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The Best Jimmy Durante Movies

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

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

These films, like Hollywood Party and Roadhouse Nights include images when available.

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  • 1

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy
    36
    4

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 in...  more

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  • 2

    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan
    30
    6

    Released1942

    Directed byWilliam Keighley

    The Man Who Came to Dinner is a 1942 American comedy film directed by William Keighley, and starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley as the title character. The screenplay by Julius and...  more
  • 3

    The Great Rupert

    Terry Moore, Jimmy Durante
    26
    2

    Released1950

    Directed byIrving Pichel

    The Great Rupert, is a 1950 comedy family film, produced by George Pal, directed by Irving Pichel and starring Jimmy Durante, Tom Drake and Terry Moore. It is based on a story, written by Ted Allan,...  more
  • 4

    You're in the Army Now

    Jane Wyman, Phil Silvers
    25
    2

    Released1941

    Directed byLewis Seiler

    You're in the Army Now is a 1941 comedy film starring Jimmy Durante, Phil Silvers, Jane Wyman, and Regis Toomey. It featured the longest kiss in film, lasting three minutes and six seconds....  more
  • 5

    It Happened in Brooklyn

    Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson
    16
    0

    Released1947

    Directed byRichard Whorf

    It Happened in Brooklyn is a 1947 MGM musical romantic comedy film directed by Richard Whorf and starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford, and Jimmy Durante and featuring Gloria Grahame...  more
  • 6

    Melody Ranch

    Gene Autry, Ann Miller
    16
    2

    Released1940

    Directed byJoseph Santley

    Melody Ranch is a 1940 Western musical film directed by Joseph Santley and starring Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, and Ann Miller. Written by Jack Moffitt, F. Hugh Herbert, Bradford Ropes, and Betty...  more
  • 7

    Hollywood Party

    Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney
    16
    4

    Released1934

    Directed byRoy Rowland

    Hollywood Party is a musical film starring Jimmy Durante and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is notable for several disconnected sequences that have little connection with each other....  more
  • 8

    Little Miss Broadway

    Shirley Temple, Edna May Oliver
    14
    2

    Released1938

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Little Miss Broadway is a 1938 American musical drama film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay was written by Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen. The film stars Shirley Temple in a story about a...  more
  • 9

    Hell Below

    Walter Huston, Robert Young
    14
    4

    Released1933

    Directed byJack Conway

    Hell Below is an MGM film set in the Adriatic during World War I about submarine warfare based on Commander Edward Ellsberg's novel Pigboats, starring Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Robert Young,...  more
  • 10

    The Milkman

    Piper Laurie, Donald O'Connor
    14
    4

    Released1950

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Milkman is a 1950 American black-and-white film starring Donald O'Connor, Jimmy Durante, and Piper Laurie....  more
  • 11

    That's Entertainment!

    Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli
    16
    6

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Haley, Jr.

    That's Entertainment! is a 1974 compilation film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It was followed by two sequels and a related film called That's Dancing!. The film,...  more
  • 12

    Billy Rose's Jumbo

    Doris Day, Stephen Boyd
    10
    0

    Released1962

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Billy Rose's Jumbo is an American musical film produced by MGM in Panavision and Metrocolor, and starring Jimmy Durante, Doris Day, Martha Raye, and Stephen Boyd. The film was directed by Charles...  more
  • 13

    Start Cheering

    Louis Prima, Broderick Crawford
    6
    4

    Released1938

    Directed byAlbert S. Rogell

    Start Cheering is a musical motion picture starring Jimmy Durante, Walter Connolly and Joan Perry. It is best remembered today for a cameo appearance by The Three Stooges, who were Columbia Pictures'...  more
  • 14

    Hollywood on Parade

    Bing Crosby, Larry Fine
    6
    2

    Released1932

    Directed byJules White

    Hollywood on Parade is a series of short subjects released by Paramount Pictures....  more
  • 15

    Speak Easily

    Buster Keaton, Thelma Todd
    6
    2

    Released1932

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    Speak Easily is a 1932 American comedy film starring Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, and Thelma Todd, and directed by Edward Sedgwick. The studio also paired Keaton and Durante as a comedy team during...  more
  • 16

    Give a Man a Job

    Moe Howard, Jimmy Durante
    2
    0

    Released1933

    Give a Man a Job is a short film produced in 1933 in conjunction with the National Recovery Administration in which audience members were encouraged to offer jobs to the unemployed in the midst of...  more
  • 17

    Palooka

    Thelma Todd, Jimmy Durante
    6
    2

    Released1934

    Directed byBenjamin Stoloff

    Palooka is a 1934 comedy film directed by Benjamin Stoloff starring Jimmy Durante and based on the comic strip by Ham Fisher. The movie was adapted by Jack Jevne, Arthur Kober, Gertrude Purcell,...  more
  • 18

    The Phantom President

    Claudette Colbert, George M. Cohan
    6
    0

    Released1932

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    The Phantom President is a 1932 film directed by Norman Taurog, and starring George M. Cohan, Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Durante. According to Richard Rodgers, George M. Cohan deeply resented having...  more
  • 19

    The Wet Parade

    Myrna Loy, Walter Huston
    6
    2

    Released1932

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    The Wet Parade is a 1932 film directed by Victor Fleming based on a 1931 novel by Upton Sinclair, starring Robert Young, Myrna Loy, Walter Huston, Lewis Stone and Jimmy Durante....  more
  • 20

    This Time for Keeps

    Anne Francis, Esther Williams
    2
    0

    Released1947

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    This Time for Keeps is an American romantic musical film released in 1947 and produced by MGM. It is about a soldier, returning home from war, who does not wish to work for his father's opera company...  more
  • 21

    What! No Beer?

    Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante
    0
    0

    Released1933

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    What! No Beer? is a 1933 comedy film starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, and directed by Edward Sedgwick. The studio had also paired Keaton and Durante as a comedy team during this period in...  more
  • 22

    The Passionate Plumber

    Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante
    4
    0

    Released1932

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    The Passionate Plumber is a 1932 American comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante. The screenplay by Laurence E. Johnson and Ralph Spence is based on the...  more
  • 23

    Two Girls and a Sailor

    Ava Gardner, June Allyson
    4
    4

    Released1944

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Two Girls and a Sailor is a 1944 musical film about two singing sisters who are helped to set up a canteen to entertain soldiers by a mysterious wealthy admirer. It featured a host of celebrity...  more
  • 24

    George White's 1934 Scandals

    Alice Faye, Jimmy Durante
    6
    2

    Released1934

    Directed byThornton Freeland, George White, Harry Lachman

    George White's 1934 Scandals is a 1934 musical film written by Jack Yellen and directed by Thornton Freeland, Harry Lachman and George White....  more
  • 25

    Student Tour

    Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy
    6
    4

    Released1934

    Directed byCharles Reisner

    Student Tour is a 1934 musical film written by Ralph Spence, Philip Dunne, George Seaton, Arthur Bloch, and Samuel Marx and directed by Charles Reisner....  more