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List of Jack Lemmon Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Some Like It Hot (1959)
17
2
Some Like It Hot
17
2

Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness a mafia murder and disguise as women to enlist into an all-female band to get out of town quickly. However, complications arise after Joe poses as a millionaire to impress the band's vocalist and ukulele player Sugar, while Jerry draws the attention of an actual millionaire who won't take refusal kindly.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry / Daphne
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Pat O'Brien, George Raft
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
2. The Apartment (1960)
16
2
The Apartment
16
2

Timid insurance worker C.C. Baxter attempts to rise up the corporate ladder by lending his apartment to company executives to use for their extramarital affairs. However, he is torn from the inside when he realizes that the personnel director, who recently granted his promotion, brought to his apartment the elevator girl he is attracted to.

As:
Cast
Role:
C.C. Baxter
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
4. Mister Roberts (1955)
17
2
Mister Roberts
17
2

Mister Roberts is a war comedy drama film which tells the story of a Naval officer who is longing for active duty, but he finds himself in conflict with his captain.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Director:
Genres:
War, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Patrick Wayne, Betsy Palmer, William Powell
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
5. Wednesday (1974)
11
5
Wednesday
11
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Murphy
Director:
Marvin Kupfer
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Selette Cole, Biff Elliot, Jean Sarah Frost, Ronald Gold
6. The Odd Couple (1968)
15
2
The Odd Couple
G
15
2

Just separated from his wife, Felix Ungar unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide. Perceiving his despondent mood, his divorced best friend Oscar invites Felix to share his apartment till he feels fine. But the two and their house-keeping styles are poles apart; homebody Felix is neat-freak, while fun-loving Oscar is slovenly. Before long, neurotic, obsessively tidy Felix drives sloppy Oscar up the wall.

As:
Cast
Role:
Felix Ungar
Director:
Gene Saks
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman, David Sheiner
7. Missing (1982)
13
3
Missing
PG
13
3

This biographical suspense drama film revolves around US businessman Ed Horman, who arrives in Chile to find Charles, his son, a politically left leaning journalist, who has been missing since there was a military coup.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Horman
Director:
Costa-Gavras
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sissy Spacek, Charles Cioffi, Melanie Mayron, John Shea
8. Irma la Douce (1963)
17
3
Irma la Douce
17
3

Nestor Patou is an honest cop who is transferred to a more urban neighborhood in Paris. He finds a street full of prostitutes working at a hotel and proceeds to raid the place. However, soon it becomes apparent that his superior is aware of the happenings at the hotel, but tolerates it due to bribes and services. He frames Nestor for bribery and fires him from the job.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Nestor Patou / Lord X
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi, Herschel Bernardi, Bruce Yarnell
9. The China Syndrome (1979)
14
2
The China Syndrome
PG
14
2

The China Syndrome is a drama thriller film which tells the story of a reporter who decides to bring an accident at a nuclear plant to the attention of the public. However, she gets herself involved in a big conspiracy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Godell
Director:
James Bridges
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
10. JFK (1991)
10
2
JFK
R
10
2

Based on the assassination of the former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, JFK centres around a New Orleans lawyer, Jim Garrison, who sets about investigating the mystery behind the assassination while battling opposition from the government. Widely acclaimed as well as heavily criticized, this political drama stars Kevin Costner as Garrison and delves deeper into the assassination of the former president.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, History
11. The Great Race (1965)
15
2
The Great Race
15
2

The Great Race is an action adventure sports comedy film which tells the story of two rivals, The Great Leslie, and Professor Fate, who plan an automobile race from New York to Paris. However, Fate’s sidekick, Max, attempts to sabotage Leslie's car and of the other racers, but Leslie finds an unlikely ally in Maggie, a journalist-turned-racer whose car breaks down during the race.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
Director:
Genres:
Action, Family, Adventure, Musical, Comedy, Romance, Sport, Western
14. Avanti! (1972)
16
3
Avanti!
R
16
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Edward Andrews, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Gianfranco Barra
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
15. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
10
2
Glengarry Glen Ross
R
10
2

