Burt Reynolds Movies

Burt Reynolds in his award winning role in 1997's Boogie Nights

Burt Reynolds in his award winning role in 1997’s Boogie Nights

Want to know the best Burt Reynolds movies?  How about the worst Burt Reynolds movies?  Curious about Burt Reynolds’ box office grosses or which Burt Reynolds movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Burt Reynolds movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

This Burt Reynolds (1936-) movie page comes from a request from my mother.  According to Quigley Publishing, from 1978 to 1982 Burt Reynolds was the number one movie star working.  Reynolds’ 5 year run tied Bing Crosby (1944-1948) for the longest stay at the top spot when it comes to money making stars.  I am not sure how many young people realize just how popular Burt Reynolds was back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Pretty much everything he touched turned into box office gold back then.

Burt Reynolds’ IMDb page shows 177 acting credits from 1958-2015. This page will rank 66 Burt Reynolds movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  His television roles, cameos, shorts, and straight to DVD movies were not included in the rankings.

Burt Reynolds in 1977's Smokey and the Bandit....easily his biggest box office hit

Burt Reynolds in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit….easily his biggest box office hit

Burt Reynolds Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by Burt Reynolds’ co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Burt Reynolds movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
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  • Sort Burt Reynolds movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Burt Reynolds movie received.
  • Sort Burt Reynolds movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • *** = Movie directed by Burt Reynolds
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Deliverance (1972)Jon Voight & Ned Beatty$339.602nd of 197385.50%03 / 0075.26
Longest Yard, The (1974)Geoffrey Lewis & Eddie Albert$193.9016th of 197476.00%01 / 0067.42
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)Sally Field & Jackie Gleason$479.103rd of 197774.50%01 / 0066.42
Hooper (1978)Sally Field & Brian Keith$281.008th of 197862.50%01 / 0060.78
Silent Movie (1976)Mel Brooks & Dom Deluise$143.109th of 197677.00%00 / 0058.37
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The (1982)Dolly Parton & Charles Durning$199.909th of 198256.00%01 / 0057.70
End, The (1978) ***Sally Field & Myrna Loy$161.8012th of 197868.00%00 / 0057.04
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)Woody Allen & Tony Randall$127.7010th of 197278.50%00 / 0056.68
Boogie Nights (1997)Mark Wahlberg & Julianne Moore$48.5079th of 199785.50%03 / 0055.91
Semi-Tough (1977)Kris Kristofferson & Carl Weathers$140.6031st of 197769.00%00 / 0054.22
Sharky's Machine (1981) ***Rachel Ward$108.0017th of 198178.00%00 / 0053.86
Cannonball Run, The (1981)Dean Martin & Roger Moore$218.905th of 198145.50%00 / 0052.38
Longest Yard, The (2005)Adam Sandler & Chris Rock$208.3022nd of 200546.50%00 / 0052.36
Hustle (1975)Catherine Deneuve & Ben Johnson$129.5014th of 197564.50%00 / 0050.39
Starting Over (1979)Jill Clayburgh & Candice Bergen$119.7020th of 197963.00%02 / 0050.21
Lucky Lady (1975)Gene Hackman & Liza Minnelli$158.2011th of 197553.50%00 / 0049.66
White Lightning (1973)Ned Beatty & Bo Hopkins$88.1027th of 197373.00%00 / 0047.97
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)Jackie Gleason & Sally Field$214.405th of 198036.00%00 / 0047.92
Best Friends (1982)Goldie Hawn & Jessica Tandy$105.6018th of 198251.50%01 / 0040.69
Bean (1997)Rowan Atkinson$83.2047th of 199652.50%00 / 0037.65
