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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.

Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood are among those who have directed Gene Hackman at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Gene Hackman has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Rod Steiger and Robert Duvall in terms of fame and success.

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Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand
Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the incidents involving of three ...more

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#69 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #16 of 320 The Best Political Films Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman
Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on ...more

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#7 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #2 of 56 The Best '90s Western Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey
Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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#645 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #169 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman
The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more

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#90 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #306 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtrackslisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

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Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman
Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer (Denzel Washington) stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy ...more

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#194 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #407 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey
The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. ...more

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#11 of 42 The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies #15 of 46 The Greatest Legal Dramas Ever Madelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman
Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gene Hackman Movies
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder
Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more

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Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine
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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#308 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #67 of 591 The Best '70s Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman
Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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#318 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #252 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #22 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris
Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1996 novel Absolute Power by ...more

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Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht
Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an ...more

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#139 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #10 of 53 The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories #452 of 748 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray
The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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#731 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #426 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography
The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, and Brooke Langton.

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Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford
A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe
This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a gunfighter who ...more

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John Travolta, John Wayne, Danny DeVito
Get Shorty is a 1995 comedy-thriller film based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito, ...more

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Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Sam Rockwell
This film is a 2001 film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, with Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles.

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#22 of 82 The Best Con Movies #335 of 519 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

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Gene Hackman, Ed Lauter, Fernando Rey
French Connection II is a 1975 drama film starring Gene Hackman and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a fictional sequel to the initially true story of the 1971 Academy Award winning picture ...more

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#199 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #73 of 74 The Best Action Movie Sequels

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Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff
Uncommon Valor is a 1983 action film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff, about a U.S. Marine officer who puts together a team to try to rescue his son, who he believes is among ...more

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#184 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #89 of 304 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp
Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more

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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria
The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Édouard Molinaro. A gay cabaret owner (Robin ...more

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