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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Donald Sutherland movies?" and "What are the greatest Donald Sutherland roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Sutherland's films with ensemble casts, you might enjoy our list of best Elliot Gould movies and best Mark Wahlberg movies.
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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian 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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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Kate Nelligan

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more
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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

Released: 1967

Directed by: Robert 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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MASH is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Invasion of the Body Sna... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip 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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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert 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 Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1976

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Klute is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1971

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more
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National Lampoon's Anima... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Landis

National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more

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The Hunger Games: Mockin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Released: 2014

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence); having twice survived the ...more

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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Rob Lowe, Donald Sutherland, James Cromwell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mikael Salomon

Salem's Lot is a 2004 American 2 part tv mini-series which first aired on TNT from June 20–21, 2004. It is the second television adaptation of Stephen King's 1975 vampire novel of the same name. ...more

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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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Murder by Decree is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Clark

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward ...more

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Bear Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1979

Directed by: Don 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, ...more
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Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno

Released: 2000

Directed by: Clint 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 ...more

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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The Day of the Locust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Donald Sutherland, Burgess Meredith, Jackie Earle Haley

Released: 1975

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Citizen X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Imelda Staunton

Released: 1995

Directed by: Chris Gerolmo

Citizen X is a 1995 biography drama film written by Robert Cullen and Chris Gerolmo and directed by Chris Gerolmo.
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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ron Howard

Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, ...more

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joel 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 ...more

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Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Donald Sutherland, Jason Robards Jr., Timothy Bottoms

Released: 1971

Directed by: Dalton Trumbo

Johnny Got His Gun is a 1971 drama anti-war film written and directed by Dalton Trumbo based on his novel of the same name and starring Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards and Donald Sutherland, with ...more
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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more

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Ordeal by Innocence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Faye Dunaway, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1985

Directed by: Desmond Davis

Ordeal by Innocence is a 1985 mystery film directed by Desmond Davis. It stars Donald Sutherland and Faye Dunaway. It is based on the Agatha Christie novel Ordeal by Innocence.
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Uprising is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Donald Sutherland Movies
Jon Voight, Hank Azaria, Donald Sutherland

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Uprising is a 2001 war/drama television movie about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The film was directed by Jon Avnet and written by Avnet and Paul Brickman. It was filmed in multiple locations, ...more