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)Art Carney & Ned Beatty$97.1021st of 197548.00%00 / 0037.61
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)Dom DeLuise & Loni Anderson$57.5044th of 198958.50%00 / 0036.31
Breaking In (1989)Casey Siemaszko$4.00146th of 198975.00%00 / 0035.93
Citizen Ruth (1996)Laura Dern & Mary Kay Place$0.50243rd of 199675.00%00 / 0035.33
Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, The (1973)Sarah Miles & Lee. J. Cobb$43.3036th of 197359.00%00 / 0034.44
100 Rifles (1969)Raquel Welch & Jim Brown$59.4027th of 196952.00%00 / 0033.65
Pups (1999)Mischa Barton$0.01374th of 199969.00%00 / 0032.43
Dukes of Hazzard, The (2005)Johnny Knoxville$105.7026th of 200531.50%00 / 0031.66
Shamus (1973)Dyan Cannon & John P. Ryan$47.6042nd of 197351.50%00 / 0031.58
City Heat (1984)Clint Eastwood$96.2022nd of 198435.00%00 / 0031.21
Switching Channels (1988)Kathleen Turner & Christopher Reeve$18.7091st of 198857.50%00 / 0029.99
Without a Paddle (2004)Seth Green$79.0052nd of 200436.50%00 / 0029.50
Angel Baby (1961)George Hamilton$21.20129th of 196155.50%00 / 0029.37
Navajo Joe (1968)Fernando Rey$5.50198th of 196860.50%00 / 0029.29
Gator (1976) ***Jack Weston & Laura Hutton$66.0044th of 197640.00%00 / 0029.03
Nickelodeon (1976)Ryan O''''Neal & Tatum O''''Neal$72.0029th of 197638.00%00 / 0029.02
Mystery Alaska (1999)Russell Crowe$14.80133rd of 199955.00%00 / 0028.18
Armored Command (1961)Tina Louise & Howard Keel$10.60188h of 196151.50%00 / 0025.84
Paternity (1981)Beverly D'Angelo$57.1039th of 198135.00%00 / 0025.30
Cannonball Run II (1984)Dean Martin & Shirley Maclaine$70.4032nd of 198430.50%00 / 0025.25
Man Who Loved Women, The (1983)Julie Andrews & Kim Basinger$29.3061st of 198343.50%00 / 0024.93
Rough Cut (1980)Lesley-Anne Warren & David Niven$54.0033rd of 198035.00%00 / 0024.82
Stick (1985) ***Candice Bergen & George Segal$20.2096th of 198543.50%00 / 0024.47
Fuzz (1972)Raquel Welch & Jack Weston$45.1042nd of 197236.50%00 / 0024.14
Sam Whiskey (1969)Angie Dickinson & Clint Walker$14.00110th of 196944.50%00 / 0023.09
Cop and a Half (1993)Ruby Dee$64.9052nd of 199327.50%00 / 0022.98
Malone (1987)Cliff Robertson$6.60132nd of 198746.00%00 / 0022.70
Striptease (1996)Demi Moore$63.1047th of 199625.50%00 / 0021.69
Driven (2001)Sylvester Stallone$48.8072nd of 200128.00%00 / 0021.48
Crew, The (2000)Richard Dreyfuss$20.40125th of 200038.00%00 / 0021.04
Impasse (1969)Anne Frances$11.00145th of 196940.00%00 / 0020.50
Shark! (1969)Arthur Kennedy$17.0088th of 196937.00%00 / 0020.03
Operation C.I.A. (1965)Kieu Chinh$8.40156th of 196539.50%00 / 0019.86
Skullduggery (1970)Susan Clark & Edward Fox$9.90167th of 197039.00%00 / 0019.86
Heat (1986)Karen Young$6.30135th of 198738.50%00 / 0019.13
Stroker Ace (1983)Loni Anderson & Jim Nabors$34.8056th of 198328.00%00 / 0018.50
At Long Last Love (1975)Cybil Shepard & Eileen Brennan$18.7089th of 197532.50%00 / 0018.17
Mad Dog Time (1996)Richard Dreyfuss & Gabriel Byrne$0.20263rd of 199636.00%00 / 0016.95
Meet Wally Sparks (1997)Rodney Dangerfield$7.50151st of 199732.50%00 / 0016.47
Physical Evidence (1989)Theresa Russell & Ned Beatty$7.60126th of 198931.50%01 / 0016.45
Broken Bridges (2006)Tess Harper & Kelly Preston$0.30309th of 200633.50%00 / 0015.81
Rent-A-Cop (1988)Liza Minnelli$0.60213th of 198830.50%00 / 0014.43
Smokey & the Bandit Part III (1983)Jackie Gleason & Jerry Reed$15.2095th of 198324.50%00 / 0013.89
Deal (2008)Charles Durning & Meg Tilly$0.10411th of 200828.50%00 / 0013.44
Delgo (2008)Val Kilmer & Anne Bancroft$0.80240th of 20828.00%00 / 0013.34
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008)Jason Statham$5.60172nd of 200821.00%00 / 0010.78

