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The Best Sterling Hayden Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 579 votes 145 voters 10.3k views39 items

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

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

Examples of films on this list include A Carol for Another Christmas and So Big.

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

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    The Killing

    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray
    This film is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It...  more

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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando
    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the...  more

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    The Asphalt Jungle

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden
    The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the...  more
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as...  more

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    Johnny Guitar

    Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden
    Johnny Guitar is a 1954 American Republic Pictures western drama film starring Joan Crawford,...  more

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    Crime Wave

    Charles Bronson, Sterling Hayden
    Crime Wave is a 1954 film noir, directed by André De Toth. It was adapted from a short story...  more
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    Suddenly

    Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden
    Suddenly is a 1954 American film noir thriller directed by Lewis Allen with a screenplay...  more
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    Denver and Rio Grande

    Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden
    Denver and Rio Grande is a western film, directed by Byron Haskin and released by Paramount...  more
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    Terror in a Texas Town

    Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot
    Terror in a Texas Town is a 1958 American Western film, directed by Joseph Lewis and starring...  more
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    The Iron Sheriff

    Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford
    The Iron Sheriff is a 1957 Western....  more
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    The Long Goodbye

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elliott Gould
    The Long Goodbye is a 1973 neo-noir film directed by Robert Altman and based on Raymond...  more

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    Naked Alibi

    Chuck Connors, Gene Barry
    Naked Alibi is a 1954 black-and-white film noir crime drama starring Sterling Hayden, Gloria...  more
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    Flat Top

    Sterling Hayden, William Schallert
    Flat Top is a 1952 American drama film directed by Lesley Selander and starring Sterling...  more
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    Timberjack

    Adolphe Menjou, Sterling Hayden
    Timberjack is a film directed by Joseph Kane that was released in 1955....  more
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    Crime of Passion

    Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr
    Crime of Passion is a 1957 American crime film noir directed by Gerd Oswald and written by Jo...  more
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    Top Gun

    Sterling Hayden, William Bishop
    Top Gun is a 1955 film directed by Ray Nazarro....  more
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    Hellgate

    James Arness, Joan Leslie
    Hellgate is a 1952 film directed by Charles Marquis Warren....  more
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    So Big

    Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden
    So Big is a 1953 American drama film that stars Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden and Steve Forrest,...  more
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    Zero Hour!

    Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden
    Zero Hour! is a 1957 drama film directed by Hall Bartlett from a screenplay by Arthur Hailey,...  more

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    El Paso

    Gail Russell, Sterling Hayden
    El Paso is a 1949 American Western film directed by Lewis R. Foster....  more
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    Winter Kills

    Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges
    This film is a 1979 film, directed by William Richert, based on the novel by Richard Condon....  more
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    Gas

    Donald Sutherland, Howie Mandel
    Gas is a 1981 Canadian comedy film released by Paramount Pictures, the plot of which was...  more
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    Kansas Pacific

    Sterling Hayden, Clayton Moore
    Kansas Pacific is a 1953 U.S. Cinecolor western film released by Allied Artists Pictures and...  more
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    The Last Command

    Ernest Borgnine, Sterling Hayden
    The Last Command is a 1955 Trucolor film about Jim Bowie and the fall of the Alamo during the...  more
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    Lighthouse of Chaos

    Sterling Hayden, Hanns Zischler
    Leuchtturm des Chaos is a 1983 documentary profile of the American actor Sterling Hayden. The...  more