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List of Lily Tomlin Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Lily (1973)
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2
Lily
8
2
Role:
Herself / Ernestine / Edith Ann / Various
Starring:
Richard Pryor, Alan Alda, Judith Kahan, Felix Silla
Directed By:
Rick Wallace
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Special
5. The Player (1992)
24
8
The Player
TV-MA
24
8

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.  

Directed By:
6. The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981)
7
3
The Muppets Go to the Movies
7
3

The Muppets, a group of puppet characters, spoof several classic movies, such as ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and ‘Casablanca’. They also promote an upcoming film of their own ‘The Great Muppet Caper’.

Role:
Herself
Starring:
Frank Oz, Dudley Moore, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt
Directed By:
Peter Harris
7. The Paul Simon Special (1977)
7
4
The Paul Simon Special
7
4
Role:
Herself
Starring:
Directed By:
Dave Wilson
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special
8. Nine to Five (1980)
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7
Nine to Five
PG
20
7

Judy, Violet, and Doralee are fed-up with their egotistical, hypocritical, sexist, bigot boss, Franklin Hart, and his humiliating, condescending behavior, so they decide to get back at him. After kidnapping and tying him up in his own house, they take over the office, making administrative changes that boost productivity. When they discover Hart’s embezzlement, they start digging out evidence.

Role:
Violet Newstead
Starring:
Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Sterling Hayden, Dabney Coleman
Directed By:
Colin Higgins
9. Tea with Mussolini (1999)
11
4
Tea with Mussolini
PG
11
4

Tea with Mussolini is a comedy drama war film which tells the story of a young boy named Luca, who is raised by a group of cultured English women, after his mother dies all of a sudden. However, when the Second World War breaks out, it turns their lives upside down.

Role:
Georgie Rockwell
Starring:
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher
Directed By:
10. The Late Show (1977)
7
4
The Late Show
PG
7
4
Role:
Margo Sterling
Starring:
Art Carney, Eugene Roche, Joanna Cassidy, Bill Macy
Directed By:
Robert Benton
11. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
13
6
A Prairie Home Companion
PG-13
13
6

A Prairie Home Companion is a musical comedy drama film which shows us fictional behind-the-scene activities of the final broadcast of America’s most celebrated radio show.  

Starring:
Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Maya Rudolph, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Garrison Keillor
Directed By:
12. Flirting with Disaster (1996)
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6
Flirting with Disaster
R
11
6

Mel Colpin was adopted as a child, and when he becomes a father, he feels that he cannot name his son until he knows who his real parents are. Accompanied by his wife and an adoption agent, he departs on a road trip to find out the identity of his real parents.

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin, Téa Leoni, George Segal
Directed By:
David O. Russell
13. Shadows and Fog (1991)
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5
Shadows and Fog
PG-13
11
5

Kleinman is a timid bookkeeper, who wanders around town and tries his best in finding a dangerous serial killer who is on the loose.  

Starring:
Woody Allen, Donald Pleasence, Julie Kavner, William H. Macy, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, Peter Dinklage
Directed By:
14. Grandma (2015)
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5
Grandma
R
11
5

Sage is an eighteen year old girl, who visits her misanthropic grandmother Elle and tells her that she is pregnant and needs money for an abortion. Since Elle is broke herself, the two embark on a road trip across Los Angeles to try and come up with the money.

Role:
Elle
Starring:
Sam Elliott, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, John Cho, Julia Garner
Directed By:
Paul Weitz
15. I Heart Huckabees (2004)
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12
I Heart Huckabees
R
22
12

Albert Markovski heads the local chapter of an environmental group trying to stop the building of a new Huckabees store. Soon, local Huckabees executive and Albert’s rival, Brad Stand, infiltrates the group and replaces him. After strange coincidences start happening Albert hires existential detectives, Bernard and Vivian Jaffe and things get hilariously complicated. 

Role:
Vivian
Starring:
Dustin Hoffman, Tippi Hedren, Jean Smart, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Mark Wahlberg
Directed By:
David O. Russell
16. All of Me (1984)
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5
All of Me
PG
13
5

Edwina Cutwater is a millionaire on her deathbed, who wants to have her soul transferred to a younger woman. However, things don’t go as planned, and she finds herself in her lawyer’s body. Now they must work together to find a way to get her soul out of his body.

Role:
Edwina Cutwater
Starring:
Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard Libertini, Madolyn Smith Osborne
Directed By:
17. Blue in the Face (1995)
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4
Blue in the Face
R
8
4

Blue in the Face is a comedy film which tells the story of a group of locals who gather at the neighborhood cigar shop in Brooklyn.

