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The Best Peter Falk Movies 

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Updated September 23, 2019 890 votes 238 voters 24.6k views

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

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

The Great Race and Murder, Inc. are only the beginning of the films on this list.

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

Notable directors that worked with Peter Falk include names like Robert Altman, Rob Reiner and Blake Edwards. If you're a fan of Peter Falk, then check out our lists of the best Peter Lorre and Martin Landau movies as well.

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Ed Begley

Released: 1979

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The In-Laws is a 1979 American action-comedy film starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, written by Andrew Bergman and directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was remade in 2003, with Michael Douglas, ...more

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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley 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 ...more

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Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn, Dean Stockwell

Released: 1975

Directed by: Ben Gazzara

Columbo:Troubled Waters is a 1975 crime/drama TV film written by William Driskill and directed by Ben Gazzara.
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Ann-Margret, James Cromwell, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Moore

The Cheap Detective is a 1978 American satirical comedy film written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore. It stars Peter Falk as Lou Peckinpaugh, a detective in the Humphrey Bogart mold. ...more

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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1965

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, ...more

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Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino

Released: 1978

Directed by: William Friedkin

The Brink's Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, and Paul Sorvino. It is based on the Brink's ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby

Released: 1964

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Robin and the 7 Hoods is a 1964 American musical film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bing Crosby. The picture features Peter Falk, ...more
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Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Yates

Roommates is a 1995 American comedy-drama film, starring Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney and Julianne Moore, directed by Peter Yates. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein. The film ...more
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Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Gavin MacLeod

Released: 1968

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Party is a 1968 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet. The film has a very loose structure, and essentially serves as a series of set pieces for ...more

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Ann-Margret, Bette Davis, Peter Falk

Released: 1961

Directed by: Frank Capra

Pocketful of Miracles is a 1961 American comedy film starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, and directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Hal Kanter and Harry Tugend is based on the screenplay ...more
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Peter Falk, Sarah Vaughan, Stuart Whitman

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg, Burt Balaban

Murder, Inc. is a 1960 American gangster film starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, and Simon Oakland. The Cinemascope movie was directed by Burt Balaban and Stuart ...more
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Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty

Released: 1975

Directed by: Elaine May

Mikey and Nicky is a 1976 film written and directed by Elaine May. Originally intended as a summer 1976 release, then moved to Christmas 1976 due to editing problems, Mikey and Nicky was ...more
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Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Wim Wenders

Wings of Desire is a 1987 Franco-German romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human ...more

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Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Charles Horvath

Released: 1974

Directed by: John Cassavetes

A Woman Under the Influence is a 1974 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It focuses on a woman whose unusual behavior leads her husband to commit her for psychiatric ...more

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Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

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Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Fred Armisen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ed Stone

Griffin & Phoenix is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Ed Stone.

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Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Altman

The Player is a 1992 American satirical film directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by Michael Tolkin based on his own 1988 novel of the same name. It is the story of Hollywood studio ...more

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Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story Peter Falk, Jill Clayburgh, Sally Kirkland

Released: 1976

Directed by: Daryl Duke

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Alan Arkin, Beverly DAngelo, Peter Falk

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Big Trouble is a 1986 American comedy film. It was director John Cassavetes's last film. He took over from screenwriter Andrew Bergman. The cast reunited Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, co-stars of ...more
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Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Robert Ryan

Released: 1968

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk, Duilio Coletti

Anzio, also known as Lo sbarco di Anzio or The Battle for Anzio, is a 1968 war film, an Italian and American co-production, about Operation Shingle, the 1944 Allied seaborne assault on the ...more
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Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Tom Courtenay

Released: 1987

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Happy New Year is a 1987 film starring Peter Falk, directed by John G. Avildsen. The screenplay was written by Warren Lane, based on the French film La bonne année. The director of the ...more
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Zach Galifianakis, Peter Falk, Chris Kattan

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Pritts

Corky Romano is a 2001 American comedy film starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan. Also starring are Fred Ward, Vinessa Shaw, Chris Penn, and Peter Berg. The movie was ...more
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Sean Combs, Famke Janssen, Dustin Diamond

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Made is a 2001 American comedy film written and directed by Jon Favreau. It stars Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Peter Falk, and Sean Combs. It was Favreau's directorial debut.