The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked Films

The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: The best Kurt Russell movie roles, regardless of box office success or critic reviews.

The best Kurt Russell movies of all time prove that he is one of the most versatile actors currently working. Since he started as a child actor in the late ‘50s, Russell has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office and his lifetime box office total exceeds $1.5 billion.

Kurt Russell started his acting career at the age of 11 with an uncredited role in Elvis Presley’s It Happened at the World's Fair followed by a series of small credited roles in TV and film in the ‘60s. In the 1970s, Kurt Russell starred in a series of films for Disney and several TV series for ABC and NBC.

In the 1980s, Kurt Russell’s career started taking off with high profile roles in movies—often partnering with director John Carpenter. It was with Carpenter that he became well-known as the anti-hero Snake Plissken. From the ‘80s onwards, Kurt Russell has starred in a variety of action, comedy, and even dramatic movies. Some of the best Kurt Russell movies from his era include Backdraft, Stargate, and Tango & Cash.

Kurt Russell is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Ron HowardQuentin Tarantino and Garry Marshall. Kurt Russell has been in plenty of blockbusters and has surpassed many of his contemporary peers such as David Caruso and Steven Seagal in terms of fame and success.

So what are the best Kurt Russell movies of all time? Is it Escape From L.A. or Tombstone? See what fans have ranked as their favorites in the Kurt Russell filmography below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Kurt Russell role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Kurt Russell movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

Kurt Russell is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Garry Marshall. Kurt Russell has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like David Caruso and Steven Seagal in terms of fame and success.

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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    Tango & Cash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell

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    Overboard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

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    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Executive Decision is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    Captain Ron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Roselyn Sánchez, Martin Short

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Death Proof is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell

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    Escape from L.A. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier

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    Soldier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Gary Busey, Jason Isaacs

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    3000 Miles to Graceland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Courteney Cox, Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell

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    Used Cars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Michael McKean, Jack Warden

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    Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh

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    Elvis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley^! Jr.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Tequila Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell

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    Unlawful Entry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe, Ray Liotta

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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    Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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    Grindhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan

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    Sky High is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lynda Carter

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    Dark Blue is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Master P

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    The Best of Times is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Kirk Cameron

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    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Ed Begley

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    Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

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    The Mean Season is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Andy Garcia, Mariel Hemingway

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    The Quest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Quest Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson

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    The Strongest Man in the World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Dick Van Patten

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    Swing Shift is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Holly Hunter

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    Follow Me, Boys! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish, Vera Miles

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    Interstate 60 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Gary Oldman, Kurt Russell, Ann-Margret

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    Dreamer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue

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    The Barefoot Executive is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, John Ritter, Harry Morgan

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    Search for the Gods Kurt Russell

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    Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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    Now You See Him, Now You Don't is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Ed Begley

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    Terror in the Aisles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    The Deadly Tower is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Deadly Tower Kurt Russell

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    Superdad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Ed Begley, Jr.

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    Guns of Diablo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Charles Bronson, Douglas Fowley

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    Winter People is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Gregory Peck, Kelly McGillis

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    The Horse in the Gray Flannel ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Dean Jones, Lurene Tuttle

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    Touchback is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kurt Russell, Barry Sanders, Melanie Lynskey

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    Amber Waves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Amber Waves Kurt Russell, Mare Winningham, Wilford Brimley

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    Guns in the Heather is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Guns in the Heather Kurt Russell, Glenn Corbett

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    It Happened at the World's Fai... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Elvis Presley, Kurt Russell, Yvonne Craig

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