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The Best Steve McQueen Movies

Updated August 17, 2020 5.3k votes 1.3k voters 69.9k views31 items

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List of the best Steve McQueen movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Believe it or not, one of Steve McQueen's first credited film roles with in the 1958 horror film The Blob. Steve McQueen'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 Steve McQueen movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Steve McQueen movies will be at the top of the list. Steve McQueen has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Steve McQueen movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Steve McQueen films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features films like The Great Escape, Papillon and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Steve McQueen movies?" and "What are the greatest Steve McQueen roles of all time?" If you are a fan of McQueen's action-filled filmography, you might also enjoy our list of best Charles Bronson movies and best Paul Newman movies.

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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen
    Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced...  more

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    Papillon

    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen
    Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling...  more

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    #59 of 196 The Best Adventure Movies#155 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough
    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more

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    #11 of 276 The Best Movies Based On True Stories#183 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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    The Sand Pebbles

    Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen
    The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of...  more
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson
    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more

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    #345 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#7 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s

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    The Thomas Crown Affair

    Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen
    The Thomas Crown Affair is a DeLuxe Color 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison...  more
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    The Getaway

    Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw
    The Getaway is a 1972 American action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve...  more

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    #57 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#488 of 625 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen
    The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner,...  more

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    #9 of 62 The Best Ann-Margret Movies#21 of 38 The Best Movies About Gambling

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    Nevada Smith

    Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson
    Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry...  more

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    #29 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s#447 of 542 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

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    Tom Horn

    Steve McQueen, Linda Evans
    Tom Horn is a 1980 Western film about the legendary lawman, outlaw, and gunfighter. It starred...  more

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    #64 of 400 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#250 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys

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    Love with the Proper Stranger

    Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen
    Love with the Proper Stranger is a 1963 romantic comedy drama film made by Pakula-Mulligan...  more
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman
    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen...  more

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    #15 of 318 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#415 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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    Hell Is for Heroes

    Steve McQueen, James Coburn
    Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve...  more

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    #161 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#67 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    The Hunter

    Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach
    The Hunter is a 1980 American thriller film based on the exploits of real-life bounty hunter...  more
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    Le Mans

    Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda
    Le Mans is a 1971 action film directed by Lee H. Katzin, starring Steve McQueen. It features...  more
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut
    The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin...  more

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    Junior Bonner

    Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino
    Junior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don...  more
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    The Reivers

    Steve McQueen, Burgess Meredith
    The Reivers is a 1969 film starring Steve McQueen and directed by Mark Rydell based on the...  more
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    Baby the Rain Must Fall

    Steve McQueen, Glen Campbell
    Baby the Rain Must Fall is a 1965 American drama film starring Lee Remick and Steve McQueen,...  more
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    An Enemy of the People

    Steve McQueen, Charles Durning
    An Enemy of the People is a 1978 American drama film directed by George Schaefer based on...  more
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    The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery

    Steve McQueen, Bob Holt
    The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery is a 1959 heist film shot in black and white. The film stars...  more
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    The War Lover

    Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner
    The War Lover is a 1962 British black-and-white war film directed by Philip Leacock and...  more
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    Soldier in the Rain

    Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld
    Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Jackie Gleason and Steve...  more
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    Never So Few

    Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen
    Never So Few is a 1959 CinemaScope war film, directed by John Sturges and starring Frank...  more
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    On Any Sunday

    Steve McQueen, Bruce Brown
    Writer, producer and director Bruce Brown explores the dizzying and intoxicating world of...  more