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List of Jay Leno Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. On Location: Freddie Prinze and Friends (1976)
14
3
On Location: Freddie Prinze and Friends
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Belzer, Freddie Prinze, Elayne Boosler, Gary Mule Deer
3. Polyester (1981)
12
2
Polyester
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tab Hunter, Divine, Edith Massey, David Samson
4. Contact (1997)
12
2
Contact
PG
12
2

As hope in extraterrestrial life exploration dwindles, a SETI scientist stumbles upon a sequenced signal. She is faced with the challenge of deciphering the message under massive global scrutiny. This science-fiction drama is an adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name.

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
5. American Hot Wax (1978)
13
2
American Hot Wax
PG
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mookie
Director:
Floyd Mutrux
Genres:
Music, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Fran Drescher, Tim McIntire, Laraine Newman, Carl Weaver
6. John Q (2002)
11
2
John Q
PG-13
11
2

John Quincy Archibald is a factory worker whose son Mike/Michael is diagnosed with enlarged heart for which emergency heart transplant is the only solution. As John’s health insurance doesn’t cover the expensive transplant surgery and with no other means to raise the amount, a desperate John holds the staff and patients of the hospital’s emergency room hostage to save his son’s life.   

As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Ray Liotta, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher, James Woods, Gabriela Oltean, Kimberly Elise
7. Wag the Dog (1997)
11
2
Wag the Dog
R
11
2

A sex scandal that is about to expose the president at an inopportune time of pre-election period jeopardizes the president’s chances of being re-elected. Political consultant, Conrad Brean, and Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss, are appointed to contrive a war in Albania to divert the media attention away from the scandal and towards the fake war that projects the president as a hero. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
8. The Birdcage (1996)
11
2
The Birdcage
R
11
2

Armand Goldman and his long-term partner Albert own the popular drag-club, ‘The Birdcage’, in Miami’s South Beach where Albert, a.k.a. drag-queen Starina is the main attraction. Armand’s son Val declares his intentions of marrying Barbara, daughter of conservative right-wing senator, John Keeley. When the Keeleys arrive to meet Val’s ‘family,’ the Goldmans pretend to be ‘straight,’ and end up creating chaos.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
9. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
11
2
Fun with Dick and Jane
PG
11
2
As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Ted Kotcheff
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Jane Fonda, Fred Willard, George Segal, Ed McMahon, Dick Gautier, Allan Miller
10. Calendar Girls (2003)
11
2
Calendar Girls
PG-13
11
2

Calendar Girls is a British comedy drama film which tells the story of five girls from different parts of the country who become the cover girls of a prestigious annual calendar. They soon face newer challenges while pursuing their goals.        

As:
Cast
Director:
Nigel Cole
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Patton Oswalt, Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie, Linda Bassett
11. Dave (1993)
11
2
Dave
PG-13
11
2

Dave is a political comedy film, which revolves around the life of Dave Kovic, a man who bears an uncanny resemblance with the President of the United States, Bill Mitchell. When Mitchell suffers a stroke, Dave is hired by the Secret Service to impersonate the President on an ongoing basis. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
12. Silver Bears (1977)
10
2
Silver Bears
PG
10
2

Financial genius, Doc Fletcher, is sent to Lugano to obtain a bank so that his mobster boss can easily launder black money. But the bank turns out to have only a few hundred dollars in assets. When a chance to invest in an Iranian silver mine opens up, Fletcher sees an opportunity to turn bad luck into fortune. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Ivan Passer
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Joss Ackland, Louis Jourdan, Michael Caine, David Warner, Cybill Shepherd, Stéphane Audran
13. The Great Buck Howard (2008)
10
2
The Great Buck Howard
PG
10
2

Defying his father, a young man, Troy, who is an aspiring writer, looks for a way to gain some meaningful experience in his life.  He soon takes a job with a well-known mentalist named Buck Howard, who is trying to revive his fading career.

