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List of Norman Lear Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Bobby Darin and Friends (1961)
12
2
Bobby Darin and Friends
12
2
Starring:
Bobby Darin, Bob Hope, Billy May and His Orchestra, Joanie Sommers, Conlon Singers The Jud
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
3. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
10
2
Fried Green Tomatoes
PG-13
10
2

It is an Oscar nominated film depicting the story of Evelyn Couch, an unhappy middle aged housewife, whose life is changed when she befriends a colorful old lady named Ninny Threadgoode.  The narrative alters several times between Evelyn’s life and Ninny’s tale about her free spirited sister-in-law Idgie, making it a highly enjoyable drama film.  

Starring:
Directed By:
Jon Avnet
5. Never Too Late (1965)
10
2
Never Too Late
10
2

Harry and Edith, who are in their fifties, live a perfectly happy life with their daughter and her husband. One day, Edith is thrilled and overjoyed to find out that she is going to have a baby. However, Harry does not seem very enthusiastic about it.  

Starring:
Connie Stevens, Jane Wyatt, Maureen O'Sullivan, Paul Ford, Jim Hutton
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
9. The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
9
2
The Thief Who Came to Dinner
PG
9
2

Webster McGee becomes a jewel thief and robs businessman, Henderling, of money and steals some files. He blackmails Henderling using the files to enter high society to rob more people. He meets Laura who becomes his lover and partner in crime. When investigator Dave Reilly, develops a friendship with Webster, loyalties are tested.

Starring:
Ryan O'Neal, Jill Clayburgh, Jacqueline Bisset, Warren Oates, Alan Oppenheimer
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
10. Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
9
2
Come Blow Your Horn
9
2

Alan Baker works for his father’s artificial-fruit company and is a carefree ladies’ man who never lets anything ruin a good time. When his brother Buddy moves in with him, Alan teaches him all his tricks. But a violent confrontation with a jealous husband forces Alan to reconsider his life choices.

Starring:
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lee J. Cobb, Molly Picon, Barbara Rush, Jill St. John
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
11. I Love Liberty (1982)
9
2
I Love Liberty
9
2

I Love Liberty was a TV special which aired in 1982. The film was meant as a salute to American ideals. It was also made to commemorate the 250th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.     

Starring:
Valerie Bertinelli, Jimmy Buffett, Ellen Burstyn, Desi Arnaz Jr., Christopher Atkins
12. The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
9
2
The Night They Raided Minsky's
M
9
2
Starring:
Britt Ekland, Jason Robards, Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews, Norman Wisdom
Directed By:
William Friedkin
13. Henry Fonda and the Family (1962)
11
2
Henry Fonda and the Family
11
2
Starring:
Paul Lynde, Henry Fonda, Verna Felton, Kathryn Grant, Dan Blocker
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
14. Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)
11
2
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
PG
11
2
Starring:
Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bill Clinton, Ronnie Gilbert
Directed By:
Jim Brown
15. El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances (2008)
9
2
El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances
9
2
Starring:
Danny Trejo, Alan Oppenheimer, Lupe Ontiveros, Elisa Bocanegra, Spencer John French
Directed By:
Amy French
16. Way Past Cool (2000)
8
2
Way Past Cool
R
8
2
Starring:
Wayne Collins, Luchisha Evans, Terrence Williams, Kareem R. Woods, Wes Charles Jr.
Directed By:
Adam Davidson
17. Ghetto Physics (2010)
8
2
Ghetto Physics
R
8
2
Starring:
Ice-T, Sabrina Revelle, Mike Foy, Nina Daniels
Directed By:
William Arntz, E. Raymond Brown

TV Movie(s)

1. The Little Rascals (1977)
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2
The Little Rascals
12
2
Starring:
Gary Coleman, David Hollander, Christopher Gardner, Shaunti Griffin, Georgi Irene
2. Justice for All (1968)
11
2
Justice for All
11
2
Starring:
Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor, D'Urville Martin, Tim MacIntire, Kelly Jean Peters
Directed By:
Norman Lear, Gordon Rigsby
3. Heartsounds (1984)
10
2
Heartsounds
PG
10
2
Starring:
James Garner, Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Wanamaker, David Gardner, Wendy Crewson
Directed By:
Glenn Jordan
4. All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
12
2
All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special
12
2
Role:
Host
Starring:
Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor, Sally Struthers
Directed By:
David Jackson
5. Barnaby (1965)
12
2
Barnaby
12
2
Starring:
Sorrell Booke, Allan Melvin, Frankie Kabott, Jan Shutan
6. Independence Day 2001 (2001)
8
2
Independence Day 2001
8
2
Starring:
Garth Brooks, Kathy Bates, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Darrow, Tevin Campbell
Directed By:
Roger Goodman

