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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?"

Movie fans who love Lee Van Cleef have also been known to enjoy films starring Lee Marvin and Rod Steiger.

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Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio 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 ...more

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lee Van Cleef Movies
Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong 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 in the title roles respectively. ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega Death Rides a Horse is a 1967 Spaghetti Western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law.

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Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes 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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Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla, William Berger 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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Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef 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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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine 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 crime-ridden United ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla 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 ...more

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John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin 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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Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Lee Van Cleef 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.

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Gary Busey, Stefanie Powers, Lee Van Cleef 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Bud Spencer, Lionel Stander Beyond the Law, aka, The Good Die First, is a 1968 Spaghetti Western feature film directed by Giorgio Stegani and starring Lee Van Cleef as Cudlip, Antonio Sabàto Sr. as Ben Novack and ...more

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Yul Brynner, Lee Van Cleef 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Brian Donlevy, Earl Holliman 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.

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Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Coleen Gray 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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Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Grünberg, Jess Hahn 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla, Reiner Schöne 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 ...more

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James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef, Randolph Scott 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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Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Patrick O'Neal 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 ...more

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Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Italian-American Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly. Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up ...more

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Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Lee Van Cleef The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, in one of Perkins' first roles. The film became one ...more

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Jack Palance, Lee Van Cleef, Leif Garrett Priest turned vigilante Father John (Van Cleef) hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Palance), who killed a man in a local bar. On the gang's return to the town, they kill the ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Shen Chan, Lo Lieh The Stranger and the Gunfighter is a 1974 kung fu Spaghetti Western comedy film produced by the Shaw Brothers in collaboration with an Italian company, and filmed on location in Hong Kong and ...more

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Gina Lollobrigida, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Sambrell Bad Man's River is a 1971 European Comedy Western film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring Lee Van Cleef, James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida and Simón Andreu.

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Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Audie Murphy, Vic Morrow Posse from Hell is a 1961 western film directed by Herbert Coleman.

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Lee Van Cleef, Virginia Grey, Sidney Blackmer Accused of Murder is a 1956 color film noir, based on the novel Vanity Row by W. R. Burnett and directed and produced by Joseph Kane. Accused of Murder was filmed in Trucolor and stars David ...more

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Rock Hudson, Lee Van Cleef, Dennis Weaver 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.

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James Cagney, Lee Van Cleef, Vic Morrow Tribute to a Bad Man is a 1956 western film starring James Cagney about a rancher whose harsh enforcement of frontier justice alienates the woman he loves. It was directed by Robert Wise and ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Patrick McGoohan, Edna O'Brien The Hard Way is a 1979 film directed by Michael Dryhurst.

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Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Carter 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Peter Graves, Beverly Garland 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Edwige Fenech, Jean Rochefort Escape from Death Row is a 1973 comedy and crime fiction film written by Nicola Badalucco, Sergio Donati, and Luciano Vincenzoni, and directed by Michele Lupo.

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Lee Van Cleef, Audie Murphy, Russell Johnson 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. ...more

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Nat King Cole, Angie Dickinson, Lee Van Cleef China Gate is a 1957 Hollywood Cinemascope war film written, produced and directed by Samuel Fuller and released through 20th Century Fox.

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Marlon Brando, Dean Martin, Montgomery Clift The Young Lions is a 1958 CinemaScope war drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the 1948 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw, and starring Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean ...more

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Karen Black, Lee Van Cleef, Lionel Stander Controrapina is a 1977 Italian crime-action film directed by Anthony M. Dawson.

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Ray Milland, Lee Van Cleef, Raymond Burr A Man Alone is a film directed by Ray Milland that was released in 1955.

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Jungle Raiders Lee Van Cleef, Christopher Connelly Jungle Raiders, also known as Captain Yankee is a 1985 Cannon Film. This film by Antonio Margheriti stars Christopher Connelly and Lee Van Cleef. The film was the third of three films Antonio ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinski Code Name: Wild Geese is a 1984 Italian "macaroni combat" war film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Lewis Collins.

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The Bandits of Corsica Lee Van Cleef, Raymond Burr, Dona Drake The Bandits of Corsica is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Ray Nazarro and starring Richard Greene, Paula Raymond and Raymond Burr.

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Lee Van Cleef, Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis The Vanishing American is a 1955 adventure, drama and western film written by Alan Le May and directed by Joseph Kane.

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Shelley Winters, Lee Van Cleef, Fess Parker Untamed Frontier is a 1952 film directed by Hugo Fregonese.

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Anne Baxter, Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinski The North Star is a 1943 war film produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, written by Lillian Hellman and featured ...more

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Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields, John Candy Speed Zone, released in 1989, is a comedy set around an illegal cross-country race. The premise is that all the racers are arrested before the race begins, and the sponsors have to quickly line ...more

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Machete Lee Van Cleef, Albert Dekker, Juano Hernandez Machete is a 1958 American drama film directed by Kurt Neumann and written by Kurt Neumann and Carroll Young. The film stars Mari Blanchard, Ruth Cains, Albert Dekker, Juano Hernandez, Carlos ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Mamie Van Doren, Gerald Mohr Guns, Girls and Gangsters is a 1959 B-movie crime/drama starring Mamie Van Doren.

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Commandos Lee Van Cleef, Marilù Tolo, Jack Kelly Commandos is an Italian "macaroni combat" war film starring Lee Van Cleef and Jack Kelly and is directed by Armando Crispino. It was released in Italy on 19 November 1968, and rated PG ...more

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The Badge of Marshal Brennan Lee Van Cleef, Marty Robbins, Jim Davis A man on the run discovers a dead man with a marshal badge; he buries the man, takes the badge, and soon assumes the identity of the man.

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Lee Van Cleef, Charles McGraw, Claude Akins Joe Dakota is a 1957 romantic western film directed by Richard Bartlett.