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All Burt Reynolds Movies Ranked

Burt Reynolds did more with a mustache and a grin than most stars manage with all the tools at their disposal — and given that he was also a seriously underrated actor in the bargain, it’s no wonder he was the Platonic ideal of the Hollywood tough guy for roughly a decade between the early ’70s and early ‘80s. While he’s best remembered for the action movies he cranked out at his Smokey and the Bandit peak, Reynolds’ career contained multitudes, from the harrowing rural horror of Deliverance to his Emmy-winning run on TV’s Evening Shade and on through the late-period comeback he enjoyed with his Oscar-nominated appearance in Boogie Nights. Whichever era’s your favorite, Reynolds’ filmography likely still holds a few pleasant surprises for you, which is just one of the many reasons we’ve decided to round up his major roles and sort them by Tomatometer here. And for a collection of some of his most memorable scenes, you can check out this playlist.

#1

Sharky's Machine (1981)
86%

#1
Adjusted Score: 86.989%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A William Diehl novel was the source of the noirish nailbiter Sharky's Machine. Sharky (Burt Reynolds) is an undercover cop... [More]
Directed By: Burt Reynolds

#2

Deliverance (1972)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 100.242%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four... [More]
Directed By: John Boorman

#3

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97.086%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#4

Pups (1999)
90%

#4
Adjusted Score: 46.333%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two bored suburban kids looking for something to do get trapped in the wrong kind of excitement in this independent... [More]
Directed By: Ash Baron Cohen

#5
Adjusted Score: 92.036%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Woody Allen encarna a cuatro personajes en esta farsa sobre las costumbres sexuales contemporáneas.... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#6

Breaking In (1989)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 72.818%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An aging cat burglar takes on a young protege in this comedy. Though the young man is green and a... [More]
Directed By: Bill Forsyth

#7

Semi-Tough (1977)
88%

#7
Adjusted Score: 81.898%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson star as two pro-football pals who both fall for the team-owner's very rich daughter. Kind... [More]
Directed By: Michael Ritchie

#8

White Lightning (1973)
83%

#8
Adjusted Score: 59.502%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When the police pick up Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) for running moonshine, they agree to let him out of jail... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#9

Cloud 9 (2006)
82%

#9
Adjusted Score: 34.305%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A middle-aged loser with a taste for strip club buffet food finds his unusual dining habits leading to an unlikely... [More]
Directed By: Harry Basil

#10

The Longest Yard (1974)
81%

#10
Adjusted Score: 84.038%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts tough and funny, and led by a perfectly cast Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard has an interesting political subtext and an excellent climax -- even if it takes too long to get there.
Synopsis: Ex-football star Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds) ends up in a prison run by sadistic sports-nut Warden Hazen (Eddie Albert). Strong-armed... [More]
Directed By: Robert Aldrich

#11

Citizen Ruth (1996)
80%

#11
Adjusted Score: 80.688%
Critics Consensus: Smart and sharply funny, Citizen Ruth is an entertaining look at a tough subject -- and an impressive calling card for debuting director/co-writer Alexander Payne.
Synopsis: The divisive issue of abortion is at the center of Citizen Ruth, a political satire that attempts to subject both... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 81.374%
Critics Consensus: Not much in the head but plenty beneath the hood, Smokey and the Bandit is infectious fun with plenty of car wrecks to keep your eyes glued.
Synopsis: "Smokey," aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#13

Hooper (1978)
69%

#13
Adjusted Score: 69.928%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Following the blockbuster success of Smokey and the Bandit, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and director Hal Needham reunited to make... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#14

Hustle (1975)
71%

#14
Adjusted Score: 62.125%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Director Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) re-unites with Burt Reynolds for this hard-edged neo-noir. Lieutenant Phil Gaines (Reynolds) is a... [More]
Directed By: Robert Aldrich

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 53.88%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in the hectic and cutthroat world of television news, this remake of The Front Page, tells the story of... [More]
Directed By: Ted Kotcheff

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 18.919%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A good ol' boy from the middle-class suburbs of Atlanta becomes indebted to the mob in actor-turned-director/screenwriter Ray McKinnon's quirky... [More]
Directed By: Ray McKinnon