Ricky Roma, Shelley Levene, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow are four real-estate salesmen who work for Premiere Properties, Chicago. When during a sales meeting it is revealed that the bottom two salesmen of the month will be fired, rivalry turns into jealousy and treachery amongst the four. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Shelley Levene
Director:
James Foley
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama
16. The Out of Towners (1970)
15
2
The Out of Towners
G
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
George Kellerman
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Anne Meara, Billy Dee Williams, Sandy Baron, Sandy Dennis
17. It Should Happen to You (1954)
11
2
It Should Happen to You
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Pete Sheppard
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Judy Holliday, Michael O'Shea, Peter Lawford, Vaughn Taylor
20. The Player (1992)
10
2
The Player
TV-MA
10
2

The Player is an American satirical black comedy film, which tells the story of Hollywood film producer Griffin Mill, who starts receiving threats anonymously. However, he is certain that David, a scriptwriter is behind it. He invites the latter to sort things out, but things take an ugly turn, and he ends up murdering him.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
21. Bell Book and Candle (1958)
13
2
Bell Book and Candle
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nicky Holroyd
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Elsa Lanchester, Ernie Kovacs, Kim Novak, Hermione Gingold
22. Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
13
2
Good Neighbor Sam
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Bissell
Director:
David Swift
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Edward G. Robinson, Mike Connors, Edward Andrews, Romy Schneider
23. Save the Tiger (1973)
10
2
Save the Tiger
R
10
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Harry Stoner
Director:
John G. Avildsen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Patricia Smith, Jack Gilford, Norman Burton, Laurie Heineman
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
24. Cowboy (1958)
12
2
Cowboy
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Harris
Director:
Delmer Daves
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Brian Donlevy, Anna Kashfi, Dick York
25. The Notorious Landlady (1962)
10
2
The Notorious Landlady
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
William 'Bill' Gridley
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Astaire, Kim Novak, Lionel Jeffries, Estelle Winwood
27. La polizia ha le mani legate (1975)
9
2
La polizia ha le mani legate
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Luciano Ercoli
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Arthur Kennedy, Franco Fabrizi, Claudio Cassinelli, Sara Sperati
28. How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
14
2
How to Murder Your Wife
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Stanley Ford
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Claire Trevor, Eddie Mayehoff, Mary Wickes, Terry-Thomas
29. My Sister Eileen (1955)
9
2
My Sister Eileen
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert 'Bob' Baker
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Bob Fosse, Janet Leigh, Kurt Kasznar, Betty Garrett
30. Mass Appeal (1984)
10
2
Mass Appeal
PG
10
2

The film is about a popular Roman Catholic priest who in spite of maintaining close relationship with his parishioners has always been able to sidestep every kind of controversies. But things change when a rebellion deacon is sent to his parish in the hope that he will be able to mould the young man and make him toe the line. Instead, the young man forces him to rethink his position. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Father Tim Farley
Director:
Glenn Jordan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gloria Stuart, Charles Durning, Talia Balsam, Louise Latham
31. Phffft (1954)
10
2
Phffft
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Tracey
Director:
Mark Robson
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Judy Holliday, Luella Gear, Jack Carson, Kim Novak
32. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
12
2
Grumpy Old Men
PG-13
12
2

Two former best friends, Max and John, who are now rivals, live in the same neighborhood. Their rivalry escalates even further, when a woman moves into the house across the street and they both start to like her. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John Gustafson
Director:
Donald Petrie
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
33. It Happened to Jane (1959)
12
3
It Happened to Jane
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
George Denham
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Doris Day, Steve Forrest, Ernie Kovacs, Teddy Rooney
34. Kotch (1971)
10
3
Kotch
PG
10
3
As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Jack Lemmon
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman, Deborah Winters
35. Stowaway in the Sky (1960)
9
2
Stowaway in the Sky
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator (English version) (voice)
Director:
Albert Lamorisse
Genres:
Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
André Gille, Maurice Baquet, Pascal Lamorisse, Ole Neumann
38. Operation Mad Ball (1957)
10
2
Operation Mad Ball
10
2

Post-WWII, in an American medical base in France, Private Hogan falls for dietetic nurse, Lt. Betty Bixby. As their ranks disallow them to socialize, Hogan plans a secret ball for soldiers and nurses. But it is not easy to elude the stern watch of the stickler-for-rules Capt. Lock while making the clandestine arrangements. Will he succeed in winning over the pretty Betty?

