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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?"

Robert Altman and Peter Segal are among those who directed Jack Lemmon at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If you're a fan of Jack Lemmon, then check out our lists of the best Rodney Dangerfield and Walter Matthau movies as well.

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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1959

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1960

Directed by: Billy Wilder

The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

Released: 1968

Directed by: Gene Saks

The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play The Odd Couple, directed by Gene Saks, and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Mel Blanc, Lee Remick

Released: 1962

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller adapted from his own 1958 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. The movie was produced by Martin ...more

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Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney

Released: 1955

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy and features an all-star cast including Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James ...more

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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1965

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, ...more

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Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. ...more

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Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1992

Directed by: James Foley

Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days ...more

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Shirley MacLaine, James Caan, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1963

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Irma la Douce ([iʁ.ma la dus], "Irma the Sweet") is a 1963 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder. It is based on the 1956 ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams, Anne Meara

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. It was released by Paramount Pictures on May 28, 1970. Much ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle

Released: 1966

Directed by: Billy Wilder

The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first on-screen collaboration, and directed by Billy Wilder from a script by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.

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Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Bridges

The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Claire Trevor

Released: 1965

Directed by: Richard Quine

How to Murder Your Wife is a 1965 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. It was directed by Richard Quine, who also directed Lemmon in My Sister Eileen, It Happened to Jane, ...more
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Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza

Released: 1997

Directed by: William Friedkin

12 Angry Men is a 1997 television film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the Reginald Rose teleplay of the same title. It is a remake of the film of 1957.
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James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Quine

Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard Quine, based on the successful Broadway play by John Van Druten, which stars James Stewart and Kim ...more
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Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron

Released: 1982

Directed by: Costa-Gavras

Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa-Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea, and Charles Cioffi. It is based on the true story of American ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill

Released: 1972

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Avanti! is a 1972 American/Italian comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. The film stars Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on the ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Liv Lindeland, Barton MacLane

Released: 1973

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Save the Tiger is a 1973 film about moral conflict in contemporary America. It stars Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Thayer David, Lara Parker and Liv Lindeland. The film was ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Barbara Bouchet, Edward G. Robinson

Released: 1964

Directed by: David Swift

Good Neighbor Sam is a 1964 American comedy film co-written and directed by David Swift and starring Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine and Michael Connors. It was based on the novel ...more
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Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1995

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men. The film stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, and Sophia Loren, with Burgess Meredith, ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, Richard Anderson

Released: 1960

Directed by: Richard Murphy

The Wackiest Ship in the Army is a 1960 CinemaScope comedy-drama war film starring Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, and Chips Rafferty. It was filmed at Pearl Harbor and Kauai.
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Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1974

Directed by: Billy Wilder

The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on Ben Hecht and ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, Anne Bancroft, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1975

Directed by: Melvin Frank

The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an American black comedy play by Neil Simon, later made into a film released in 1975.
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Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Segal

My Fellow Americans is a 1996 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as feuding ex-presidents. Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Esther Rolle, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Bradley ...more