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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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  • 1
    Some Like It Hot
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    34

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Apartment
    202
    31

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Odd Couple
    166
    27

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Mister Roberts
    128
    21

    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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 5
    The Great Race
    115
    32

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Days of Wine and Roses
    132
    46

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Grumpy Old Men
    112
    35

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    How to Murder Your Wife
    92
    21

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Fortune Cookie
    93
    24

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Irma la Douce
    91
    25

    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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 11
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    98
    31

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Bell, Book and Candle
    76
    19

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The China Syndrome
    91
    32

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    12 Angry Men
    88
    31

    12 Angry Men

    Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini

    Released1997

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    12 Angry Men is a 1997 television film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the Reginald... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Out-of-Towners
    104
    43

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    Missing
    72
    21

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Avanti!
    70
    23

    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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 18
    Save the Tiger
    64
    20

    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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    The Wackiest Ship in the Army
    54
    14

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Grumpier Old Men
    70
    31

    Grumpier Old Men

    Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret

    Released1995

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    JFK
    64
    26

    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    The Prisoner of Second Avenue
    49
    17

    The Prisoner of Second Avenue

    Sylvester Stallone, Anne Bancroft

    Released1975

    Directed byMelvin Frank

    The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an American black comedy play by Neil Simon, later made into... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    The Front Page
    48
    18

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    My Fellow Americans
    47
    19

    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Segal

    My Fellow Americans is a 1996 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 25
    The Murder of Mary Phagan
    32
    6

    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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button