Role:
Waffle Eater
Starring:
Keith David, Roseanne Barr, Harvey Keitel, Jared Harris, Mira Sorvino, RuPaul, Michael J. Fox
Directed By:
Paul Auster, Wayne Wang, Harvey Wang
18. Big Business (1988)
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5
Big Business
PG
10
5

Big Business is a comedy film which revolves around two sets of identical twin sisters, who discover that they share an incredible connection.

Role:
Rose Shelton / Rose Ratliff
Starring:
Seth Green, Bette Midler, Edward Herrmann, Fred Ward
Directed By:
Jim Abrahams
19. Orange County (2002)
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10
Orange County
PG-13
16
10

After his application is rejected at Stanford University, Shaun finds out that his academic transcript got mixed up with that of another student. Due to his determination to get accepted at the university, Shaun decides to use any means necessary. 

Starring:
Alexandra Breckenridge, Chevy Chase, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, Harold Ramis, Lizzy Caplan, Garry Marshall
Directed By:
Jake Kasdan
20. The Kid (2000)
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9
The Kid
PG
15
9

He is an image consultant, successful, but coarse and therefore disliked and unhappy. One day he comes home to find a toy plane on his porch and a strange boy inside his house. Although he chases him out he finds the boy sitting on his couch when he comes home the next day. Very soon, he begins to see a resemblance between them.              

Role:
Janet
Starring:
Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Melissa McCarthy, Jeri Ryan, Jean Smart, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer
Directed By:
Jon Turteltaub
21. Lily: Sold Out (1981)
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3
Lily: Sold Out
5
3
Role:
Herself / Various Characters
Starring:
Liberace, Jane Fonda, Melanie Mayron, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Anka
Directed By:
Bill Davis, Tony Charmoli
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program
22. The Walker (2007)
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4
The Walker
R
6
4

Carter Page III is an escort for the wives of several powerful men in Washington DC. When a secret lover of Lynn, one of his women friends is murdered, he agrees to report the crime himself to shield her from the scandal. However, his life takes a turn when he becomes a suspect himself.  

Starring:
Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson
Directed By:
Paul Schrader
23. Admission (2013)
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9
Admission
PG-13
11
9

Portia Nathans, an admission officer, meets a high school student who is just about to enter college. She decides to give him a tour across the university, unaware that he might be the boy that she gave up for adoption several years ago.

Starring:
Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, Ann Harada
Directed By:
Paul Weitz
24. The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
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The Pink Panther 2
PG
13
10

As the notorious globe-trotting burglar, ‘The Tornadoट, resurfaces after a decade and in a series of thefts around the world, steals various invaluable historical artifacts including the precious Pink Panther diamond, Inspector Jacques Clouseau joins a team of esteemed international detectives to solve the case. Now, it is up to the lauded inspector Clouseau to prove his talent by apprehending the elusive burglar. 

Starring:
Aishwarya Rai, Jean Reno, Johnny Hallyday, Alfred Molina, Jeremy Irons, John Cleese, Steve Martin
Directed By:
Harald Zwart
25. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
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4
The Incredible Shrinking Woman
PG
6
4
Role:
Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley / Telephone Operator
Starring:
Charles Grodin, Henry Gibson, Elizabeth Wilson, Ned Beatty
Directed By:
26. The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
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The Beverly Hillbillies
PG
9
7

This comedy film tells the story of a farming family that becomes rich after finding oil, and they make their way to Beverley Hills.

Role:
Miss Jane Hathaway
Starring:
Rob Schneider, Jim Varney, Buddy Ebsen, Cloris Leachman, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dolly Parton, Diedrich Bader
Directed By:
Penelope Spheeris
27. Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)
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4
Krippendorf's Tribe
PG-13
4
4

This comedy film revolves around a university professor who is assigned to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. Despite his failure to find the tribe, he refuses to admit it, and gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe, which is named after his children Shelly, Mike and Edmund. He also decides to dress up his family like the fictitious tribe to videotape them as ‘proof’ of his discovery.

Starring:
Richard Dreyfuss, Elaine Stritch, Natasha Lyonne, Mila Kunis, Jenna Elfman
Directed By:
Todd Holland
28. Getting Away with Murder (1996)
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4
Getting Away with Murder
R
3
4
Role:
Inga Mueller
Starring:
Dan Aykroyd, Bonnie Hunt, Jack Lemmon, Brian Kerwin
Directed By:
Harvey Miller
29. Moment by Moment (1978)
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4
Moment by Moment
R
2
4

Wealthy middle-aged Trisha Rawlings begins a tumultuous relationship with a much younger suave drifter Vick ‘Strip’ Harrison, after being separated from her philandering husband. Unfortunately, age and class difference and Trisha’s misgivings threaten to break up the relationship. 

