The Best 39 films of Jack Lemmon.by John Jacoby | created - 16 Aug 2011 | updated - 26 Jan 2015 | Public
Jack Lemmon was indisputably one of the greatest and most beloved screen actors in history. His unique combination of raw acting talent, humility, humor and likeability were unparalleled. I remember my Father saying, "I just think of Jack Lemmon, and I can't help but smile." That was Jack. Here is a list of 39 of his best.
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1. The Apartment (1960)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Votes: 124,456 | Gross: $18.60M
2. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 195,926 | Gross: $25.00M
3. Mister Roberts (1955)
Unrated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.
Votes: 13,567 | Gross: $21.20M
4. Save the Tiger (1973)
R | 100 min | Drama
A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals.
5. Missing (1982)
PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.
Votes: 15,291 | Gross: $14.00M
13. Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
130 min | Comedy
To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.
14. Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie)
89 min | Biography, Drama
A journalist finds himself questioning his own life when his best friend, a dying man, offers him some very powerful wisdom and advice for coping in relationships, careers and society.
15. The Out of Towners (1970)
G | 101 min | Comedy
An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start.
16. The Front Page (1974)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.
Votes: 10,021 | Gross: $17.30M
18. Dad (1989)
PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy
A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,925 | Gross: $19.74M
19. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.
Votes: 37,337 | Gross: $70.17M
20. My Fellow Americans (1996)
PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy
Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.
Votes: 12,906 | Gross: $22.29M
21. Out to Sea (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.
Votes: 6,781 | Gross: $27.97M
22. Inherit the Wind (1999 TV Movie)
PG | 113 min | Drama
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
23. Grumpier Old Men (1995)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance
John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max's attention.
Votes: 20,910 | Gross: $69.87M
24. Buddy Buddy (1981)
R | 96 min | Comedy
During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.
Votes: 3,632 | Gross: $7.26M
26. The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of ... See full summary »
27. That's Life! (1986)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »
Votes: 1,038 | Gross: $4.08M
28. Airport '77 (1977)
PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water.
Votes: 7,851 | Gross: $30.00M
29. Bell Book and Candle (1958)
Unrated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real.
30. Cowboy (1958)
Approved | 92 min | Western
An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.
31. You Can't Run Away from It (1956)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Ellen (June Allyson) is kidnapped by father (Charles Bickford) after she ran off and got married to someone he thinks is a gold digger. She escapes and starts an adventurous trip back to ... See full summary »
33. It Should Happen to You (1954)
Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance
When her name is plastered on ten billboards all over New York City, a fame-seeker is bombarded by men from all over.
Votes: 2,649 | Gross: $1.40M
35. Avanti! (1972)
R | 140 min | Comedy, Romance
A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.
Votes: 7,659 | Gross: $3.30M
37. How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
Approved | 118 min | Comedy
A man who has set up the perfect lifestyle for himself makes the mistake of marrying while drunk...and his fantasies of murder are used against him.
38. Luv (1967)
Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his ... See full summary »