The Best Robert Shaw Movies

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

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This list is made up of many different films, including Young Winston and A Hill in Korea.

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  • Jaws
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    Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
    103 votes
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
    In the classic thriller Jaws, the quiet summer resort of Amity Island is thrown into chaos by a deadly great white shark. Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) must team up with oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) to stop it. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film redefined the horror genre, creating the concept of a summer blockbuster. The film's tension-filled plot and iconic score won it three Academy Awards, including Best Original Score for John Williams. Despite its simple premise, Jaws remains an enduring masterpiece of suspense and fear.

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  • The Sting
    2
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
    69 votes
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: George Roy Hill
    In the 1973 caper classic The Sting, Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) team up to swindle a fortune from a crime boss. The plot unfolds in 1930s Chicago, with Hooker playing the small-time grifter who seeks revenge for his partner's murder. He finds an ally in Gondorff, an experienced con man lying low after a big score. The duo devises an intricate scheme, 'the sting', involving poker games, fake bookies, and FBI agents. This film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, showcasing the crafty brilliance of its protagonists in a world where deception is the name of the game.

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  • The Deep
    3
    Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Robert Shaw
    52 votes
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Peter Yates
    Undersea adventure about a couple who become involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a deadly shipwreck in Bermudan waters. When they realize that the cache includes morphine, the pair enlist the help of an old treasure hunter to escape the drug dealers who hid their product amidst the sunken wreck.

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  • A Man for All Seasons
    4
    Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles
    47 votes
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
    When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage of King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) and his Spanish-born wife, More's clashes with the monarch increase in intensity. A devout Catholic, More stands by his religious principles and moves to leave the royal court. Unfortunately, the King and his loyalists aren't appeased by this, and press forward with grave charges of treason, further testing More's resolve.

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  • Battle of the Bulge
    5
    Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan
    55 votes
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Ken Annakin
    American Lt. Col. Dan Kiley (Henry Fonda), a military intelligence whiz, discovers that the Nazis are planning to attack Allied forces near Belgium. Certain that the exhausted enemy can't muster much force, Gen. Joe Grey (Robert Ryan) isn't convinced by Kiley's findings, and his men pay the price when the German tanks begin their offensive. In the heat of this key World War II battle, Kiley must come up with a plan when it becomes clear that the Nazis are trying to steal fuel from the Allies.

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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
    6
    Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam
    55 votes
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Joseph Sargent
    In New York City, a criminal gang led by the ruthless "Mr. Blue" (Robert Shaw) hijacks a subway car and threatens to start shooting one passenger per minute unless they receive a million dollars in cash from the city within an hour. On the other end of the line, crusty veteran transit policeman Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) has his hands full dealing with the mayor's office and his hotheaded fellow cops, while also trying to deliver the ransom before the deadline expires.

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