Role:
Trisha
Starring:
John Travolta, Andra Akers, Bert Kramer, Shelley R. Bonus
Directed By:
Jane Wagner
30. Ctadc (2013)
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1
Ctadc
12
1
Starring:
Scott Michael Campbell, Tess Kartel, Liv von Oelreich, Kristina Ellery
Directed By:
Hunter G. Williams
31. Call to Action (2012)
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2
Call to Action
9
2
Role:
Lily
Starring:
Nicole Sienna, Hunter G. Williams, Aqueela Zoll, J. Kristopher
Directed By:
Hunter G. Williams
32. The Procession (2012)
9
2
The Procession
TV-PG
9
2
Role:
Jason's mom
Starring:
Lucy Punch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Fisher, Ryan Lester
Directed By:
Robert Festinger
33. The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe (1991)
8
3
The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe
PG-13
8
3
Role:
Truby the Bag Lady / Agnus Angst / Kate / Brandy / Tina
Starring:
Clay Walker
Directed By:
John Bailey
34. Reno Finds Her Mom (1998)
3
3
Reno Finds Her Mom
3
3
Starring:
Mary Tyler Moore, Reno
Directed By:
Lydia Dean Pilcher

Narrator/Dubbing

An Apology to Elephants (2013)
8
2
An Apology to Elephants
TV-PG
8
2
Role:
Self - Narrator (voice)
Starring:
Pat Derby, Colleen Kinzley, Jeff Kinzley, Ross MacPhee
Directed By:
Amy Schatz
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
20
6
The Celluloid Closet
R
20
6

The Celluloid Closet is a documentary film which highlights the historical context that LGBT people have occupied in the history of cinema in North America.

Role:
Self - Narrator (voice)
Starring:
Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, Arthur Laurents, Armistead Maupin
Directed By:
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972)
6
2
Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers
6
2
Role:
Telephone Voice (uncredited)
Starring:
David Margulies, Holly Woodlawn, Tally Brown, Suzanne Skillen
Directed By:
Robert J. Kaplan

Animation Movies

The Simpsons
24
4
The Simpsons
TV-14
24
4
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Fred Willard, Sam Neill, Kim Basinger, David Duchovny, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathy Griffin
Directed By:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
27
5
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
PG
27
5

Set in Spider-Verse, a group of multiple universes, the story focuses on Miles Morales, a New York teen. Bitten by a radioactive spider, he now gains spider-like abilities similar to Spider-Man. Shortly after that he discovers a "Super-Collider" built by supervillain Kingpin and must now join with other Spider men and women from other dimensions to save his city. 

Role:
Aunt May (voice)
Starring:
Chris Pine, Zoë Kravitz, Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Oscar Isaac
Directed By:
Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti
Sesame Street
8
2
Sesame Street
TV-Y
8
2
Starring:
Ricky Gervais, Gene Wilder, Billy Crystal, Teri Garr, Donald Glover, Joan Rivers, Jill Scott
Directed By:
Lisa Simon, Emily Squires, Ken Diego, Victor DiNapoli, Ted May
The Magic School Bus
8
2
The Magic School Bus
TV-Y
8
2
Role:
Ms. Valerie Frizzle
Starring:
Ed Asner, Rita Moreno, Sherman Hemsley, Paul Winfield, Malcolm McDowell, Cindy Williams, Michael York
Directed By:
Larry Jacobs, Charles E. Bastien
Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (1994)
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2
Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle
7
2
Starring:
Pamela Adlon, Thom Sharp, Amy Ziff, Erik McKay
Directed By:
Tamara Varga
Gake no ue no Ponyo (2008)
12
4
Gake no ue no Ponyo
G
12
4

Five-year-old Sōsuke rescues a goldfish princess trapped into a bottle and names her Ponyo. As they develop a bond, she is brought back under the ocean by her father, powerful wizard Fujimoto, who imprisons her after learning that she wants to become human. She frees herself and becomes human using Fujimoto's potent magic, upsetting the balance of the world.

Role:
Toki (voice)
Starring:
Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Betty White, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman
Directed By:
The Ant Bully (2006)
5
4
The Ant Bully
PG
5
4

The Ant Bully is an animated adventure comedy film, which tells the story of Lucas who is being bullied a boy bigger than him. Lucas takes out his frustration on an innocent colony of ants, flooding it with his water gun.  Things take a turn when he is magically shrunken down to the size of an insect. 

