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The Best George Kennedy Movies

Updated September 21, 2019 2.1k votes 282 voters 27.3k views

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

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

This list features films like Bolero and Cats Don't Dance.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best George Kennedy movies?" and "What are the greatest George Kennedy roles of all time?"

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    Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1967

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Sons of Katie Elder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Sons of Katie Elder

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1965

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Zucker

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Cahill U.S. Marshal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Cahill U.S. Marshal

    John Wayne, George Kennedy

    Released1973

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a... more on Wikipedia
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    The Eiger Sanction is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Eiger Sanction

    Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy

    Released1975

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 American action thriller directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Charade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Charade

    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen,... more on Wikipedia

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    Airport is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin

    Released1970

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

    Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and... more on Wikipedia
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    Airport '77 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Airport '77

    Christopher Lee, James Stewart

    Released1977

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a... more on Wikipedia
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    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American film written and directed by Michael Cimino and... more on Wikipedia

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    Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Shenandoah

    James Stewart, Katharine Ross

    Released1965

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Shenandoah is a 1965 American film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Naked Gun: From the Files  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Zucker

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first... more on Wikipedia

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    Airport 1975 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Airport 1975

    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Smight

    Airport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport.... more on Wikipedia
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    In Harm's Way is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    In Harm's Way

    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas

    Released1965

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and... more on Wikipedia

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    Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Earthquake

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner

    Released1974

    Directed byMark Robson

    Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Death on the Nile

    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name,... more on Wikipedia

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    Lonely Are the Brave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Lonely Are the Brave

    Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Miller

    Lonely Are the Brave is a 1962 film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Boston Strangler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Boston Strangler

    Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler... more on Wikipedia

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    The Gunfighters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Gunfighters

    George Kennedy, Art Hindle

    Released1987

    Directed byClay Borris

    The Gunfighters is a 1987 television Western film, starring Art Hindle and George Kennedy,... more on Wikipedia
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Concorde...Airport '79 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Concorde...Airport '79

    Alain Delon, Robert Wagner

    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich

    The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Don't Come Knocking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    Don't Come Knocking

    Jessica Lange, Tim Roth

    Released2005

    Directed byWim Wenders

    Don't Come Knocking is a 2005 film, a comedy-drama road movie directed by German director Wim... more on Wikipedia
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    The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

    Robert Mitchum, Tina Louise

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is a 1969 American film directed by Burt Kennedy. It stars... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Delta Force is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best George Kennedy Movies
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    The Delta Force

    Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin

    Released1986

    Directed byMenahem Golan

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