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The Best Donald Sutherland Movies

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List of the best Donald Sutherland movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Donald Sutherland has about 100 film credits to his name and he is still reaching new audiences with his role as President Snow in the Hunger Games films. Donald Sutherland's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Donald Sutherland movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Donald Sutherland movies will be at the top of the list. Donald Sutherland has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Donald Sutherland movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Donald Sutherland films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Donald Sutherland role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Donald Sutherland performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List films include Kelly's Heroes, Ordinary People and many additional films as well.

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    Eye of the Needle

    Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy

    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Eye of the Needle is a 1981 American spy film directed by Richard Marquand and starring Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan. Based on the novel of the same title by Ken Follett, the film is about a...  more
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

    Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don...  more

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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

    MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is...  more

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    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm

    Released2000

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner as four older "ex-test pilots"...  more

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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey star,...  more

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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

    Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story...  more

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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest...  more

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    A Dry White Season

    Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon

    Released1989

    Directed byEuzhan Palcy

    A Dry White Season is a film released in 1989 by Davros Films and Sundance Productions and distributed by MGM. It was directed by Euzhan Palcy and produced by Paula Weinstein, Mary Selway and Tim...  more
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    The First Great Train Robbery

    Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland

    Released1979

    Directed byMichael Crichton

    The First Great Train Robbery – known in the U.S. as The Great Train Robbery – is a 1979 film directed by Michael Crichton, who also wrote the screenplay based on his novel The Great Train Robbery....  more
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    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the film...  more

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    Treasure Island

    Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland

    Released2012

    Directed bySteve Barron

    This two part drama follows the story of Jim Hawkins, who's unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers Flint's treasure map. However, Long John Silver will stop at nothing to get...  more
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    Instinct

    Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall

    Released1999

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Instinct is a 1999 American psychological thriller film starring Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., George Dzundza, Donald Sutherland, and Maura Tierney. It was very loosely inspired by Ishmael, a...  more
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    Cold Mountain

    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Released2003

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman,...  more

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    Klute

    Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda

    Released1971

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Klute is a 1971 thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, written by Andy and Dave Lewis, and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi and Roy Scheider. It tells the story...  more
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    Panic

    Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland

    Released2000

    Directed byHenry Bromell

    Panic is a 2000 American movie, starring William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland and John Ritter....  more
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    Virus

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Bruno

    Virus is a 1999 science fiction action thriller film directed by visual effects artist John Bruno. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, the film is based on a Dark Horse...  more

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    Murder by Decree

    Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Clark

    This film is a 1979 British-Canadian mystery thriller film directed by Bob Clark. It features the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who are embroiled...  more
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy....  more

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    Ask the Dust

    Salma Hayek, Colin Farrell

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert Towne

    Ask the Dust is a 2006 American film based on the book Ask the Dust by John Fante. The film was written and directed by Robert Towne. Tom Cruise served as one of the film's producers. The film was...  more
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    Astro Boy

    Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Bowers

    Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based on the manga and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. It was...  more

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    Billion Dollar Brain

    Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byKen Russell

    Billion Dollar Brain is a 1967 British espionage film directed by Ken Russell and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The film features Michael Caine as secret agent Harry Palmer,...  more
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    The Day of the Locust

    Donald Sutherland, Burgess Meredith

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    The Day of the Locust is a 1975 American drama film directed by John Schlesinger, and starring William Atherton, Karen Black, and Donald Sutherland. The screenplay by Waldo Salt is based on the 1939...  more
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    Bear Island

    Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Sharp

    Bear Island is a 1979 British-Canadian thriller film loosely based on the novel Bear Island by Alistair MacLean. It was directed by Don Sharp and starred Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard...  more
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    The Assignment

    Ben Kingsley, Donald Sutherland

    Released1997

    Directed byChristian Duguay

    The Assignment is a 1997 spy thriller film directed by Christian Duguay and starring Aidan Quinn in two roles, Donald Sutherland, and Ben Kingsley. The film, written by Dan Gordon and Sabi H....  more
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    Fool's Gold

    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2008

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Fool's Gold is an 2008 American-Australian adventure-romance film from Warner Bros. Pictures about a recently divorced couple who rekindle their romantic life while searching for a lost treasure. The...  more

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