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The Best Ryan O'Neal Movies

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

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

List includes Love Hate Love, People I Know and more.

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    Barry Lyndon
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    Barry Lyndon

    Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1975

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Chances Are
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    Chances Are

    Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd

    Released1989

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Chances Are is a 1989 romantic comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Cybill... more on Wikipedia

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    #226 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies#394 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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    What's Up, Doc?
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    What's Up, Doc?

    Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    Paper Moon
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    Paper Moon

    Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by... more on Wikipedia

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    Love Story
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    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Thief Who Came to Dinner
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    The Thief Who Came to Dinner

    Jacqueline Bissett, Ryan O'Neal

    Released1973

    Directed byBud Yorkin

    The Thief Who Came to Dinner is a 1973 comedy film directed by Bud Yorkin and based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 7
    The Main Event
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    The Main Event

    Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal

    Released1979

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    The Main Event is a 1979 comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, written by Gail... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Oliver's Story
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    Oliver's Story

    Candice Bergen, Ray Milland

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Korty

    Oliver's Story, the sequel to Love Story, is a 1978 film based on an Erich Segal novel... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Nickelodeon
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    Nickelodeon

    Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal

    Released1976

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Nickelodeon is a 1976 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and stars Ryan O'Neal, Burt... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Tough Guys Don't Dance
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    Tough Guys Don't Dance

    Isabella Rossellini, Penn Jillette

    Released1987

    Directed byNorman Mailer

    Tough Guys Don't Dance is a 1987 crime mystery comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The Driver
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    The Driver

    Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani

    Released1978

    Directed byWalter Hill

    The Driver is a 1978 crime film written and directed by Walter Hill, starring Ryan O'Neal,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Partners
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    Partners

    John Hurt, Bridget Fonda

    Released1982

    Directed byJames Burrows

    Partners is a gay-themed buddy comedy, starring Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt as a mismatched pair... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    A Bridge Too Far
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    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1977

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius... more on Wikipedia

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    Malibu's Most Wanted
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    Malibu's Most Wanted

    Snoop Dogg, Bo Derek

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

    Malibu's Most Wanted is a 2003 comedy film written by and starring Jamie Kennedy and... more on Wikipedia

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    #729 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#113 of 142 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies

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    Zero Effect
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    Zero Effect

    Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens

    Released1998

    Directed byJake Kasdan

    Zero Effect is a 1998 mystery film written and directed by Jake Kasdan. It stars Bill Pullman... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Circle of Two
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    Circle of Two

    Richard Burton, Tatum O'Neal

    Released1980

    Directed byJules Dassin

    Circle of Two is a 1980 Canadian film. It starred Richard Burton as a 60-year old artist who... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    Wild Rovers
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    Wild Rovers

    William Holden, Ryan O'Neal

    Released1971

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Wild Rovers is a 1971 American Western film directed by Blake Edwards and starring William... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn
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    An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

    Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1997

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn is a 1998 comedy film. The film was critically... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Big Bounce
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    The Big Bounce

    Ryan O'Neal, Lee Grant

    Released1969

    Directed byAlex March

    The Big Bounce is a 1969 film directed by Alex March, based on the novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    Love Hate Love
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    Love Hate Love

    Lesley Ann Warren, Ryan O'Neal

    Released1971

    Directed byGeorge McCowan

    Love Hate Love is a 1971 television film directed by George McCowan.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    So Fine
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    So Fine

    Ryan O'Neal, Fred Gwynne

    Released1981

    Directed byAndrew Bergman

    So Fine is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Andrew Bergman. The original music score... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    Hacks
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    Hacks

    Lisa Kudrow, Tom Arnold

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Rosen

    Hacks is a 1997 film written and directed by Gary Rosen. The film premiered at the AFI Los... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    The Gentleman Bandit
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    The Gentleman Bandit

    Fergie, Ryan O'Neal

    Released2003

    Directed byJordan Alan

    The Gentleman Bandit retitled after theatrical release as Gentleman B., is a crime-drama film... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    People I Know
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    People I Know

    Al Pacino, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

    Directed byDaniel Algrant

    People I Know is a 2002 crime drama film directed by Daniel Algrant and stars Al Pacino, Kim... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 25
    The Games
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    The Games

    Sam Elliott, Ryan O'Neal

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Winner

    The Games is a 1970 film based on the Hugh Atkinson novel and adapted to the screen by Erich... more on Wikipedia