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The Best James Coburn Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 4.0k votes 456 voters 38.7k views68 items

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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.

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  • The Magnificent Seven1
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more
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  • The Great Escape2
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more
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  • The Last of Sheila3
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    The Last of Sheila

    Raquel Welch, James Coburn

    Released1973

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    The Last of Sheila is a 1973 mystery film that was directed by Herbert Ross and written...  more
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  • Monsters, Inc.4
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter,...  more
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  • Cross of Iron5
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    Cross of Iron

    James Coburn, David Warner

    Released1977

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn,...  more
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  • Eraser6
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    Eraser

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byChuck Russell

    Eraser is a 1996 American action film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Arnold...  more
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  • Our Man Flint7
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    Our Man Flint

    James Coburn, James Brolin

    Released1966

    Directed byDaniel Mann

    Our Man Flint is a 1966 American action film that parodies the James Bond genre. The film was...  more
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  • Ride Lonesome8
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    Ride Lonesome

    James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1959

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Ride Lonesome is a 1959 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott,...  more
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  • The Nutty Professor9
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    The Nutty Professor

    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American slapstick science-fiction comedy film directed by Tom...  more
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  • Payback10
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    Payback

    Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson,...  more
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  • Bite the Bullet11
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    Bite the Bullet

    Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen

    Released1975

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Bite the Bullet is a 1975 American Western film written and directed by Richard Brooks and...  more
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  • Looker12
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    Looker

    James Coburn, Susan Dey

    Released1981

    Directed byMichael Crichton

    Looker is a 1981 science fiction film written and directed by Michael Crichton. It starred...  more
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  • Snow Dogs13
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    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn

    Released2002

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Snow Dogs is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Cuba Gooding...  more
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  • A High Wind in Jamaica14
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    A High Wind in Jamaica

    James Coburn, Anthony Quinn

    Released1965

    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

    A High Wind in Jamaica is a 1965 DeLuxe Color film, based on the novel of the same name, and...  more
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  • Duck, You Sucker!15
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    Duck, You Sucker!

    James Coburn, Rod Steiger

    Released1971

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Duck, You Sucker!, also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution,...  more
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  • The Muppet Movie16
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

    The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series...  more
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  • Hudson Hawk17
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    Hudson Hawk

    Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell

    Released1991

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Hudson Hawk is a 1991 American action comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann. Bruce Willis...  more
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  • Death of a Soldier18
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    Death of a Soldier

    James Coburn, Bill Hunter

    Released1986

    Directed byPhilippe Mora

    Death of a Soldier is a 1986 Australian film based on the life of American serial killer Eddie...  more
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  • The Man from Elysian Fields19
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    The Man from Elysian Fields

    Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Hickenlooper

    The Man from Elysian Fields is a 2001 drama film directed by George Hickenlooper, and starring...  more
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  • Maverick20
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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William...  more
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  • Draw!21
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    Draw!

    Kirk Douglas, James Coburn

    Released1984

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

    Draw! is a 1984 American/Canadian comedy-western film by Steven Hilliard Stern...  more
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  • Major Dundee22
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    Major Dundee

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris

    Released1965

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston,...  more
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  • Hard Times23
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    Hard Times

    Charles Bronson, James Coburn

    Released1975

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Hard Times is a 1975 film starring Charles Bronson as Chaney, a drifter who travels to...  more
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  • Charade24
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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
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  • American Gun25
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    American Gun

    James Coburn, Virginia Madsen

    Released2002

    Directed byAlan Jacobs

    American Gun is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Alan Jacobs. It stars James Coburn,...  more
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