As:
Cast
Director:
Sean McGinly
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
14. Space Cowboys (2000)
10
2
Space Cowboys
PG-13
10
2

Frank, Hawk, Tank, and Jerry were top Air force test pilots belonging to Team Daedalus. Trained to become America’s first space travelers, they were later replaced by chimpanzees. Years later, when a failing Soviet communications satellite is in danger of crashing down on earth, NASA approaches Frank for help. He agrees on the condition that the he has the full Daedalus team to help him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Adventure
15. Delivery Man (2013)
10
2
Delivery Man
PG-13
10
2

David Wozniak works as a deliveryman for his family’s butcher shop. However, he owes thugs US $80K and his girlfriend Emma is pregnant. His life is thrown into more chaos when he finds out he has fathered 533 children through sperm donations and 142 of them are suing the sperm bank to learn his identity. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Ken Scott
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
16. Ted 2 (2015)
10
2
Ted 2
R
10
2

Ted and Tami-Lynn marry and a year later decide to adopt a child. However, Ted is a talking teddy bear and not a real person, so he is denied permission. Even his marriage and job is cancelled. Ted and his best friend, John, now employ a novice lawyer Samantha to fight for his civil rights in court. However, there are obstacles in way.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
18. The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
10
2
The Astronaut Farmer
PG
10
2

This science fiction film is about an engineer who is forced to retire to save his family’s farm. However, he hasn’t give up his dream of space travel. Therefore, despite the government’s threats to stop him, he continues to build his own rocket.

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Polish
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Bruce Willis, Virginia Madsen, Max Thieriot
20. Mad City (1997)
10
2
Mad City
PG-13
10
2

After losing his job, a perturbed museum guard Sam Baily returns with dynamite and demands to be rehired. He takes a group of school children hostage and accidently shoots an ex-colleague. Present at the museum, journalist Max Brackett perceives this as an opportunity to further his sagging career by covering this scoop. But Baily’s escalating desperation and media intervention only worsens the situation. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Costa-Gavras
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
John Travolta, Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Kirshner, Robert Prosky
22. Edtv (1999)
10
2
Edtv
PG-13
10
2

When a television channel decides to telecast the daily life of an ordinary person they choose a video store clerk and begin filming his life 24X7.  Very soon, the show becomes very popular and he becomes a celebrity. But it also invites complications in his life and he starts looking for ways to quit the show without breaching his contract. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
23. Stuck on You (2003)
9
2
Stuck on You
PG-13
9
2

Two conjoined twins, Bob and Walt, own a restaurant in a small town. However, when Walt decides to move to Los Angeles, to pursue a career in acting, to honor their childhood pact, Bob also travels with him to help him fulfill his dreams. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Genres:
Comedy
24. Major League II (1994)
9
2
Major League II
PG
9
2

Cleveland Indians, a professional baseball team, is determined to qualify for the World Series. Despite having a high morale, bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear apart the team.

As:
Cast
Director:
David S. Ward
Genres:
Sport, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, David Keith, Randy Quaid, Rene Russo, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert
25. Mr 3000 (2004)
9
2
Mr 3000
PG-13
9
2

Stan Rose is a successful and popular baseball player who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. He decides to selfishly retire after recording his 3000th hit, leaving his team and teammates without their best player, in the middle of the 1995 playoff race. However, after nine years he learns that he had retired with 2997 hits instead of 3000 due to a clerical error, making him want to return to the game to get three more hits.

As:
Cast
Director:
Charles Stone III
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
26. What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983)
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2
What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon
9
2

During a research experiment, Dr Gilbert McKenna falls unconscious after he is accidentally exposed to radiation. He is eventually rushed to a hospital, and his doctor is surprised to find that he has no signs of burn. They decide to keep him under observation, and over the next few days, it seems that the exposure to radiation is causing a reversal of evolution, causing him to turn into a prehistoric reptile.  

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Robert Clarke, Craig Mitchell
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Robert Clarke, Bernard Behrens, Cam Clarke, Zachary Berger
28. Sandy Wexler (2017)
8
2
Sandy Wexler
TV-14
8
2

This comedy film tells the story of Sandy Wexler, a talent manager, who is working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, representing several eccentric clients. His life takes a turn when he falls for one of his clients, Courtney Clarke, a talented singer, after discovering her at an amusement park.

