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

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List Rules 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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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell Charlton Heston

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Big Trouble in Little China Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall John Carpenter

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David John Carpenter

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Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell Ernest Borgnine

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Overboard Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell Roddy McDowall

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Tango & Cash Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher Kurt Russell

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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked
Backdraft Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader Djimon Hounsou

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Executive Decision Halle Berry, Steven Seagal Kurt Russell

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Captain Ron Kurt Russell, Roselyn Sánchez Martin Short

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Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson Ken Dryden

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Escape from L.A. Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi Pam Grier

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Soldier Kurt Russell, Gary Busey Jason Isaacs

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3000 Miles to Graceland Courteney Cox, Kevin Costner Kurt Russell

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Death Proof Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson Kurt Russell

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Breakdown Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan J. T. Walsh

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Used Cars Kurt Russell, Michael McKean Jack Warden

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked
Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington Samuel L. Jackson

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Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie Kurt Russell

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Unlawful Entry Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe Ray Liotta

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Elvis Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters Ed Begley

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The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney Corey Feldman

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Tequila Sunrise Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer Kurt Russell

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Grindhouse Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis Rose McGowan

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Dark Blue Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson Master P

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Sky High Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Lynda Carter

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The Best of Times Robin Williams, Kurt Russell Kirk Cameron

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Silkwood Meryl Streep, Cher Kurt Russell

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero Ed Begley

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The Mean Season Kurt Russell, Andy Garcia Mariel Hemingway

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Interstate 60 Gary Oldman, Kurt Russell Ann-Margret

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Dreamer Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell Elisabeth Shue

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The Quest Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson

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Swing Shift Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell Holly Hunter

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The Barefoot Executive Kurt Russell, John Ritter Harry Morgan

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Follow Me, Boys! Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish Vera Miles

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Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise Penélope Cruz

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The Strongest Man in the World Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero Dick Van Patten

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Touchback Kurt Russell, Barry Sanders Melanie Lynskey

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Terror in the Aisles Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda Jamie Lee Curtis

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The Hateful Eight Kurt Russell

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Winter People Kurt Russell, Gregory Peck Kelly McGillis

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Search for the Gods is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best Kurt Russell Movies of All Time, Ranked
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The Deadly Tower Kurt Russell

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Guns of Diablo Kurt Russell, Charles Bronson Douglas Fowley

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Superdad Kurt Russell, Ed Begley Jr.

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Now You See Him, Now You Don't Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero Ed Begley

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The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit Kurt Russell, Dean Jones Lurene Tuttle

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Amber Waves is listed (or ranked) 49 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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It Happened at the World's Fair Elvis Presley, Kurt Russell Yvonne Craig