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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.

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

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    Soldier in the Rain

    Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

    Released1963

    Directed byRalph 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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    The Hustler

    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert 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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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal 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 inspired...  more

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    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard 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 supporting...  more

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    The Sting II

    Teri Garr, Oliver Reed

    Released1983

    Directed byJeremy 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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    Requiem for a Heavyweight

    Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey

    Released1962

    Directed byRalph 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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    Don't Drink the Water

    Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons

    Released1969

    Directed byHoward 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 Estelle...  more
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    Gigot

    Jackie Gleason, Orangey

    Released1962

    Directed byGene 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....  more
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    Izzy & Moe

    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney

    Released1985

    Directed byJackie 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 their...  more
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    Skidoo

    Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing

    Released1968

    Directed byOtto 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. ...  more
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    How to Commit Marriage

    Bob Hope, Tina Louise

    Released1969

    Directed byNorman 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....  more
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    All Through the Night

    Humphrey Bogart, Jackie Gleason

    Released1942

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    All Through the Night is a light-hearted thriller film released by Warner Brothers in 1941, starring Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt and Kaaren Verne, and featuring many of the Warner Bros. company of...  more
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    Nothing in Common

    Tom Hanks, Sela Ward

    Released1986

    Directed byGarry 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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    Papa's Delicate Condition

    Jackie Gleason, Murray Hamilton

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge 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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    Lady Gangster

    Jackie Gleason, Faye Emerson

    Released1942

    Directed byRobert 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 had spent ten...  more
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    Mr. Billion

    Jackie Gleason, Valerie Perrine

    Released1977

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    Mr. Billion is a 1977 film directed by Jonathan Kaplan....  more
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    The Desert Hawk

    Rock Hudson, Jackie Gleason

    Released1950

    Directed byFred de Cordova

    The Desert Hawk is a 1950 fantasy adventure film starring Yvonne De Carlo, Richard Greene, Jackie Gleason, and Rock Hudson....  more
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    Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

    Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

    Released1983

    Directed byDick 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. The...  more

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    The Fabulous Fifties

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1960

    Directed byCharles 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....  more
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    Smokey and the Bandit II

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field

    Released1980

    Directed byHal 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 Field,...  more

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    Dating: Do's and Don'ts

    Jackie Gleason, John Jesnor Lindsay

    Released1949

    Directed byTed 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
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    Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson

    Laurence Olivier, Jackie Gleason

    Released1983

    Directed byAlvin 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 after the...  more