Best Jack Lemmon Movies

The best Jack Lemmon movies are a collection of intense drama, great comedy, wonderful casts, well written scripts, and unforgettable performances. Every character Jack Lemmon played and every performance he gave was unique. Nobody could play a drunk, a warlock, or a girl like Jack Lemmon.

  1. "Mister Roberts" (1955). Co-starring with Henry Fonda as Lt. Doug Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton, and William Powel as Doc, Lemmon plays Frank Thurlowe Pulver, a young Ensign intent on never finishing anything he starts and living through the war from the comfort of his bunk, who grows into a solid fighting naval man. Great comedy moments with a solid cast make this one of the best Jack Lemmon movies.

  2. "Bell, Book and Candle" (1958). Jack plays Nicky Holroyd, a New York warlock who uses his powers for mischief and self indulgence. The cast includes Kim Novak as Gillian Holroyd, James Stewart as Shep Henderson, and Ernie Kovacs (at his best) as Sidney Redlitch. Elsa Lanchester and Hermione Gingold steal every scene they are in. This is Jack Lemmon at his comedic best.

  3. "Some Like It Hot" (1959). Jack Lemmon in drag playing opposite Tony Curtis in drag and both sharing the spotlight with a scantily clothed Marilyn Monroe. This is classic Billy Wilder comedy in which Jack Lemmon was hysterically funny as Jerry and Daphne. Tony Curtis was brilliant, Marilyn was stunning. This comedy is full of bad guys, good girls, and laughs.

  4. "The Apartment" (1960). A saucy Billy Wilder drama starring Jack Lemmon as C.C. Baxter, a rising businessman, in this commentary on men, marriage, office romance, and office politics. Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacClaine) is the elevator operator going to the bottom in an affair with married Jeff Sheldrake (well played by Fred MacMurray) at Baxter’s apartment that he lends out to co-workers. It is an unforgettable drama.

  5. "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962). Jack Lemmon as the self destructive Joe Clay plays opposite Lee Remick as the lovely Kirsten Clay who follows her husband down the dark hole of alcoholism. This is Lemmon’s most powerful dramatic performance as Joe disintegrates before your eyes in to the horrors of the DT’s. Remarkably powerful performances by both stars.

  6. "Under the Yum Yum Tree" (1963). Jack Lemmon plays Hogan, the owner of an apartment building that only rents to attractive women. Hogan suffers from chronic immaturity and lechery. Lemmon gives one of his finest comedic performances as he tries to derail the engagement of a young tenant who tricks him into renting to her and her fiancé. It is a delightful comedy.

  7. "How to Murder Your Wife" (1965). Lemmon plays Stanley Ford, an action adventure cartoonist, who acts out every story line. When he acts out the murder of his wife, he stands trial for her murder. The gorgeous Virna Lisi plays Mrs. Ford who pops out of a cake at a bachelor party where the very drunk Stanley marries her. It’s a fun spoof on marriage with a great supporting cast.

  8. "The Odd Couple" (1968). Hands down the most memorable pair, Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) and Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau), middle aged divorced men sharing an apartment and driving each other crazy. The Odd Couple takes comedy to a whole new level and is a must see. It was nominated for two Oscars.

  9. "Save the Tiger" (1973). Jack Lemmon won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as businessman Harry Stoner. Indebted and with his business failing, Harry Stoner reduces himself to a position of getting clients prostitutes and partakes in insurance fraud to keep himself and his business alive. This is a memorable dramatic performance by Lemmon.

  10. "Grumpy Old Men" (1993). Jack Lemmon (John Gustafson) and Walter Matthau (Max Goldman) were reunited in this comedy about two old geezers living across the street from each other and, in spite of being life long friends, fight like two first graders in a school yard. Ann Margret as Ariel Truax moves to the neighborhood and give the boys more to fight about. Well written, great performances, and a wonderful supporting cast make this a clear pick for a list of best Jack Lemmon movies.

 

 

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