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17 Fresh Burt Reynolds Movies

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.

#55

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#55
Adjusted Score: 97.088%
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

#54

Pups (1999)
90%

#54
Adjusted Score: 46.056%
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

#53

Breaking In (1989)
90%

#53
Adjusted Score: 81.708%
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

#52

Deliverance (1972)
89%

#52
Adjusted Score: 96.924%
Critics Consensus: Given primal verve by John Boorman's unflinching direction and Burt Reynolds' star-making performance, Deliverance is a terrifying adventure.
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

#51

Semi-Tough (1977)
89%

#51
Adjusted Score: 89.015%
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

#50
Adjusted Score: 90.4%
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

#49

Sharky's Machine (1981)
86%

#49
Adjusted Score: 87.035%
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

#48

White Lightning (1973)
86%

#48
Adjusted Score: 69.843%
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

#47

Citizen Ruth (1996)
81%

#47
Adjusted Score: 81.754%
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

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 82.382%
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

#45

The Longest Yard (1974)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 82.229%
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

#44

Hooper (1978)
69%

#44
Adjusted Score: 69.918%
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

#43

Cloud 9 (2006)
67%

#43
Adjusted Score: 15.712%
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

#42

Hustle (1975)
63%

#42
Adjusted Score: 61.158%
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

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 62.138%
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

#40

Best Friends (1982)
62%

#40
Adjusted Score: 62.358%
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

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 61.291%
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

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