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The Best Lee Van Cleef Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.0k votes 640 voters 45.6k views62 items

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Lee Van Cleef movies?" and "What are the greatest Lee Van Cleef roles of all time?"

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly1
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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...  more

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  • For a Few Dollars More2
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    57

    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...  more

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    #42 of 154 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made#971 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Death Rides a Horse3
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    22

    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...  more
  • The Bravados4
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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...  more
  • The Big Gundown5
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    15

    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...  more
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  • Sabata6
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    19

    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...  more
  • Escape from New York7
    67
    9

    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...  more

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    #80 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#39 of 167 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

  • High Noon8
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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....  more

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  • The Tin Star9
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    5

    The Tin Star

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins

    Released1957

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony...  more
  • Day of Anger10
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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...  more
  • The Magnificent Seven Ride11
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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...  more

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  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance12
    76
    31

    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...  more

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  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms13
    44
    6

    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...  more
  • The Lawless Breed14
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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...  more
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  • The Hard Way15
    35
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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
  • The Sabata Trilogy16
    38
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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,...  more
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  • China Gate17
    37
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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...  more
  • Kansas City Confidential18
    32
    8

    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...  more
  • The Big Combo19
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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...  more
  • The Young Lions20
    31
    10

    The Young Lions

    Marlon Brando, Dean Martin

    Released1958

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Young Lions is a 1958 CinemaScope war drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon...  more
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  • Accused of Murder21
    26
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    Accused of Murder

    Lee Van Cleef, Virginia Grey

    Released1956

    Directed byJoseph Kane

    Accused of Murder is a 1956 color film noir, based on the novel Vanity Row by W. R. Burnett...  more
  • The Grand Duel22
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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...  more
  • The North Star23
    25
    5

    The North Star

    Anne Baxter, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1943

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    The North Star is a 1943 war film produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by...  more
  • God's Gun24
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    God's Gun

    Jack Palance, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1976

    Directed byGianfranco Parolini

    Priest turned vigilante Father John (Van Cleef) hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam...  more
  • Tumbleweed25
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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...  more
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