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The Best Jackie Gleason Movies

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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.

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  • Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt ...more
  • Story Fast Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) and his adventures in the world of professional pool. Fast Eddie is a young hopeful on his way to challenging Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) for his world ...more
  • Fictional aging heavyweight Louis "Mountain" Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is felled by young Cassius Clay, the future Muhammad Ali, and finds his professional career over. His manipulative manager (Jackie ...more
  • When noted gambler Alfred "Gloves" Donahue (Humphrey Bogart) makes a trip to his local bakery to see why his cheesecake hasn't been delivered, he sees nightclub singer Leda Hamilton (Kaaren Verne) ...more
  • A successful advertising executive, David Basner (Tom Hanks), is working on a project that could make him partner at his company. When his parents suddenly end their 36-year marriage, he is thrown ...more
  • Gigot
    6
    Gigot (Jackie Gleason) is a Parisian janitor who is mute and docile, a noble simpleton kicked around by uncaring society. Yet he is tenderly human: He frequents all local funerals and never fails to ...more
  • Folk hero the Bandit has fallen on bad times but comes to life when he is hired to help transport a pregnant elephant to a Republican convention in Dallas. Arch-enemy Sheriff Buford T. Justice ...more
  • 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 Estelle ...more
  • 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
  • Maxwell Slaughter (Jackie Gleason) is a kind, heavyset guy who has reached the rank of master sergeant in the army. Admired by handsome young Sgt. Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen), Slaughter forms a close ...more
  • Two ex-vaudeville masters of disguise (Jackie Gleason, Art Carney) work as Prohibition agents in Roaring '20s New York.
  • A follow-up to the classic original, this film finds con men Fargo Gondorff (Jackie Gleason) and Jake Hooker (Mac Davis) reuniting for another scam. While Hooker matches wits with the seductive ...more
  • In this sequel, Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormick) and his son, Little Enos (Paul Williams), make an unconventional deal by hiring bandit-hunting Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) to haul ...more
  • Skidoo
    14
    Tough Tony Banks (Jackie Gleason) is a malcontented mobster who is perpetually at odds with his wife, Flo (Carol Channing). When Tony receives an unusual assignment from a crime lord known as God ...more
  • 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 after the ...more
  • How to Commit Marriage is a 1969 comedy, music and romance film written by Michael Kanin and Ben Starr and directed by Norman Panama.
  • The Toy
    17
    Unemployed journalist Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) is attempting to make ends meet as the night janitor in a ritzy department store owned by Louisiana millionaire U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). On his ...more
  • The Desert Hawk is a 1950 fantasy adventure film starring Yvonne De Carlo, Richard Greene, Jackie Gleason, and Rock Hudson.
  • After the death of Anthony Falcon, the billionaire owner of the Falcon Corporation, Falcon's greedy assistant, John (Jackie Gleason) -- who has been eagerly waiting to take control of the company -- ...more
  • Dot Burton (Faye Emerson) wants to be an actress, but is stuck working as a decoy for bank robber Carey Wells (Roland Drew) and his crooks. After a big heist, Dot realizes that the boys plan to keep ...more
  • 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.
  • 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