#17
Adjusted Score: 55.85%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this filmization of the hit Broadway musical, a popular brothel is threatened with a shutdown by Texas authorities. Burt... [More]
Directed By: Colin Higgins

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 55%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When scampish but good-hearted German shepherd Charlie dies, he is sent back to Earth to perform one good deed before... [More]

#19

Best Friends (1982)
62%

#19
Adjusted Score: 62.441%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: We'd rather not speculate over how much of Best Friends is autobiographical. We'll just note that this story of a... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 52.086%
Critics Consensus: The Last Movie Star has a few poignant moments thanks to Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, but their performances are stranded in a middling drama unworthy of their efforts.
Synopsis: An aging movie star (Burt Reynolds) accepts an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival, but... [More]
Directed By: Adam Rifkin

#21

Shamus (1973)
38%

#21
Adjusted Score: 36.322%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This detective-themed action-adventure film spoofs The Big Sleep, which was based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Burt Reynolds plays... [More]
Directed By: Buzz Kulik

#22

Bean (1997)
41%

#22
Adjusted Score: 42.325%
Critics Consensus: Bean boasts a terrifically talented physical comedian in the title role, but his constant mugging and silly slapstick quickly wear thin.
Synopsis: One of Britain's most popular, comical television characters, the taciturn, child-like, clumsy, conniving and ever ingenious Mr. Bean (Rowan "Black... [More]
Directed By: Mel Smith

#23

Hotel (2003)
41%

#23
Adjusted Score: 36.787%
Critics Consensus: Hotel earns a handful of points for sheer ambition, but they aren't enough to carry the movie over its steep pretensions.
Synopsis: Following up on his innovative work Timecode, which featured four stories being told in real time simultaneously, Mike Figgis returns... [More]
Directed By: Mike Figgis

#24

Mystery, Alaska (1999)
38%

#24
Adjusted Score: 41.17%
Critics Consensus: The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold.
Synopsis: The remote and isolated Mystery, Alaska-a little town on the outskirts of greatness--- may look cold and unexciting from the... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 33.301%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This remake of François Truffaut's 1977 comedy misses out on Truffaut's subtext that delves into the nature of love and... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#26

Malone (1987)
33%

#26
Adjusted Score: 19.259%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A former CIA agent (Burt Reynolds) is trying to take life easy on a trip to Oregon, but car troubles... [More]
Directed By: Harley Cokeliss

#27

The Longest Yard (2005)
31%

#27
Adjusted Score: 36.25%
Critics Consensus: This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.
Synopsis: One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking"... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#28

Stick (1985)
29%

#28
Adjusted Score: 18.455%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, this crime drama centers on a vengeful ex-con (Burt Reynolds, who also directed)... [More]
Directed By: Burt Reynolds

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 33.031%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of oddballs compete in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 6.545%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Burt Reynolds

#31

Heat (1986)
20%

#31
Adjusted Score: 10.946%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A gambling-addicted mercenary comes to Las Vegas in hopes making enough cash to visit Venice, Italy. While there he becomes... [More]
Directed By: R.M. Richards

#32
Adjusted Score: 11.059%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is the third and final entry in the car chase saga. This time Sheriff Justice (Jackie Gleason) is tired... [More]
Directed By: Dick Lowry

#33
Adjusted Score: 6.482%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This action-packed second sequel to The Universal Soldier has the title character and his lady friend searching for the doctor... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Woolnough

#34

City Heat (1984)
19%

#34
Adjusted Score: 19.53%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This standard, tongue-in-cheek, gangsters and good guys saga is carried on the star power and screen presence of Clint Eastwood... [More]
Directed By: Richard Benjamin

#35

Stroker Ace (1983)
20%

#35
Adjusted Score: 20.626%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Burt Reynolds plays an arrogant, womanizing and mischievous Southern race-car driver in this fast-paced comedy that is rife with good... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#36

The Crew (2000)
20%

#36
Adjusted Score: 22.535%
Critics Consensus: Though the four actors are good together, the jokes are stale and not funny.
Synopsis: In this dark comedy, a group of retirees wants to save their homes -- but they're not typical senior citizens... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dinner

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 18.545%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this police drama, a cop gets suspended after using excessive force. When a murder occurs, he finds himself the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Crichton

