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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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  • Sunset Boulevard1
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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and...  more

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  • Some Like It Hot2
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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    #231 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#7 of 15 Comedies That Are Horror Films From the Supporting Character's Perspective

  • The Apartment3
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon

    Released1960

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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    #8 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#77 of 105 The Best Valentine's Day Movies

  • Irma la Douce4
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    Irma la Douce

    Shirley MacLaine, James Caan

    Released1963

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Irma la Douce ([iʁ.ma la dus], "Irma the Sweet") is a 1963 American romantic comedy film...  more
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  • Witness for the Prosecution5
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in...  more
  • Sabrina6
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    Sabrina

    Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1954

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the...  more

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    #50 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#25 of 75 The Greatest Classic Romance Movies

  • The Lost Weekend7
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    The Lost Weekend

    Jane Wyman, Ray Milland

    Released1945

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray...  more
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    #65 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#69 of 92 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • Ace in the Hole8
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    Ace in the Hole

    Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling

    Released1951

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced...  more
  • Stalag 179
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    Stalag 17

    William Holden, Peter Graves

    Released1953

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Stalag 17 is a 1953 comedy-drama war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen...  more
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    #38 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#28 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes10
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    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

    Christopher Lee, Frank Thornton

    Released1970

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a 1970 film directed and produced by Billy Wilder; he...  more

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  • Love in the Afternoon11
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    Love in the Afternoon

    Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Love in the Afternoon is a 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy...  more

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    #21 of 38 The Best '50s Romantic Comedies#16 of 60 The Best Romance Movies of the '50s

  • Five Graves to Cairo12
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    Five Graves to Cairo

    Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim

    Released1943

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Five Graves to Cairo is a 1943 World War II film by Billy Wilder, starring Franchot Tone and...  more
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  • The Seven Year Itch13
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    The Seven Year Itch

    Marilyn Monroe, Carolyn Jones

    Released1955

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the...  more

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    #1153 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#321 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • The Front Page14
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    The Front Page

    Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett

    Released1974

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack...  more

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  • One, Two, Three15
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    One, Two, Three

    James Cagney, Red Buttons

    Released1961

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    One, Two, Three is a 1961 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and written by Wilder...  more

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    #220 of 340 The Best Political Films Ever Made#134 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s

  • The Major and the Minor16
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    The Major and the Minor

    Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland

    Released1942

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Major and the Minor is a 1942 American comedy film starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland....  more
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  • Fedora17
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    Fedora

    William Holden, José Ferrer

    Released1978

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Fedora is a 1978 West German-French drama film directed by Billy Wilder. The screenplay by...  more
  • Mauvaise Graine18
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    Mauvaise Graine

    Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Mingand

    Released1934

    Directed byBilly Wilder, Alexander Esway

    Mauvaise Graine is a 1934 French drama film directed by Billy Wilder and Alexander Esway. The...  more
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  • Double Indemnity19
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    Double Indemnity

    Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1944

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder...  more
  • Avanti!20
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    Avanti!

    Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills

    Released1972

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Avanti! is a 1972 American/Italian comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. The film...  more
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  • A Foreign Affair21
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    A Foreign Affair

    Marlene Dietrich, Jean Arthur

    Released1948

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    A Foreign Affair is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring...  more
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  • Death Mills22
    Death Mills is a 1945 American film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by the United States...  more
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  • Kiss Me, Stupid23
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    Kiss Me, Stupid

    Kim Novak, Dean Martin

    Released1964

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Kiss Me, Stupid is a 1964 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Dean...  more
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    Billy Wilder filmography

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  • The Fortune Cookie25
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    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1966

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first...  more