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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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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon
    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon
    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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    #8 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#121 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

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    The Great Race

    Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon
    The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony...  more

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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play...  more

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    #173 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies#440 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah
    Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau...  more

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    #28 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#3 of 54 The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked

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    How to Murder Your Wife

    Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi
    How to Murder Your Wife is a 1965 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. It...  more
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    Days of Wine and Roses

    Jack Lemmon, Mel Blanc
    Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller...  more

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    Irma la Douce

    Shirley MacLaine, James Caan
    Irma la Douce ([iʁ.ma la dus], "Irma the Sweet") is a 1963 American romantic comedy film...  more

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    #107 of 127 The Best Oscar-Winning Scores#65 of 79 The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1960s

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    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin
    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer...  more

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    #18 of 26 The Best F-Bombs In Movie History#8 of 135 The Best Movies Based On Plays

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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon
    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by...  more
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    The China Syndrome

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas
    The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television...  more

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    #49 of 318 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#66 of 552 The Best '70s Movies

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    The Out-of-Towners

    Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams
    The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and...  more

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    #1025 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#55 of 59 The Funniest Movies About Marriage

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    The Legend of Bagger Vance

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith
    The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and...  more
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    Avanti!

    Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills
    Avanti! is a 1972 American/Italian comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. The film...  more

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    Save the Tiger

    Jack Lemmon, Liv Lindeland
    Save the Tiger is a 1973 film about moral conflict in contemporary America. It stars Jack...  more

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    The Front Page

    Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett
    The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack...  more

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    #481 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#250 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
    The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first...  more
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    The April Fools

    Catherine Deneuve, Jack Lemmon
    The April Fools is a 1969 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve. It...  more
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    Bell, Book and Candle

    James Stewart, Kim Novak
    Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard...  more
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    It Should Happen to You

    Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday
    It Should Happen to You is a romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford,...  more
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    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore
    Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay...  more

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    The Wackiest Ship in the Army

    Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson
    The Wackiest Ship in the Army is a 1960 CinemaScope comedy-drama war film starring Jack...  more
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    Missing

    Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek
    Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa-Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy...  more

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    22 Celebrities with One or Fewer Testes#40 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s

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    The Murder of Mary Phagan

    Kevin Spacey, William H. Macy
    The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1988 two-part American TV miniseries written by Larry McMurtry,...  more
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    Phffft

    Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon
    Phffft is a 1954 black-and-white romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, and...  more