As:
Cast
Role:
Pvt. Hogan
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Arthur O'Connell, Ernie Kovacs, Kathryn Grant
39. The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)
13
2
The Wackiest Ship in the Army
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Rip Crandall
Director:
Richard Murphy
Genres:
Drama, War, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tom Tully, John Lund, Ricky Nelson, Chips Rafferty
40. The April Fools (1969)
11
2
The April Fools
PG
11
2

Howard Brubaker, a Wall Street broker, is successful professionally, but his personal life is not exactly perfect. At a cocktail party hosted by his boss, he meets and falls for a French woman, Catherine, who he later discovers is the boss’s wife. Catherine too is not quite satisfied in her relationship and the two soon decide to elope to Paris.

As:
Cast
Role:
Howard Brubaker
Director:
Stuart Rosenberg
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Catherine Deneuve, Charles Boyer, Myrna Loy, Peter Lawford
41. Tribute (1980)
10
3
Tribute
PG
10
3

Scottie Templeton, a New York based Broadway agent, is divorced and estranged from his son Jud. Then he is diagnosed with leukemia and realizes that he hasn’t much time left. When his ex-wife Maggie and son are in the town, Scottie tries to reconnect with his son and makes efforts to mend their relationship.

As:
Cast
Role:
Scottie Templeton
Director:
Bob Clark
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kim Cattrall, Lee Remick, John Marley, Robby Benson
42. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
10
2
The Legend of Bagger Vance
PG-13
10
2

The Legend of Bagger Vance tells the story of Captain Junuh, who meets a mysterious golf caddle who teaches him the art of mastering the perfect swing, as well as finding meaning in one’s existence. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
43. Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
10
2
Under the Yum Yum Tree
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Hogan
Director:
David Swift
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Paul Lynde, Imogene Coca, Dean Jones, Carol Lynley
44. Grumpier Old Men (1995)
9
2
Grumpier Old Men
PG-13
9
2

Max and John are two friends who like to go fishing together. They attempt to save their favorite bait shop from turning into a restaurant.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Gustafson
Director:
Howard Deutch
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
45. Three for the Show (1955)
8
2
Three for the Show
8
2

Julie marries her husband’s songwriting partner, after she feels that he is no longer alive. Trouble ensues when it turns out that her first husband is still alive.

As:
Cast
Role:
Martin 'Marty' Stewart
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Betty Grable, Myron McCormick, Marge Champion, Gower Champion
46. Fire Down Below (1957)
8
2
Fire Down Below
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tony
Director:
Robert Parrish
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Rita Hayworth, Herbert Lom, Bonar Colleano
47. My Fellow Americans (1996)
9
2
My Fellow Americans
PG-13
9
2

Kramer and Douglas are two former US Presidents who are well-known for their rivalry. However, when they uncover a conspiracy against them by the current corrupt president, they join forces to expose him and clear their names.

As:
Cast
Role:
President Russell P. Kramer
Director:
Peter Segal
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
48. The War Between Men and Women (1972)
8
3
The War Between Men and Women
PG
8
3

Peter Wilson, a sarcastic near-sighted cartoonist-cum-author, is going blind. Averse to commitment, he finally falls for Terri, a single mother of three and reluctantly marries her when she refuses have sexual relationship with him. But it will take a lot more for him to change his misanthropic nature and realize that his new family needs him. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Peter Edward Wilson
Director:
Melville Shavelson
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Herb Edelman, Lisa Gerritsen
49. You Can't Run Away from It (1956)
8
2
You Can't Run Away from It
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Warne
Director:
Dick Powell
Genres:
Musical, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Thurl Ravenscroft, Henny Youngman, Charles Bickford, June Allyson
52. Out to Sea (1997)
11
2
Out to Sea
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Herb Sullivan
Director:
Martha Coolidge
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Elaine Stritch, Hal Linden, Walter Matthau, Gloria DeHaven, Dyan Cannon
53. That's Life! (1986)
9
2
That's Life!
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harvey Fairchild
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Julie Andrews, Robert Loggia, Sally Kellerman, Jennifer Edwards
55. Pepe (1960)
9
2
Pepe
9
2

Ranch hand Pepe’s world is turned upside down when alcoholic Hollywood director Mr.Holt buys his beloved friend, a white stallion from its owner. Pepe then goes on an extraordinary adventure through Hollywood, meeting celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, and others before being reunited with his beloved stallion. 

