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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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The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant 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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The In-Laws Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Ed Begley 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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Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness Murder by Death 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, ...more

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton 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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The Cheap Detective Ann-Margret, James Cromwell, Madeline Kahn The Cheap Detective is a 1978 American satirical comedy film written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore as a follow-up to their successful Murder by Death. It stars Peter Falk as Lou ...more

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The Great Race Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis 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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Columbo:Troubled Waters Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn, Dean Stockwell Columbo:Troubled Waters is a 1975 crime/drama TV film written by William Driskill and directed by Ben Gazzara.

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Pocketful of Miracles Ann-Margret, Bette Davis, Peter Falk 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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Roommates Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Ellen Burstyn 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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Griffin and Phoenix Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Fred Armisen Griffin & Phoenix is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Ed Stone.

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Shark Tale Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman. The film features an ensemble cast Will ...more

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A Woman Under the Influence Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Charles Horvath 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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Wings of Desire Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin 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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The Brink's Job Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino 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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Next Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore Next is a 2007 American science-fiction action thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. The film's original script was very loosely based ...more

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Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story Peter Falk, Jill Clayburgh, Sally Kirkland Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story is a 1976 film directed by Daryl Duke.

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Mikey and Nicky Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty 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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Made Sean Combs, Famke Janssen, Dustin Diamond Made is a 2001 American comedy/crime film written and directed by Jon Favreau. It stars Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Peter Falk, and Sean Combs. It was Favreau's directorial debut.

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Undisputed Wesley Snipes, Master P, Peter Falk Undisputed is a 2002 American sports film written, produced and directed by Walter Hill. The film stars Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames. The film was released in the United States on August 23, ...more

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Corky Romano Zach Galifianakis, Peter Falk, Chris Kattan Corky Romano is a 2001 American mafia 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 ...more

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Finding John Christmas Valerie Bertinelli, Peter Falk, William Russ Finding John Christmas is a 2003 television movie that first aired on CBS. The film is a sequel to the 2001 television movie A Town Without Christmas.

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Robin and the Seven Hoods Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby 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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The Party Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Gavin MacLeod 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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The Player Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg 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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Happy New Year Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Tom Courtenay 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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Murder, Inc. Peter Falk, Sarah Vaughan, Stuart Whitman 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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Faraway, So Close! Willem Dafoe, Lou Reed, Nastassja Kinski Faraway, So Close! is a 1993 film by German director Wim Wenders. The screenplay is by Wenders, Richard Reitinger and Ulrich Zieger. The film is a sequel to Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire. ...more

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Cookie Jerry Lewis, Joy Behar, Dianne Wiest Cookie is a 1989 comedy film released on August 23, 1989 by Warner Brothers.

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Tune in Tomorrow Keanu Reeves, Patricia Clarkson, Barbara Hershey Tune in Tomorrow is a 1990 film comedy directed by Jon Amiel. It is based on the Mario Vargas Llosa novel Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, and was released under that name in many countries. ...more

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Opening Night Peter Falk, Joan Blondell, John Cassavetes Opening Night is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and starring Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert, and Cassavetes.

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Vibes Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk Vibes is a film released in 1988 starring Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Julian Sands and Peter Falk. It was directed by Ken Kwapis. The plot revolves around Sylvia, a ditzy psychic, and Nick, her ...more

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Husbands Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara Husbands is a 1970 film written and directed by John Cassavetes. This ensemble film, which describes three middle class men in the throes of a midlife crisis, stars Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk and ...more

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Anzio Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Robert Ryan 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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The Sunshine Boys Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Woody Allen The Sunshine Boys is a 1996 American comedy film directed by John Erman and based on the play, The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon about two legendary comics brought together for a reunion and ...more

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Checking Out George Harrison, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jeff Daniels Checking Out is a 2005 feature film directed by Jeff Hare and written by Richard Marcus and Allen Swift.

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...All the Marbles Joe Greene, Peter Falk, Burt Young …All the Marbles is a 1981 comedy-drama film about the trials and travails of a female wrestling tag team and their manager. It was directed by Robert Aldrich and stars Peter Falk, Vicki ...more

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The Balcony Leonard Nimoy, Shelley Winters, Peter Falk The Balcony is a 1963 cinematic adaptation of Jean Genet's play The Balcony, directed by Joseph Strick. It starred Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Lee Grant and Leonard Nimoy. George J. Folsey was ...more

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A Storm in Summer Nastassja Kinski, Peter Falk, Andrew McCarthy A Storm in Summer is a 2000 drama film directed by Robert Wise.

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Attack and Retreat Peter Falk, Arthur Kennedy, Andrea Checchi Attack and Retreat is a Italian films of 1965 Soviet-Italian historical film drama directed by Giuseppe De Santis. The movie follows Italian soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front in World War

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Castle Keep Burt Lancaster, Bruce Dern, Peter Falk Castle Keep is a "firmly pro- and anti-war" 1969 American war film combining surrealism with tragic realism. It was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Burt Lancaster, Patrick ...more

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The Thing About My Folks Jerry Seinfeld, Elizabeth Perkins, Peter Falk The Thing About My Folks is a 2005 American drama film directed by Raymond De Felitta. The screenplay by Paul Reiser focuses on the effect a terminal illness has on the marriage of an aging ...more

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Rated X Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Denis Leary Rated X is a 2000 American television film starring brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, with the latter also directing. Based on the nonfiction book X-Rated by David McCumber, the film ...more

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American Cowslip Val Kilmer, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern American Cowslip is an independent feature film by director Mark David. It revolves around heroin addict, Ethan Inglebrink, whose life is centered on his garden and his group of eccentric ...more

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A Constant Forge Peter Falk A Constant Forge is a 2000 documentary film directed by Charles Kiselyak about the life and work of John Cassavetes. It contains interviews with Cassavetes himself as well as recollections by ...more

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Big Trouble Alan Arkin, Beverly DAngelo, Peter Falk 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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Too Many Thieves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Peter Falk Movies
Too Many Thieves Britt Ekland, Peter Falk, Elaine Stritch Too Many Thieves is a 1966 American crime film directed by Abner Biberman and starring Peter Falk, Britt Ekland and Joanna Barnes. A gang of criminals steal a priceless Macedonian artefact from ...more

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Scared Straight! Danny Glover, Peter Falk Scared Straight! is a 1978 documentary directed by Arnold Shapiro. Narrated by Peter Falk, the subject of the documentary is a group of juvenile delinquents and their three-hour session with ...more

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Enemies of Laughter Kathy Griffin, Marilu Henner, Bea Arthur Enemies of Laughter is a 2000 romantic comedy film written by Glen Merzer and directed by Joey Travolta.

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The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Peter Falk Movies
The Lost World Bob Hoskins, Peter Falk, Matthew Rhys The Lost World is a 2001 adaptation of the novel of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, directed by Stuart Orme and adapted by Adrian Hodges. It was filmed at various locations on the West ...more

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The Bloody Brood Peter Falk, Jack Betts, Barbara Lord The Bloody Brood is a 1959 Canadian film directed by Julian Roffman.