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Burt Reynolds Table

  1. Eighteen Burt Reynolds movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 27.27% of his movies listed.  Smokey and the Bandit (1977) is his biggest hit.
  2. An average Burt Reynolds movie earned $75.50 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  17 of Burt Reynolds movies are rated as good movies…or 25.75 % of his movies.  Boogie Nights (1997) is his highest rated movie while In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Burt Reynolds movies have been nominated for at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…or 13.63 of his movies
  5. Zero Burt Reynolds movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 0.00% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  19 Burt Reynolds movies scored higher that average….or 28.78% of his movies. Deliverance (1972) got the the highest UMR Score while In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008) got the lowest UMR Score.
Burt Reynolds in the movie that made him a superstar...1972's Deliverance

Burt Reynolds in the movie that made him a superstar…1972’s Deliverance

Possibly Interesting Facts About Burt Reynolds

1. Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds Jr. was born February 11th, 1936 in Waycross, Georgia.

2. Burt Reynolds path to stardom…Cliff Notes style.  Reynolds appeared in a college play called Outward Bound.  His performance in that play helped him win a scholarship that got him into the Hyde Park Playhouse in New York.  Here he met Joanne Woodward who helped him find an agent. While in a production of Mister Roberts he was spotted and signed to a television contract for the television show Gunsmoke for three years.  From here he did the Clint Eastwood….”go overseas and star in low budget movies”. In 1969 he had his first box office success with 1969’s 100 Rifles.  3 years later he became a superstar with his performance in 1972’s Deliverance.

3. Burt Reynolds earned a football scholarship to Florida State.  His college career ended after  suffering a knee injury.  He played halfback…which explains why he looked so comfortable in his The Longest Yard role.

4. Burt Reynolds was a Quigley Publishing Top Ten Box Office Star from 1973 through 1984That consecutive 12 year run is one of the longest streaks ever in the 80 plus years that Quigley Publishing has released their annual list.

5. Burt Reynolds has been married two times.  He was married to Judy Carne from 1963-1965.  He was married to Loni Anderson from 1988-1994.  Reynolds and Anderson have one child together…Quenton Anderson Reynolds.

6. Burt Reynolds’ Smokey and the Bandit (1977) is the 67th biggest box office hit of all time when looking at adjusted box office grosses.

7. Burt Reynolds has been nominated for one acting Oscar®….Best Supporting Actor in 1997’s Boogie Nights.  He has been nominated for three movie acting Golden Globes®….Best Actor in 1974’s The Longest Yard, Best Actor in 1979’s Starting Over and he won the Golden Globe® for Best Supporting Actor in 1997’s Boogie Nights.

8.  Roles turned down by Burt Reynolds or he was seriously considered for:  Rosemary’s Baby (John Cassevetes part) Soapdish (Kevin Kline part), Terms of Endearment (Jack Nicholson part), Die Hard (Bruce Willis part), Star Wars (Harrison Ford part), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack Nicholson part) and Taxi Driver (Robert DeNiro part).  On the flip side of this….Reynolds got his star making role in Deliverance only after Henry Fonda, James Stewart and Marlon Brando.

9.  Burt Reynolds the singer?  Yep.  He hit number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1980 with the song “Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial” from Smokey and the Bandit II.

10. Check out Burt Reynolds career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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40 thoughts on “Burt Reynolds Movies

  1. Hi there, I always liked Burt Reynolds – think he is a good actor. I especially liked him in the role in Sharky;s Machine and The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing – a love story. I have them on a VCR tape and I have a VCR still – should set it up if I can remember and watch them both. Thanks for the update.

  2. Great to see Burt’s page updated, Bruce.

    Most recently, I have been watching Gunsmoke on METV which is airing the rare 1 hour episodes of the season (seasons?) with Burt Reynolds and Dennis Weaver in them.

    I remember seeing an interview (cannot remember with whom) where Burt would talk about how Arness would be very tired by the end of the day and that his limp would be quite pronounced. James Arness, for people who do not know this, lost part of his leg following being shot in military action as a foot soldier in WWII.

    He was one of the first people to have their lives saved due to a new drug – penicillin.

      1. It was on his Biography episode. Peter was proud of his brother’s service.

        Peter himself was a musician who spent WWII in the orchestra which backed up Doris Day when she was entertaining the troops. That is how they originally met.