Animation(s)

The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons
TV-14
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Dan Harmon, Eva Longoria, Ellen Page, Ted Danson, Robert Englund, Larry Hagman
Directed By:
Mark Kirkland, Steven Dean Moore, Bob Anderson, Matthew Nastuk, Jim Reardon
South Park (1997)
South Park
TV-MA
Starring:
Trey Parker, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Kel Mitchell, Isaac Hayes, Tommy Chong, Meat Loaf
Directed By:
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Eric Stough
Channel Umptee-3 (1997)
Channel Umptee-3
TV-Y
Starring:
Alice Ghostley, Tara Strong, Jonathan Harris, Laura Summer, Charlie Adler

TV Shows and Videos

Fernwood Tonight (1977)
Fernwood Tonight
Starring:
Fred Willard, Jim Varney, Frank De Vol, Kenneth Mars, Martin Mull
The Andy Williams Show (1962)
The Andy Williams Show
Starring:
Andy Williams, Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Wayne Osmond
All in the Family (1971)
All in the Family
TV-PG
Starring:
Sherman Hemsley, Charles Durning, Bea Arthur, F. Murray Abraham, James Cromwell, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner
Directed By:
John Rich, Bob LaHendro, Hal Cooper, Paul Bogart, Norman Campbell
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Series - Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Series
All That Glitters (1977)
All That Glitters
Starring:
Vanessa Brown, Eileen Brennan, Barbara Baxley, Anita Gillette, Greg Evigan
Sanford and Son (1972)
Sanford and Son
TV-PG
Starring:
Della Reese, John Amos, Scatman Crothers, Lena Horne, Dick Van Patten, Mary Wickes, Don Rickles
Directed By:
Bob LaHendro, Stan Lathan, Alan Rafkin, James Sheldon, Peter Baldwin
ABC Stage 67 (1966)
ABC Stage 67
Starring:
Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Diahann Carroll, Alan Arkin, James Mason
Directed By:
Ted Kotcheff, Stanley Prager
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976)
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
TV-PG
Starring:
Michael Keaton, Ed Begley Jr., Dinah Shore, Harry Dean Stanton, Alice Ghostley, James Cromwell, Sorrell Booke
Directed By:
Kim Friedman, Dennis Klein, Jim Drake, Joan Darling, Bob Lally
Hot L Baltimore (1975)
Hot L Baltimore
Starring:
Dick Van Patten, James Cromwell, Al Freeman Jr., Richard Masur, Conchata Ferrell, Jeannie Linero
A Year at the Top (1977)
A Year at the Top
Starring:
Mickey Rooney, Greg Evigan, Gabriel Dell, Priscilla Morrill, Paul Shaffer
Directed By:
Alan Rafkin, Marlene Laird
One Day at a Time (2017)
One Day at a Time
TV-PG
Starring:
Rita Moreno, Reggie Watts, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ivonne Coll, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell
The George Gobel Show (1954)
The George Gobel Show
Starring:
Vincent Price, Jeff Donnell, George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter
Directed By:
Norman Lear
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956)
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
Starring:
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Twenty The Top, of Walter Schumann The Voices, Cliff Arquette, Ken Remo
The Powers That Be (1992)
The Powers That Be
Starring:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tiffani Thiessen, Cloris Leachman, John Forsythe, Victor Garber, Holland Taylor, Eve Gordon
Directed By:
Hal Cooper, Art Wolff
The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Starring:
Mel Blanc, Ethel Merman, Angie Dickinson, Carolyn Jones, Art Carney, Agnes Moorehead, Harpo Marx
Directed By:
Fred Hamilton, Ernest D. Glucksman, Jim Jordan, Kingman T. Moore, Bud Yorkin
The Jeffersons (1975)
The Jeffersons
TV-PG
Starring:
Phyllis Diller, Rosey Grier, Sherman Hemsley, Gary Coleman, Marla Gibbs, Franklin Cover, Paul Benedict
Directed By:
Oz Scott, Tony Singletary, Jack Shea, Arlando Smith, Bob Lally
