Best Jerry Lewis Movies

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From 1949 through to 2013, Jerry Lewis appeared in 48 films (14 he directed). Which was the best?

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1. My Friend Irma (1949)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A scatterbrained Brooklynite and her wheeler-dealer fiancé interfere in her level-headed roommate's love life.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: John Lund, Diana Lynn, Don DeFore, Marie Wilson

Votes: 796 | Gross: $6.16M

His debut with Dean Martin.

2. The Nutty Professor (1963)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman

Votes: 14,294 | Gross: $7.63M

3. The King of Comedy (1982)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

Rupert Pupkin is a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight and to achieve this, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 67,832 | Gross: $2.50M

Jerry at his unfunniest (which in this case was a good thing).

4. The Family Jewels (1965)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy

A young heiress must choose between six uncles, one of which is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Sebastian Cabot, Neil Hamilton, Jay Adler

Votes: 1,870

5. Cinderfella (1960)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother and her two no-good sons, Maximilian and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva

Votes: 2,740 | Gross: $4.70M

6. The Bellboy (1960)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

Mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton, Sonnie Sands

Votes: 3,491

7. At War with the Army (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mike Kellin, Jimmie Dundee

Votes: 1,947

Starring 'Martin and Lewis'

8. Scared Stiff (1953)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

Fleeing a murder charge, a busboy and a nightclub singer wind up on a spooky Caribbean island inherited by an heiress.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lizabeth Scott, Carmen Miranda

Votes: 1,551

Martin & Lewis' 9th Movie

9. The Caddy (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Although gifted golfer Harvey Miller is too nervous to golf in public tournaments, he acts as coach and caddy for friend Joe Anthony.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed, Barbara Bates

Votes: 1,660

10. The Patsy (1964)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy

When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Ina Balin, Everett Sloane, Phil Harris

Votes: 1,763

11. Artists and Models (1955)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 3,148 | Gross: $9.35M

12. The Ladies Man (1961)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

After his girl leaves him for someone else, Herbert gets really depressed and starts searching for a job. He finally finds one in a big house which is inhabited by many, many women. Can he ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Pat Stanley, Kathleen Freeman

Votes: 3,199

"Hey, Lady!"

13. Max Rose (2013)

Unrated | 83 min | Drama

38 Metascore

A jazz pianist makes a discovery days before the death of his wife that causes him to believe his sixty-five year marriage was a lie. He embarks on an exploration of his own past that brings him face to face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era.

Director: Daniel Noah | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé, Kevin Pollak, Claire Bloom

Votes: 437 | Gross: $0.06M

His last film.

14. My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

En route to Hollywood, singer Steve, his partner Seymour and fiancée Jane, Jane's airheaded roommate Irma, and Irma's con artist fiancé Al have a series of misadventures and end up involved with a murderous gang.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn, Dean Martin

Votes: 476

15. That's My Boy (1951)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

The greatest player in Ridgefield College history uses his influence and reputation to get his only son, a sickly, uncoordinated nerd, on the college football team with comic results.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Ruth Hussey, Eddie Mayehoff

Votes: 768

16. Sailor Beware (1952)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Although allergic to kissing girls, Seaman Melvin Jones, through a fluke TV appearance, gets the undeserved reputation of a great kisser dubbed "Mr. Temptation" and is pursued by amorous young females.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Corinne Calvet, Marion Marshall

Votes: 1,016

17. Jumping Jacks (1952)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

Nightclub comic Hap Smith assumes the identity of another soldier so he can tour army bases in a revue with his ex-partner Chuck Allen.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mona Freeman, Don DeFore

Votes: 801

18. The Stooge (1951)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall

Votes: 1,188

19. Money from Home (1953)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Marjie Millar, Pat Crowley

Votes: 649

20. Living It Up (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Musical

An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Edward Arnold

Votes: 1,313

21. 3 Ring Circus (1954)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy

Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Joanne Dru, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 610

22. You're Never Too Young (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy

When an aspiring barber becomes inadvertently involved in the theft of a valuable diamond, necessity forces him to masquerade as a 12 year-old child - with humorous consequences.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Diana Lynn, Nina Foch

Votes: 1,210

23. Pardners (1956)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Music

A rich momma's boy returns west with the son of his murdered father's partner to foil a gang trying to gain control of his family ranch.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lori Nelson, Jeff Morrow

Votes: 1,280 | Gross: $7.92M

24. Hollywood or Bust (1956)

95 min | Comedy, Musical

A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley, Maxie Rosenbloom

Votes: 1,676

25. The Sad Sack (1957)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Kirk, David Wayne, Peter Lorre

Votes: 550

26. The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy

Sidney Pythias is a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Mike Damon as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With Damon's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.