        Later on, Peter and Doris starred together in a western few people know – THE BALLAD OF JOSIE.

        1. That is Peter Graves aka Peter Arness of Mission Impossible fame. Peter was 6’4 and James was 6’7.

          WOW.

          I am a fan of both, but with Biography on A&E there was a lot of Peter.

        2. Hey Flora….thanks for listing the source for your information. I am not sure I even knew that they brothers. Thanks for enlighting me.

          1. They look exactly alike if you ask me. They sound alike too. Graves was the maiden name of their grandmother on their mother’s side which is how his screen name was chosen.

            Graves played Price in Stalag 17.

            Back to Burt – I hope he is feeling well. Perhaps Silent Movie will air on TCM during their salute to slapstick.

  3. HI BRUCE:

    1 Delighted with this update as Burt Reynolds is one of those modern stars in whom I am very keenly interested. If Bud and he HAD come to blows and I’d been present I would have had to stay neutral and do referee !!

    2 I read that when he made City Heat with Eastwood Clint insisted on top billing and Burt pleaded with him to let Burt’s own name come first in at least the cast lists but Clint steadfastly refused even that small concession. I have often wondered if that was simply excessive vanity on Clint’s part or given that Clint ceded top billing to Kevin Costner in A Perfect World if Eastwood like Bud for some reason didn’t like Reynolds.

    3 Given the massive star that Burt once was I was surprised that his box office average was so low and at one time he WAS the biggest star on the planet but was eclipsed virtually overnight. I have read various theories for his fall from grace but have you any ideas on the subject yourself? I’d be very keen to know your take on it.

    4 Great coincidence you too being a Wilander fan. My wife and I love the knowledge that he brings to his career as a commentator these days. He was at the height of his tennis career in 1988 when he won three of the grand slams and replaced Lendl as World No 1. Mats did very little after that though because around that time his father died and he apparently took it very badly so that it knocked the heart out of him and he surrendered the No 1 ranking back to Lendl a mere 20 weeks later. Mats still apparently plays in the tennis seniors tournament . When he was in his heyday his nickname in the tabloids and among the commentators over here was Marvellous Matts.

    BOB

    1. Hey Bob.
      1. From what I read Burt and Clint have been friends for a very longtime….so I am thinking maybe the agents were involved in the billing issues……that movie will always be there movie. I liked it when I was younger….but I have not watched it in years. I think my Blu-Ray of City Heat is sitting still unopened on my DVD rack.
      2. Burt had that awesome 5 year run…..but only a few hits outside of that range….and by the mid 1980s he was no longer a draw at all….as for the reason for his fall? Like Adam Sandler he made the same movies over and over and eventually the public tuned him out. I think the triple whammy of Cannonball Run 2, Smokey 3 and Stoker Ace pushed away even his most loyal fans. I think he has done well as a supporting actor….as he has kept very busy….I think there are about 20 movies that are not included in the rankings…..granted they are straight to home entertainment movies….but he has kept working.
      3. Yep poor Mats got to the top of the mountain….and then decided it was not worth trying to stay there….I think his total titles after that US Open win was like 1 or 2…..not sure how he is done on the Seniors tour…I used to like Borg and Mats filled in nicely when Borg retired. When I was younger I was a decent tennis player….one year….I was 57-1 (yes…surprise… I wrote down all the matches and set scores I played in)….I was rolling along….when I played a guy from Spain….and he easily ended my winning streak. I remember at the end of the match….we shook hands and he said….”I like playing with you…cause you made me hustle”. I actually played pretty well in that match ….but his skill level was so superior to mine…..that I realized I was not nearly as good as I thought I was…..a nice case of eating humble pie for me. Sorry got off on a tennis rant.
      Thanks for the comment.

      1. MISCELLANEOUS

        (1) BURT REYNOLDS. Thanks for your assessment of Burt’s career decline and I agree that he probably pushed out the boat too often with the same format, It’s sad but he seems to have retained a sense of humour through it all as in the interviews that I saw him give he was very funny – except when he talked about Bud !! Didn’t know about the Reynolds/Eastwood friendship though so that’s one I owe You.

        (2) COMEDY DUOS Laurel & Hardy might be a difficult page to do as whilst they made around 27 feature films their short films greatly exceeded that number and there might not be accurate enough records kept in those days about all of those shorts. Also it is difficult to place in an overall context the box office and artistic careers of performers. whose movie input was for the larger part from rather repetitive short movies. A typical L & H short lasted around 20 mins.

