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The Best Movies Directed by Billy Wilder  

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List of all movies directed by Billy Wilder ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Billy Wilder are listed here and include movie posters and Billy Wilder movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Billy Wilder as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Billy Wilder movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Billy Wilder film is can be factored into this list.

From Billy Wilder's studio films to Billy Wilder's independent films, this Billy Wilder filmography keeps tabs on all Billy Wilder movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List ranges from Some Like It Hot to The Apartment, plus much more.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Billy Wilder direct?” or “who is Billy Wilder?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Billy Wilder?” and “what's a good selection of good Billy Wilder movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Billy Wilder films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Billy Wilder works.

All Billy Wilder director credits are included. This list of every movie that Billy Wilder has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Billy Wilder movie is and which actors starred in the Billy Wilder film.

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Woody Allen and James Stewart both worked on a Billy Wilder directed movie, as have many other great actors. We have lists of the best movies directed by John Huston and David Lean too, which you might like if you're a fan of Billy Wilder.

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William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson
Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the ...more
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Double Indemnity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Billy Wilder
Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray
Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray
The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Iron Eyes Cody
Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. It marked a series of firsts ...more
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Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power
Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in London. The film, based on a short story by Agatha Christie, deals with the trial of a man accused. ...more
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Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Howard Da Silva
The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four: Best Picture, Best ...more
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Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden
Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey ...more
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William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger
Stalag 17 is a 1953 film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German WWII prisoner camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. It was adapted ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Carolyn Jones, Evelyn Keyes
The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and stars ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Robert Benchley
The Major and the Minor is a 1942 American comedy film starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. It was the first American film directed by Billy Wilder, and launched his "incomparable" ...more
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James Cagney, Red Buttons, Pamela Tiffin
One, Two, Three is a 1961 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and written by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. It is based on the 1929 Hungarian one-act play Egy, kettő, három by ...more
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Marlene Dietrich, Jean Arthur, Millard Mitchell
A Foreign Affair is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, and John Lund. The screenplay by Wilder, Charles Brackett, and ...more
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Christopher Lee, Frank Thornton, Miklós Rózsa
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a 1970 film directed and produced by Billy Wilder; he also shared writing credit with his longtime collaborator I. A. L. Diamond. It starred Robert ...more
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Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill
Avanti! is a 1972 American/Italian comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. The film stars Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on the ...more
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Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon
The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on Ben Hecht and ...more
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Kim Novak, Dean Martin, Henry Gibson
Kiss Me, Stupid is a 1964 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Dean Martin, Kim Novak, and Ray Walston. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on the play ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, James Caan, Jack Lemmon
Irma la Douce is a 1963 romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder. It is based on the 1956 French stage musical Irma La Douce by Marguerite Monnot and ...more
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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle
The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first on-screen collaboration, and directed by Billy Wilder from a script by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.
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James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly
The Spirit of St. Louis is a 1957 biographical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh. The screenplay was adapted by Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes, and ...more
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Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim, Franchot Tone
Five Graves to Cairo is a 1943 World War II film by Billy Wilder, starring Franchot Tone and Anne Baxter. It is one of a number of films based on Lajos Bíró's play Színmű ...more
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Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier
Love in the Afternoon is a 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is ...more
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William Holden, José Ferrer, Stephen Collins
Fedora is a 1978 West German-French drama film directed by Billy Wilder. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on a novella by Tom Tryon included in his collection Crowned Heads, ...more
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Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Mingand, Raymond Galle
Mauvaise Graine is a 1934 French drama film directed by Billy Wilder and Alexander Esway. The screenplay by Wilder, H.G. Lustig, Max Kolpé, and Claude-André Puget focuses on a ...more
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Death Mills is a 1945 American film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by the United States Department of War. The film was intended for German audiences to educate them about the atrocities ...more