As:
Cast
Director:
George Sidney
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
56. Luv (1967)
8
2
Luv
8
2

Depressed with his life, Harry is about to take his own life by jumping off a bridge, when he is stopped by an old friend, Milt. Milt is having his own problems with his marriage, and decides to use Harry to take away his wife.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Berlin
Director:
Clive Donner
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Peter Falk, Elaine May, Nina Wayne
57. Alex & the Gypsy (1976)
7
1
Alex & the Gypsy
R
7
1

Alex & The Gypsy is a romantic comedy film which revolves around Alexander, who is a bail bondsman. He falls for a pretty gypsy girl, one of his customers. When she assaults her boyfriend, she is arrested, but Alexander decides to bail her out.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alexander Main
Director:
John Korty
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Woods, Robert Emhardt, Geneviève Bujold, Gino Ardito
58. Getting Away with Murder (1996)
6
1
Getting Away with Murder
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Max Mueller / Karl Luger
Director:
Harvey Miller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
59. There Comes a Day (1968)
11
2
There Comes a Day
11
2
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short
60. Puppies for Sale (1998)
10
2
Puppies for Sale
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Pet Shop Owner
Director:
Ron Krauss
Genres:
Short, Family
Star Cast:
Jesse James, Harvey Krauss
61. Macaroni (1985)
8
2
Macaroni
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Traven
Director:
Ettore Scola
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Marcello Mastroianni, Daria Nicolodi, Isa Danieli, Maria Luisa Santella

TV Movie(s)

1. The Entertainer (1975)
11
2
The Entertainer
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Archie Rice
Director:
Donald Wrye
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Ray Bolger, Sada Thompson, Tyne Daly, Michael Cristofer
3. Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
11
2
Tuesdays with Morrie
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Morrie Schwartz
Director:
Mick Jackson
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Hank Azaria, Bonnie Bartlett, Caroline Aaron, Wendy Moniz
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
4. Inherit the Wind (1999)
9
2
Inherit the Wind
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Drummond
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
George C. Scott, Lane Smith, Kathryn Morris, Tom Everett Scott
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
5. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987)
9
2
Long Day's Journey Into Night
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James Tyrone Sr.
Director:
Jonathan Miller
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Peter Gallagher, Bethel Leslie, Patricia Fraser
6. The Long Way Home (1998)
10
2
The Long Way Home
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Gerrin
Director:
Glenn Jordan
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Sarah Paulson, Kristin Griffith, Garwin Sanford, Rosemary Dunsmore
7. The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV? (1990)
8
2
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV?
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Host
Director:
Jay Dubin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Woody Harrelson, Alyssa Milano, Harvey Fierstein, Kevin Bright
8. For Richer, for Poorer (1992)
8
2
For Richer, for Poorer
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Aram Katourian
Director:
Jay Sandrich
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Talia Shire, Madeline Kahn, Joanna Gleason, Jonathan Silverman
10. The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985)
8
2
The 57th Annual Academy Awards
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Host
Director:
Marty Pasetta, Harrison Engle
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
F. Murray Abraham, Debbie Allen, Peggy Ashcroft, Victor Banerjee
11. A Weekend in the Country (1996)
7
1
A Weekend in the Country
R
7
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Martin Bergman
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
12. A Life in the Theater (1993)
7
1
A Life in the Theater
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert
Director:
Gregory Mosher
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

The Living Century (2001)
The Living Century
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Director:
Christopher Carson, Steven Latham
Genres:
Biography, Documentary, Horror
The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show (1951)
The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show
As:
Cast
Role:
Newlywed (1951-1952) (in 'The Couple Next Door' sketches) (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Neil Hamilton, Frances Langford, Cynthia Stone
Heaven for Betsy (1952)
Heaven for Betsy
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Bell (2 episodes, 1952)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Cliff Hall, Cynthia Stone

Jack Lemmon Awards

Academy Awards
Save the Tiger Best Actor in a Leading Role 1974
Mister Roberts Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1956
Golden Globe Awards
Inherit the Wind Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2000
Winner Short Cuts (1993) 1994
Avanti! Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 1973
The Apartment Best Actor - Comedy or Musical 1961
Some Like It Hot Best Actor - Comedy or Musical 1960
Primetime Emmy Awards
Tuesdays with Morrie Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2000
'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular Music 1972
BAFTA Awards
The China Syndrome Best Actor 1980
The Apartment Best Foreign Actor 1961
Some Like It Hot Best Foreign Actor 1960