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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Rod Steiger movies?" and "What are the greatest Rod Steiger roles of all time?"

Notable directors that worked with Rod Steiger include names like Tim Burton, Sidney Lumet and Otto Preminger. If Rod Steiger movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by John Garfield and Ray Milland too.

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  • In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police ...more
  • Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) persuaded him to throw a fight. When a longshoreman is murdered ...more
  • During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar ...more
  • Based on the novel by Edward Lewis Wallant, this drama focuses on former professor Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), the survivor of a German concentration camp who now runs a pawn shop in East Harlem. ...more
  • Waterloo is a 1970 Soviet-Italian film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. It depicts the story of the preliminary events and the Battle of Waterloo, and is famous for ...more
  • The Illustrated Man is a 1969 American science fiction film directed by Jack Smight and starring Rod Steiger. The film is based on three short stories from the 1951 collection The Illustrated Man by ...more
  • In Napa Valley, Calif., devious Phyllis Hochen (Diana Dors) schemes to run away with her lover, San Sanford (Tom Tryon), and with the money of her husband, winery owner Paul (Rod Steiger). Evading ...more
  • Three into Two Won't Go is a 1969 British drama film directed by Peter Hall, and starring Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom. The film was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Master Sgt. Albert Callan (Rod Steiger) is a war hero and a no-nonsense leader who reforms his previously mismanaged military base. Although Callan seems collected, he struggles as a closeted ...more
  • In this dark drama, Jim Fuller (Stuart Whitman) is an ex-convict who was jailed on charges of child molestation. Aided by empathetic prison psychiatrist Dr. Edmund McNally (Rod Steiger), Fuller finds ...more
  • Broke and without work, newspaper reporter Eddie Willis (Humphrey Bogart) agrees to work for the corrupt boxing promoter Nick Benko (Rod Steiger) to help hype his new boxer, Toro Moreno (Mike Lane). ...more
  • Chiller about a family who is terrorized by supernatural forces when they move into a new house in New York State which was the scene of a recent mass killing and the home of an 18th-century ...more
  • Across the Bridge is a 1957 British film directed by Ken Annakin. It is based on the sort story "Across the Bridge" by Graham Greene. It stars Rod Steiger and Bernard Lee.
  • Psychopathic serial killer Christopher Gill (Rod Steiger) is obsessed with his late mother, and he targets victims who remind him of her. He dons various disguises to gain his victims' trust and ...more
  • Wolf Lake is a 1978 film directed by Burt Kennedy. It stars Rod Steiger and Susan Tyrrell.
  • The Naked Face is a 1984 film written and directed by Bryan Forbes, based on the book by Sidney Sheldon. It stars Roger Moore, Rod Steiger and Elliott Gould. It was nominated for "Best Film" at ...more
  • American Gothic is a 1988 horror film written by Burt Wetanson and Michael Vines and directed by John Hough. It stars Rod Steiger, Yvonne DeCarlo and Michael J. Pollard.
  • On a plane bound for South America, the son of a mobster travels under the protection of henchmen who learn in-flight that their boss is dead. Also on the flight are weary war pilot Bill Lonagan ...more
  • At the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1913, greedy bandit Juan Miranda (Rod Steiger) and idealist John H. Mallory (James Coburn), an Irish Republican Army explosives expert on the lam from ...more
  • Former Irish Republican Army member Niall Hennessy (Rod Steiger) lives in Belfast, Ireland, with his wife and daughter amid the ongoing Irish-British conflict. Though he still knows people in the ...more
  • There's a box social coming up, and Curly (Gordon MacRae) asks Laurey (Shirley Jones) if she'll be his date. Trouble is, Laurey thinks he's waited too long, and in a fit of pique accepts an offer ...more
  • The Chosen is a 1981 drama film directed by Jeremy Kagan, based on the bestselling book of the same name by Chaim Potok published in 1967. It stars Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger. It won three ...more
  • Lion of the Desert is a 1981 Libyan historical action film starring Anthony Quinn as Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar, a Bedouin leader fighting the Italian army in the years leading up to World War ...more
  • Happy Birthday, Wanda June is a play by Kurt Vonnegut, and a 1971 film adaptation, directed by Mark Robson.
  • Convicts 4 is a 1962 prison film drama starring Ben Gazzara and directed by Millard Kaufman. The film is a fictionalized version of the life of death row convict John Resko, who wrote his ...more