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The Best Jack Elam Movies

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

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

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  • 1

    The Over-the-Hill Gang

    Walter Brennan, Jack Elam
    54
    4

    Released1969

    Directed byJean Yarbrough

    The Over-the-Hill Gang is a 1969 TV-movie Western comedy about aging Texas Rangers starring Walter Brennan and Pat O'Brien. Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, and Jack Elam play supporting...  more
  • 2

    The Far Country

    James Stewart, Walter Brennan
    45
    6

    Released1955

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Written by Borden Chase, the film is about a...  more
  • 3

    The Rare Breed

    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara
    44
    6

    Released1966

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Rare Breed is a 1966 American western film starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills and Ben Johnson and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Loosely based on the life of...  more
  • 4

    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern
    58
    19

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by United Artists, directed by Burt Kennedy, written by William Bowers, and starring James Garner, Joan...  more

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  • 5

    Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster
    41
    8

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert 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 Elam....  more

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  • 6

    Support Your Local Gunfighter

    James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette
    42
    10

    Released1971

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Gunfighter is a 1971 comic western film starring James Garner, directed by Burt Kennedy, and written by James Edward Grant. The film shares many cast and crew members and plot...  more

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  • 7

    Jubal

    Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine
    31
    4

    Released1956

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Jubal is a 1956 western film written by Russell S. Hughes and Delmer Daves and directed by Delmer Daves. "Delmer Daves's intense, good looking Western based on Othello, in which Glenn Ford confronts...  more
  • 8

    Rio Lobo

    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill
    32
    9

    Released1970

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film directed by Howard Hawks, from a script by Leigh Brackett. The film was shot in Technicolor with a running...  more

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  • 9

    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson
    28
    6

    Released1973

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging...  more

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  • 10

    Once Upon a Texas Train

    Willie Nelson, Angie Dickinson
    25
    4

    Released1988

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Once Upon a Texas Train is 1988 made-for-TV movie directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Willie Nelson as John Henry Lee and Richard Widmark as Captain Oren Hayes. The movie opens with a train robbery...  more
  • 11

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale
    32
    11

    Released1968

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, Charles...  more

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  • 12

    Kansas City Confidential

    Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam
    29
    8

    Released1952

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. The film was...  more
  • 13

    Huckleberry Finn

    Ron Howard, Jack Elam
    23
    4

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Totten

    Huckleberry Finn is a 1975 American television film adaptation of Mark Twain's famous boyhood novel, Huckleberry Finn. The film stars Ron Howard as the eponymous lead....  more
  • 14

    Kiss Me Deadly

    Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole
    26
    8

    Released1955

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    This film is a 1955 film noir drama produced and directed by Robert Aldrich starring Ralph Meeker. The screenplay was written by A.I. Bezzerides, based on the Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery...  more
  • 15

    Night Passage

    James Stewart, Audie Murphy
    24
    6

    Released1957

    Directed byJames Neilson

    Night Passage is a 1957 Western film starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy....  more
  • 16

    The Way West

    Sally Field, Kirk Douglas
    26
    8

    Released1967

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Way West is a 1967 American epic western film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.. The film stars Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark, and features Sally...  more

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  • 17

    Hot Lead and Cold Feet

    Don Knotts, Darren McGavin
    22
    6

    Released1978

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a comedy western film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Company, starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine, Darren...  more

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  • 18

    High Lonesome

    Jack Elam, Chill Wills
    18
    2

    Released1950

    Directed byAlan Le May

    High Lonesome is a 1950 contemporary Western movie written and directed by Alan Le May, who is famous as the writer for the classic Westerns The Searchers and The Unforgiven. It is his only directing...  more
  • 19

    Cattle Queen of Montana

    Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck
    20
    4

    Released1954

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby Johnson, and Morris...  more
  • 20

    The Sundowners

    Jack Elam, Robert Preston
    18
    2

    Released1950

    Directed byGeorge Templeton

    The Sundowners is a 1950 American film directed by George Templeton. The film is also known as Thunder in the Dust in the United Kingdom....  more
  • 21

    Pony Express Rider

    Maureen McCormick, Jack Elam
    18
    2

    Released1976

    Directed byRobert Totten

  • 22

    The Aurora Encounter

    Dottie West, Jack Elam
    18
    4

    Released1986

    Directed byJim McCullough Sr.

    The Aurora Encounter is a 1986 American science fiction film directed by the Jim McCullough Sr., written by Melody Brooke and Jim McCullough, Jr., and starring Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Carol...  more
  • 23

    Tarzan's Hidden Jungle

    Vera Miles, Jack Elam
    22
    9

    Released1955

    Directed byHarold D. Schuster

    Tarzan's Hidden Jungle is a 1955 RKO B&W movie starring Gordon Scott in his first film as Tarzan, taking over the role from Lex Barker, who had in turn followed Johnny Weismuller in the series. This...  more
  • 24

    The Gun Runners

    Audie Murphy, Eddie Albert
    18
    6

    Released1958

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Gun Runners, a 1958 film directed by Don Siegel, is the third adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not, starring Audie Murphy and Patricia Owens. Everett Sloane essays the part...  more
  • 25

    Grayeagle

    Jack Elam, Ben Johnson
    12
    0

    Released1977

    Directed byCharles B. Pierce

    Grayeagle is a 1977 Western adventure film directed Charles B. Pierce, written by Brad White, Charles B. Pierce and Michael O. Sajbel, starring Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, and Lana Wood. The music...  more