way Home

    Jack Lemmon, Sarah Paulson

    Released1998

    Directed byGlenn Jordan

    The Long Way Home is a film directed by Glenn A. Jordan released on March 1, 1998.Amazon_watch buy button
  • Mass Appeal45
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    Mass Appeal

    Jack Lemmon, Charles Durning

    Released1984

    Directed byGlenn Jordan

    Mass Appeal is a 1984 American dramedy film starring Jack Lemmon, directed by Glenn Jordan.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Macaroni46
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    Macaroni

    Jack Lemmon, Marcello Mastroianni

    Released1985

    Directed byEttore Scola

    Macaroni is a 1985 Italian comedy film directed by Ettore Scola. The film was selected as the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Tribute47
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    Tribute

    Kim Cattrall, Jack Lemmon

    Released1980

    Directed byBob Clark

    Tribute is a 1980 Canadian comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on the play of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • That's Life!48
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    That's Life!

    Julie Andrews, Jack Lemmon

    Released1986

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    That's Life! is a 1986 film with Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews, directed by Blake Edwards. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • For Richer, for Poorer49
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    For Richer, for Poorer

    Jack Lemmon, Madeline Kahn

    Released1992

    Directed byJay Sandrich

    For Richer, for Poorer is a 1992 comedy tv film directed by Jay Sandrich.Amazon_watch buy button
  • The April Fools50
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    The April Fools

    Catherine Deneuve, Jack Lemmon

    Released1969

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The April Fools is a 1969 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button