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The Best Ernest Borgnine Movies 

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

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

This list below has a variety of films in it, from 11'09"01 September 11 to A Bullet for Sandoval.

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Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris

Released: 1955

Directed by: Delbert Mann

Marty is a 1953 teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky. It was telecast live May 24, 1953, on The Philco Television Playhouse with Rod Steiger in the title role and Nancy Marchand, in her television debut, ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1953

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1972

Directed by: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features ...more

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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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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

Released: 1955

Directed by: John Sturges

Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast includes ...more

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of ...more

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James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, and based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor. ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Keith Carradine

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Emperor of the North Pole is a 1973 American film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Keith Carradine. It was re-released under the shorter title Emperor of ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Carpenter

Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a distopian United States ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

The Vikings is a 1958 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer and filmed in Technicolor. It was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas. It is based on the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, ...more

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Jim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1968

Directed by: John Sturges

Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 suspense film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The screenplay by Alistair MacLean, Douglas Heyes, ...more

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Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance

Released: 1961

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels. The film stars Anthony Quinn as ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1979

Directed by: Delbert Mann

All Quiet on the Western Front is a television film produced by ITC Entertainment, released on November 14, 1979, starring actors Richard Thomas of The Waltons fame as Paul Baumer, and Ernest ...more
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Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1954

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Demetrius and the Gladiators is a fictional 1954 sword-and-sandal drama film and a sequel to The Robe. The picture was made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Frank ...more
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Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Alan Ladd, Katy Jurado

Released: 1958

Directed by: Delmer Daves

The Badlanders is a western caper film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine. It was written by Richard Collins, based upon the novel The Asphalt Jungle by W. R.
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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1971

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

Hannie Caulder is a 1971 British Western film directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Raquel Welch, Robert Culp and Ernest Borgnine. The screenplay was rewritten by Kennedy, who wasn't credited.

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Ernest Borgnine, Sterling Hayden, Arthur Hunnicutt

Released: 1955

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

The Last Command is a 1955 Trucolor film about Jim Bowie and the fall of the Alamo during the Texas War of Independence in 1836. Filmed by Republic Pictures, the picture was an unusually ...more
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Bette Davis, Debbie Reynolds, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1956

Directed by: Richard Brooks

The Catered Affair, also known as Wedding Party, is a family drama film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Sam Zimbalist from a screenplay by Gore ...more
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Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins, Yvette Mimieux

Released: 1979

Directed by: Gary Nelson

The Black Hole is a 1979 American science fiction film directed by Gary Nelson and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette ...more

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Joe Dante

Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film revolves around two adolescents, who get caught in the middle of a battle between two factions of ...more

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Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. The movie is based on the 1975 country and western novelty ...more
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Tim Curry, Debra Messing, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bryan Spicer

McHale's Navy is a 1997 military comedy film starring Tom Arnold. The movie is based on the 1962-1966 television series of the same name. Ernest Borgnine was the only member of the original ...more
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Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bissett, William Holden

Released: 1980

Directed by: James Goldstone

When Time Ran Out is a disaster film released in 1980, starring Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Burgess Meredith, Valentina ...more

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