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The Best John Saxon Movies

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

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

Saxon died July 25, 2020 of pneumonia. He was 83.

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    The Unforgiven

    Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    Enter the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Clouse

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    The Evil Eye

    John Saxon, Valentina Cortese

    Released1963

    Directed byMario Bava

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    Tenebrae

    John Saxon, Eva Robin's

    Released1982

    Directed byDario Argento

    Tenebrae is a 1982 Italian horror thriller film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon and Daria Nicolodi. After having experimented with two exercises in...  more

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    Raid on Entebbe

    James Woods, Charles Bronson

    Released1977

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Planet Earth

    John Saxon, Ted Cassidy

    Released1974

    Directed byMarc Daniels

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1987

    Directed byChuck Russell

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    The Electric Horseman

    Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

    Released1979

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry Koster

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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare

    Wes Craven, Robert Englund

    Released1994

    Directed byWes Craven

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    The Craving Heart

    John Saxon, Ana Cristina Oliveira

    Released2006

    Directed byStan Harrington

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    Wrong Is Right

    Sean Connery, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Brooks

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    The Cardinal

    Burgess Meredith, John Huston

    Released1963

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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    Prisoners of the Lost Universe

    John Saxon, Kay Lenz

    Released1983

    Directed byTerry Marcel

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    Battle Beyond the Stars

    Kathy Griffin, George Peppard

    Released1980

    Directed byJimmy T. Murakami

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    The Reluctant Debutante

    Angela Lansbury, Rex Harrison

    Released1958

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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    Beverly Hills Cop III

    Eddie Murphy, George Lucas

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Posse from Hell

    Lee Van Cleef, Audie Murphy

    Released1961

    Directed byHerbert Coleman

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    Queen of Blood

    Dennis Hopper, Basil Rathbone

    Released1966

    Directed byCurtis Harrington

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    Bruce Lee: Path of the Dragon

    James Coburn, George Lazenby

    Released1998

    Directed byWalt Missingham

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    Joe Kidd

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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    Strange New World

    Catherine Bach, John Saxon

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Strange New World was a TV pilot based on concepts envisioned by Gene Roddenberry which first aired on March 23, 1975. It starred John Saxon as Captain Anthony Vico, Kathleen Miller as Dr. Allison...  more
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    War Hunt

    Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola

    Released1962

    Directed byDenis Sanders

    War Hunt is a 1962 war film starring John Saxon, Robert Redford and Charles Aidman. The film was directed by Denis Sanders, produced by his brother, Terry Sanders for T-D Enterprises, and released by...  more
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    Aftershock

    John Saxon, Elizabeth Kaitan

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Harris

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