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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 Hot1
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,...  more
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  • The Apartment2
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon

    Released1960

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    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#37 of 92 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • The Great Race3
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    The Great Race

    Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon

    Released1965

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony...  more
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  • The Odd Couple4
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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1968

    Directed byGene Saks

    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play...  more
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    #514 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#168 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • Days of Wine and Roses5
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    Days of Wine and Roses

    Jack Lemmon, Mel Blanc

    Released1962

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller...  more
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    #417 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time#309 of 382 The Greatest Movie Themes

  • Grumpy Old Men6
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    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

    Released1993

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau...  more
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  • How to Murder Your Wife7
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    How to Murder Your Wife

    Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi

    Released1965

    Directed byRichard Quine

    How to Murder Your Wife is a 1965 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. It...  more
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  • Irma la Douce8
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    Irma la Douce

    Shirley MacLaine, James Caan

    Released1963

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Irma la Douce ([iʁ.ma la dus], "Irma the Sweet") is a 1963 American romantic comedy film...  more
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  • Glengarry Glen Ross9
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    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin

    Released1992

    Directed byJames Foley

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer...  more
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  • Mister Roberts10
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by...  more
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  • The China Syndrome11
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    The China Syndrome

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Bridges

    The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television...  more
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    #66 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#47 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

  • The Out-of-Towners12
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    The Out-of-Towners

    Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and...  more
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    #1280 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#199 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

  • The Legend of Bagger Vance13
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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
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    #84 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#21 of 150 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

  • Avanti!14
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    Avanti!

    Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills

    Released1972

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Avanti! is a 1972 American/Italian comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. The film...  more
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  • Save the Tiger15
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    Save the Tiger

    Jack Lemmon, Liv Lindeland

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Save the Tiger is a 1973 film about moral conflict in contemporary America. It stars Jack...  more
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  • The Front Page16
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    The Front Page

    Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett

    Released1974

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    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#249 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

  • The Fortune Cookie17
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    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1966

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first...  more
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  • The April Fools18
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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
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  • Bell, Book and Candle19
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    Bell, Book and Candle

    James Stewart, Kim Novak

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Quine

    Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard...  more
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  • It Should Happen to You20
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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
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  • Short Cuts21
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    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Altman

    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 Army22
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    The Wackiest Ship in the Army

    Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson

    Released1960

    Directed byRichard Murphy

    The Wackiest Ship in the Army is a 1960 CinemaScope comedy-drama war film starring Jack...  more
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  • Missing23
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    Missing

    Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

    Released1982

    Directed byCosta-Gavras

    Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa-Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy...  more
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  • The Murder of Mary Phagan24
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    The Murder of Mary Phagan

    Kevin Spacey, William H. Macy

    Released1988

    Directed byWilliam Hale

    The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1988 two-part American TV miniseries written by Larry McMurtry,...  more
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  • Phffft25
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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
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