Forever Fernwood (1977)
Forever Fernwood
Starring:
Elke Sommer, Fred Willard, Shelley Berman, Orson Bean, Debralee Scott
Jack & Bobby (2004)
Jack & Bobby
TV-14
Starring:
Logan Lerman, Neil Patrick Harris, Lou Diamond Phillips, Paul Sorvino, Alex D. Linz, Patrick J. Adams, John Slattery
Directed By:
David Petrarca, Perry Lang, Michael Schultz, Peter Markle, David Nutter
Good Times (1974)
Good Times
TV-PG
Starring:
Kim Fields, Carl Weathers, Jay Leno, Esther Rolle, William Christopher, Sorrell Booke, John Amos
Directed By:
Bob LaHendro, Gerren Keith, Herbert Kenwith, Donald McKayle
The Martha Raye Show (1954)
The Martha Raye Show
Starring:
Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Martha Raye, David Burns, Rocky Graziano
Directed By:
Norman Lear
Ford Star Revue (1950)
Ford Star Revue
Starring:
Jack Haley, Mindy Carson, Jimmy Carroll, Colette Marchand, Harold Lang
Maude (1972)
Maude
Starring:
Audra Lindley, Teri Garr, Nanette Fabray, Adrienne Barbeau, John Wayne, Jill Clayburgh, John Amos
Directed By:
Hal Cooper, Bill Hobin, Robert H. Livingston, Tony Csiki
The Deputy (1959)
The Deputy
Starring:
Henry Fonda, Anna Kashfi, James Coburn, Claude Akins, Denver Pyle, Robert Redford, George Harris Kennedy, Jr
Directed By:
Herschel Daugherty, Tay Garnett, Louis King, Otto Lang, Robert B. Sinclair
Hanging In (1979)
Hanging In
Starring:
Barbara Rhoades, Bill Macy, Dennis Burkley, Darian Mathias, Nedra Volz
One Day at a Time (1975)
One Day at a Time
TV-PG
Starring:
Keenan Wynn, Eve Plumb, Valerie Bertinelli, Elinor Donahue, Corey Feldman, Lee Grant, Jay Leno
Directed By:
Alan Rafkin, Herbert Kenwith, Noam Pitlik, Tony Singletary, Howard Morris
Apple Pie (1978)
Apple Pie
Starring:
James Cromwell, Jack Gilford, Dabney Coleman, Rue McClanahan, Caitlin O'Heaney
a.k.a. Pablo (1984)
a.k.a. Pablo
Starring:
Katy Jurado, Mario Lopez, Bea Arthur, Paul Rodriguez, Hector Elizondo
Palmerstown, U.S.A. (1980)
Palmerstown, U.S.A.
Starring:
Michael J. Fox, David Caruso, Danny Glover, Keenan Wynn, Scatman Crothers, Jonelle Allen, Star-Shemah Bobatoon
Directed By:
Larry Elikann, Jeffrey Hayden, Peter Levin, Ivan Dixon, Kenneth Gilbert
The Nancy Walker Show (1976)
The Nancy Walker Show
Starring:
Alice Ghostley, James Cromwell, Nancy Walker, William Daniels, Beverly Archer
Declaration of Independence (2003)
Declaration of Independence
Starring:
Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Kathy Bates, Benicio Del Toro
Directed By:
Frank Capra III, Arvin Brown
General Electric Theater (1953)
General Electric Theater
Starring:
Elsa Lanchester, Geraldine Page, James Franciscus, Rod Taylor, Greer Garson, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine
Directed By:
Herschel Daugherty, Don Medford, James Neilson, Jules Bricken, Mitchell Leisen
Sanford Arms (1977)
Sanford Arms
Starring:
Don Bexley, Tina Andrews, Teddy Wilson, John Earl, Bebe Drake
In the Beginning (1978)
In the Beginning
Starring:
Jack Dodson, McLean Stevenson, Olivia Barash, Bobby Ellerbee, Priscilla Lopez
The Baxters (1979)
The Baxters
Starring:
Anita Gillette, Larry Keith, Derin Altay, Chris Petersen, Terri Lynn Wood
Sunday Dinner (1991)
Sunday Dinner
Starring:
Doris Roberts, Cloris Leachman, Robert Loggia, Kari Lizer, Teri Hatcher
704 Hauser (1994)
704 Hauser
Starring:
John Amos, Lauren Tom, Maura Tierney, T.E. Russell, Lynnie Godfrey
Directed By:
Norman Lear
Maguy (1985)
Maguy
Starring:
Rosy Varte, Henri Garcin, Marthe Villalonga, Jean-Marc Thibault, Sophie Artur

Norman Lear Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' Outstanding Variety Special (Live) 2019
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times' Outstanding Variety Special (Live) 2020
All in the Family Outstanding Comedy Series 1973
All in the Family Outstanding Series - Comedy 1972
All in the Family Outstanding Series - Comedy 1971
All in the Family Outstanding New Series 1971