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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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Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

Released: 1967

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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 ...more

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Morgan Freeman, Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

The Pawnbroker is a 1964 drama film, directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez and Morgan Freeman in his feature film debut. It was ...more
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Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger

Released: 1954

Directed by: Elia Kazan

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more

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Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

Released: 1965

Directed by: David Lean

Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to WWI, and is ...more

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Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer, Rod Steiger

Released: 1970

Directed by: Sergei Bondarchuk

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 ...more

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James Coburn, Rod Steiger, David Warbeck

Released: 1971

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Duck, You Sucker!, also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution, is a 1971 Italian epic buddy Zapata Western film directed by Sergio Leone. The film stars Rod Steiger ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jersey Joe Walcott

Released: 1956

Directed by: Mark Robson

The Harder They Fall is a 1956 film noir directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his last film. It was written by Philip Yordan and based on the 1947 novel of the same name by Budd ...more
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Rod Steiger, George Segal, Lee Remick

Released: 1968

Directed by: Jack Smight

No Way to Treat a Lady is a darkly comic thriller directed by Jack Smight, with a screenplay by John Gay adapted from William Goldman's novel of the same name. The film starred Rod Steiger, Lee ...more
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Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

Released: 1962

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more

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Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Don Dubbins

Released: 1969

Directed by: Jack Smight

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 ...more
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Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert

Released: 1955

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Oklahoma! is a 1955 musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley ...more

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Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the ...more

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Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Glenn Ford

Released: 1956

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Jubal is a 1956 western film written by Russell S. Hughes and Delmer Daves and directed by Delmer Daves. "Delmer Daves's intense, good looking Western based on Othello, in which Glenn Ford ...more
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Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Rod Steiger

Released: 1955

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Big Knife is a 1955 film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich from a screenplay by James Poe based on the 1949 play by Clifford Odets. The film stars Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell ...more
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Rod Steiger, Memphis Slim, John Phillip Law

Released: 1968

Directed by: John Flynn

The Sergeant is an American drama film starring Rod Steiger and John Phillip Law, directed by John Flynn, and released by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.
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Rod Steiger, Bernard Lee, Faith Brook

Released: 1957

Directed by: Ken Annakin

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.
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Oliver Reed, John Gielgud, Anthony Quinn

Released: 1981

Directed by: Moustapha Akkad

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 ...more

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James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

Released: 1979

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, based on Jay Anson's bestselling 1977 novel of the same name. It is the first film in the ...more

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Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone, Guido Alberti

Released: 1963

Directed by: Francesco Rosi

Hands over the City is a 1963 drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is a story of political corruption in post-World War II Italy.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead

Released: 1999

Directed by: Peter Hyams

End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, CCH Pounder, ...more

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Rod Steiger, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Chip Rosenbloom

Shiloh is a family drama film produced and directed by Dale Rosenbloom in 1996. It was shown at the Heartland Film Festival in 1996, but its general release came on April 27, 1997. The original ...more

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Elizabeth Montgomery, Gary Cooper, Rod Steiger

Released: 1955

Directed by: Otto Preminger

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell is a 1955 film directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gary Cooper as Billy Mitchell, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger and Elizabeth Montgomery in ...more
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Melanie Griffith, Meat Loaf, Dakota Johnson

Released: 1999

Directed by: Antonio Banderas

Crazy in Alabama is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Antonio Banderas, written by Mark Childress, and starring Melanie Griffith as an abused wife who heads to California to become a movie ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tim Burton

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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Rod Steiger, Robby Benson, Maximilian Schell

Released: 1981

Directed by: Jeremy Kagan

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 ...more