As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Brill
Genres:
Comedy
29. First Daughter (2004)
8
2
First Daughter
PG
8
2

Samantha is the daughter of the US President who decides to enroll at a college away from home, as her life has been mostly sheltered. During her time away from the White House, she starts experiencing a new sense of freedom, and soon starts falling for another student named James.   

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Katie Holmes, Michael Keaton, Joan Rivers, Forest Whitaker, Marc Blucas, Amerie, Margaret Colin
30. The Flintstones (1994)
8
2
The Flintstones
PG
8
2

The live-action adaptation of the beloved cartoon franchise finds the dim-witted but good-hearted Fred Flintstone promoted to his company’s vice president post after his best friend, Barney, replaces Fred’s test score with his own. But Fred’s good fortune turns sour when he unwittingly becomes involved in his boss Cliff Vandercave’s villainous schemes. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Brian Levant
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy
31. Underdog (2007)
8
2
Underdog
PG
8
2

Underdog is a superhero action comedy film which revolves around a watchdog who receives superpowers after being exposed to a substance. Soon, he is adopted by a 12 year old boy, and he starts using his power to protect the city he lives in.

As:
Cast
Director:
Frederik Du Chau
Genres:
Fantasy, Action, Family, Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi
32. Americathon (1979)
8
2
Americathon
PG
8
2

This 1979 comedy film depicts the America of 1998 where the government is going bankrupt, and faces the threat of foreclosure by wealthy Native Americans. In a desperate attempt to raise money, President Chet Roosevelt, with the help of a TV consultant, organizes Americathon, a 30 day telethon to raise $400 billion. However, there are some who don’t want this to succeed. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Neal Israel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
33. Collision Course (1989)
8
2
Collision Course
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Tony Costas
Director:
Lewis Teague
Genres:
Action, Crime, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Pat Morita, Chris Sarandon, Ernie Hudson, Tom Noonan
34. Juwanna Mann (2002)
7
1
Juwanna Mann
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jesse Vaughan
Genres:
Sport, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Pollak, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Tommy Davidson
35. 50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001)
12
2
50 Years of NBC Late Night
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Director:
James Signorelli
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Johnny Carson, Elton John, Conan O'Brien, John Glenn
36. Jay Leno's Garage: The Ultimate Car Week (2014)
12
2
Jay Leno's Garage: The Ultimate Car Week
12
2
As:
Producer
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Berube, Ian Callum, Gary Coulombe, Chris Dalhamer, Joe Eberhardt
37. Just Write (1997)
10
2
Just Write
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Andrew Gallerani
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Nancy McKeon, Jeremy Piven, Wallace Shawn, Alex Rocco, JoBeth Williams
38. Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip (2014)
10
2
Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Brent Sterling Nemetz, Abby Russell, Brent Nemetz
Genres:
History, Documentary, Comedy, Biography
Star Cast:
Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Paul Reiser, Bill Maher
39. Family Comedy Hour (1987)
10
2
Family Comedy Hour
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
John Bowab
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Bea Arthur, Barbara Billingsley, Chao Li Chi, Corbin Bernsen, Brian Bonsall
40. Jay Leno's Denim Car (2015)
6
1
Jay Leno's Denim Car
TV-14
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jack Bishop, Justin Nijm
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Ross Buran, Elizabeth Bond, Gopal Bidari, Julian Gant

TV Movie(s)

1. Television Parts (1985)
14
3
Television Parts
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Micky Dolenz
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jerry Lee Lewis, Michael Nesmith
2. The Jay Leno Special (1986)
12
2
The Jay Leno Special
12
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Stan Harris
Genres:
Comedy
3. Roadside Attractions (2002)
11
2
Roadside Attractions
11
2
As:
Producer
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
4. Almost Heaven (1978)
9
2
Almost Heaven
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bill Persky
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eva Gabor, Laurie Heineman, Robert Hays, Larry Gelman
5. Jay Leno and the American Dream (1986)
7
1
Jay Leno and the American Dream
7
1
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Ira Wohl
Star Cast:
Kevin Rooney
6. Y2K (1999)
5
1
Y2K
5
1
As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Dick Lowry
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Joe Morton, Lauren Tom, Kate Vernon, Ken Olin

Animation(s)

Cars (2006)
Cars
G
Plot:

