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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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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray 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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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis 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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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman 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 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 Mister Roberts is a 1955 American CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton, William Powell ...more

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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis 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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Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon 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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Shirley MacLaine, James Caan, Jack Lemmon Irma la Douce is a 1963 romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder. It is based on the 1956 French stage musical Irma La Douce by Marguerite Monnot and ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle 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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Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey 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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Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Claire Trevor 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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Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon 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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Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza 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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Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams, Anne Meara 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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James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon 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 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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Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon 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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Jack Lemmon, Liv Lindeland, Barton MacLane 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, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill 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, Barbara Bouchet, Edward G. Robinson 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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The Wackiest Ship in the Army is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jack Lemmon Movies
Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, Richard Anderson 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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Sylvester Stallone, Anne Bancroft, Jack Lemmon 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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Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah 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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Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon 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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Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon 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

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Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday, John Saxon It Should Happen to You is a romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford, and notable as the first major screen appearance of Jack Lemmon, who was then an aspiring young actor. ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Jack Lemmon Dad is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and starring Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Spacey and Ethan Hawke. It is based on William ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Paul Lynde Under the Yum Yum Tree is a 1963 comedy movie that stars Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, and Edie Adams, with supporting roles by Imogene Coca and Paul Lynde. This sex comedy was a ...more

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Christopher Lee, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee and ...more

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Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. It is based on the 1995 book of the same title by ...more

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Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire The Notorious Landlady is a 1962 comedy/mystery American film starring Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, and Fred Astaire. The film was directed by Richard Quine, with a script by Blake Edwards and Larry ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Dyan Cannon, Walter Matthau Out to Sea is a 1997 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rue McClanahan, Dyan Cannon and Brent Spiner. It was the final film for both Donald O'Connor and Edward Mulhare. ...more

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My Sister Eileen Jack Lemmon, Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett My Sister Eileen is a 1955 American CinemaScope musical film directed by Richard Quine. It stars Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett and Jack Lemmon. The screenplay by Quine and Blake Edwards is based on ...more

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Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday Phffft is a 1954 black-and-white romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, and Jack Carson, and features Kim Novak in a small but notable role. The picture was written by George ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck The Odd Couple II is the 1998 sequel to 1968's The Odd Couple. Written by Neil Simon, the film reunites Jack Lemmon as Felix Unger and Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison in their last film ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Glenn Ford, Strother Martin Cowboy is a 1958 western film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon. This film is an adaptation of the Frank Harris semi-autobiographical novel My Reminiscences as a ...more

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Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Piper Laurie Inherit the Wind is a 1999 television film adaptation of the play of the same name. The original 1955 play was written as a parable which fictionalized the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial ...more

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Hank Azaria, Jack Lemmon, Caroline Aaron Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1999 television film adaptation of Mitch Albom's book of the same title. It features Jack Lemmon in a role for which he won an Emmy award.

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Jack Lemmon, Charles Durning, Ċ½eljko Ivanek Mass Appeal is a 1984 American dramedy film starring Jack Lemmon, directed by Glenn Jordan. The screenplay by Bill C. Davis is based on his 1980 play of the same title.

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Catherine Deneuve, Jack Lemmon, Myrna Loy The April Fools is a 1969 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve. It was directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

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Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Steve Forrest It Happened to Jane is a 1959 romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and Ernie Kovacs directed by Richard Quine and written by Norman Katkov and Max Wilk. The film was co-produced ...more

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Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal Hamlet is a 1996 Shakespearean tragedy film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars in the titular role as Prince ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay by Altman and Frank Barhydt, it is inspired by nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver. ...more

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Kevin Spacey, William H. Macy, Jack Lemmon The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1988 two-part American TV miniseries written by Larry McMurtry, produced by George Stevens, Jr., directed by William "Billy" Hale, starring Jack Lemmon and ...more

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Alain Delon, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and final installment of the Airport series. Panned by critics, the film also flopped at the box office. ...more

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Rita Hayworth, Jack Lemmon, Robert Mitchum Fire Down Below is a 1957 British-American adventure drama film, starring Rita Hayworth, Jack Lemmon and Robert Mitchum and directed by Robert Parrish. Based on Max Catto's 1954 novel with the ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Sarah Paulson, Betty Garrett The Long Way Home is a film directed by Glenn A. Jordan released on March 1, 1998.

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Mickey Rooney, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs Operation Mad Ball is a 1957 military comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Kathryn Grant, Arthur O'Connell, and Mickey Rooney, and directed by Richard Quine. The screenplay is by Blake ...more

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For Richer, for Poorer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jack Lemmon Movies
Jack Lemmon, Madeline Kahn, Talia Shire For Richer, for Poorer is a 1992 comedy tv film directed by Jay Sandrich.

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Jack Lemmon, Jason Robards Jr., Barbara Harris The War Between Men and Women is a 1972 slapstick live-cartoon comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris, and Jason Robards. It is based on the writings of humorist James Thurber, and was ...more