        (3) One has the same problem with Chaplin and whilst you have done sterling work on the stats for his feature films those numerous silent custard pie short films make his box office career impossible to closely compare with that of say the Duke or Gable; though judging by reports of the salaries they paid Charlie in those silent movie days his audiences must have been enormous. Chaplin made 72 of those shorts between 1914 and 1923 and analysis of a broad sample of them suggests that the running time for most of them was between 11 and 34 minutes and the only one that I could find was The Kid (1921) which lasted 68 mins.

        (4) TENNIS 57/1 is great at ANY level. When I read that it reminded me of one of the Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes who was of course renowned for the results of his mental efforts suddenly reveals to an astonished Dr W that he had proficient skills as a competitive amateur boxer !

        (5) Certainly this is not the tennis era in which to compete if you want a lot of trophies. From 2003 up until Wimbledon this year 53 grand slam tournaments were held over the four venues and on the men’s side 43 of them were won by the same 3 players. It is rare in sport to get 3 All Time Greats in the one era but Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are certainly the likes of the Gable, Duke and Grant of the current tennis world. That trio of tennis greats are 3 of only 8 male players to win grand slam titles in double figures in the entire history of tennis

        As always thanks for the chit-chat. BOB

        1. Hey Bob.
          1. There is a great story about when they were young and struggling….”One day two young actors had an appointment with a major producer in Hollywood. The two young actors were named Burt Reynolds and clint Eastwood.

          They met with the producer, gave their resumes, chatted for a while, and then the producer smiled politely, and gave them his honest opinion about their chances in Hollywood.

          “You, Mr. Reynolds, unfortunately, can’t act. I’m sorry to say that you will never be able to make it in this town.”

          Mr. Reynolds didn’t say anything.

          “And you, Mr. Eastwood, you will never make it in Hollywood because your Adam’s apple is too protruding.”

          And the two actors were dismissed.

          On the street, Burt turned to Clint and grinned. “I can learn to act, but you’re out of luck.”

          2. I did not even try to look for L & H’s shorts….but I can only find one box office number for their full length movies.
          3. The same thing went for the Chaplin shorts…though the massive success of his full length movies was prett easy to find.
          4. I like the Holmes comparison to tennis. When in college between classes I would head to the tennis courts and find somebody to play…many times it was a stranger….the Spaniard easily beat me…but in an epic (to me) match with a Russian student I prevailed…ah…my glory days…lol.
          🙂

          1. BRUCE

            1 I loved the Burt/Clint story and it will be filed away in my celebrity jokes cabinet for retelling elsewhere when the occasion arises. It does show that even in adversity Burt Reynolds maintained a sense of humour and confirms that he was one funny guy as he had demonstrated in those TV interviews that I saw.

            2 Your story naturally reminds one of the fabled reports of the twits who initially attempted to exclude the King from movies because “his ears are too big” and Astaire because he was “balding and has no talent” . It’s ironic to think that the studios are supposed to pay big bucks for talent spotting !

            3 Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas were renowned for laying do the law to the likes of directors and scriptwriters who worked on their films and at a press conference on one occasion Kirk was forced to defend those practices and he said “Of course Burt and I shoot our mouths off from time to time but everybody accepts that because they know that we know what we’re shooting our mouths off about.”‘

            4 It always struck me that someone should have told him that perhaps people stood for it it because of the Lancaster and Duglas POWER and not necessarily because of the pearls of wisdom that they were imparting. Therefore it occurs to me that if the producer who dismissed Clint had become involved with Eastwood in his heyday he might well have told Clint that one of his selling points was that the ladies found his Adam’s apple very sexy !!

            5 Thanks for providing the further link to a Steve video.

            Best wishes BOB

          2. Hey Bob
            1. Glad you like that Clint/Bob story….it has been one of my (and Burt’s) favorites for years.
            2. I agree…..Gable and Astaire overcame those obstacles just like Burt and Clint…..I love that the guy that described Astaire…..did mention….”he can dance a little”.
            3. Burt and Kirk on set would have been fun to see.
            4. You are 100% correct.
            5. Got a new Steve link for you….another of your favorites…Mr. Alan Ladd… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQiKwzYHmhk
            🙂

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