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The Best Gene Hackman Movies

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Here is a list of the best Gene Hackman movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Throughout his over 50-year career,  Gene Hackman has proven to be a talented and versatile actor appearing in blockbusters like Superman and westerns like Unforgiven. Gene Hackman's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world.

The order of this top Gene Hackman movies list is decided by how many votes each film receives, so only his most highly rated movies will be at the top. Hackman has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what his greatest movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this, then use this list of the most entertaining Gene Hackman films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features films like The Conversation, The French Connection, and many more, and answers the questions, "What are the best Gene Hackman movies?" and "What are the greatest Gene Hackman roles of all time?"

And if you are a fan of Hackman's dramatic work, you might also enjoy our list of best Clint Eastwood movies and best Christopher Reeve movies.

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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Character: Little Bill Daggett

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a...  more

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    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Character: NYPD Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

    The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin...  more

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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Character: FBI Special Agent Rupert Anderson

    Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by...  more

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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Character: Coach Norman Dale

    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene...  more

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    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Character: Harry Caul

    The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed...  more

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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Character: Edward "Brill" Lyle

    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National...  more

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    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman

    Character: Avery Tolar

    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom...  more
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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Character: Capt. Frank Ramsey

    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear...  more

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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens

    Character: Reverend Frank Scott

    The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald...  more

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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Character: Harold, The Blind Man

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene...  more

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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway

    Character: Buck Barrow

    Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring...  more

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Character: Royal Tenenbaum

    Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and...  more

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    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman

    Character: President Allen Richmond

    Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and...  more

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    Behind Enemy Lines

    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman

    Character: Admiral Leslie Reigart

    Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and...  more

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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Character: John Herod

    This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene...  more

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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Character: Lex Luthor

    Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics...  more

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    Runaway Jury

    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman

    Character: Rankin Fitch

    Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John...  more

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    Uncommon Valor

    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze

    Character: Col. Jason Rhodes, USMC (ret)

    Uncommon Valor is a 1983 action film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff, about...  more

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    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins

    Character: Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius...  more

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    #7 of 376 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#217 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Character: Jimmy McGinty

    The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars...  more

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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

    Character: Senator Kevin Keeley

    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978...  more

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    Get Shorty

    John Travolta, John Wayne

    Character: Harry Zimm

    Get Shorty is a 1995 comedy-thriller film based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name....  more

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    Class Action

    Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne

    Character: Jedediah Tucker Ward

    Class Action is a 1991 American drama thriller film directed by Michael Apted. Gene Hackman...  more
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    Heist

    Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman

    Character: Joe Moore

    This film is a 2001 film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny...  more
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    Scarecrow

    Al Pacino, Gene Hackman

    Character: Max Millan

    Scarecrow is a 1973 road movie starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino....  more