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The Best Steve McQueen Movies

Updated August 17, 2020 5.3k votes 1.3k voters 69.6k 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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    Papillon

    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen

    Released1973

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling...  more
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    #156 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#28 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

  • Bullitt2
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced...  more
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    #717 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#148 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • The Sand Pebbles3
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    The Sand Pebbles

    Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen

    Released1966

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of...  more
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  • The Great Escape4
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more
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    #192 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies#11 of 275 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

  • The Magnificent Seven5
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more
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    #339 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#7 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s

  • The Thomas Crown Affair6
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    The Thomas Crown Affair

    Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Thomas Crown Affair is a DeLuxe Color 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison...  more
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  • The Getaway7
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    The Getaway

    Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw

    Released1972

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    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#489 of 625 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

  • The Cincinnati Kid8
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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner,...  more
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  • Love with the Proper Stranger9
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    Love with the Proper Stranger

    Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Love with the Proper Stranger is a 1963 romantic comedy drama film made by Pakula-Mulligan...  more
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  • Nevada Smith10
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    Nevada Smith

    Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson

    Released1966

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry...  more
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    #28 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s#394 of 530 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

  • Tom Horn11
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    Tom Horn

    Steve McQueen, Linda Evans

    Released1980

    Directed byWilliam Wiard

    Tom Horn is a 1980 Western film about the legendary lawman, outlaw, and gunfighter. It starred...  more
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    #267 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys#63 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

  • The Towering Inferno12
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen...  more
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    #14 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#416 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

  • The Hunter13
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    The Hunter

    Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach

    Released1980

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    The Hunter is a 1980 American thriller film based on the exploits of real-life bounty hunter...  more
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  • Hell Is for Heroes14
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    Hell Is for Heroes

    Steve McQueen, James Coburn

    Released1962

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve...  more
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    #160 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#67 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

  • Le Mans15
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    Le Mans

    Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda

    Released1971

    Directed byLee H. Katzin

    Le Mans is a 1971 action film directed by Lee H. Katzin, starring Steve McQueen. It features...  more
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  • The Reivers16
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    The Reivers

    Steve McQueen, Burgess Meredith

    Released1969

    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Reivers is a 1969 film starring Steve McQueen and directed by Mark Rydell based on the...  more
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  • The Blob17
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

    The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin...  more
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    #144 of 722 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#69 of 105 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

  • Junior Bonner18
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    Junior Bonner

    Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino

    Released1972

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Junior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don...  more
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  • Baby the Rain Must Fall19
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    Baby the Rain Must Fall

    Steve McQueen, Glen Campbell

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    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 People20
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    An Enemy of the People

    Steve McQueen, Charles Durning

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge Schaefer

    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 Robbery21
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    The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery

    Steve McQueen, Bob Holt

    Released1959

    Directed byCharles Guggenheim, John Stix

    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 Lover22
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    The War Lover

    Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner

    Released1962

    Directed byPhilip Leacock

    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 Rain23
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    Soldier in the Rain

    Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

    Released1963

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Jackie Gleason and Steve...  more
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  • Never So Few24
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    Never So Few

    Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Never So Few is a 1959 CinemaScope war film, directed by John Sturges and starring Frank...  more
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  • On Any Sunday25
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    On Any Sunday

    Steve McQueen, Bruce Brown

    Released1971

    Directed byBruce Brown

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