In 1980, Jim Varney filmed a television commercial featuring his comedic character, Ernest P. Worrell. The character struck a chord with viewers, leading to further commercials, a catchphrase, a television show, and a long-running series of movies.

But how many Ernest movies are there?

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The Ernest movies in order

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The Ernest movies are as follows:

  • Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986)
  • Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
  • Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
  • Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
  • Ernest Rides Again (1993)
  • Ernest Goes to School (1994)
  • Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)
  • Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)
  • Ernest in the Army (1998)
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Are all of the Ernest movies part of the same series?

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All ten movies feature Jim Varney in the role of Ernest. However there are two points to note:

  • Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam is a sci-fi comedy featuring a cameo from Ernest P. Worrell. It is not a movie specifically about Ernest.
  • The remaining nine movies are all Ernest-centric movies, with the character as the main star.

More films were in the pipeline, but when Jim Varney passed away in 2000, the series came to an end.

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Who are the cast of the Ernest films?

Notable actors in the Ernest film series include Jim Varney, John Vernon, Scott Menville, George Kaplan, Charles Napier, Eartha Kitt, Sarah Chalke, Kevin McNulty and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Is the Ernest series the work of the same director?

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Every Ernest film is the work of director John R. Cherry III, with the exception of Ernest Goes to School which is directed by Coke Sams.

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What is the best Ernest movie?

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According to IMDb, the Ernest films are ranked as follows:

  • Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) – 5.8/10
  • Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986) – 5.7/10
  • Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) – 5.6/10
  • Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) – 5.5/10
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990) – 5.4/10
  • Ernest Rides Again (1993) – 5/10
  • Ernest Goes to School (1994) – 4.7/10
  • Slam Dunk Ernest (1995) – 4.7/10
  • Ernest in the Army (1998) – 4.7/10
  • Ernest Goes to Africa (1997) – 4.6/10
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