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The Best James Coburn Movies

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

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

Examples of films on this list: The Great Escape, Duck, You Sucker! and more.

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


  • 1

    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson


    Directed byJohn Sturges

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  • 2

    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard...  more

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  • 3

    The Last of Sheila

    Raquel Welch, James Coburn


    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • 4


    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston


    Directed byJack Smight

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  • 5

    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman


    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton...  more

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  • 6

    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn


    Directed byBrian Levant

    Snow Dogs is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn. The film was released in the United States on January 18, 2002 by Walt Disney...  more

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  • 7

    Cross of Iron

    James Coburn, David Warner


    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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  • 8


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan


    Directed byChuck Russell

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  • 9

    Ride Lonesome

    James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef


    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Ride Lonesome is a 1959 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, Lee Van Cleef, and James Coburn in his film debut. This Eastmancolor film...  more
  • 10


    Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu


    Directed byBrian Helgeland

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  • 11

    Our Man Flint

    James Coburn, James Brolin


    Directed byDaniel Mann

    Our Man Flint is a 1966 American action film that parodies the James Bond genre. The film was directed by Daniel Mann, written by Hal Fimberg and Ben Starr, and starring James Coburn as master spy...  more
  • 12

    What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

    James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor


    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • 13

    Young Guns II

    Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland


    Directed byGeoff Murphy

    Young Guns II is a 1990 western film, and the sequel to Young Guns. It stars Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, and features William Petersen. It was written...  more

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  • 14


    James Coburn, Susan Dey


    Directed byMichael Crichton

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  • 15

    The Nutty Professor

    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith


    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • 16

    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks


    Directed byJames Frawley

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  • 17


    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster


    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 18

    Duck, You Sucker!

    James Coburn, Rod Steiger


    Directed bySergio Leone

    Duck, You Sucker!, also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution, is a 1971 Italian epic buddy Zapata Western film directed by Sergio Leone. The film stars Rod Steiger and...  more

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  • 19

    Hudson Hawk

    Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell


    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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  • 20

    Death of a Soldier

    James Coburn, Bill Hunter


    Directed byPhilippe Mora

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  • 21

    The Man from Elysian Fields

    Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies


    Directed byGeorge Hickenlooper

    The Man from Elysian Fields is a 2001 drama film directed by George Hickenlooper, and starring Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Olivia Williams, Julianna Margulies, and James Coburn....  more
  • 22

    American Gun

    James Coburn, Virginia Madsen


    Directed byAlan Jacobs

    American Gun is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Alan Jacobs. It stars James Coburn, Virginia Madsen, Barbara Bain and Alexandra Holden....  more
  • 23

    A High Wind in Jamaica

    James Coburn, Anthony Quinn


    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

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  • 24


    Kirk Douglas, James Coburn


    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

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  • 25

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill


    Directed byBill Duke

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