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The Best Lily Tomlin Movies

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

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

List includes Getting Away with Murder, Disney's The Kid and more.

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


  • 1

    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton


    Directed byColin Higgins

    9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film concerns...  more

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  • 2

    A Prairie Home Companion

    Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep


    Directed byRobert Altman

    A Prairie Home Companion is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Robert Altman in his final film. The film is a fictional representation of behind-the-scenes activities at the long-running public...  more
  • 3

    Shadows and Fog

    Madonna, Jodie Foster


    Directed byWoody Allen

    Shadows and Fog is a black-and-white thriller comedy film directed by Woody Allen. It stars Allen, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Madonna, and Kenneth Mars. It was filmed on a...  more
  • 4

    The Pink Panther 2

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Steve Martin


    Directed byHarald Zwart

    The Pink Panther 2 is a 2009 American detective comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. It is the eleventh installment in the The Pink Panther film series and the sequel to the 2006 film The Pink...  more
  • 5

    And the Band Played On

    Ian McKellen, Steve Martin


    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    And the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The teleplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the best-selling 1987 non-fiction book And the Band...  more

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  • 6

    Big Business

    Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin


    Directed byJim Abrahams

    Big Business is a 1988 American comedy film farce starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. The movie revolves around two sets of identical female twins who were mismatched at birth, with one ending in...  more
  • 7

    The Incredible Shrinking Woman

    Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty


    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Jane Wagner and starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and...  more
  • 8

    Blue in the Face

    Madonna, Michael J. Fox


    Directed byPaul Auster, Harvey Wang, Wayne Wang

    Blue in the Face is a 1995 comedy directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. It stars Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, Roseanne Barr, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Mira Sorvino, Lou Reed,...  more

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  • 9

    Krippendorf's Tribe

    Mila Kunis, Jenna Elfman


    Directed byTodd Holland

    Krippendorf's Tribe is a 1998 film adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel of the same name, directed by Todd Holland. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as the eponymous professor, along with Jenna Elfman,...  more

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  • 10


    Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin


    Directed byRobert Altman

    Nashville is a 1975 American musical drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is...  more

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  • 11

    I Heart Huckabees

    Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher


    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was produced and directed by David O. Russell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Baena. The film stars an...  more

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  • 12


    Directed byJohn Bailey

    The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe is the filmed version of the one-woman stage show written by Jane Wagner and starring Lily Tomlin, which won the Drama Desk Award for Unique...  more
  • 13

    Tea with Mussolini

    Cher, Judi Dench


    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Tea with Mussolini is a 1999 Anglo-Italian semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, scripted by John Mortimer, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of...  more
  • 14

    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore


    Directed byRobert Altman

    Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay by Altman and Frank Barhydt, it is inspired by nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver....  more

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  • 15

    The Walker

    Willem Dafoe, Lauren Bacall


    Directed byPaul Schrader

    The Walker is a 2007 American-British drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader. It is an independent production and is the latest installment in Schrader's night workers series of films,...  more
  • 16

    The Procession

    Lily Tomlin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson


    Directed byRob Festinger

    The Procession is a 2012 short comedy film written and directed by Robert Festinger....
  • 17

    Getting Away with Murder

    Dan Aykroyd, Lily Tomlin


    Directed byHarvey Miller

    Getting Away with Murder is a 1996 comedy film written and directed by Harvey Miller. The film stars Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon, Lily Tomlin and Bonnie Hunt. This was the final project for veteran...  more
  • 18


    Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki


    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is Miyazaki's...  more

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  • 19

    All of Me

    Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin


    Directed byCarl Reiner

    All of Me is a 1984 fantasy comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. This film is based on the novel Me Two by Edwin Davis....  more
  • 20

    The Ant Bully

    Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage


    Directed byJohn A. Davis

    The Ant Bully is a 2006 American computer-animated adventure fantasy comedy film written and directed by John A. Davis based on the 1999 children's book of the same name by John Nickle. The film,...  more


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  • 21

    Moment by Moment

    John Travolta, Lily Tomlin


    Directed byJane Wagner, Jane C. Wagner

    Moment by Moment is a 1978 film starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. The film was written and directed by Jane Wagner....  more
  • 22

    Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle

    Lily Tomlin
    Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle was an animated television special created by Lily Tomlin. It was produced by Klasky Csupo. It is not to be confused with a sketch on a late 60's comedy show,...  more
  • 23


    Lily Tomlin
    Lily is an American comedy variety show television special aired by CBS Television in 1973. The writing crew of 15 all received an Emmy Award for their efforts on this show. This program was the...  more
  • 24

    The Beverly Hillbillies

    Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson


    Directed byPenelope 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 Schneider...  more
  • 25

    The Late Show

    Lily Tomlin, Art Carney


    Directed byRobert Benton

    The Late Show is a 1977 neo-noir, mystery film written and directed by Robert Benton and produced by Robert Altman. It stars Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche, and Joanna Cassidy. A...  more