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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
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bobby Darin, Bob Hope, Billy May and His Orchestra, Joanie Sommers, Conlon Singers The Jud
2. The Princess Bride (1987)
11
3
The Princess Bride
PG
11
3

Adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 novel of the same name, the film The Princess Bride tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, who is on a mission to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Family, Fantasy, Adventure
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.  

As:
Producer
Director:
Jon Avnet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
4. Cold Turkey (1971)
10
2
Cold Turkey
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Norman Lear
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Jean Stapleton, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton, Maureen McCormick
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.  

As:
Producer
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Connie Stevens, Jane Wyatt, Maureen O'Sullivan, Paul Ford, Jim Hutton
6. Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
10
2
Start the Revolution Without Me
PG
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Comedy, History
Star Cast:
Donald Sutherland, Orson Welles, Gene Wilder, Billie Whitelaw, Hugh Griffith
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.

As:
Producer
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Ryan O'Neal, Jacqueline Bisset, Jill Clayburgh, Warren Oates, Alan Oppenheimer
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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lee J. Cobb, Molly Picon, Barbara Rush, Jill St. John
11. I Love Liberty (1982)
9
2
I Love Liberty
9
2
As:
Producer, Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
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
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Britt Ekland, Jason Robards, Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews, Norman Wisdom
13. Henry Fonda and the Family (1962)
11
2
Henry Fonda and the Family
11
2
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Bud Yorkin
Genres:
Family
Star Cast:
Paul Lynde, Henry Fonda, Verna Felton, Kathryn Grant, Dan Blocker
14. Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)
11
2
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
PG
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Jim Brown
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bill Clinton, Ronnie Gilbert
15. El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances (2008)
9
2
El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Amy French
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Danny Trejo, Alan Oppenheimer, Lupe Ontiveros, Elisa Bocanegra, Spencer John French
16. Way Past Cool (2000)
8
2
Way Past Cool
R
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Adam Davidson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Wayne Collins, Luchisha Evans, Terrence Williams, Kareem R. Woods, Wes Charles Jr.
17. Ghetto Physics (2010)
8
2
Ghetto Physics
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
William Arntz, E. Raymond Brown
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ice-T, Sabrina Revelle, Mike Foy, Nina Daniels

TV Movie(s)

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

Animation(s)

Channel Umptee-3 (1997)
Channel Umptee-3
TV-Y
As:
Producer
Genres:
Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Alice Ghostley, Tara Strong, Jonathan Harris, Laura Summer, Charlie Adler

TV Shows and Videos

Fernwood Tonight (1977)
Fernwood Tonight
As:
Writer
Genres:
Talk-Show, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Willard, Jim Varney, Frank De Vol, Kenneth Mars, Martin Mull
The Andy Williams Show (1962)
The Andy Williams Show
As:
Producer
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Andy Williams, Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Wayne Osmond
All That Glitters (1977)
All That Glitters
As:
Producer
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Vanessa Brown, Eileen Brennan, Barbara Baxley, Anita Gillette, Greg Evigan
Hot L Baltimore (1975)
Hot L Baltimore
As:
Producer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
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
As:
Producer
Director:
Alan Rafkin, Marlene Laird
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Greg Evigan, Gabriel Dell, Priscilla Morrill, Paul Shaffer
One Day at a Time (2017)
One Day at a Time
TV-PG
As:
Producer, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Rita Moreno, Reggie Watts, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ivonne Coll, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell
The George Gobel Show (1954)
The George Gobel Show
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Norman Lear
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Vincent Price, Jeff Donnell, George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956)
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
As:
Writer
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Twenty The Top, of Walter Schumann The Voices, Cliff Arquette, Ken Remo
Forever Fernwood (1977)
Forever Fernwood
As:
Producer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Elke Sommer, Fred Willard, Shelley Berman, Orson Bean, Debralee Scott
The Martha Raye Show (1954)
The Martha Raye Show
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Norman Lear
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Martha Raye, David Burns, Rocky Graziano
Ford Star Revue (1950)
Ford Star Revue
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Jack Haley, Mindy Carson, Jimmy Carroll, Colette Marchand, Harold Lang
Hanging In (1979)
Hanging In
As:
Producer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Barbara Rhoades, Bill Macy, Dennis Burkley, Darian Mathias, Nedra Volz
Apple Pie (1978)
Apple Pie
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
James Cromwell, Jack Gilford, Dabney Coleman, Rue McClanahan, Caitlin O'Heaney
The Nancy Walker Show (1976)
The Nancy Walker Show
As:
Producer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alice Ghostley, James Cromwell, Nancy Walker, William Daniels, Beverly Archer
Declaration of Independence (2003)
Declaration of Independence
As:
Producer
Director:
Frank Capra III, Arvin Brown
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Kathy Bates, Benicio Del Toro
Sanford Arms (1977)
Sanford Arms
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Don Bexley, Tina Andrews, Teddy Wilson, John Earl, Bebe Drake
In the Beginning (1978)
In the Beginning
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Dodson, McLean Stevenson, Olivia Barash, Bobby Ellerbee, Priscilla Lopez
The Baxters (1979)
The Baxters
As:
Producer
Genres:
Talk-Show, Comedy
Star Cast:
Anita Gillette, Larry Keith, Derin Altay, Chris Petersen, Terri Lynn Wood
Sunday Dinner (1991)
Sunday Dinner
As:
Producer, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Doris Roberts, Cloris Leachman, Robert Loggia, Kari Lizer, Teri Hatcher
704 Hauser (1994)
704 Hauser
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Norman Lear
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Amos, Lauren Tom, Maura Tierney, T.E. Russell, Lynnie Godfrey
Maguy (1985)
Maguy
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
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