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The Best Jackie Gleason Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 920 votes 328 voters 25.7k views

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List of the best Jackie Gleason movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jackie Gleason'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 Jackie Gleason movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jackie Gleason movies will be at the top of the list. Jackie Gleason has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jackie Gleason movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jackie Gleason films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Jackie Gleason role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jackie Gleason performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

With films ranging from Smokey and the Bandit II to Nothing in Common, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jackie Gleason movies?" and "What are the greatest Jackie Gleason roles of all time?"

Jackie Gleason was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Don Knotts and Bob Hope in terms of fame and success.

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Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1977

Directed by: Hal Needham

Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Patrick McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. It ...more

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Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Rossen

The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of ...more

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Jackie Gleason, Orangey

Released: 1962

Directed by: Gene Kelly

Gigot is an American motion picture; it was released in 1962 by 20th Century Fox. The film starred Jackie Gleason and was directed by Gene Kelly.
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Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1962

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Requiem for a Heavyweight was a teleplay written by Rod Serling and produced for the live television show Playhouse 90 on 11 October 1956. Six years later, it was adapted as a 1962 feature film ...more
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Jackie Gleason, Murray Hamilton, Charlie Ruggles

Released: 1963

Directed by: George Marshall

Papa's Delicate Condition is a 1963 comedy film starring Jackie Gleason and Glynis Johns. It was an adaptation of the Corinne Griffith memoir of the same name, about her father and growing up in ...more
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Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1963

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen. Produced and co-written by Blake Edwards, the screenplay is based on a 1960 novel by William ...more
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Tom Hanks, Sela Ward, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1986

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Nothing in Common is a 1986 comedy-drama film, directed by Garry Marshall. It stars Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason in what would prove to be Gleason's final film role - he was suffering from colon ...more

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Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1980

Directed by: Hal Needham

Smokey and the Bandit II is a 1980 comedy film released on August 15, 1980 in the United States. It is the sequel to the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit. The film stars Burt Reynolds, Sally ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Jackie Gleason, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Vincent Sherman

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Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Released: 1982

Directed by: Richard Donner

The Toy is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason, with Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel, and Virginia Capers in ...more

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Teri Garr, Oliver Reed, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1983

Directed by: Jeremy Kagan

The Sting II is a 1983 film sequel to The Sting. Directed by Jeremy Kagan and written by David S. Ward, it stars Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis, Teri Garr, Karl Malden and Oliver Reed. The film was ...more

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Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons, Howard Morris

Released: 1969

Directed by: Howard Morris

Don't Drink the Water is a 1969 comedy film starring Jackie Gleason and directed by Howard Morris, and based upon a 1966 play of the same name by Woody Allen. The supporting cast includes ...more
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Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed

Released: 1983

Directed by: Dick Lowry

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is the sequel to Smokey and the Bandit and Smokey and the Bandit II, starring Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Mike Henry and Colleen Camp. ...more

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Skidoo Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1968

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Skidoo is an American comedy film directed by Otto Preminger, starring Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing, written by Doran William Cannon and released by Paramount Pictures on December 19, 1968.
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Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, William Hickey

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jackie Cooper

Izzy and Moe is a 1985 made-for-TV crime/comedy film, starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. It is a fictional account of two actual Prohibition-era policemen, Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith, and ...more
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How to Commit Marriage Bob Hope, Tina Louise, Leslie Nielsen

Released: 1969

Directed by: Norman Panama

How to Commit Marriage is a 1969 comedy, music and romance film written by Michael Kanin and Ben Starr and directed by Norman Panama.
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Jackie Gleason, Valerie Perrine, Terence Hill

Released: 1977

Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

Mr. Billion is a 1977 film directed by Jonathan Kaplan.
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Jackie Gleason, Faye Emerson, Ruth Ford

Released: 1942

Directed by: Robert Florey

Lady Gangster is a 1942 Warner Bros. B picture directed by Robert Florey credited as "Florian Roberts", and was based on the play Gangstress, or Women in Prison, by Dorothy Mackaye who ...more
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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Henry Fonda

Released: 1960

Directed by: Charles Eames, Norman Jewison, Ray Eames

The Fabulous Fifties is a 1960 documentary film written by Charles Eames, Ray Eames, A.J. Russell and Max Wilk and directed by Charles Eames, Ray Eames and Norman Jewison.
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Rock Hudson, Jackie Gleason, Yvonne De Carlo

Released: 1950

Directed by: Fred de Cordova

The Desert Hawk is a 1950 fantasy adventure film starring Yvonne De Carlo, Richard Greene, Jackie Gleason, and Rock Hudson.
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Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson Laurence Olivier, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1983

Directed by: Alvin Rakoff

Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson is a 1983 TV movie produced for HBO featuring Jackie Gleason and Laurence Olivier and was directed by Alvin Rakoff. The film is set at Halpern's wife's gravesite ...more
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Jackie Gleason, John Jesnor Lindsay

Released: 1949

Directed by: Ted Peshak

Dating Do's and Don'ts is a 1949 instructional film designed for American high schools, to teach adolescents basic dating skills, produced by Coronet Instructional Films and directed by Gilbert ...more