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The Best Lee Van Cleef Movies

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

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

List contains films like Captain Apache, When the West Was Fun.

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    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1965

    Directed bySergio Leone

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also plays a...  more

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age &...  more

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    Return of Sabata

    Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla

    Released1971

    Directed byGianfranco Parolini

    Return of Sabata is a 1971 Spaghetti Western film directed by Gianfranco Parolini. The third film in The Sabata Trilogy, it features the return of Lee Van Cleef as the title character, which he had...  more
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    Sabata

    Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla

    Released1969

    Directed byGianfranco Parolini

    Sabata, is a 1969 Italian Spaghetti Western directed by Gianfranco Parolini. It is the first film in The Sabata Trilogy by Parolini, and stars Lee Van Cleef as the title character. Parolini had...  more
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    The Condor

    Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1970

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    El Condor is a 1970 western war film directed by John Guillermin. Jim Brown and Lee Van Cleef lead a band of Apaches against a fortress commanded by Patrick O'Neal. The fortress is said to contain...  more
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    Escape from New York

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a distopian United States that...  more

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    High Noon

    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper

    Released1952

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by...  more

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    The Big Gundown

    Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Sollima

    The Big Gundown is a 1966 spaghetti western, written by long-time Sergio Leone collaborator Sergio Donati and directed by Sergio Sollima. The film stars Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian. It was...  more
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    Death Rides a Horse

    Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law

    Released1967

    Directed byGiulio Petroni

    This film is a 1967 Spaghetti Western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. ...  more
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    Day of Anger

    Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma

    Released1967

    Directed byTonino Valerii

    Day of Anger, also known by its UK video title Gunlaw, is a 1967 spaghetti western film directed by Tonino Valerii. The film stars Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma, and features a musical score by...  more
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    The Magnificent Seven Ride

    Gary Busey, Stefanie Powers

    Released1972

    Directed byGeorge McCowan

    The Magnificent Seven Ride is a 1972 western film and is the third and last sequel of the 1960 western, The Magnificent Seven. It stars Lee Van Cleef as Chris Adams, succeeding Yul Brynner and George...  more

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    It Conquered the World

    Lee Van Cleef, Peter Graves

    Released1956

    Directed byRoger Corman

    It Conquered the World is an independently made 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film, produced and directed by Roger Corman, starring Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef, Beverly Garland and...  more
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    The Octagon

    Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1980

    Directed byEric Karson

    The Octagon is a 1980 action film starring Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson and Lee Van Cleef. It was directed by Eric Karson and written by Paul Aaron and Leigh Chapman. It was filmed in Los Angeles,...  more
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The...  more

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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway

    Released1953

    Directed byEugène Lourié

    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, and starring Paul Christian,...  more
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    The Lawless Breed

    Rock Hudson, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1953

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    The Lawless Breed is a 1953 western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Rock Hudson. The film is based on the life of outlaw John Wesley Hardin....  more
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    Posse from Hell

    Lee Van Cleef, Audie Murphy

    Released1961

    Directed byHerbert Coleman

    Posse from Hell is a 1961 western film directed by Herbert Coleman....  more
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    The Hard Way

    Lee Van Cleef, Patrick McGoohan

    Released1979

    Directed byMichael Dryhurst

    The Hard Way is a 1979 film directed by Michael Dryhurst....  more
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    China Gate

    Nat King Cole, Angie Dickinson

    Released1957

    Directed bySamuel Fuller

    China Gate is a 1957 Hollywood Cinemascope war film written, produced and directed by Samuel Fuller and released through 20th Century Fox....  more
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    The Sabata Trilogy

    Yul Brynner, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1969

    Directed byGianfranco Parolini

    The Sabata Trilogy is a series of Spaghetti Western films released between 1969 and 1971, directed by Gianfranco Parolini, and starring Lee Van Cleef in the first, Sabata, Yul Brynner in the second,...  more
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    The Bravados

    Gregory Peck, Joan Collins

    Released1958

    Directed byHenry King

    The Bravados is a 1958 western film, directed by Henry King starring Gregory Peck and Joan Collins. The CinemaScope film was based on a novel of the same name written by Frank O'Rourke....  more
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    Kansas City Confidential

    Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam

    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
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    The Big Combo

    Lee Van Cleef, Brian Donlevy

    Released1955

    Directed byJoseph H. Lewis

    The Big Combo is a 1955 American film noir directed by Joseph H. Lewis and photographed by cinematographer John Alton, with music by David Raksin....  more
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    The Grand Duel

    Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Grünberg

    Released1972

    Directed byGiancarlo Santi

    The Grand Duel, aka Storm Rider and The Big Showdown is a Spaghetti Western directed by Giancarlo Santi, who had previously worked as Sergio Leone's assistant director on The Good, the Bad and the...  more
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    Tumbleweed

    Lee Van Cleef, Audie Murphy

    Released1953

    Directed byNathan H. Juran

    Tumbleweed is a 1953 American western film about a horse of the same name, directed by Nathan Juran and starring Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills, Roy Roberts, Russell Johnson, K.T. Stevens,...  more