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

8.3
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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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 124,456 | Gross: $18.60M

2. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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97 Metascore

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 195,926 | Gross: $25.00M

3. Mister Roberts (1955)

Unrated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.8
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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.

Directors: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan | Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon

Votes: 13,567 | Gross: $21.20M

4. Save the Tiger (1973)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Norman Burton

Votes: 3,847

5. Missing (1982)

PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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78 Metascore

When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

Votes: 15,291 | Gross: $14.00M

6. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

Votes: 83,187 | Gross: $10.73M

7. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 22,330 | Gross: $51.72M

8. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

7.9
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An alcoholic marries a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman

Votes: 9,645

9. Mass Appeal (1984)

PG | 99 min | Drama

6.7
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A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Zeljko Ivanek, Charles Durning, Louise Latham

Votes: 840 | Gross: $1.95M

10. The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Judi West

Votes: 10,115

11. The Odd Couple (1968)

G | 105 min | Comedy

7.7
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Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman

Votes: 27,002 | Gross: $44.53M

12. Tribute (1980)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Robby Benson, Lee Remick, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 528

13. Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

130 min | Comedy

6.9
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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.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, Mike Connors

Votes: 1,787

14. Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz, Caroline Aaron

Votes: 3,818

15. The Out of Towners (1970)

G | 101 min | Comedy

7.1
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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.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron, Anne Meara

Votes: 6,220

16. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 10,021 | Gross: $17.30M

17. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.0
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72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 122,837 | Gross: $70.41M

18. Dad (1989)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy

6.2
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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 »

Director: Gary David Goldberg | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kathy Baker

Votes: 3,925 | Gross: $19.74M

19. Grumpy Old Men (1993)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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53 Metascore

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 37,337 | Gross: $70.17M

20. My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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49 Metascore

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard

Votes: 12,906 | Gross: $22.29M

21. Out to Sea (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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49 Metascore

A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 6,781 | Gross: $27.97M

22. Inherit the Wind (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 113 min | Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Lane Smith, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 1,364

23. Grumpier Old Men (1995)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren

Votes: 20,910 | Gross: $69.87M

24. Buddy Buddy (1981)

R | 96 min | Comedy

6.6
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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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss, Klaus Kinski

Votes: 3,632 | Gross: $7.26M

25. Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiance and give him a chance.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, Edie Adams

Votes: 1,328

26. The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.3
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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 »

Director: Richard Murphy | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund, Chips Rafferty

Votes: 1,598

27. That's Life! (1986)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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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 »

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Sally Kellerman, Robert Loggia

Votes: 1,038 | Gross: $4.08M

28. Airport '77 (1977)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland

Votes: 7,851 | Gross: $30.00M

29. Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Unrated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

6.9
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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.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 7,852

30. Cowboy (1958)

Approved | 92 min | Western

6.8
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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.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 2,026

31. You Can't Run Away from It (1956)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.0
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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 »

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: June Allyson, Jack Lemmon, Charles Bickford, Paul Gilbert

Votes: 401

32. My Sister Eileen (1955)

Approved | 108 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

6.8
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After submitting a story of her beautiful sister, a woman assumes her identity to maintain the attention of a playboy publisher.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett, Bob Fosse

Votes: 1,251

33. It Should Happen to You (1954)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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When her name is plastered on ten billboards all over New York City, a fame-seeker is bombarded by men from all over.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford, Michael O'Shea

Votes: 2,649 | Gross: $1.40M

34. Phffft (1954)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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While pursing new companions, a former married couple keep running into one another all over town.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson, Kim Novak

Votes: 1,136

35. Avanti! (1972)

R | 140 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews

Votes: 7,659 | Gross: $3.30M

36. The Notorious Landlady (1962)

123 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.9
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An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire, Lionel Jeffries

Votes: 1,333

37. How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy

6.6
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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.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Eddie Mayehoff

Votes: 4,673

38. Luv (1967)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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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 »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Elaine May, Nina Wayne

Votes: 395

39. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

6.7
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47 Metascore

A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

Votes: 48,324 | Gross: $30.70M