#38

Mad Dog Time (1996)
17%

#38
Adjusted Score: 6.887%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of mobsters fight for control in this satirical comedy-drama. Vic (Richard Dreyfuss) is a not-especially-stable crime boss who... [More]
Directed By: Larry Bishop

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 11.166%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The irrepressible Bandit, his red-necked buddies, and his gal pal Carrie agree to smuggle a pregnant elephant to Texas, something... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 23.625%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich pays tribute to those lavish 1930s musicals in this big-budget outing. Using first-rate sets, glorious costumes, and... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#41

Cop & 1/2 (1993)
14%

#41
Adjusted Score: 14.305%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Less-than-arresting buddy yarn with Burt Reynolds as a police detective protecting an 8-year-old murder witness (Norman D. Golden II). Directed... [More]
Directed By: Henry Winkler

#42

Rent-A-Cop (1988)
15%

#42
Adjusted Score: 15.158%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Liza Minnelli plays hooker Della Roberts and joins Burt Reynolds who must clear his good name after he's involved in... [More]
Directed By: Jerry London

#43

Nickelodeon (1976)
14%

#43
Adjusted Score: 12.261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Before making this tribute to the brilliant, haphazard early days of Hollywood filmmaking, director/screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich interviewed several veteran filmmakers... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 13.09%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Old-school comic Rodney "I get no respect" Dangerfield headlines this broad-based comedy satire of trashy '90s-style television talk-shows. He plays... [More]
Directed By: Peter Baldwin

#45

Driven (2001)
14%

#45
Adjusted Score: 17.222%
Critics Consensus: Underdeveloped characters, silly plot dynamics, and obvious CG effects.
Synopsis: Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for this action-packed drama directed by Renny Harlin and set in the dangerous, high-stakes world... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#46

Without a Paddle (2004)
14%

#46
Adjusted Score: 17.057%
Critics Consensus: Without a Paddle has a few laughs, but not enough to sustain its running time.
Synopsis: Just as the old saying goes, a trio of hapless city-dwelling friends (Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Shepard) find... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 19.362%
Critics Consensus: A dumb, goofy, and vacuous adaptation of a TV show where plot is simply an excuse to string together the car chases.
Synopsis: The General Lee is back and so are the Duke boys in this big-screen adaptation of the hit TV series,... [More]
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 13.434%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This time the prize is $1 million as a bunch of oddballs illegally cannonball from California to Connecticut in this... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#49

Striptease (1996)
12%

#49
Adjusted Score: 15.659%
Critics Consensus: Striptease can't decide whether it is a lurid thriller or a sexy satire - which becomes a moot point as it proves disastrously incapable of pulling either off.
Synopsis: Based on Carl Hiaasen's satirical novel, Striptease tells the story of Erin (Demi Moore), who has just gotten a divorce... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#50

Delgo (2008)
12%

#50
Adjusted Score: 12.792%
Critics Consensus: Delgo features a blend of plot elements from earlier (and superior) fantasy films, with weaker animation and dull characters.
Synopsis: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, and Val Kilmer all lend their voices to this animated fantasy adventure... [More]

#51

Broken Bridges (2006)
5%

#51
Adjusted Score: 3.993%
Critics Consensus: A cliched attempt at a feel-good drama, Broken Bridges is schmaltzy, predictable, and stiffly acted.
Synopsis: When a fading country music superstar Bo Price (Toby Keith) returns to his hometown for the funeral of his younger... [More]
Directed By: Steven Goldmann

#52
Adjusted Score: 4.978%
Critics Consensus: Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.
Synopsis: Uwe Boll's fantasy adventure film In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale stars Jason Statham as Farmer,... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#53

Deal (2008)
3%

#53
Adjusted Score: 3.458%
Critics Consensus: Employing multiple cinematic clichés and milking stale performances, Deal proves inadequate for even the lowly regarded poker movie genre.
Synopsis: Deal yourself in for high-speed thrills and high-stakes poker action in this triumphant tale of cards and courage starring Burt... [More]
Directed By: Gil Cates Jr.

#54

Gator (1976)
0%

#54
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Having created the character of Gator McKlusky in 1973's White Lightning, Burt Reynolds reprises the role in the appropriately titled... [More]
Directed By: Burt Reynolds

#55
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this actioner, an elite government-trained commando and his brother wage war on a crooked official.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Woolnough

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