Director: Don McGuire | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Martha Hyer, Darren McGavin, Robert Ivers

Votes: 1,170

27. The Geisha Boy (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa, Barton MacLane

Votes: 1,648

28. Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy

An average television repairman must care for the newborn triplets of his former hometown sweetheart, now a famous movie star, so her career will not suffer.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 1,566

29. Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

John Paul Steckler was the Junior Officer aboard a destroyer when WWII ended. He gets stuck with the job of sailing the ship to the states to be decommissioned. Now years latter, no one ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dina Merrill, Diana Spencer, Mickey Shaughnessy

Votes: 613

30. Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth...

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,011

31. The Errand Boy (1961)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Family

Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going, so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Howard McNear, Dick Wesson

Votes: 1,640

32. It's Only Money (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery

Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan O'Brien, Zachary Scott, Jack Weston

Votes: 765

33. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 34,822 | Gross: $46.30M

34. Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

Norman Phiffier works as a store clerk in a large department store. Clumsy and inept, he can't do anything right. Boy are they in trouble!

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Jill St. John, Ray Walston, John McGiver

Votes: 2,032

35. The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Glenda Farrell, Susan Oliver, Karen Sharpe

Votes: 2,608

36. Boeing, Boeing (1965)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

A friend visits his philandering friend just as that man's scheme of being secretly simultaneously engaged to three flight attendants goes awry.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, Dany Saval, Christiane Schmidtmer

Votes: 2,421

37. Three on a Couch (1966)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

An artist has an opportunity to go to Paris and wants to bring his fiancee along. However, she's a psychiatrist who currently has three female patients who don't like men. So, he guises ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Mary Ann Mobley, Gila Golan

Votes: 845 | Gross: $2.80M

38. Way... Way Out (1966)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic world, the USA decides to send a married couple of astronauts to its moon base in order to prevent any improper contact with the Soviet female cosmonauts manning the USSR moon base.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens, Robert Morley, Dennis Weaver

Votes: 879

39. The Big Mouth (1967)

107 min | Comedy, Action, Crime

While fishing on a San Diego beach, Gerald Clamson catches ... a sea diver! Even more weird, the "fish" resembles him. The man, who is not (yet) dead, reveals his secret to the peaceful ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Harold J. Stone, Susan Bay Nimoy, Buddy Lester

Votes: 870

40. Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)

G | 99 min | Comedy

An American plans to bilk the British out of some considerable money with the help of an English con artist.

Director: Jerry Paris | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Terry-Thomas, Jacqueline Pearce, Bernard Cribbins

Votes: 509

41. Which Way to the Front? (1970)

G | 96 min | Comedy, War

Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler. However, Byers is not the kind of man who takes "No" ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Jan Murray, John Wood, Steve Franken

Votes: 1,078

42. Hardly Working (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Roger C. Carmel, Deanna Lund

Votes: 671

43. Cracking Up (1977)

R | 69 min | Comedy

What would happen if a 9.7 magnitude earthquake were to strike the L.A. area? This is what "Cracking Up" looks at from the lighter side. The movie is composed of individual skits of ... See full summary »

Directors: Rowby Goren, Chuck Staley | Stars: Michael Mislove, Fred Willard, Paul Zegler, Steve Bluestein

Votes: 138

44. Slapstick of Another Kind (1982)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A rich, beautiful couple give birth to deformed alien twins who, when their heads are together, are the smartest kids on the planet.

Director: Steven Paul | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, John Abbott

Votes: 703

45. Funny Bones (1995)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Oliver Platt, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron

Votes: 3,356 | Gross: $0.53M

46. Arizona Dream (1993)

R | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A young New Yorker goes to Arizona where he finds freedom to both love and dream.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor

Votes: 38,722 | Gross: $0.11M

47. Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

With Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his career chronologically from the 10-year partnership with Dean Martin to Lewis's ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg Barson | Stars: Michael Andrew, Alec Baldwin, Richard Belzer, Carol Burnett

Votes: 239

48. Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

Scientist Sherman Klump's inventions, his upcoming marriage to his pretty colleague Denise Gaines and his reputation are threatened by his evil clone Buddy Love.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller, John Ales

Votes: 45,710 | Gross: $123.31M