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The Best Gene Hackman Movies

Updated January 31, 2020 8.0k votes 1.3k voters 82.0k views75 items

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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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  • 1
    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Released1971

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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

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    The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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

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    Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1995

    Directed byTony Scott

    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    The Firm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman

    Released1993

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens

    Released1972

    Directed byIrwin Allen, Ronald Neame

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  • 10
    Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Penn

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    Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman

    Released1997

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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

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  • 12
    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Reds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Reds

    Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton

    Released1981

    Directed byWarren Beatty

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    The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

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

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    Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Behind Enemy Lines

    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Moore

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

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    Runaway Jury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Runaway Jury

    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    Uncommon Valor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Uncommon Valor

    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze

    Released1983

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Raimi

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

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    A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1977

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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    The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    Get Shorty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Get Shorty

    John Travolta, John Wayne

    Released1995

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Heist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    Heist

    Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Mamet

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    French Connection II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
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    French Connection II

    Gene Hackman, Ed Lauter

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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