Role:
Mommo (voice)
Starring:
Bruce Campbell, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Jake T. Austin, Tom Kenny, Tyler James Williams, Nicolas Cage
Directed By:
John A. Davis
Edith Ann's Christmas (Just Say Noël) (1996)
4
3
Edith Ann's Christmas (Just Say Noël)
4
3
Starring:
Bonnie Hunt, Pamela Adlon, Pat Fraley, Reno
Directed By:
Bob Kurtz

TV Shows

The West Wing
18
2
The West Wing
TV-14
18
2
Starring:
Jon Bon Jovi, Hal Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss, Mako Iwamatsu, Christopher Lloyd, Nick Offerman, Amy Adams
Directed By:
Christopher Misiano, Alex Graves, Thomas Schlamme, Lesli Linka Glatter, Laura Innes
Homicide: Life on the Street
10
2
Homicide: Life on the Street
TV-14
10
2
Starring:
Richard Belzer, James Earl Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Waterston, Mekhi Phifer, Steve Allen, Mandy Patinkin
The X Files
33
5
The X Files
TV-14
33
5
Starring:
Shia LaBeouf, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Bublé, James Franco, Adam Baldwin, Jane Lynch, Veronica Cartwright
Directed By:
Frasier
17
4
Frasier
TV-PG
17
4
Starring:
James Spader, Kelsey Grammer, Bob Hoskins, Jennifer Tilly, Matthew Broderick, John Ratzenberger, Bill Paxton
Directed By:
Eastbound & Down
14
3
Eastbound & Down
TV-MA
14
3
Starring:
Will Ferrell, Don Johnson, Jason Sudeikis, Matthew McConaughey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Marilyn Manson, Katy Mixon
Directed By:
Grace and Frankie
16
3
Grace and Frankie
TV-MA
16
3
Role:
Frankie Bergstein / ...
Starring:
Martin Sheen, Ed Begley Jr., Craig T. Nelson, Swoosie Kurtz, Rita Moreno, Sam Waterston, Sam Elliott
Directed By:
Damages
11
3
Damages
TV-MA
11
3
Starring:
Glenn Close, Alexandra Daddario, Victor Garber, Martin Short, Ted Danson, Len Cariou, Kelly Ripa
The Electric Company
8
2
The Electric Company
TV-G
8
2
Starring:
Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Mel Blanc, Rita Moreno, Skip Hinnant
Directed By:
John Tracy, Bob Schwarz, Henry Behar
Laugh-In
8
2
Laugh-In
TV-PG
8
2
Starring:
Richard Dawson, Dinah Shore, Flip Wilson, Barbara Feldon, Goldie Hawn, Phyllis Diller, Connie Stevens
Directed By:
Mark Warren, Gordon Wiles
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
21
6
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
TV-14
21
6
Starring:
Kevin Pollak, Troian Bellisario, William Devane, Lauren Holly, Abigail Breslin, Daniela Ruah, Pauley Perrette
Directed By:
12 Miles of Bad Road
7
2
12 Miles of Bad Road
7
2
Role:
Amelia Shakespeare
Starring:
Melissa Rauch, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Gary Cole, Holland Roden, Kim Dickens, Katherine LaNasa, Mary Kay Place
Directed By:
Michael Engler, Harry Thomason
Desperate Housewives
19
6
Desperate Housewives
TV-14
19
6
Starring:
Helena Mattsson, Cameron Mathison, Marlee Matlin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Drea de Matteo, Tahj Mowry, Danny Trejo
Directed By:
David Grossman, Larry Shaw, David Warren, Arlene Sanford, Bethany Rooney
Web Therapy
7
2
Web Therapy
7
2
Starring:
Lisa Kudrow, Rosie O'Donnell, Megan Mullally, Jon Hamm, Sara Gilbert, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver
Directed By:
Don Roos, Dan Bucatinsky
Will & Grace
11
4
Will & Grace
TV-14
11
4
Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Luke Perry, Taye Diggs, Daryl Sabara, John Slattery, Kevin Federline, Tom Skerritt
Directed By:
James Burrows
Pryor's Place
6
2
Pryor's Place
6
2
Starring:
Scatman Crothers, Kim Fields, John Ritter, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, Marla Gibbs
Murphy Brown
6
3
Murphy Brown
6
3
Starring:
Sally Field, George Clooney, Chris Parnell, Christine Taylor, Jane Leeves, Don Rickles, Scott Bakula
Directed By:
Peter Bonerz, Barnet Kellman, Lee Shallat Chemel, Joe Regalbuto, Alan Rafkin
Web Therapy
6
3
Web Therapy
TV-14
6
3
Starring:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt LeBlanc, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Darren Criss, Alan Cumming, Calista Flockhart
Directed By:
Don Roos, Dan Bucatinsky
Malibu Country
4
3
Malibu Country
4
3
Role:
Lillie Mae MacKenzie
Starring:
Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Justin Prentice, Juliette Angelo
Directed By:
Andrew D. Weyman, Phill Lewis, Robbie Countryman

Lily Tomlin Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Winner Short Cuts (1993) 1994
Primetime Emmy Awards
An Apology to Elephants Outstanding Voice-Over Performance 2013
Lily: Sold Out Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program 1981
The Paul Simon Special Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special 1978
The Lily Tomlin Special Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special 1976
Lily Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music 1974
Lily Outstanding Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Special 1974
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1972