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The Best Rock Hudson Movies

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List of the best Rock Hudson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Rock Hudson appeared in popular TV shows like McMillan & Wife and Dynasty, but his filmography is also quite impressive. Rock Hudson'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 Rock Hudson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Rock Hudson movies will be at the top of the list. Rock Hudson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Rock Hudson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Rock Hudson films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features Pillow Talk, Giant and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Rock Hudson movies?" and "What are the greatest Rock Hudson roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Hudson's romantic films, you might also enjoy our list of best Doris Day movies and best James Dean movies.

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    Giant

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean

    Released1956

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and...  more

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    Bend of the River

    James Stewart, Rock Hudson

    Released1952

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Bend of the River is a 1952 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson. Based on the 1952 novel Bend of the Snake by Bill...  more

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    Seconds

    Rock Hudson, Will Geer

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Seconds is a 1966 American science fiction drama film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Rock Hudson. The screenplay by Lewis John Carlino was based on Seconds, a novel by David Ely. The...  more
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    Written on the Wind

    Lauren Bacall, Rock Hudson

    Released1956

    Directed byDouglas Sirk

    Written on the Wind is a 1956 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. The screenplay by George Zuckerman was based on...  more
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    Pillow Talk

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson

    Released1959

    Directed byMichael Gordon

    Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was written...  more

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    The Tarnished Angels

    Rock Hudson, Troy Donahue

    Released1958

    Directed byDouglas Sirk

    The Tarnished Angels is a 1957 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk. The screenplay by George Zuckerman is based on the 1935 novel Pylon by William Faulkner....  more
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    Man's Favorite Sport?

    Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss

    Released1964

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Man's Favorite Sport? is a 1964 comedy film starring Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss. Released by Universal Pictures, the movie was directed and produced by Howard Hawks. Hawks intended this movie to...  more
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    Magnificent Obsession

    Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman

    Released1954

    Directed byDouglas Sirk

    Magnificent Obsession is a 1954 Universal-International Technicolor romantic feature film directed by Douglas Sirk; starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The screenplay was written by Robert Blees and...  more
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    Send Me No Flowers

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson

    Released1964

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Send Me No Flowers is a 1964 American comedy film, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall. After Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back, it is the third and final...  more
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    All That Heaven Allows

    Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman

    Released1955

    Directed byDouglas Sirk

    All That Heaven Allows is a 1955 romance feature film starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in a tale about a well-to-do widow and a younger landscape designer falling in love. The screenplay was...  more

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    Lover Come Back

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson

    Released1961

    Directed byDelbert Mann

    Lover Come Back is a 1961 Eastmancolor romantic comedy released by Universal Pictures and directed by Delbert Mann. The film stars Doris Day and Rock Hudson in their second film together. The...  more
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    Never Say Goodbye

    Clint Eastwood, Rock Hudson

    Released1956

    Directed byJerry Hopper

    Never Say Goodbye is a 1956 film starring Rock Hudson. The film is loosely based on the play Come Prima Meglio Di Prima by Luigi Pirandello....  more
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    Ice Station Zebra

    Jim Brown, Rock Hudson

    Released1968

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 suspense film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The screenplay by Alistair MacLean, Douglas Heyes, Harry...  more

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    Embryo

    Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera

    Released1976

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Embryo is a 1976 science fiction / horror film which was directed by Ralph Nelson, and which starred Rock Hudson alongside Barbara Carrera....  more
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    Fighter Squadron

    Rock Hudson, Robert Stack

    Released1948

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Fighter Squadron is a 1948 American Technicolor war film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Edmond O'Brien as a maverick World War II fighter pilot, with featured performances by Robert Stack and...  more
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    One Desire

    Natalie Wood, Rock Hudson

    Released1955

    Directed byJerry Hopper

    One Desire is a 1955 film directed by Jerry Hopper. It stars Anne Baxter and Rock Hudson. Described as a "rugged story of oil-boom Oklahoma in the early 1900s", it was adapted from Conrad Richter's...  more
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    The Undefeated

    John Wayne, Merlin Olsen

    Released1969

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Undefeated is a 1969 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne and starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. The film portrays events surrounding the French Intervention in...  more

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    Bright Victory

    Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy

    Released1951

    Directed byMark Robson

    Bright Victory is a 1951 film, adapted by Robert Buckner from Baynard Kendrick's novel Lights Out. It was directed by Mark Robson, and it stars Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julia Adams, James Edwards,...  more
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    Seminole

    Rock Hudson, Lee Marvin

    Released1953

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Seminole is a 1953 American western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Rock Hudson and Anthony Quinn. Much of the film was shot in the Everglades National Park, Florida....  more
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    Pretty Maids All in a Row

    Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson

    Released1971

    Directed byRoger Vadim

    Pretty Maids All in a Row is an American mystery film that is part dark comedy, part murder mystery. It starred Rock Hudson alongside Angie Dickinson, and was released on April 28, 1971. Roger Vadim...  more
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    Blindfold

    Claudia Cardinale, Rock Hudson

    Released1965

    Directed byPhilip Dunne

    Blindfold is a 1966 American motion picture by Universal Pictures, starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale that was based on Lucille Fletcher's 1960 novel of the same name. It was the last film...  more
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    The Vegas Strip War

    Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones

    Released1984

    Directed byGeorge Englund

    The Vegas Strip Wars is a 1984 television movie directed by George Englund and starred Rock Hudson, Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones and Pat Morita. The plot involves a charming Las Vegas hotel owner...  more
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    World War III

    Rock Hudson

    Released1982

    Directed byDavid Greene, Boris Sagal

    World War III is a miniseries that aired on the NBC network television in January 1982....  more
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    Strange Bedfellows

    Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida

    Released1965

    Directed byMelvin Frank

    Strange Bedfellows is an American comedy film directed by Melvin Frank, starring Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Gig Young, and Terry-Thomas, and released by Universal Studios....  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