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The Best Rod Steiger Movies

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

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

Items include everything from Love and Bullets to Modern Vampires.

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    The Pawnbroker

    Morgan Freeman, Rod Steiger
    The Pawnbroker is a 1964 drama film, directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Rod Steiger, Geraldine...  more

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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It...  more

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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint
    On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst...  more

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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber
    The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel...  more

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    Waterloo

    Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer
    Waterloo is a 1970 Soviet-Italian film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and produced by Dino De...  more

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    Jubal

    Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine
    Jubal is a 1956 western film written by Russell S. Hughes and Delmer Daves and directed by...  more
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    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie
    Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean,...  more

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    The Illustrated Man

    Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom
    The Illustrated Man is a 1969 American science fiction film directed by Jack Smight and...  more
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    Duck, You Sucker!

    James Coburn, Rod Steiger
    Duck, You Sucker!, also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution,...  more

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    No Way to Treat a Lady

    Rod Steiger, George Segal
    No Way to Treat a Lady is a darkly comic thriller directed by Jack Smight, with a screenplay...  more
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    The Harder They Fall

    Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger
    The Harder They Fall is a 1956 film noir directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in...  more
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    Hands over the City

    Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone
    Hands over the City is a 1963 drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is a story of...  more
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson
    Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton. Earth is...  more

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    End of Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney
    End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams...  more

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    Crazy in Alabama

    Melanie Griffith, Meat Loaf
    Crazy in Alabama is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Antonio Banderas, written by Mark...  more
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    The January Man

    Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline
    The January Man is a 1989 comedy/thriller film, directed by Pat O'Connor from a screenplay by...  more
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    Run of the Arrow

    Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger
    Run of the Arrow is a 1957 western film written, directed and produced by Samuel Fuller and...  more

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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne
    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius...  more

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    The Specialist

    Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone
    The Specialist is a 1994 American action film directed by Luis Llosa, starring Sylvester...  more

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    Cattle Annie and Little Britches

    Diane Lane, Burt Lancaster
    Cattle Annie and Little Britches is a 1981 American film starring Burt Lancaster, Rod Steiger,...  more
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    Love and Bullets

    Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger
    Love and Bullets is a 1979 film directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Starring Charles Bronson, it is...  more
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    The Chosen

    Rod Steiger, Robby Benson
    The Chosen is a 1981 drama film directed by Jeremy Kagan, based on the bestselling book of the...  more
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    The Big Knife

    Jack Palance, Shelley Winters
    The Big Knife is a 1955 film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich from a screenplay by...  more
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    Three into Two Won't Go

    Rod Steiger, Judy Geeson
    Three into Two Won't Go is a 1969 British drama film directed by Peter Hall, and starring Rod...  more