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The Best Peter Falk Movies  

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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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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness
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
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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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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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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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. It stars Peter Falk as Lou Peckinpaugh, a detective in the Humphrey Bogart mold. ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Fred Armisen
Griffin & Phoenix is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Ed Stone.
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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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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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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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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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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