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The Best Edward James Olmos Movies 

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List of the best Edward James Olmos movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Edward James Olmos'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 Edward James Olmos movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Edward James Olmos movies will be at the top of the list. Edward James Olmos has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Edward James Olmos movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Edward James Olmos films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Examples of films on this list include Evening in Byzantium and Aloha, Bobby and Rose.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Edward James Olmos movies?" and "What are the greatest Edward James Olmos roles of all time?"

Edward James Olmos is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Ridley Scott, Raja Gosnell and Robert Rodriguez.

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Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ramón Menéndez

Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received a nomination ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gregory Nava

Selena is a 1997 American biographical musical drama film about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena, a recording artist well known in the Mexican-American and Hispanic ...more

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Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Released: 1992

Directed by: Edward James Olmos

American Me is a 1992 biographical drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as the ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Mary Steenburgen, Constance Marie

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gregory Nava

My Family is a 1995 independent American drama film directed by Gregory Nava, written by Nava and Anna Thomas, and starring Jimmy Smits, Edward James Olmos, and Esai Morales. The film depicts ...more
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Edward James Olmos, Tyne Daly, Kurtwood Smith

Released: 1981

Directed by: Luis Valdez

Zoot Suit is a 1981 film adaptation of the Broadway play Zoot Suit. Both the play and film were written and directed by Luis Valdez. The film stars Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos — both ...more
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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Edward James Olmos Movies
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

Released: 2008

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a 2008 American adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the first in the Beverly Hills Chihuaha series. It is directed by Raja Gosnell and was released ...more

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Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines

Released: 1981

Directed by: Michael Wadleigh

Wolfen is a 1981 American horror film directed by Michael Wadleigh and starring Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos. It is an adaptation of Whitley Strieber's 1978 ...more

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Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza

Released: 1997

Directed by: William Friedkin

12 Angry Men is a 1997 television film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the Reginald Rose teleplay of the same title. It is a remake of the film of 1957.
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The Ballad of Gregorio C... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Edward James Olmos Movies
Edward James Olmos

Released: 1982

Directed by: Robert M. Young

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez is a 1982 tv film directed by Robert M. Young.
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Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Edward James Olmos

Released: 2009

Directed by: Edward James Olmos

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is a television film set in the reimagined version of the fictional Battlestar Galactica universe. It consists of newly filmed material as well as a compilation of ...more
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Elton John, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul

The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul, with additional sequences by Will Finn and David ...more

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Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Seth Rogen

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michel Gondry

The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a ...more

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Joe Mantegna, Edward James Olmos, Clifton Collins

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit is a 1998 film set in East Los Angeles directed by Stuart Gordon, written by Ray Bradbury and starring Edward James Olmos, Joe Mantegna, Esai Morales, Clifton ...more
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Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff

Released: 2007

Directed by: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

Battlestar Galactica: Razor is a television film of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series. It premiered in the United States on Sci-Fi, in Canada on the Space channel and in the ...more

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Alexa Vega, Laura Harring, Edward James Olmos

Released: 2006

Directed by: Edward James Olmos

Walkout is a 2006 HBO film based on a true story of the 1968 East L.A. walkouts. It premiered March 18, 2006 on HBO. Starring Alexa Vega, Efren Ramirez and Michael Peña, the film was ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert M. Young

Triumph of the Spirit is a 1989 American film directed by Robert M. Young and starring Willem Dafoe and Edward James Olmos. It is a remake of the Slovak film The Boxer and Death directed by ...more
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Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, Jamey Sheridan

Released: 1991

Directed by: Robert M. Young

Talent for the Game was a 1991 film about a baseball scout, directed by Robert M. Young. It starred Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco, in her first film after Goodfellas, with Terry Kinney, ...more
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María Conchita Alonso, Edward James Olmos, Bitty Schram

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert M. Young

Caught is a 1996 drama, thriller film directed by Robert M. Young.
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Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, David Rasche

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tony Plana, Paul Rodriguez

A Million to Juan is a 1994 romantic comedy film starring comedian Paul Rodriguez. This was also his directorial debut. The story is a modern spin on Mark Twain's story "The Million Pound
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Uma Thurman, Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American comedy-drama-romance film based on Tom Robbins' 1976 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant and starred an ensemble cast led ...more

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Kate Hudson, Lena Headey, Joshua Jackson

Released: 2000

Directed by: Terry Kinney, Davis Guggenheim

Gossip is a 2000 American teen drama film directed by Davis Guggenheim and featuring an ensemble cast including James Marsden, Lena Headey, Norman Reedus, and Kate Hudson.

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Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony, Edward James Olmos

Released: 2001

Directed by: Mariano Barroso

In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 feature film, produced for the Showtime television network, directed by Mariano Barroso based on the Julia Álvarez book of the same name. The ...more
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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Edward James Olmos Movies
Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2019

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog (Bryce Dallas Howard) embarks on a 400-mile journey home ...more
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Edward James Olmos, Robert Carradine, Noble Willingham

Released: 1975

Directed by: Floyd Mutrux

Aloha, Bobby and Rose is a 1975 American road drama film, written and directed by Floyd Mutrux, and starring Paul Le Mat and Dianne Hull, in addition to Robert Carradine in an early role.