Cars, the animated Pixar classic, tells the story of anthropomorphic talking cars. Racing rookie Lightning McQueen finds himself trapped in Radiator Springs after falling off his truck. As McQueen starts doing community service for damaging roads, he makes friends, falls in love, and ends up being trained by racing legend Hudson Hornet to discover who he truly is inside. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Sport, Animation
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Ice Age: The Meltdown
TV-PG
Plot:

The amazing adventures of Scrat, Manny, Diego and Sid continueswhen they try to escape a meltdown in this sequel. While Manny falls in love with a new character Ellie, Sid is abducted and narrowly escapes death. What continues is a laugh riot that sums up this second movie in the Ice Age franchise.   

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Carlos Saldanha
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Adventure, Animation, Action, Comedy
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! (2006)
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators!
TV-Y7
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Keith Alcorn, Butch Hartman, Mike Gasaway
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Comedy, Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Billy West, Tara Strong, Jason Marsden, Rob Paulsen
Robots (2005)
Robots
PG
Plot:

Rodney Copperbottom is an aspiring inventor in a world full of sentient robots. He idolizes Bigweld, a famous inventor whose Bigweld Industries makes spare parts. Unfortunately, in Bigweld’s absence, the new owner Phineas T. Ratchet has stopped making spare parts in favor of expensive upgrades. Rodney must find a way to contact Bigweld and stop Rachet. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
G
Plot:

A scientist who has figured out time-travel goes back to prehistoric times, and feeds dinosaurs a magic cereal which can improve their intelligence. He hopes that this will help them survive, and his kids at the present time will be able to witness these creatures.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Vorb (voice)
Director:
Simon Wells, Phil Nibbelink, Dick Zondag, Ralph Zondag
Genres:
Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Igor (2008)
Igor
PG
Plot:

Igor is an animated horror comedy film which takes us to a world of mad scientists and their evil inventions. In this world, there is a talented lab assistant of an evil scientist who dreams of becoming a scientist himself after winning the annual Evil Science Fair. However, this causes displeasure among others in the Evil Science Community.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Tony Leondis
Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014)
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
TV-G
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Musical
Star Cast:
Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles
Christmas Is Here Again (2007)
Christmas Is Here Again
G
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
The Narrator (voice)
Director:
Robert Zappia, Darrell Van Citters
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Adventure, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Kathy Bates, Norm MacDonald, Andy Griffith, Ed Asner, Edward Asner, Madison Davenport

TV Shows and Videos

KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 3 1992-2000 (2007)
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 3 1992-2000
As:
Cast
Role:
Jay Leno
Director:
Mark Rezyka, Alex Coletti, Tim Rosner
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Dennis Miller, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Eric Carr
Jay Leno's Garage (2006)
Jay Leno's Garage
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself - Host / ... (7 episodes, 2015)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Adam Carolla, David Lee, Chris Brown, Zack Eakin
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs
Living with Ed (2007)
Living with Ed
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Genres:
Reality-TV
Star Cast:
Ed Begley Jr., Bill Nye, Cheryl Tiegs, Rachelle Carson
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce (1986)
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce
As:
Writer
Director:
Alan Myerson, William Dear, Ed Bianchi, Michael Nesmith, Graham Henman
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ed Begley Jr., Billy Beck, Brian Bradley, Bunny Briggs, Ramona Briggs
Jay Leno's Garage (2015)
Jay Leno's Garage
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself - Host (38 episodes, 2015-2018)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Tim Allen, Jeff Dunham, Alonzo Bodden, Donald Osborne
Holmes and Yo-Yo (1976)
Holmes and Yo-Yo
As:
Cast
Director:
Jackie Cooper
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
James T. Callahan, John Schuck, Richard B. Shull, Bruce Kirby
DAG (2000)
DAG
As:
Cast, uncredited
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Chris Rock, David Alan Grier, Lauren Tom, Andy Richter
The Jay Leno Show (2009)
The Jay Leno Show
TV-14
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Himself - Host (95 episodes, 2009-2010)
Genres:
Talk-Show, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Eubanks, Jim Norton, Mikey Day, Ross Mathews

Jay Leno Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Jay Leno's Garage Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs 2011
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series 1995
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host 2006