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?"

James Coburn worked with many famous directors, including big names like Brian Levant and Blake Edwards. Movie fans who love James Coburn have also been known to enjoy films starring Rod Steiger and Lee Marvin.

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Coburn Movies
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

Released: 1963

Directed by: John 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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Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Sturges

The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War ...more

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James Coburn, James Brolin, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1966

Directed by: Daniel 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 ...more
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James Coburn, Rod Steiger, David Warbeck

Released: 1971

Directed by: Sergio 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 ...more

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Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sam 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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Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Strother Martin

Released: 1975

Directed by: Walter Hill

Hard Times is a 1975 film starring Charles Bronson as Chaney, a drifter who travels to Louisiana during the Great Depression and begins competing in illegal bare-knuckled boxing matches. The ...more
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James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Anna Lee

Released: 1967

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

In Like Flint is a film directed by Gordon Douglas, the sequel to the parody spy film Our Man Flint. It posits an international feminist conspiracy to depose the ruling American patriarchy with ...more
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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Bob Newhart

Released: 1962

Directed by: Don Siegel

Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve McQueen. It tells the story of a squad of U.S. soldiers from the 95th Infantry Division who, in the fall ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Schrader

Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. ...more

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Raquel Welch, James Coburn, Ian McShane

Released: 1973

Directed by: Herbert Ross

The Last of Sheila is a 1973 mystery film that was directed by Herbert Ross and written directly for the screen by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, It starred Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, ...more

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James Coburn, Arte Johnson, Will Geer

Released: 1967

Directed by: Theodore J. Flicker

The President's Analyst is an American satirical comedy film written and directed by Theodore J. Flicker, starring James Coburn. The cinematography was by William A. Fraker, and Lalo Schifrin ...more
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Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

Released: 1976

Directed by: Jack Smight

Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from ...more

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James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef, Randolph Scott

Released: 1959

Directed by: Budd 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 ...more
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Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake ...more
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Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn

Released: 1975

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Bite the Bullet is a 1975 American Western film written and directed by Richard Brooks and starring Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent and ...more

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James Coburn, Bruce Dern, Joan Blondell

Released: 1967

Directed by: William A. Graham

Waterhole #3 is a 1967 Western comedy film directed by William A. Graham. It is considered to be a comic remake of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The film stars James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor ...more
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James Coburn, Walter Pidgeon, Michael Sarrazin

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bruce Geller

Harry in Your Pocket is a 1973 film, written by James Buchanan and Ronald Austin and directed by Bruce Geller, starring James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin, Trish Van Devere and Walter Pidgeon. The ...more
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James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor, Harry Morgan

Released: 1966

Directed by: Blake Edwards

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? is a 1966 comedy film written by William Peter Blatty and directed by Blake Edwards for the Mirisch Company. It stars James Coburn and Dick Shawn.
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James Coburn, Susan Dey, Albert Finney

Released: 1981

Directed by: Michael Crichton

Looker is a 1981 science fiction film written and directed by Michael Crichton. It starred Albert Finney, Susan Dey, and James Coburn. Former NFL linebacker Tim Rossovich was featured as the ...more
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Julie Andrews, James Garner, James Coburn

Released: 1964

Directed by: Arthur Hiller, Al Shenberg

The Americanization of Emily is an American comedy-drama war film written by Paddy Chayefsky, directed by Arthur Hiller, starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas and James Coburn, ...more
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Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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James Coburn, Lee Grant, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1974

Directed by: Ken Hughes

The Internecine Project is a 1974 British espionage thriller film written by Mort W. Elkind, Barry Levinson, and Jonathan Lynn, directed by Ken Hughes and starring James Coburn and Lee Grant. ...more