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The Best Jim Varney Movies 

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

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

List is made up of a variety of films, including Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album and Annabelle's Wish.

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Lyle Alzado, Jim Varney, John Vernon

Released: 1987

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Goes to Camp is a 1987 comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the second film to feature the character of Ernest P. Worrell and was shot in Burns, ...more

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Jim Varney, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Charles Napier

Released: 1990

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Goes to Jail is a 1990 comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fourth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. It was shot in Nashville and ...more

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Eartha Kitt, Jim Varney, Ernie Fosselius

Released: 1991

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Scared Stupid is a 1991 American horror comedy fantasy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fifth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. It has ...more

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Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney

Released: 1988

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the third film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and chronicles ...more
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Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1993

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney, Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Lea Thompson, Rob ...more

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Jim Varney

Released: 1998

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest in the Army is a 1998 comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the tenth and final film to feature the character of Ernest P. Worrell before Varney's ...more
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Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more

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Jim Varney, Linda Kash, Ron James

Released: 1993

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Rides Again is a 1993 comedy film written and directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It opens with the song "There Once Was A Man Named Worrell". It is the ...more
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1995

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Slam Dunk Ernest is a 1995 sports comedy film, and the eighth full-length feature film starring Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell. It was released direct-to-video, and was directed by long-time ...more
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Sarah Chalke, Jim Varney, Will Sasso

Released: 1994

Directed by: Coke Sams

Ernest Goes to School is a 1994 direct-to-video comedy film written and directed by Coke Sams and starring Jim Varney. It is the seventh film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and the ...more
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Jim Varney, Linda Kash

Released: 1997

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Goes to Africa is a 1997 comedy film written and directed by John R. Cherry III. It stars Jim Varney, and is the ninth film to feature the character of Ernest P. Worrell. In this film, ...more
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Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more

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Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album Jim Varney

Released: 1983

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album is an anthology of comedic short subjects directed by John R. Cherry III, and released direct-to-video in 1983. As a whole, it is the first film to ...more
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Corey Haim, Brigitte Nielsen, Joe Flaherty

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Shepphird

Snowboard Academy is a 1997 independent slapstick comedy film, starring Corey Haim, Jim Varney and Brigitte Nielsen.
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Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Preston

Released: 2001

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

Daddy and Them is a 2001 American film written and directed by, as well as starring Billy Bob Thornton. In addition to Thornton, it stars Laura Dern, Ben Affleck, Kelly Preston, Diane Ladd, ...more
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Hulk Hogan, Loni Anderson, Frank Welker

Released: 1998

Directed by: Sean McNamara

3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain is a 1998 American martial arts film, and the last installment in the 3 Ninjas franchise. The film starred only three of the original actors and was directed ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Debra Winger, M. Emmet Walsh

Released: 1993

Directed by: Glenn Gordon Caron

Wilder Napalm is a 1993 romantic comedy film about a pair of pyrokinetic brothers and their rivalry for the same woman. The film was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron, and stars Dennis Quaid, ...more
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100 Proof Jim Varney

Released: 1997

100 Proof is an independently produced American thriller, written and directed by Jeremy Horton. Shot on location in Kentucky, it is based on the true story of a killing spree that took place in ...more
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Cloris Leachman, Alison Krauss, Randy Travis

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roy Wilson

Annabelle's Wish is a 1997 American animated Christmas film that revolves around a young calf who aspires to learn to fly and become one of Santa Claus' reindeer. It is narrated by American ...more
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Jim Varney, Debby Boone, Richard Kline

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Treehouse Hostage is a 1999 family film directed by Sean McNamara and starring Jim Varney and Joey Zimmerman. It is one of Varney's final films before his death in 2000.
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James Brolin, Jim Varney, Jeff Speakman

Released: 1995

Directed by: William Lustig

The Expert is a 1995 action film about an ex-special forces trainer who decides to exact revenge on the murderer of his sister Jenny Lomax after his death sentence is commuted. The film was ...more
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Fast Food Traci Lords, Jim Varney, Kevin McCarthy

Released: 1989

Directed by: Michael A. Simpson

Fast Food is a 1989 American comedy film starring Jim Varney, Traci Lords, Michael J. Pollard, Blake Clark and Pamela Springsteen.
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Mimi Rogers, Fred Dryer, Jim Varney

Released: 1983

Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer

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